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Unread 03-27-2009, 10:14 AM   #1
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CJ5 Buying Advice

Hey Gang,
Totally new to the forum, and I'm about to pull the trigger on the purchase of a 1981 CJ5 that is in pretty good shape. However, I have a concern that I'm hoping y'all can help me with.

My only hesitation is that the engine is a GM I4, with a 4 spped tranny. Am I going to be disappointed by the power? I have test driven the Jeep, and it seemed OK.

Whatever Jeep I buy will not be my daily driver. It will be for tooling around town, and taking out camping, etc. If I hit any trails or mud, it will be fairly light. I don't plan to get it stuck every weekend.

I am getting a good price on it, a nd have spoken with the mechanic that has done most of the maintenance on it. He says it's worth the price.

You opinions are appreciated.

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Unread 03-27-2009, 10:30 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum Do you have any pics? Hard to tell without any.
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Unread 03-27-2009, 10:32 AM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum Do you have any pics? Hard to tell without any.
I'll see what I can get from the listing.

My main concern is whether or not I'm going to be underwhelmed with the I4 engine.

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Unread 03-27-2009, 10:40 AM   #4
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Here you go. She needs some work, but she's pretty mechanically sound. And she's being purchased a s a project, so I'm not expecting perfection.

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Unread 03-27-2009, 10:42 AM   #5
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My 80 has the I6 geared at 3.08 and it will pull 90mph easy and has alot of torque. Now my 83 has the GM I4, geared at 3.54, it does have the speed of the I6 but as far as the torque goes I can barely see a difference of road. I happy with it
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Unread 03-27-2009, 10:59 AM   #6
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You can always upgrade the engine later.
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Unread 03-27-2009, 11:12 AM   #7
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My 80 has the I6 geared at 3.08 and it will pull 90mph easy and has alot of torque. Now my 83 has the GM I4, geared at 3.54, it does have the speed of the I6 but as far as the torque goes I can barely see a difference of road. I happy with it
Thanks for the input. This was basically my only reservation in buying this Jeep. Now I'm not as worried about it. Besides, it does have a 6000 lb wench, in case I do get it stuck!
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Unread 03-27-2009, 11:14 AM   #8
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You can always upgrade the engine later.
This is true. I'm fairly mechanical, and might end up doing a 2.5" lift myself. Is an engine swap something a reasonably handy guy could do?

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Unread 03-27-2009, 11:36 AM   #9
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yes. the i-6 swap from the 4 is a common swap and easy.
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