Vehicle: 1973 Jeep CJ-5
Owner: Jeff Kova
Engine: AMC 304 (5.0 L) V8
Features: Holley 4160 600cfm Carburetor, Edelbrock Performer 2131 Intake Manifold, Offenhauser aluminum Gasser-style hood scoop Offenhauser 5285, HEI Ignition
“’73 CJ5 304 V8 with a mild cam (PO did the cam, so I don’t have specs), Holley 4160/600cfm with a velocity stack and an Edelbrock Performer 2131 intake, topped off by an Offenhauser aluminum gasser style hood scoop with fuel/vac gauges on the hood. Upgraded HEI ignition and disc brakes. Original drivetrain and 33-inch Wild Country tires. All engine parts came from Summit Racing Equipment.”
The 304 V8 was the largest engine offered in the 1973 Jeep CJ-5. It was listed at 150 horsepower and 245 ft.-lbs. of torque. Its top speed was listed at 84 miles-per-hour, but Jeeps were never meant to be very fast.
The Willys CJ-5 was first produced in 1954 as an intended replacement to the CJ-3B, which actually continued in production. The Willys CJ-5 became the Jeep CJ-5 in 1964. AMC bought the company in 1970, and retired the GM engine after the 1971 model year.
AMC introduced the 304 V8 in the CJ-5 for the 1972 model year,and stretched the fenders and hood five inches and the wheelbase three inches to accommodate it. AMC used a new dash in the CJ-5 in 1973. A single gauge now sat in the center of the dash and housed the speedometer, temperature and fuel gauges.