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Carbed 360 or 302 FI? (Long)
For the past 2 or 3 months I have been reading all I could find about putting a Ford 302 with fuel injection into my 79 CJ7 that currently has a 304. I am looking for more horsepower and low-end torque. There are no rocks and few hills around here to climb, just mud to play in. I had decided on an 89 to 92 Mustang, Cougar or Lincoln Mark VII with Maf.
Sunday I met a guy that for several years owned a 4x4 shop that specialized in Jeeps. Like me, he is retired with time on his hands. He was very adamant about me being better off with a carbed AMC 360 or 304 than a Ford 302 with fuel injection. I don't know if he just likes AMC engines or what. He offered to rebuild my Holley 600 for off road use. He gave me an AMC 360 and delivered it the same day. He said another option was that I could stay with the 304 and use the heads off the 360. He offered to help me tear either engine down and rebuild what needs rebuilding. He has some parts that he offered to give me for the rebuild, especially the heads.
His reasons for saying I should use the 360 or 304 was less cost to rebuild those engines, one was free and I have the other that runs, horsepower and low end torque that the 304 or 360 can be made to develop, expense of changing the bellhousing if I went with the 302 and cost of purchasing the 302 and several other things that I have forgotten.
I don't want to make another expensive mistake with my Jeep. I would hate to decide on the 360 or 304 and not be satisfied with the results. I would also hate to go with the more expensive 302 install and find out later that I would have been happier or just as happy with the 360 or 304 for use in the mud.
I would appreciate input from those people that have experience in the mud with either engine. It would be really nice to get input from someone that has gone both ways, AMC and Ford.