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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-13-2001, 11:48 PM
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304 prices

Hey,
Is it worth replacing my 258 with a 304, was checking the tech pages and there is not that great of a performance difference. Is it worth buying a complete 304 with motor mounts that is claimed to be 29k miles, but the guy wont garauntee it runs, for 350 bucks?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-14-2001, 06:37 AM
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Re: 304 prices

Try to crank the thing over. Uhm you can build up the 304 , but as far a performance.. they are nearly matched... but in horsepower rating.. try to find out more about the engine.. sounds like a reasonable price

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Re: 304 prices

thats $300 more than I would pay for a core engine, which is all it is unless it runs well, and has good compression/oil pressure

Buy a 360 its the same money and easier to find

the 304 is way stronger than a 258 dont go by the numbers only, ride/drive one, its very obviously a V8, while the 258 isa torquey 6, the V8 is well a V8



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I had a 258 and "UPGRADED" to the 304. I am happy with the 304 and would not go back to a 258.
In this area of the country (Southern California) I can pick up 304/360's at the local pick a part for $125.00
They are not guaranteed so most people test them before purchase. $350 is too much without a guarantee.
Check the local wrecking yards.

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even if it basically comes with everything to bolt into my truck, power steering pump, A/c, headers, everything?

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A gallon of gas and a battery should get it running, a couple minutes without water won't hurt it

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Re: 304 prices

I helped a friend swap a 304 into a CJ that had a 304 (with a cracked blocked and 4 burnt valves) that we bought at a local salvadge yard. He paid $450 for it, but it was guaranteed to run and had the newer electronic ignition system, headers, carburator, and brackets for alternator, power steering pump and A/C. The motor was "guaranteed" to have only 59K original miles and pull factory compression within 10% in each cylinder.



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Re: 304 prices

Listen to Ozark. I've got a jeep with each and there is NO comparison between the two. Accelaration from a stop and highway performance are definitely with the V8

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Re: 304 prices

I agree that the 304 is obviously a V8 vice I6. Look cannot just look at the bottom line #'s. The 8 will have to work a hole lot less to get to the same end. Also, if you look into the earlier 304's they had much better numbers than they did by the end of their run. The smog nazis pretty much sucked the life right out of them by the late 70's, early 80's. I have a '77 304 and love it to death. Other than needing a bigger gas tank [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img].

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I agree,
I did the I6 to 304 swap a few years back and can attest to the fact that the V8 has more of everything. I will be going 360 or 401 this summer.
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