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michiganadam 05-30-2013 05:37 AM

debating a dj5d
Theres a dj5d for sale near me that was just retired from mail duty 3 months ago. Runs and supposedly the only thing wrong with it is a little "surface rust" and the stereo and gas gauge dont work. Theyre asking 1 big one.

It has a dana 44 with a posi and a chrysler 727 automatic and a 232 amc straight six

Is it a sin to mod one? Will i go to hell? I think itd be fun to take to a drive through. Since it has surface rust, i assume there are multiple rust holes. I have no pics yet.

lynn 05-30-2013 07:04 AM

Waiting for pics :pop:

aelwero 05-31-2013 02:04 PM

- I liked mine so much I bought a second one :)
- 232 is a trooper, and the 727 isn't horrible either
- never seen one in civilian hands that wasn't modded.
- see them start in the 1k-2k range, but they always wind up far below 1K (mine was $400 with zero haggling)
- finding parts is... interesting.
- If you don't want to acquire some fabricating skills and tools, you might want to skip it ;) the lack of aftermarket (and even OEM) support will turn you into MacGyver in short order.
- before long, you'll be trying to figure out why you're seriously considering a $350 HEI upgrade for your $400 jeep... (if/when you get there, just buy it... SO worth it)
- a DJ5 at freeway speeds is alarming. worse than any CJ5 I've seen. (that may be due to extreme mileage though)
- It's great fun, but the questions will come non stop, and some are retarded...

I have 2 right handers, and have had my DJ for 10 years or so. If you have any questions/concerns, fire away ;)

michiganadam 06-02-2013 09:22 AM

im used to bad oem support causing macgyver solutions. I drive a mopar after all (jk).

I wonder why the djs are so bad on the highway...

I think id chop the top in the style of those scions.....think itd look great...

aelwero 06-03-2013 02:25 PM

seen a few chopped ones, but only in terms of removing the roof to make it look like a CJ5.

I think mine is bad on the freeway because it delivered mail 6 days a week for 30 years, so the springs got some pretty ridiculous mileage on them. I was told the speedo rolled over twice before it broke in 1995, so 279K plus 5 more years of delivering mail, plus 10 years of me owning it...

I usually call that "easily over 300K miles", but it's probably closer to 400K :)

the engine got swapped in '81 to a 232, and despite some obvious wear and tear (all the pushrods are different lengths for example...), it's still going like a champ.

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