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275/350 I-6
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A shout out for Russ and his help in my build

Post by 275/350 I-6 » March 1st, 2021, 6:30 pm

When I decided to build a 4.7 for my CJ-7, to replace my 258, I called Russ and told him what I wanted to build. A lot of posts on this website helped me learn what was possible. I have never worked on or built an inline six, until this build. I had a new CJ-7 back in the day, but in the six years I owned it, it never needed any real maintenance, other than a valve cover gasket and oil changes.

Russ helped me pick the right parts, pistons, rods, camshaft and everything else required to convert a 4.0 into a healthy 4.7. This journey began about a year and a half ago. I finally got it up and running, and I am very pleased with the outcome. It starts and idles smooth, it has great throttle response, it can run 65 on the freeway if I want, with 273’s 31’s and a TF-999. It accelerates plenty fast for a CJ-7, and it runs cool, just into the green arc on the stock gauge in the speedometer cluster.

It runs so good, I’m going to install my hummer steering gear, Wolfe column bearing, and other upgrades to get the steering squared away. I want to daily drive it this year, as soon as I go through the steering, to make it nicer to drive. It has the power to cruise, so I want the rest of the Jeep ready to put some miles on it.

Thanks Russ!

Axel
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Re: A shout out for Russ and his help in my build

Post by bleedsblue » March 3rd, 2021, 7:13 pm

That is awesome!
I know Russ has been amazingly patient with me during my build. I can't wait until mine is done too!

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Re: A shout out for Russ and his help in my build

Post by Russ Pottenger » March 12th, 2021, 3:57 pm

Thanks so much for the kind words Axel.
Always glad to hear when the “Happy Gauge” is pegged.

275/350 I-6
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Stroker Displacement: 4.7
Vehicle Year: 1985
Vehicle Make: AMC
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Re: A shout out for Russ and his help in my build

Post by 275/350 I-6 » April 7th, 2021, 5:13 pm

I upgraded my steering gear, shaft & lower column bearing and now my Jeep steers and drives very nice. I made a few adjustments to my throttle cable & transmission cable, now my transmission is shifting right were I like it, so everything is working as it should. I can’t say enough how happy I am with this new engine, and the off idle response it has while driving. I reduced my eighth mile ET by over two seconds and picked up 13 MPh, and that was launching at about half throttle to prevent traction loss.

Anyone out there driving a 258 powered Jeep that want to double your power, I say build a stroker, you will like it.

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Re: A shout out for Russ and his help in my build

Post by Flynhigh » April 12th, 2021, 2:48 pm

275/350 I-6 wrote:
March 1st, 2021, 6:30 pm
When I decided to build a 4.7 for my CJ-7, to replace my 258, I called Russ and told him what I wanted to build. A lot of posts on this website helped me learn what was possible. I have never worked on or built an inline six, until this build. I had a new CJ-7 back in the day, but in the six years I owned it, it never needed any real maintenance, other than a valve cover gasket and oil changes.

Russ helped me pick the right parts, pistons, rods, camshaft and everything else required to convert a 4.0 into a healthy 4.7. This journey began about a year and a half ago. I finally got it up and running, and I am very pleased with the outcome. It starts and idles smooth, it has great throttle response, it can run 65 on the freeway if I want, with 273’s 31’s and a TF-999. It accelerates plenty fast for a CJ-7, and it runs cool, just into the green arc on the stock gauge in the speedometer cluster.

It runs so good, I’m going to install my hummer steering gear, Wolfe column bearing, and other upgrades to get the steering squared away. I want to daily drive it this year, as soon as I go through the steering, to make it nicer to drive. It has the power to cruise, so I want the rest of the Jeep ready to put some miles on it.

Thanks Russ!

Axel

Do you have a build list of what parts you used for the engine build?

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