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Old 08-18-2010, 08:35 PM   #1
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Bought my first Jeep, it's a beater

So I just went out and bought my first jeep. I'm a noob and not a big car person and had set a goal for 3500 Max, looking more at 3000 and found an OLD beater for 2500.

1959 CJ5(it's actually a wily's)
MODIFIED WITH FORD 302 V8
C4 AUTO TRANSMISSION
SPICER TWIN STICK TRANSFER CASE WITH WARN OVER DRIVE
CUSTOM HEADERS WITH DUAL EXHAUST
SAGINAW STEERING CONVERSION WITH TILT WHEEL
RENEGADE BODY
NEW BEST TOP SUPER TOP
2 1/2 IN SUPER LIFT WITH 31X10.5X15 TIRES
WARN PREMIUM LOCK OUT HUBS
BRAND NEW EDLBROCK CARB.
RUNS AND DRIVES SURPRISINGLY WELL
COLLAPSIBLE "Drawtight" TOW HITCH



I'm sure I'm in for one hell of a learning curve and probably could have found something newer/better for my money. But it runs, the guy I bought it from runs a part shop and was willing to change out a bunch of the stuff right there for me.

I know it's a custom job and far from a traditional jeep, but it's 4WD, it runs, it's an automatic(I know I know, I have a bad knee and have problems with clutches, and the wife can't drive a clutch, I"m deploying she needs a 4WD just in case this winter) but most of all it's mine and it feels good.

It's a little beat up, needs some paint, but for what I'm looking for the price was good, a running 4WD for 2500.

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Nice find!

You won't find many Jeeps for that kind of money. You can find 4WD anything else for that kind of money though. Good job!

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Old 08-18-2010, 08:41 PM   #3
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Good going. I'd buy it!
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:46 PM   #4
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Well that makes me feel a hell of a lot better, all my buddies think I'm nuts cause I don't know a lot about cars, and a custom would be harder to learn, I'm not dumb in any capacity, just HATE engines, butsted my knuckles wide open when I was 12 hated them since. I did find an 87 and an 89, both 5 speed, one with a hard top, but blinkers didn't work for 3000 the other was 2500. We moved to CO this year and the wife is preg with me deploying(don't pity us please, it's a curse both other two I was deployed too...) but I don't want to leave her without a 4WD just in case while I'm gone.
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:06 PM   #5
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CJs are always a great find, also sounds like you got a good bit of extras. It will take some money and some upkeep but once you have all the bugs worked out you'll have a great rig you can be proud as hell of. Congrats, better start saving for all the Jeep stuff you want, oh and a college fund LOL. Enjoy and welcome
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:22 PM   #6
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Looks great.
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Old 08-19-2010, 03:58 PM   #7
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First: I am very happy I bought this and do not have regrets, BUT:

OMFG all the small stuff is already drowning me. I'm at work will get some good pics up tonight, this thing is a beast, on the test drive we only got up to 35 and did some minor off roading, at 55 it feals like a race car.

1. The speedometer doesn't work(easy fix, or I'd think)Using my GPS for speed, but need that millage.
2. The fuel gauge is flakey as all get up(know my fuel, use the "dip stick" and see how much is there"
3. the mufflers(yes 2 of them) are under the doors and are about 8 inches from the rear tires, they exhast onto them, this should be bad?
4. Broken mirror(wah wah wah, easy)
5. Electrical is a custom mess, thank god this is the one area I'm half way good at.
6. seat does not move, wife is pregnant, will not be able to drive it while I"m deployed... This is not necisarily bad right?


I know I'm whining, but these are just the stuff I found ont he way home, and it's more of a "bugs to fix" thing, the mufflers and the speedometer are my two biggest worries, will get a good pick of it tonight for some feedback. Thanks.
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nice man good luck sounds like youll work those bugs out soon and i lol'd about the seat not adjusting
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Yeah I just figured out there is no parking break and you can release the "Park" on the transmission without the key in. Gotta be careful about that with kids thats for sure.



The bench is an old chevy blazer seat. The switch hanging out of that mess of wires is the heater switch.


The stearing wheel has wood on it and is wrapped in E-Tape, so I put a stretch cover on as a temp, my hands were black from the tape. The engine(I'm told is a 302 V8 from a 65(and a 1/2?) mustang. The grey box in the middle is the computer. I've got so much to learn here...
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If your going to be using it in the winter, it's gonna be cold...the old willys CJ5s had the worst heat and defrost of all the 5's, even if it still works correctly.

My headers come out the sides and my pipes are exiting just before my tires. Cut em back a little and cut them on an angle out away from your tires and you won't have any problems.

Awesome score and congrats!!...I'm partial to the pre-'76 CJ5s...
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Yeah I just figured out there is no parking break and you can release the "Park" on the transmission without the key in. Gotta be careful about that with kids thats for sure.



The bench is an old chevy blazer seat. The switch hanging out of that mess of wires is the heater switch.


The stearing wheel has wood on it and is wrapped in E-Tape, so I put a stretch cover on as a temp, my hands were black from the tape. The engine(I'm told is a 302 V8 from a 65(and a 1/2?) mustang. The grey box in the middle is the computer. I've got so much to learn here...
Couldn't be from a '65. The 302 wasn't made in 65. V8 'stangs had a 289 (and a few the 260). The 302 came later. Basically a bored out 289. I think it was in 1968 or thereabouts.
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my biggest fear on the mufflers is carbon monoxide. I'm gonna see if I can get a pipe welded on the end to push it outward so there's not chance of going into the cab. I got kids and a pregnant wife to worry about lol. As far as the winter, unfortunately I will be missing this winter, thanks for the info on the defrost though I'll have to remember that next winter. I can't wait to get the small things fixed so I can start doing some trail riding, not extreme stuff, more scenic for now. I got a couple leaks pool size of about a cookie on one, will take it to the shop I got it from this weekend, ask about that and the speedometer, I know to expect leaks with something this old, but still worth checking out.
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You don't need a parking brake. Just toss a chunk of 4x4 in the truck to stick under the wheel when parked!

Nice truck, man, have fun with it!
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I will trully show my ignorace hear. The guy I bought it from, who runs a parts shop and rebuilds and sells them, told me it's a 302 V8, just like what they had in mustangs and he believes it came from a 65 1/2, so apparently he is not an engine guy and I"m an ignorant noob, but what you said makes sense, what is the best way I can tell which it is? I'm looking at getting a pcv vacuum valve set up for my valve cover, havn't got a clue how yet, but was pointed in the right direction kinda. Just no clue where to start.
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I will trully show my ignorace hear. The guy I bought it from, who runs a parts shop and rebuilds and sells them, told me it's a 302 V8, just like what they had in mustangs and he believes it came from a 65 1/2, so apparently he is not an engine guy and I"m an ignorant noob, but what you said makes sense, what is the best way I can tell which it is? I'm looking at getting a pcv vacuum valve set up for my valve cover, havn't got a clue how yet, but was pointed in the right direction kinda. Just no clue where to start.
I wouldn't know how to tell what year the engine is, or what it came out of, or even if it matters. I'm not much of an engine guy myself, just somebody who had had a few Mustangs (my 2nd favorite ride).

You could try this, if you can find the casting number on the block. Sorry, but I don't know where it is. I'd guess on the side, just above the exhaust manifold.

Block

If that page doesn't do it, Google "ford engine identification numbers" and try a different link. The info is out there.

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