Hey Fella's, first let me say hello. I'm new here. I love Jeeps but sold mine when I had a baby. Now I've been dying to get another, but I think I want to just get one to use on the ranch (in place of an ATV). Here's the deal:
1) I'm embarking on a rebuild of a CJ5! A friend of mine located one that's exactly what I'm looking for. But it's in a barn in a snowpacked area. Inaccesable for retrieval until spring. All we know is it's a CJ5. See the pics.
2) Is there a way to tell the year from these pics? I am trying to find as much info. about this model of jeep as I can before I get it. He said he thinks it's an early 80's make.
3) If you can tell what year it is, did they make 4X4's that year? I can only find RWD trannys for early 80's CJ5. If it's not 4 X 4, is it a big deal to make it so.
I know nothing about rebuilding jeeps, but I have several friends that are fairly decent mechanics that say they could do it. One wants to put a chevy 350 engine in it and find a tranny that will match it. The other guy says just take whats in it and rebuild it to stock specs. It will be basically used as a beater around the ranch for hunting and carrying feed. Just going to sand blast the rust, patch any holes, cover it all in rhino lining and cover the seats. But I want it mechanically reliable.
My budget is about $4000. I dont know if this is realistic or not but if I have to spend more than that, I may as well just buy a new ATV.
THANKS Guy's....any help or insight for this newbie is truly appreciated
I'M PSYCHED, can't wait for spring!!!!