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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-31-2005, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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401\'s How hard are the to come by?

Ive got a line on one, but it's up in LEVE's neck of the woods. It's in a jeep wagoneer with quadratrac. the tranny needs to be rebuilt( reverse is bad) apparently someone hit the pan on a rock or...?

Is it worth picking up? Especially at these gas prices.

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Re: 401\'s How hard are the to come by?

is it worth it... no... it never is with AMC engines.. they are pretty costly to rebuild.. even to stock specs.. the more performance you want...just start mulitplying..

but i would buy it...
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Re: 401\'s How hard are the to come by?

I just went from VA to SLC, UT (3500mi) for a '77 J-10 w/ a 401 (30K mi on the clock). ('Course, I worked in a nice family vacation into it...) But for the gas cost driving it back, what a great trip - report, w/ pics, forthcoming.

Problem is, the truck is in such great shape, I feel bad about stealing its engine for my J-20 (for towing Scrambler). Given the price of gas, I may replace the 401 w/ a 258, and use it for putzing around.
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Re: 401\'s How hard are the to come by?

Spend the money on an adaptor plate and use a Ford or Chevy engine.
Parts everywhere, everybody makes something for them and it all works, Drop in kits available everywhere...

And the best part...
FACTORY FUEL INJECTION!

All of the newer modular engines make more HP & Torque than a factory rebuilt AMC 401, are tons more dependable and weigh about 1/3 less.

The only claim to fame a 401 has is, It's still an AMC product, and you can pass it off as a 304.
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Re: 401\'s How hard are the to come by?

Speaking of 401's, my brother happens to have 2 of them that are for sale. 1 is in PA (10k on new rebuild.) the other is in FL. Both are in FSJ's that could be sold whole or parted out. I know this isn't the place for selling stuff, but thought it was relevant. If anyone is interested, let me know and I will give you the details.

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Re: 401\'s How hard are the to come by?

Just reproduce your post in the for sale thread.
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Re: 401\'s How hard are the to come by?

I got a remanufactured engine from Jasper in Philadelphia, with it shipped to an advance auto close by, it cost around 1200 dollars. With a warranty, I had a couple of snags and had to get the engine replaced twice, but it all worked out well. So with three of them in one summer, I would have to say, that they arnt to hard to come by.
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Re: 401\'s How hard are the to come by?

if those new engines are 1/3 the weight.. then i guess you can just pick them up and carry them around with you.. amc V8's are actually lighter than chevy V8's... unless you are talking aluminum... but then they aren't as cheap.. and i bet you can't find a modern small block for as cheap with more torque than a 401... and like i said... with money you can make an all aluminum 401 with fuel injection.. it will just cost you more.. but you will have the bling points...
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Re: 401\'s How hard are the to come by?

Someone flunked remedial reading...
(I guess that's OK, I seem to have flunked remedial spelling...)

I said that the NEW MODULAR engines weigh 1/3 LESS,
(read all aluminum top ends, and in some cases all aluminum engines...)
That's not Iron Small Block Ford or Chevy...

Ford Small block (as in 302 and 351W) both weigh less than AMC V-8 engines...
Chevy small blocks are just about the same as AMC V-8 engines.
AMC never made an aluminum intake manifold for any Jeep product, and that alone will make the Chevy small block engine lighter...
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AMC never made an aluminum intake manifold, but there are after market aluminum intakes, heads, and so on.
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