I have a 1967 jeep which my mother has had in storage since 1984, when my father died. It is a CJ5. It seems to be a V6. Now she left this in her garage which is quite dry in Colorado. Unfortunately she did not drain the oil or put it on blocks. In short, it was just parked and left. It has a canvas top and roll bar. The inside looks exactly like it did 35 years ago. It has 29,900 miles on it.
Is there any hope for the engine, and if so, what should I do? I would have to hire a mechanic to do this. This is a leaded gas engine, manual transmission, with an added WW2 heater, roll bar, canvas top, and spare metal top.
If it is not worth the effort, what is it worth with a dead engine and four bad tires? The body is perfect, It is a little old lady's jeep, as my mother is 84. How should I sell it?
Maybe I'm just a die hard Jeep fan or something, but WHY would you want to sell it!!!!!!!
drain the oil, maybe pull pan and clean it out real well.
also pull the plugs and put a little oil in the chambers and is if you can turn it over by hand a few times. Of course a new battery and check /add water antifreeze as needed. If the tires are that bad, don't drive it. Bring jack stands and pull the wheels off and get new tires put on. Completly check the brakes and steering as you don't want these to fail once on the road.
If you must sell it........how much do you want for it?
maxa--you've got a classic! The V6 is the Buick Dauntless 225--the envy of all other engines at the time. I've got one in my '71 and my '68. GREAT horsepower (160+). In my opinion, your first order of business is to try to get the engine running. Follow "only in a jeep cj"'s advice, and drain & replace the oil and try to prime the oil galleries by hand (lemme know if you care/want to know more on that). Also drain and replace the coolant (replace with just water, though) and gas. Get rid of all old gas (gotta siphon it out). Check plugs. You may want to spend 10 bucks on AC-Delco 43S plugs--go to AutoZone or other and ask for those. I guarantee the ones that are already in there are AC Delco 44S. Please let me know if I'm right! (or wrong--it could by a Champion variety)
Secondary to all of this is if it actually drives. That's another beast to tackle for another day. Frankly, the value isn't that much greater if it does. Primary is the engine, and I'll bet you'll run into some complications trying to get it started. (ahh, to be expected, bro).
If you're interested, you can join me on another popular Jeep board that's specific to our Jeeps: http://www.forumco.com/sparky/
The gurus there are experts on your Jeep model as they've helped me learn/troubleshoot/fix my '71 and '68 Dauntless 225s. Good luck and hope you're as excited as I am on your sitch!
Maxa don't let this jeep get away from you it's a diamond in the ruff. You kick your self in the butt later when it's to late if you do. Even if it take you along time ti get the jeep going KEEP IT because after all it was your fathers and he'd probably want you to have it .I used to have a 67 with a V-6 in it and it was an absolutly great Jeep. I garantee that if you fix it up and drive it you'll be hooked on it.
Who cares what it takes or costs! My Fathter has passed on as well, and I'd give anything to have his old 2A or his Jeepster. Do Not give up this opportunity - get it running, drive it often, and enjoy it.
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What are ya'll talking about?!?!?! That thing isn't worth the trouble!!! It'd only be a thorn in his side. His best bet for an old rotting pile of scrap like that is to have someone take it off his hands. He'd probably want to put a REAL cheap price tag on it too. Tell ya what, for the trouble I won't even charge ya to take it off your hands. It's OK if your on the East coast too. I was gonna be in that neighborhood. It's a quick jaunt from Portland, OR.
Seriously though, Don't sell it. You'll regret it..
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Ooooo.. Maxa, Looks like you have lots of buyers for that Jeep if you really want to let it loose .. but I have just have to put in my 0.02 ..
Keep it, and even if it stays in a garage for another 20 years (keep it nice and clean will ya), there is nothing to stop you from enjoying it then.
Where are you from anyway?
Hello, my name is Vance and I am a Jeepaholic. Its better to be naked with your friends, than to be clothed with your enemies
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Well. I had four flats on this Jeep. So I bought a manual air pump and with only about an hour of pumping, got all four tires to inflate! I think that is miraculous, considering they have been standing there since 1982 at least. So it will roll to the tow truck.
Also found the car keys and locking gas cap key. Yep the gas is gone! Also found the original gas cap.
As much as I would like to keep it, I have no space to work on it. The garage has 40 years of junk in it. I have a slate bed pool table that has been sitting unused next to it, also for 35 years. Talk about heavy, and it does NOT have wheels.
Please remember, you're dealing with an antique of high value. You never know when the Antique Road Show will visit your town! Either in parts or as a whole, don't you want to get what it's worth?
Yes I know you have no room/time/desire to work on it. But can you at least snap a few fotos for us to see? You may have a potential buyer lurking in the wings. Take a few pics under the hood, too. Landing this babe in the right hands just may be your 8-ball in the corner pocket!
I plan to sell this fine Jeep. I would love to keep this old soldier. However, I have a much bigger problem, as I want to clear my mother's house. The Jeep is but a small part of the mess. Hence, no time, tools, space etc. Interest I have, however one must be realistic.
I imagine I will regret it later. Sometimes you just gotta get rid of things. I have an antique bed in hundreds of pieces in the garage, a trailer that was bought in 1952. (I cannot even see this thing, but I know it is there) etc.
As to the location, I am in Boulder Co, 30 miles northwest of Denver, at the interface between the Great Planes and the Rockies. Moving to the east, is an easy drive. Over the Rocky Mtns. is a much bigger problem.
Yes I will take some pix. I will have to give the Jeep a light washing to get the 20 years of dust off of it. It looks much better with the tires inflated.
The engine will be fine... the rest will need a bit of attn... but not alot.... 29k is awesome.... the only thing that you will want to change is power steering.... as that will be a manual... i used to have almost the same jeep.... from the same era and locn... rust FREE... and nice thumping V6... i know you want to be rid of it... and i know why... but if i were you i would delay this decision and relocate the storage... get a mechanic... get it fixed... then decide if you want it or not ... if you don't .... it's worth about $7,000 - $10,000 fully gleaming. Think about that and think how your mom could use that money in her 85th year... good luck pal... you won't want to spend the money to clean it up but the reward will be you happy ma.
Finally ... what colour is it... ? I see light yellow .... like my old one ?
Keep the Jeep. Use it as a coffee table if you have to, just don't sell it. At any price. Give it to your children or their children. It appears as though you don't know what you have. Do some research on your own and then do what you think your dad would have done. There is a reason that he kept it for so long. Find out.