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Old 01-13-2011, 04:06 AM   #1
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51 cj 5, need opinions

considering buying a 51 cj5, whats your opinion of this little beast? What would be a good price range?

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Old 01-13-2011, 07:35 AM   #2

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I thought 54 was the first year for the CJ-5?

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Old 01-13-2011, 09:13 AM   #3
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Yea, probably a CJ3A or CJ5 project or just wrong date on title. Prices are all over the board. The biggest thing that affects price is the amount of rust on the tub, mechanical condition of course and after market options, modifications and other goodies. After looking at it closely, what it is worth really depends on just how close it is to how you like them. If it is exactly what you want or you can visualize what it will look like when you are done then it will be worth more to you. When it comes to jeeps, everyone has pretty specific requirements. Have fun in the process! !
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It's either not a CJ5, or it's not a 1951. Could be a CJ3B or 3A, or any of several other military or civilian variants. Got a picture?

Prices would be anywhere from $50 to $50,000, depending on whole range of issues. As a general rule, early Jeeps are collectible, but not to the point where you will get back the money you put into them.

A "survivor" early Jeep that's been sitting for years, and still has all the original equipment can be a great vehicle. BUT it was basic and uncivilized even when sold new. It will be uncomfortable, very slow, and very unrefined.

A modified early jeep can be anything from pure awesomeness to pure crap.

I guess I'm saying that you need to provide more information!
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:15 AM   #5
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I was thinking not enough information or $50.00 to $5,000.

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Old 01-13-2011, 06:15 PM   #6
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I dont have any more information on it ,just started a new job 2 weeks ago in the maintenance department of this plant,the lead man and I got to talking about jeeps. and he told me he had a 51 cj5 that he bought off one of his friends just to help him out cause he was haveing a rough time.
Told me that when he put it in 4 wheel drive, all the tires gripped.said it wouldnt do over 50mph. I'm just interested in it for a trail rider.On anouther forum,someone had mentioned that it might have been one of the first cj5 to come out,but he acknowledged that they didnt go into production till 1954.
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The style of early jeeps is great. They are the most iconic vehicle ever made. They have an honest design that no car or wrangler now comes close to. My 1960 cj has 4 shift levers, pto points, and no plastic anywhere. We'll never sell it.

But I don't drive it much. It won't go over 50. I couldn't imagine driving it to moab.

Think of that jeep more as a boat than a car. Great toy, fun on weekends. Not the least bit practical.

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