I found a local guy selling a 1981 CJ-5. It has a 4banger 150cid and I am assuming its the Iron Duke. My intentions were to scope out and buy a CJ7 but the prices are pretty crazy lately around here (I live in Europe). I was doing some homework on the Iron Duke, it only has 95hp, apparently good torque, meant for low speeds. I am not looking for a fast car, I already have one of those. I am looking to go on trails, play in the sand, go camping.
My questions are....
~Is this a favorable CJ? Should I wait to see if I can score a CJ7 ?
~Its a 4x4, gas engine, unknown model trans but it is a manual gearbox, unknown transfer case, and gear ratios. Are the gears hard to find?
~Being that this is a 2.5L L4, is it possible to drop in a later model 2.5L 4-banger out of the 2000s Jeeps? I do like the Fuel Injection, I am no stranger to carb's but I want dependability and elevation adjustments.
~Are there weak spots in this frame? Problematic spots of rust? Weak suspension points?
I would like to take it all apart and rebuild it from scratch. Re-work the suspension/braking, give it a 4"-6" lift, 34" tires. Repair the body and customize the interior.
Also, being that I have never sat in a CJ-5...Would someone who is say oh...6'5 fit comfortably in it?
Thanks to all who read and reply.