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1973 CJ-5 With 401 V-8

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by Kansas Tom, May 16, 2008.

  1. May 16, 2008
    Kansas Tom

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    Do I have anything unusual? This 1973 CJ-5 is equipped with a 401 V-8 with an Edelbrock R4B intake manifold, with a number M 4485729, huge Holley carb and T-15 tranny. It's VIN does not totally compute in that it is JDF835TH24098...think the second digit of VIN should be a number rather than a letter. Were CJ-5 ever equipped from the factory with a 401? Just recently got this little beast and have been getting a few things gathered up on it before I take it for a test run. A friend that drove the unit when it was healthy and in good tune said it was stronger than a wet goat and to be careful with it! Thanks in advance...Tom
     
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  2. May 16, 2008
    Ricardo77

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    Lots of power you got there!! Is the frame box in ??
     
  3. May 16, 2008
    DrDanteIII

    DrDanteIII Now with 95% more running jeep.

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    THe 401 was never offered from the factory in a CJ. There were reportedly some dealers that would swap a crate 401 inplace of a 304 on new jeeps. The swap from any Gen III Amc v8 to any other is really a pretty much bolt in operation that could have been done by any owner in the last 36 years.

    From what I've heard, the 401 can be a handful in a cj, so use careful throttle application, gently...gently... FLOOR IT!

    that is a badazz cj. I'm jealous. My 304 has a lot of power for the small frame, i couldnt imagine having the grunt of the 401.
     
  4. May 16, 2008
    Kansas Tom

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    Guys...Thanks for the prompt response...Is it conceivable that the VIN second digit of D indicates a dealer engine transplant? Tom
     
  5. May 16, 2008
    aallison

    aallison 74 cj6, 76 cj5. Has anyone seen my screwdriver?

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    I'm no help in this. I'm just saying a 401 in a CJ is ubber cool.

    I'm looking for a 401 for my 6.
     
  6. May 16, 2008
    packrat2A

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    I've got a mildly built 360 in my '74, and it was a handful until I got used to it...now I have moist dreams of a 401 transplant...
     
  7. May 17, 2008
    jinpdx

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    I have a 401 in my 72, lots of fun.
     
  8. May 17, 2008
    jpflat2a

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    tampering with a VIN would be a felony...
    should be a number instead for the year: 2,3,4,5 etc
     
  9. May 18, 2008
    78304levis

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    As soon as the 304 became available in the CJs Randall AMC-Jeep in Mesa, AZ. started installing 401s in them when new. They advertised nationally that they kept 50 in stock. I am sure that there were a few other dealers around the country doing it but I never heard of anyone doing it on that scale.
     
  10. Jun 6, 2008
    74CJ5 Renegade

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    I was thinking Randall AMC as well... any chance the Jeep came from Arizona???
     
  11. Jun 7, 2008
    timgr

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    Brian Chuchua in Fullerton CA sold 401 CJs too. I test drove one in 1973.

    Is the VIN you posted from your registration or from the plate under the hood? I'd guess it's a typo on the registration and you actually have J3F835TH24098. Look under the hood at the VIN plate.
     
  12. Jun 7, 2008
    thall

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    Couple of locals here in the 74 era would buy a J-10 pickup and a CJ at the same time. (they had money)

    The J-10 would be equipped with a 401... and it magically changed to the CJ...

    they used the truck for business and CJ for fun.....
     
  13. Apr 16, 2010
    74CJ5 Renegade

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    Was there any more information on this Jeep? I have been looking to find any evidence of a Randall Engineering 401 Jeep for years and thougth this might be one!
     
  14. Feb 17, 2020
    Greg Gissel

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    Tom, I would like to talk to you about that Jeep you have or had, Between my dad and I we are the original owners of the Jeep and we put the 401 engine in it. I’m trying to see if it’s still around.
    Thanks Greg
     
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  15. Feb 17, 2020
    Focker

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    He hasn't logged in since 2008.
     
  16. Feb 18, 2020
    Greg Gissel

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    yeah I saw that he hasn’t been on here sense then. New to the page and thought that when there was a message that it would send it to your email to let know but I’m guessing it doesn’t. I was hoping to see if it was still around don’t know any other way to find out.
     
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  17. Feb 18, 2020
    Greg Gissel

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    This is what it looked like when I sold it to a guy in Kansas back in 95.
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  18. Feb 18, 2020
    rusty

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    That is a good looking Jeep !!
     
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    ITLKSEZ

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    The Oakley sticker confirms ‘95. :D
     
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  20. Mar 3, 2020
    chevy71super

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    I had a set of Goodyear RT’s on my 75 renegade. (Spare tire in the picture.) Size 13:50 by 31 by 15. Best tire I ever had on it.
     

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