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Old 04-08-2011, 10:23 AM   #1
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1957 CJ Opportunity

I have been offered (to purchase) a 1957 CJ (I think CJ-5, but I have not seen it and the owner did not know). Through a friend of a friend who does not want it anymore, and drove it as recently as two years ago as a plow jeep for $500.

My question is, how difficult is it to get parts for this vehicle, is this a worthwhile endevor? Anything I should look for or think about aside from the obvious (i.e., old, rust...etc.)

Thanks for any input you can provide, I have never worked on a vehicle this old before.

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Old 04-08-2011, 01:18 PM   #2

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What are your plans for the jeep if you get it, another plow jeep? Parts are easy to come by, rust would be the main concern.

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Mostly a plow jeep, but it would be nice to make it road worthy without breaking the bank. I just dont want to get in a situation where if something fails I wont be able to get parts for it, if parts are easy to come by even for something that old then that sounds like it would work. Like I said, I have not seen it so the frame could already be rotted out...
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Good amount of parts out there, just have to get the right ones. If it is a true 57 CJ5, it will have the inline 4 cyl, which is bullet-proof...it is gonna ride like an old Willys, since it has no power steering (should be the old ross type, not saginaw), no power brakes (all manual hydraulic drums), and noisy...but those are all fun parts of owning an early CJ5. Just be informed that the "newer" CJ5 parts are not really gonna work. There is a lot of 1976 and up CJ5 parts, but very, very little will work for you from the "late" model CJ5. Most stuff from 1970 and older should work on that model. Post some pics so we can drool...I love the old 5's and CJ3B's.
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i say buy it if it runs and moves its worth at least 500
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