5 all the way due to condition and 304.
Agreed, I'd feel more comfortable paying 4k for the cj5.The 304 CJ5 is more unusual these days but the buy-in feels a bit tall. But with your stated interest it might be the most interesting. If the CJ7 were 304 I wouldn’t be vacillating/ however, the CJ7 will probably be less headaches
Good point, I am 5' 10" small build so that does not play a big factor in the decision.Are you big and/or tall? If so, you might want to go with the CJ-7 for entry & exit ease and comfort. I know being 6'5" and 300+, there's no way I can fit comfortably into a CJ-5... especially, not an older one with the bus driver steering wheel and fixed column.
You're concerned with resale though? The CJ7 will appeal to larger market. Nice ones certainly seem demand more money than a similar CJ5.Good point, I am 5' 10" small build so that does not play a big factor in the decision.
I have noticed resale is higher for the cj7, but the v8 motors seems to be in higher demand than the i6, just due to the "wow factor" it seems.You're concerned with resale though? The CJ7 will appeal to larger market. Nice ones certainly seem demand more money than a similar CJ5.
I do like the power for the choke zip tied to the fuel line on it too. That's fun.
That's good Information thank you. I knew about looking for cracks at the hangers but did not know to investigate further. Frame is painted which I personally don't like because it's easier to hide things. But I will inspect the frame closely and be sure to look for any other signs.CJ parts, and repairs to any of it, can be expensive, so, based on that statement alone, buy the jeep with the most “goodies” for the least money and the least amount of repairs, that meets your needs/desires on how you plan to use the jeep.. The 1972-1975 “mid” body model has a C channel frame where 1976 to 1979 are boxed and stronger than the C channel. When looking at a C channel CJ, check the frame at the rear spring hanger on the front springs for cracks in the frame. This is a common spot for problems and many jeeps have been poorly patched. Repairing a bad patch can be an expense too. Even if the frame isn’t cracked or patched at this spot the frame may be bent. The front of the jeep may show a tattle tail sign of the bent frame as the hood/fenders will appear to be bent up slightly. Also, if you look at the sides of the tub in front of the door opening down low you will see that the tub metal will be “pooched” out a little, kind of like a bubble. This is from the frame pushing up, and the problem seems to be exacerbated by the weight of the AMC 304 and crazy driving. Many who own C channel CJs box the frame. There have been several articles on the process published over the years. I owned a 1972 CJ5 with the AMC 304 and experienced these issues but would not hesitate to buy another C channel framed CJ, if the price was right.
I believe you are correct, to me the inline 6 is more desirable just because of the history and the durability.Going through now what is already done to the CJ5 I will tell right now it is worth far more than a $1,000. One of the days folks are going to realize the scarcity of 304 powered intermediates and will pay for them.
You haven't mentioned anything hard to fix on the 73. The blower motor is available and easy to install. It goes in from the inside and is a 30-minute job. No folks the Blazer motor upgrade won't work on this Jeep. PS upgrade is harder but doable. Transmissions are available.
Go with scarcity and class and not commonality.
Since you have experience with both motors would you mind giving the pros and cons of any between the two?i would go with the cj5. a buddy had one back in my army days in the 90s and that cj5 with a 304 and those glass packs made for a fun day of riding tank trails through the woods at fort benning. that thing always started and never got stuck.
and i had a cj5. i had the 4.2 though, which was fine. the cj5 smaller body made the jeep able to go through one thing none of my wranglers could go through the same way. it could go straight on through a drainage ditch across the street from my house where the wranglers would dig the bumpers and get stuck so you would have to go through at an angle instead.
that cj5 would just drop in and climb out the other side with no trouble.
that ditch was our test for jeeps to see how well they did. some jeeps couldn't go through, even at an angle because of how deep the ditch was
For what it is worth I wouldn't pay extra for a 304. I like the 258. My buddy's son has a 77 with a 360 and we went/raced up a mountain together. The only rule was once in third gear we stayed there. I left him behind with a little extra torque and a lot better gear ratio. The 304 equipped intermediate is more desirable mainly because there were less of them. Intermediates are the best of both worlds with the early CJ tub and lack of comfort, but with later CJ power.I believe you are correct, to me the inline 6 is more desirable just because of the history and the durability.
But people seem to fawn over the v8s, and that should only Increase as emission controls clamp down further and v8s are no longer allowed to be manufactured.
Nothing to difficult to fix, transmission should be a easy fix, I'm betting it's just synchros. If not t15 can be had for a nice price. I will look into blower motor kits, like I said I'd never use it but I'm sure it would add to resale down the road.