post #1 of Old 01-26-2008, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Question about Road-Trip with Jeep

I have a 1955 CJ-5 jeep. It is in good working order and runs great. I was planning a road trip out to Oregon this summer and was wondering if I should take it. It has minor problems but i am going to fix everything before i leave, and buy new tires. But does the fact that it only goes 50/60 top speed going to hurt the jeep? By driving on the highway will it wreak the jeep in someway? Or should i only use back roads? If it breaks, how hard will it be to fix it on the road? I just want to have some fun once i get to the rockies and camping. If you can just give me your opinion on this that would be great..

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post #2 of Old 01-26-2008, 09:32 PM
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You'll kill it. They just were not built for long distances at high-ish speeds. Being a '55, parts might be tricky to locate.

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post #3 of Old 01-26-2008, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by willard_07
I am a 1955 CJ-5 jeep.
Welcome! Tell your owner that unless he's very mechanically inclined and willing to make on-road repairs, he may have a chore on his hands. Also, unless he has a ready supply of spare parts to carry along with him, he may be challenged to find any along the way.

That being said, if he has the time and the money to get you up and running to a degree where he's comfortable taking you on this journey, it sounds like it would be a blast!

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post #4 of Old 01-26-2008, 09:46 PM
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Jeep trips are fun, but thats hecka long trip in a CJ5. Your young, but U still may need a kidney transplant after all those miles.
If your jeep can make it or not?... only U can say. How dependable is it? No one can say if what U break is hard to fix... since U could break just about anything in a rig that old.
Does it have an overdrive? Sounds like it does'nt since U mentioned not going over 60mph. Gas mpg could really suk???
I think I'd have some serious first thoughts.

Good luck if ya do it.

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Ok. first off, sorry about the " I am a 1955..." , and it doesn't have an overdrive. I am very concerned whether it could make it, but my other alternative are : buy a newer jeep, or take a prius. Yeah the prius is great mpg but no fun in mountains, so no fun camping. I just really dont' know, i won't be drive alot each day, perhaps 3-4 hrs or so at the most. So, if i do take it what parts should i be the most concerned about? I know the engine/axles/drive stuff, but is there something else that i am not thinking of and going to forget to fix, or rebuild? Thanks so much for all your advice
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Rent a jeep?

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