I haven't owned a jeep before, but i would like to buy something to cruise the ranch with the kids. i found a 69 with good body, but i would like to know if I can upgrade it pretty easily. nothing to fancy, just some bigger tires, maybe a larger engine (would like to be able to drive onroad as well). no rock climbing or anything severe, just cruising with the kids.
what do ya'll think, should i look for something newer/bigger or could i fix this up to what I'm lookin for?
any pictures or lists of upgrades that someone has done would be greatly appreciated
What engine does it currently have? If it's the Dauntless V6 there are very few engines I would consider an "upgrade" unless it was a Buick 350, which is a relatively easy swap. If it's the F-134 they highway will not be your friend, but cruising the ranch would be ideal.
There are plenty of companies that make lift springs ranging from 1" to 4", which is the highest I would ever go with a CJ-5 anyway. Even stock you can probably fit 32" tires without much rubbing. 2.5" or 3" springs with 33"s is a nice combination, which is what I'm running on my 74.
I have a 67 CJ5 with the V6 in it because I always wanted one. If you are looking for something to drive and nostalgia has nothing to do with it it is more economical to buy something newer. Typically with an old CJ5 the brakes and steering if stock can leave something to be desired--especially considering the safety aspects if hauling your kids around. Parts are harder to come by for the older ones too. Like I said I have always wanted one so I'm good with the work and expense of replacing all the worn out stuff but, if you want a driver and not a project you can find good Jeeps around 3 to $4K.
I think it has the f-134, read somewhere there was a an overdrive add-on that might help with the highway. any idea if it would be worth it.
thanks for the info on the lift, would the small engine handle the lift/bigger tires (dont know the gears)?
the price is very low and the body is in great shape, just needs painting and some dash cleanup. they coated the interior in bedliner which is perfect for us. I don't mind doing the work and adding parts - brakes, lifts, trannys, axles, just wanted to know if the parts are readily available. I'm plannin on lookin for some parts tonight.
thanks for the insights and I'll try to post some pics this weekend.
If your a big guy and want to haul family around, don't get a CJ5 get a CJ7 or a YJ. I'm 6 ft. and "a little portley", so the leg room and belly to steering wheel ratio is, (How should I put this?) a little tight!
I've moved my rear axel back 4" along with the side panels of the tub for more leg room, you don't want to go through that hassel! Also, this Jeep has turned into a major "money pit", OH WELL!
If you go for it, overdrives were made by Warn for the D18 T/C and now by Advanced Adapters under the "Saturn" name.
You'll need to know the input tooth count of the D18 (26 or 29) and spline count of the tranny output shaft (6 or 10) in the Jeep. Be perpared to pay $600-$800 for used and $900-$1000 for new, is it worth it?
I practically lived in a 71 CJ5 for 10 years + (74-85)- great jeep and I was skinny then. If I remember there was more room to the wheel than with the later cj's, but I could be wrong. I do know it was a tuff jeep. Rolled it twice (lucky enough in sand), just push it back over and go! Had the 225 V6- best engine.
The steering box stunk- had to replace that bushing every year. Why they put the brake master cylinder under the floor is beyond me. Broke a clutch cable going thru Kebler pass Colo and had to shift without the clutch till I finally found the part near Denver.
Sure had fun!!!!!