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Old 11-16-2011, 10:14 AM   #1
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Buying another Jeep? Help

Am thinking about buying a 1973 cj-5. It's a v-8 with around 200k miles on it. Trying to see what it's worth, he wants 2000. Any help is much appreciated!
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:16 AM   #2
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To me that sounds a little high. I got my 79 V-8 4 speed rust free for $3400. with 84K on it. How much recent work has it had?

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None as of lately. The engine was rebuilt less than 10,000 miles ago.
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:38 AM   #4
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What is your intent with the cj?

One thing that is never consistent is price...Jeep's vary a ton in price. But a good rule of thumb is a running/driving jeep or 4wd for that matter is worth $1000 all day long. But what you can get from $1000 to $3000 is pretty wide open. There is a project YJ on here for $2500 that IMO would be a better buy.

But it is the intermediate year of 72-75 so parts are limited. A '76 up has a lot more choices. Plus I like the extra room of a CJ7 and prices of jeep reflect that as well since 7's bring more money than 5's generally. But a CJ5 can go in some really, really tight places.
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:44 AM   #5
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I'm sure I can talk him down some, he's a good friend. I plan to trail ride and short trips around town. I already have a 99 wrangler on 33's. And a car as a daily driver. This would be more of a fun jeep for me!
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My 73 had rusted body mounts and the frame kept on cracking passenger side right in front of the body. Might have cracked on drivers side too, can't remember. Hard to stop with 33s and 4 wheel drums
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If it is going to be just a "toy" for you to run, then I see no problem. Don't expect a friendly ride in it...my 1972 has no power steering or power brakes, and yes...4 drum brakes need more stopping distance. $2000 ain't bad, but if you can get it for less then it would be a good score. Check the clutch linkage to see if it has been updated or is still cable actuated...cable is HARD to get and you can adapt the 1976 and up setup on the bell housing, what I did. As mentioned, check the frame for cracks. They are prone to cracking and bend/flex easy. They can be beefed up pretty easy and repaired since they are c channel frames. Body rust is a major factor, but you can get panels easily.

Parts are harder to find for the Intermediates, but can be had if looking in the right places. I love my 1972, and 1973 is very similar. Should have D44 rear and D30 up front, T15 3 speed was the standard mated behind a factory 304 V8...4 speed was rare, but if it is equipped with it, you have a good setup. Dana 20 should be the T-case. 1972 and 73 were the better years for the 304 initially. Good luck!!
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From the pic's appears to be some issues with at least the front shackles.
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From the pic's appears to be some issues with at least the front shackles.
Looks like the old "I'll fix the sagging springs with homemade shackles" remedy.

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