Not sure about your question on the engine swap but it may not be a bad idea to just swap the drivetrain over to a later cj setup....get a dana 20 or even better dana 300 out of the deal. But I have no idea if they fit without modification.
Or the Buick V6 that came in them...I hear they are good engines too.
It's red too.
The 6 cyl. (258) may not fit. The pre-1972 cjs are shorter from the tub/cowl to the grill. That is why the 4 cyl. and optional Buick Dauntless V6 were the engines back then. 1972 was the first year of the intermediate, and AMC lengthened the "nose" of the jeep from the firewall so that there engines would be integrated from their other auto lines would fit. If you pull a 1972 and later CJ5 next to a pre-1972, you'll notice the hood and fenders are longer.
1972 and up used the 232 I6 before the 258 came along for the cj line, and the 304 V8 option. Also, the rear axle may be a non centered differential, as the transfer cases were not of the "centered" drive shaft style (D18). I could be wrong, but just what I have encountered in research and some past experiences with pre-1972 cjs.
Here is the second pic I have received. Still looks like the ole' girl is in pretty good shape. This picture was taken after the vandals took out the windshield. No big deal to me as long as they did not take their bats/whatever to the sheet metal. From the two pictures I have seen of this CJ, and remember I have not seen it in person, I am leaning towards a factory type restore. No lift kit, no over size tires, no engine swaps. Just return this jeep to the way the engineers designed it over 40 years ago.
I already have two other jeeps. One is a 88 YJ that is slightly modified. An 87 that will be built to the hilt with V8 power and all that goes with that. I would love to have an old CJ that is as close to original as I can get it. And I think I have found it.
I will know more in a couple of months when I go "down south" to get it.
The badge on the lower front of the tub (where the jeep letters are) looks like the old badge for the Buick V6...if so, a real good score! Kudos on a restore. Anyone can hack and chop a classic into an offroad Frankenstein, but a restore is more class for this machine. Good luck.
Thank you Tarby. I agree with you, it is tempting to go all out on this, but to me, since I am pretty new to the whole jeep scene, I really want to get to the roots of what made a Jeep a Jeep. And the best way I know how is to be bone stock. Really looking forward to this build and believe me, I will have a build thread on this vehicle.
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Well looks like I won't be getting this '5. While she was in Boston the ranch hand sold it to a guy who was interested in it months before she asked me if I wanted it. Since they had not heard back from him they assumed he didn't want it.
That had the factory V-6, has the V-6 badge. I've owned my 1966 CJ-5 since buying it with 2,000 miles in 1967. I've done a lot to it since then, Ramsey PTO winch, warn overdrive, 5.38 gears with LS, 11 inch brakes and more. It's a great jeep and I get a lot of compliments on it when out jeeping.