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post #1 of 10 Old 05-05-2013, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Improve to sell

So I'm eventually going to sell my 1974 Cj5, but I want to find out if theres anyway to increase its value before I do so.

The reason I want to sell it is that as I was doing research I found that it has the original AMC 304 V8 and 3-spd transmission and xfer case. And so, this I figured, would be an excellent vehicle for somebody to restore and is not something I have the time to spare for. I want an offroad vehicle that I can modify any which way I'd like to as well.

It has its issues, though nothing major. I've attempted to trouble shoot the wiring harness for a headlight issue and I located it to the switch, I was reconnecting the connectors to the switch (the knob is glued to the switch so I couldnt take it off without destroying it) and I accidentally touched and shorted a wire, the kicker is that now the headlights work although they turn on and off when you switch on and off the brights. Plastic speedometer gear in xfer case is worn and barely works, very small fuel leak in the top of the tank so minimal fuel lose and easy to repair, drivers seat duck taped, tub floor needs new liner, alternator has a shard missing but doesnt affect operation, fuel gauge is faulty (probably gummed), wiring harness just looks like crap, steering links pop when turning through certain points, fog lights dont work havent been able to figure out why.

The good. Runs like a champ, the engine was rebuilt before my grandpa gave it to me and has probably just about 4,000 miles on it (I have no idea how many miles the jeep actually has because the gear's worn). Transmission has very smooth clutch and shifts with no slip when fully engaged. Xfer case has the 4H, 2H, N, 4L and all work. 33" BF Goodrich, alluminum rims I believe. No cancer from what I've seen, I'll probably inspect and clean it further soon. D.U.I distributor. Original drum brakes on all axles, replaced the shoes recently and the flexible lines also flushed and bled the systems with all new fluid. Original carb. Power steering.

Let me know what you guys think I can/should do.

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-05-2013, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Or should I keep it, restore most and do moderate mods to it?
I'm still very much on the fence about this
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-05-2013, 06:55 PM
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Wheel it then you decide!!
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-05-2013, 07:13 PM
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These is nothing special about a v8 cj 5 with the original drivetrain, they are a dine a dozen. There is something special about a jeep that was your grandfathers..

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post #5 of 10 Old 05-05-2013, 07:27 PM
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These is nothing special about a v8 cj 5 with the original drivetrain, they are a dine a dozen. There is something special about a jeep that was your grandfathers..


This ^^^^!!!! Times a bazillion. Search for Matthewleeblair's thread and read the first couple pages. Ask Matt1981CJ7 about the Jeep he has that his dad bought new.
Here's Matthew's thread, follow the link on the first post, for the story, IIRC, this put a tear in my eye.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/19...rloom-1435410/

You said; " I want an offroad vehicle that I can modify any which way I'd like to as well."
I ask, why not the Jeep?
Bill

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post #6 of 10 Old 05-05-2013, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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This ^^^^!!!! Times a bazillion. Search for Matthewleeblair's thread and read the first couple pages. Ask Matt1981CJ7 about the Jeep he has that his dad bought new.
Here's Matthew's thread, follow the link on the first post, for the story, IIRC, this put a tear in my eye.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/19...rloom-1435410/

You said; " I want an offroad vehicle that I can modify any which way I'd like to as well."
I ask, why not the Jeep?
Bill
I greatly appreciate the input. I will say that my grandpa wasn't the original owner, he bought it a few years ago. But I will keep it, hes put in alot of effort into himself and it will be idiotic for me to just sell it like that. Plus I'll learn a lot
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-05-2013, 10:01 PM
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Keep it and come wheeling with us! My Jeep has a long family history as well (its been in the family since it was new.)

Im just a couple hours North of you. Are you on JBLM?

Get a hold of this group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/jblm...epers/?fref=ts

Beat it to fit, paint it to match!

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post #8 of 10 Old 05-05-2013, 10:18 PM
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As long as the Mods are bolt-on, I see no foul. Hacking the quarters, frame stretching, putting a 'glass tub etc... will change, but maybe not decrease its' value. These are Jeeps, not Corvettes. I have yet to see anybody make an issue of #s matching. Nice, but not necessary
Besides, that is a mighty fine CJ, and I don't see much more you would have to do to make it a 1st class trail kicker!

I've also learned that sometimes... when people don't agree with you .... its best to hold them down and kidney punch them till they agree with you
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post #9 of 10 Old 05-06-2013, 05:14 AM
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Keep it and turn it into this.

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post #10 of 10 Old 05-06-2013, 01:11 PM
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Matt, that terrain is what rental cars are for. Not nice heirloom CJs!

I've also learned that sometimes... when people don't agree with you .... its best to hold them down and kidney punch them till they agree with you
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