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Old 07-17-2011, 05:18 PM
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72 CJ5, Should I do it?

Take a look at this ad and let me hear some thoughts on it.

MOAB ready Jeep wrangler CJ5, winch, lockers, lift, SWEET

I am going to look at it here soon so any quick thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 07-17-2011, 05:21 PM   #2
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Look for my comments in your OTHER posting about the 78......

"For Gawd's sake, put a RELAY in there or you could burn the whole damn Jeep to the ground" ...this quote brought to you by people who do not understand the law.....Kirchoff's, Ohm's, or Faraday's.
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Old 07-17-2011, 08:27 PM   #3
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I own a 72 cj5. 1972-1975 are known as intermediate jeeps. They are the red-headed stepchildren of the remains of the Kaiser era jeeps integrated with the AMC influence. A true all AMC jeep started with the 1976 and up cjs. Parts are hard to find, as the 1976 and up jeeps are built differently...wider frames, different trannys, AMC 20 rear ends, the list goes on...

If it is a true 1972 cj5, I don't know how he got the 400 trans in it. The rear drive shaft must be about 3 inches long, unless he stretched the wheel base and outboarded the rear spring hangers. I could be wrong, but it's damn near impossible to get it to work. Look it over real good and just make sure it isn't a 1976 and later with a 1972 title and registration. That's when it gets fun to get parts...not knowing exactly what you have.
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Ya this thing was much more valuable to him that it would be to anyone else, even though he didn't do any of the work. When I pulled up I knew it was not going to be good and as I got closer it only confirmed that. All of the "upgrades" were 100% custom. Nothing would be replaceable at all. There were loose wires running everywhere and just was not a clean jeep at all. It was built solid for sure but like I said, if anything were to break there would be no way to replace it short of building it myself and I am not qualified to do that. The onboard air compressor was not even hooked up and apparently takes a super special belt to hook it into the engine and make it work, plus I would have to run a bunch of wiring. The seats were crap. Oh and he just mentioned in passing that the transmission leaks pretty good but that it's not a big deal because it is under the skid plate and catches it all. I almost laughed when he said that. Then I was looking under the front and noticed a pretty good oil drip going down the front left tire. I told him it looked like he had an axle seal leaking and he told me it wasn't that but that it was motor oil. I got to looking closer and the entire front transfer case and axle, everything up there was soaked in oil. He blew it off and said it was a minor fix but whatever. Unless he sells it to me for like $3,000 so I can fix everything and make it decent I'm not even gonna consider it. I'm really glad I have found this forum before I bought anything or I might have made a really huge mistake. Thanks so much guys!
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Glad you looked it over! I was curious about the TH400 in a 5. I wouldn't put 3k in it if it were me. I've seen jeeps like that around here, but they go for under $1,000. Good luck and happy jeep hunting!
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I would have stopped reading after, full fiberglass body.

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