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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-12-2002, 10:28 PM
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\'78 cj-5, 304?- good deal?/bad deal?



I recently came across a 1978 cj-5 with 304, I believe it has the T-150 tranny, Dana 20 trans. case, Dana 30 front axle, and AMC 20 rear axle. Did they make this in quadra-trac? I really dont like the idea of that at all. The owner threw out $2500/obo as the asking price. I live in Iowa and I have a lot of trouble finding short-wheelbase jeeps. I would like something that runs fairly well, has a good frame, but other than that, I guess anything goes. I will commute with it if reliable, but mainly use it for hunting and light off-roading purposes. Basically, I was wondering if this sounds like a good thing to invest in or should I keep looking elsewhere? I appreciate any feedback. Thanks a lot
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Re: \'78 cj-5, 304?- good deal?/bad deal?

Sounds like a good deal to me [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] The Quadratrac was unique to CJ7's, so no problem there. The 304 in factory trim isn't quite as strong with the later models as it would be in the 72-75's, but is still pretty tough. If I were in your neck of the woods I'd jump all over it, if that helps any [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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The Quadratrac was unique to CJ7's, so no problem there.

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They were used in wagoneers, cherokees, J10s and J20s from 74 to 79 also, not just the CJ7. They are way more common in the FSJ than the dana 20 is.
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Did they make this in quadra-trac? I really dont like the idea of that at all.

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The owner threw out $2500/obo as the asking price

[/ QUOTE ] 1. For this price it'd best run like a top. 2. Have no, or littel rust on the Tub/fenders. 3. Have a Hardtop and Hard doors.

I think I'd save my money a little longer and look for another Jeep, even if I had to spend a little more and fly a few hundred miles to go drive it back.

I think you can do better if you don't let Jeep-fever cloud your Judgment.
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Re: \'78 cj-5, 304?- good deal?/bad deal?


Thanks for all the help guys. Today I ran across a '78 cj-7 with straight 6 for $1600, the body is pretty rusty, it has hard top and doors, 35x12.5x15 MT tires, and 4 inch skyjacker lift. I was wondering about. Also, how reliable is the 304 compared to the 258, or vice versa. I don't know a whole lot and I am on a somewhat limited budget. Any help is good help as far as I'm concerned. As far as the '78 cj-5 goes, he threw out $2500, I was kinda planning on walking up with $2000 in hand and say "take it or leave it ya know." I would like to commute a few hours away weekly, so reliability is somewhat of a key concern, but as far as looks go, that isn't a concern whatsoever. Oh, another thing, how would I get ahold of CJ Dave at Iowa Jeep skunkworks??? Website or phone number? Thanks again
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Today I ran across a '78 cj-7 with straight 6 for $1600, the body is pretty rusty

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Be sure to look the frame over real close by the rear spring front hangers on the inside of the frame and also the very rear of the frame if the body is pretty rusty the frame most likely is too.

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Also, how reliable is the 304 compared to the 258

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I'd say they are pretty close in reliablity. I put over 200k on my old 77 304 with no major problems and have seen the 258 do the same. The biggest differance is the 304 has more power. The 304 respones very well with a alum. intake, small 4 barrel, and headers was almost a night and day differance in mine. I had a buddy do the same to his 258 and off-road we were fairly even but on-road I could leave him in my dust.

But now my current project is going to have a 4 banger [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] so what do I know, but its the same bolt pattern as a SB Chevy just incase [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]


I believe the quadra trac only came behind the automatics.
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My bad - I meant CJwise [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Thanks again for all the info guys, if you have anything else that would help me in my decision, let me know.
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