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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-08-2002, 08:15 PM
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\'72 CJs...any good?

Are the early '70's Jeeps any good? How about the AMC V8's? Any mod that is a must? I'm looking to buy. Thanks.



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Re: \'72 CJs...any good?

aren't all Jeeps good?! haha...seriously though...it all depends on what the Jeep has and its condition. If it has a stout drivetrain, its nice cause you can wheel it how it is and not break stuff. However, a weaker drivetrain means you can usually get it cheaper and swap out the weaker components for those that you could never get in a stock Jeep, even as options. It all depends on what you're looking for and what you want to do with it (and what you're willing to do it and spend, of course). My cousin has a 72 CJ-5 but he put in a chevy 350, dana 44s F and R with detroits, muncie 4sp and dana 20, fiberglass body, full roll cage and 32 muds. Its a nice 72 but theres not much Jeep left to it. The older Jeeps tend to have had stouter drive lines (V8, T-18, D44 rear) so look for those components if you're looking for a tough rig to start with. If you're just gonna swap anyway, get something with a weak drivtrain and get swappin! Good luck!

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Re: \'72 CJs...any good?

Jeeps 55-71 were fairly similar. '72 is when the V-8s started going in them. I have a '74 with a 304, and enjoy it a lot. Body goodies (tops, doors and such) are a little harder to come by then the post '76 models, but that just makes the scrounging more fun! If a '72 was in good shape, and the price right, I'd buy it! I paid $1200 for my 3sp, 304, D44 rear, metal hardtop, fairly rusty CJ5, and figured I got a fair deal for my area. I know in some places you could probably have gotten the same rig for $500, but this is Alaska, and if it is 4x4 and runs, it's worth $1000!

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Re: \'72 CJs...any good?

I have a 72 I like it but,mine has a 3-speed,no power steering,or disc brakes and the wiring is a nightmare.But it has a Dana 44 and a u channel frame so it flexs nice.If you buy it and are gonna wheel it hard you better put in a hydralic clutch the stock linkage sux.Some also come with 4.27 gears which is nice.

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My son had a '72 and as mentioned in an earlier answer the "cluch linkage sucks." It was a cable set up and needed constant attention. John

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'72 should have an I-6 if stock, either a 232 or 258. Could have been changed though. Also probably has a 3 spd, either T-14 or T-15, with a 20 t-case, although the 4-1 T-18 was an option behind the inline 6. It should have a flanged, centered 30 spline dana 44 rear with an open knuckle drum brake 30 front that can easily be converted to discs. It should have 11" drums now. It will have hanging pedals with mechanical bellcrank, pushrod type linkage, not cable, and firewall mounted brake master cylinder. It will have Saginaw steering box mounted on the frame rail just like the newer ones, although with a heavier duty mount. Look for cracks in the front crossmember, around the spring mounts, and especially around where the clutch linkage pivot mounts to the frame. Look for rust on the sides under the area where it says Jeep on the side and under the passenger seat in the tool box. Also drop the windshield and check for rust inside the windshield frame (not surface but real rust). Check to make sure wiper linkage is good as some of the pieces are no longer available. You're going to find that small stuff like windshield hold downs, tailgate hinges (if it has a tailgate, some did some didn't), etc. are no longer available so used is the only way you can go. The clutch linkage will probably be worn out but the parts are still available. Personally I would convert to hydraulic. With a little fab work it's pretty easy. Good luck. Nickmil.

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