Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Mat-Su Valley, Alaska
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Re: how to convince my wife...
For me (in Alaska) that would be a steal of a deal. 'Course, I'd swap the glass tub onto my '5s frame...
Couple things to think about though. First, other than the 304 are there any parts YOU can use? Are the fenders and hood 'glass too? Those would be nice on your '7....a bit of weight savings and no worries about rust in the future. Second, is there enough jeep interest in your area to get your money back and then some for your investment (don't forget your time here!)? Third, if the 304 is your primary motivation for the purchase, I'd shy away. I've got a 304 in my '74 CJ5 and it's a decent engine. It motivates things nicely. However, I can buy 350 Chevys in good shape all day long for less than $500. The SBC 350 has more power, more after market support, and may be the very cheapest V-8 to work on in the world. If I'm not mistaken (somebody PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong!) the 304 and 258 aren't a direct bolt up swap. Besides motor mounts, aren't the bellhousings different? Anyhoo, that's my thoughts on the subject. Since I currently have a CJ5 and a CJ7 (one with a 304, the other with a 258) I'd do it in a heartbeat.
Oh, and as far as convincing the wife? Simple: Jewelry. Heck, my wife manages a jewelry store and it STILL works on her! (I'll skip the amusing story I had with her assistant manager where I explained that the normal lady's excuse of buying jewelry to look better for their guys didn't jive....I explained that the guys most certainly weren't looking at the jewelry...she responded by saying that they could always wear the jewelry and nothing else...I responded by saying guys STILL wouldn't be looking at the jewelry!)
Anyhow, good luck with it and let us know what you do!