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Unread 04-11-2007, 07:34 AM   #1
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1973 Cj5

Hi im jon my first post, and i would like a few pointers tips mayb what i should do next about this. My friend is selling a '73 Cj5 it has 10K on it it was farm kept no body cracks on the body and the carb needs either replacement or a rebuild. Im not to good with all the knowings of an engine and i was wondering what would i have to do to make this thing be rideable on the road its an 8 cyl and has powersteering upgrade. The price he said 1500 so is that a good price?

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Unread 04-11-2007, 07:56 AM   #2
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Please could All of your insight is much appreciated
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Unread 04-11-2007, 08:17 AM   #3
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Good price? Probably, that depends on the condition of the tub, what needs to be done mechanically, what it's worth to you, etc.

The 304 w/ a 2100 is a nice combination in a CJ-5. Drivetrain is relatively stout. Carb is easy to rebuild and a keeper for sure.

Pictures would certainly help us assess the worth of the vehicle.

Location is a HUGE factor in price as well, USA isn't very descriptive as values vary widely across the US.
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Unread 04-11-2007, 08:20 AM   #4
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I live in eastern NJ ill be taking this puppy out on the beach to surf and plow during the winter. its got a bikini top and the door hinges i belive are rusted out but its been sitting for a few years what does 304 w/ 2100 mean moter size? sorry im just new and really want to learn
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Unread 04-11-2007, 08:24 AM   #5
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304 = AMC 304 CID V8
2100 = Motorcraft 2100 Carburetor

That's a pretty good price for your area I'd guess, someone here who lives near there would be a better judge than I am. Around here it'd be a pretty good price (without seeing pictures that is.)
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Unread 04-11-2007, 08:29 AM   #6
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I was told to buy a 4 barrel carb for it what eles whould i have to do to have a 4 barrel carb because that would Rip i belive
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Unread 04-11-2007, 08:30 AM   #7
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Ohh heres a side note does anyone know of any manufactures make Hard tops for these bad boys?
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Unread 04-11-2007, 08:40 AM   #8
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You can buy used hard tops for them. Most are steel, some are fiberglass. For top fitment see my page here:
http://earlycj5.com/tech/body/#twentynine

4bbl? The 2100 is a VERY good carburetor for this application, a 304 is a pretty small engine so unless you put a rather small carburetor, the Truck Avenger 470 comes to mind quickly, you won't see any real benefit.

I'm not a fan of just changing stuff just because someone suggested it. You haven't even driven this vehicle by the sound of it. A 304 with a 2100 is no slouch. JMO, YMMV, blah, blah, blah.
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Unread 04-11-2007, 08:52 AM   #9
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a 4bbl carb will require a different intake, throttle linkage changes and drink more $3/gal gas.

Does it already have a plow on it? If those 10k miles were used for plowing snow since 1973 off the farm, it could be real religous underneath.

If you have to add a plow, your looking at some big bucks if you can't find a used one to put on it.
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Unread 04-11-2007, 10:25 AM   #10
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I got a used one to put on it with linkage and everything for like 300bucks and thanks for the info on the carb honestly how hard will it b to rebuild?
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Unread 04-11-2007, 12:36 PM   #11
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I got a used one to put on it with linkage and everything for like 300bucks and thanks for the info on the carb honestly how hard will it b to rebuild?
They're cake as far as carbs go to rebuild. Some of the easiest to rebuild. Spot on reliable. Almost as good as fuel injection for trail use.
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Unread 04-11-2007, 07:42 PM   #12
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How you guys think this will b on the road as an actual primary vehicle? I read the average mph thread but i was wondering may from someone who has one stock might know?
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How you guys think this will b on the road as an actual primary vehicle? I read the average mph thread but i was wondering may from someone who has one stock might know?
It'll keep up with traffic with ease. Just make sure your steering is in good order and brakes are better.

Remember it's WB is even shorter than a CJ-7 or Wrangler, drive accordingly.
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Unread 04-11-2007, 11:16 PM   #14
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how are they with mpg thats what im really worried about ya know im 17 would i b able to keep gas in it at 2.50 somthing a gallon ya know?
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Unread 04-12-2007, 08:23 AM   #15
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I'd expect lower teens at best.
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