1970 CJ-5 Dauntless V-6
Howdy fellows. I've been scoping out a '70 Kaiser CJ-5 that a guy has for sale. The engine is the Buick V-6 with an Offenhauser intake (is this a good thing?) It has a 3 spd. transmission and the Warn Overdrive. Hubs are Warn. There is also an older Warn 6000 lb. winch on a nice custom front bumper. Mileage is 68,481 original. The tires are 31" mud and snow on chrome wheels. The rear bumper has a tire carrier and a trailer hitch. There is also a brand new tow bar with wiring that the owner hasn't installed. There is one fuel tank under the driver's seat and two other factory installed auxillary tanks on either side of the rear of the Jeep. There is also a nifty storage compartment beneath the passenger's seat that is revealed when the seat is tilted forward. The top is a Loomis BestTop soft top. Body is very good with no rust and the original paint (sort of a teal green) is lightly faded. The interior floor has been Rhino lined. I fired the engine up and it started on the first crank (air temperature was 20 degrees) but ran terrible (had to be choked to keep it running, probably gunked up fuel filter, carb and 2 year old gas in the tank). I didn't have time to take it for a test drive but will in a few days. Everthing seemed tight (steering components and u joints) and the owner said he had all new ball joints, bushings, leaf springs installed when he bought the Jeep 2 years ago. He is wanting $4200 for this Jeep. Is this a fair price. It seems high to me but perhaps the Kaiser V-6 Jeeps are more desireable than other CJs. Would $3500 be a fair price? What else should I look for on this Jeep? How can I tell if the Dana 44 rear axle is a one piece or two piece? Thanks in advance for any help provided.