I am looking at a 1977 CJ5. He is asking $2000 for it and I want everyone's opinion. Here are some some stats. At the bottom I will include what I want to do to it and I would like to have everyone's opinion.
-It's hurkey bedlined, in and out, and RUST FREE.
-It has a custom rollcage that boxes off the top of the jeep and has a netting to store stuff including the the spare tire.
-There is a light custom light bar in the front w/ 4 fog lights, and 2 spotlights on the back of the rollcage.
-The engine is an inline 6 that was rebuilt 4 years ago and is bored over 30 along w/ a 3sp. tranny
-The exhaust is a catback exhaust
-A 4 in. lift w/ 33in super swampers
-Dana 44's front and rear w/ a 4.10 gear ratio
----STUFF TO DO----
-put a heater in it
-install a new HEI distributor
-put a sound system w/ maybe a sound bar
-get a bikini top with a wind jammer
-run a new wire from the alternator to the battery
-get a kill switch for the battery
If anyone has information on these last items let me know. Also everyone let me know about anything else that would be nice to add to the jeep.
PS someone tell me how I can add pics to it so I can get them uploaded for everyone to see.
Sounds sweet. Can't wait to see it.
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Most of the mods you have planned are pretty straight forward and with a little mechanical skill should be no problem for you.
The best thing you have going for you is 44's front and rear!!!
If you maintain it well that rebuilt engine should last you a good long time, as well.
Oh, and as you use it... you will figure out plenty of other things you want to do. Sounds like it will wheel just fine as it is now though.
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just one thing to think about this custom roll cage, who did the work, is it solid what kind of tube, and will the aftermarket tops work on it or are you gonna have to rig something up to keep the tops on
and make sure to be VERY VERY careful wiht that exhaust pipe that is sticking up, it will be WICKED HOT DO NOT TOUCH IT!!!!
personally i dont like the diamond plate rear, but hey if you do it works,
last thing you probably will want ot add something between the tires and the engine, youy dont want to get more water in the engine compartment if you can help it, plus it hides the rusty pipes
lastly if i were you i would add a little bit of flare to the tube fenders b/c they just look weird to me
all in all though thats gonna be an awesome go anywhere rig
and one last thing just b/c it has a snorkel and raised exahaust doesnt mean it can go in ten ffet deep, make sure to ask the po about the diff breather tubes, the tranny and if all electrical connections are water tight
besides that looks like an AWESOME off road rig!!!!!!!!!!!
i just knwo that i bought my Cj for $500 thinking it was gonna be a really cool cheap car, now one year later ive spent $1200 on it and it still inst readyt to be registered and i just go tit running well last week, i guess im just trying to not let that happent o anyone else, it would have been way better to buy a $2000 CJ that ran great adn could be registered than the $500 one i thought i could fix up easily,
What do you mean I wouldn't be able to register it. This guy has it registered currrently and he drives it quite a bit. I'm seeing it needs mirrors and turn signals. What else do you think that I need to do to make it road worthy. I want something that will do well w/ trails, hince the cj5, but I also want it to be able to be a descent road driver.
well, it has a plate on it from indiana, and kecklogan is from indiana...
That doesn't necessarily matter.
I can register something out in the county that would never pass here in the city.
When I was in California, I had a list of places that would pass your smog if you greased the right palms.
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-thanks for the advice. If anyone has an idea on how to fit one of the bikini tops and a wind breaker let me know. I was thinking about running the bikini top under the roll cage and I am still trying to figure out the dust cover for the rear. The actual wind breaker will be really easy to throw on.
-another point. DB I see your point, but I still would like to know what kind of stuff I need to look into fixing in order to get it into regulation order. If anyone knows the standards for Indiana let me know so I can see what and how much it will take to get it fixed up.
I know thats main, but this is pretty much just hickville indiana. They dont even look at vehicles when purchasing the liscense all they ask for is year, model, and vin #. But still, if anyone knows what I need to do let me know
no prob i always like to help another CJ owner out!
i hope they are still left when i retire to restore one, but i think by then they will all jus tbe rust it makes me sad to know i wont be able to restore these old jeeps like a lot of the older ppl that are on earlycj5.com
actually, indiana has no emmision testing.... or anything for that matter throughout the entire state. you just go to the branch give em the VIN and you get your plate. here in indiana we are conservative enough to know the truth about global warming (not the liberal tree hump'n, sniff your own farts emmision philosophy )
Logan,the CJ looks like fun. I don't think you would have any problems getting it plated. I would just make sure that all the lights work (head, tail, signals, and plate). Make sure the license plate is lit at night. I work with law enforcement and that will almost always get you pulled over for cause. Hoosiers don't have to worry about emissions like stated above. I say have fun.
Wow, thank you so much for clearing up this mess. I'll have to look into installing turn signales, because it currently does not have them and I will make sure that the liscense is well lighted at night.