This '5 looks clean from the pics, but I would certainly want to lay eyes on it before handing over cash.
Even though this CJ looks good in the pics, a lot can be hiding under that lip stick red paint and selective photography.
It's not common for 'restored' CJ's to be sitting at Dealerships for-sale either. To me, that would be a red flag. Even though this one appears to have a lot of crown parts, they still add up quick and whoever flipped the bill to get this one 'freshened' up probably sank a small fortune in it (like all of us have), so I have a tough time thinking that he would take it to a Dealership and trade it in (for pennies on the dollar, as a Dealership only entertains KBB values - they do not consider aftermarket parts for trade-in value). If he tried to sell it privately first, I would ask myself why it didn't sell. Only other way the Dealership would've bought it is at a whole-sale auction, which again, I would question the CJ's history/condition. Perhaps it belongs to the owner and he is advertising it through the Dealership though...
Have you ever riden in, or drove a '5? If not, I recommend that you do so prior to buying one. They are shorter wheelbase than a '7, which means less storage room in the backseat area. Also, depending on your size, some people have a difficult time getting in and up of them, as well as leg room. You can 'notch' the rear fender to create a few more inches, but I doubt you would want to cut up a CJ like you're looking for.
That rubber fuel line laying on the header would/should be re-routed
Good advice. Just found out it's a two wheel drive too. What kind of horsepower do you guesstimate. Chevy 350
This one does have a small block Chevy engine. I'm courious what transmission this has, the shift lever is low for what gear it might be in and the transfer case if its not the jeep tranny.
For a nice looking jeep like this appears to be, I wouldn't expect to see the yellow butt connector, or so much rubber fuel line. Factory SBC's use a metal fuel line from the fuel pump to above the valve cover.
1957 WILLYS pickup,
1973 J 4000,
1978 CJ7 DD.
1979 CJ7 360, TH400/Quadratrac.
1980 CJ5 trail Jeep.
1989 YJ the CJ to YJ.
There is no way to tell without a dyno. Anywhere from 170ish to ~300 would be likely. 200-225 is probably a good guess if it runs well and isnt a "built" motor.
Personally I'd avoid anything without working 4wd unless the price was just too good to pass up.
Had: '75CJ5 (back when they still made them), '76CJ7, '99 TJ.
Have: Metallic Silver '78 CJ7 Golden Eagle, 304 V8, ps., pb., A/C, ~3" Lift, 12.5"x33"x15 BFG AT's., T150/Dana20, Dana30/AMC20, 4.56 gearing, white hardtop.