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post #1 of 16 Old 10-11-2008, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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1971 Jeep Restoration

I just got a 1971 Jeep CJ5 last week and have since stripped it down to the chassis. I was debating whether to keep the tub or not but I am still trying to determine if I want to or not.

I am looking to start modifying it and would like some input as to what I should do with it. I would like to keep the original Dauntless V6 (It sounds cool) but other than that I am open to suggestions.

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post #2 of 16 Old 10-11-2008, 09:04 PM
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some pics would definitely help. you can post the links and anyone with enough posts can quote them for you so they will show up.

anyway, congrats on your purchase! everyone around here loves seeing/reading about people's build ups.

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Here is the photo of it when I bought it a week and a half ago

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A week and a half later and I have removed the entire body in preperation for the restore.

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What recommendations are there for modifications to do or not to do?
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post #6 of 16 Old 10-14-2008, 07:10 PM
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There's tons of stuff that you can do to your CJ. It depends on what you want to do with it, and how deep your pockets are. I think you have to have a vision on what will be the end product, and somewhat of an idea of your budget and time, before asking suggestions. That CJ5 you got would be a great restoration, especially with that uncommon V6 in it. Congratulations on your purchase!

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That CJ5 you got would be a great restoration, especially with that uncommon V6 in it.

uncommon V6 ?
factory engine my friend

look over at www.earlycj5.com for some ideas for your Jeep
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uncommon V6 ?
factory engine my friend

look over at www.earlycj5.com for some ideas for your Jeep
Maybe I am missing it, but it looks, to me, like the page that you sent us to is for teaching you how to SWAP in a V-6, it does not appear to claim that it was a factory option.

I do not, personally, know of any V-6's stock, I know that they had some V-8's out there, and they were pretty smooth. The six, however, that is new to me. If it is stock you should be able to bear that out with the vin number.

It would be nice to know what you are planning for the jeep. IE are you wanting a stock restoration? Are you wanting a rock crawler, or a mudder? Something really hard core, or something for sunday wheeling?

I agree that it is also a matter of how deep your pockets can get...



Good luck on the build there!
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Maybe I am missing it, but it looks, to me, like the page that you sent us to is for teaching you how to SWAP in a V-6, it does not appear to claim that it was a factory option.
I do have information that states that it came stock from Kaiser with dates.

http://earlycj5.com/tech/engines/index.php#fiftytwo

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The Jeep "Dauntless V6" is a 90 Degree V6 designed by Buick in the early 1960's. All internal parts are interchangeable with the more familiar Buick 350, also called the "Dauntless V8" by Jeep in the Gladiators and Wagoneers. The only parts that are not interchangeable are the crankshaft, camshaft, and valves. Kaiser purchased the right to the Buick V6 to use in Jeeps in 1965, in 1966 they started appearing in CJ-5's, 6's and Commandos as '67 models.
Chromegrille is correct, it is stock. I have however taken this chance to clean up the entries so that there is less confusion about this and it should be more clear so that there is less confusion in the future.

You are also correct, the VIN of a 1971 CJ-5 would indicate whether the V6 or the F-134 was stock in the Jeep.

See this PDF for more information on decoding the VIN, http://www.earlycj5.com/zoomer/Vehic...tification.pdf

sprbeaste, the Jeep looks like a great start! Congrats on your new purchase, have fun with it.

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post #10 of 16 Old 10-15-2008, 08:31 AM
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sprbeast, you should sign up at the ECJ5 forums, see my sig (or the sigs above )
The members there are quite familiar with the uncommon features of, and common upgrades for early CJs.

Congratulations on acquiring a '71... the year the CJ5 was perfected!!

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Outstanding engine, you will be very happy with it. I have lugged mine down to 250-300 RPM on trails pulling my M416, it is firing so slowly you can hear when each cylinder goes

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post #12 of 16 Old 10-15-2008, 08:26 PM
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X2 on the mods. Envision what your going to do with it and build that direction. There are a few "general" mods that cover most anything. Rear/dual tank, HEI upgrade, Saginaw steering, to name a few. Take a look at my profile for some more ideas.
PS 71.........best year ever!!!!!
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Maybe I am missing it, but it looks, to me, like the page that you sent us to is for teaching you how to SWAP in a V-6, it does not appear to claim that it was a factory option.

I do not, personally, know of any V-6's stock, I know that they had some V-8's out there, and they were pretty smooth. The six, however, that is new to me. If it is stock you should be able to bear that out with the vin number.

It would be nice to know what you are planning for the jeep. IE are you wanting a stock restoration? Are you wanting a rock crawler, or a mudder? Something really hard core, or something for sunday wheeling?

I agree that it is also a matter of how deep your pockets can get...



Good luck on the build there!
I don't know if I'm reading this right, somebody correct me if I'm wrong. AMC bought the rights for the Buick V6 around '67 thru '71, then sold it back in '72.
This was a factory option in those years, mine has it.
I'd suggest you Google Buick V6 and read about it. The V8's started in '72 with the longer nose on the 5's
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I don't know if I'm reading this right, somebody correct me if I'm wrong. AMC bought the rights for the Buick V6 around '67 thru '71, then sold it back in '72.
This was a factory option in those years, mine has it.
I'd suggest you Google Buick V6 and read about it. The V8's started in '72 with the longer nose on the 5's
You are correct. Jeep used both the Buick 225 V6 and 350 V8 from 65 to 71. The V6 found it's way into the CJ and Commando, while the 350 was offered in both models of the FSJ. Both power plants were a step up from any of the previous Jeep or Rambler (AMC) offerings.
The Dauntless was also a preferred engine for swapping out the L and F head four in many of the earlier Jeep vehicles due to it's size and awesome torque.
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I don't know if I'm reading this right, somebody correct me if I'm wrong. AMC bought the rights for the Buick V6 around '67 thru '71, then sold it back in '72.
This was a factory option in those years, mine has it.
I'd suggest you Google Buick V6 and read about it. The V8's started in '72 with the longer nose on the 5's
Not quite, like I posted above, Kaiser bought the rights from Buick. AMC bought Kaiser in 1970 then sold the casting rights back to GM in 1974 or so.

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