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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-30-2003, 12:00 AM
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is this jeep worth the money?

I found a 79 CJ5 with an I6 at a dealership for three grand. I was hoping you guys could answer some questions i have:
1) About how much do you think it's worth?
2) How big of an issue is the rust?
3) When I go back to drive it Saturday is there anything in particular I should check? I will have a mechanic look at it.
4) Do these axles look like a Dana 30 and AMC 20? Will they hold up to a locker, 32" tires and moderate wheeling?
5) http://www.off-road.com/jeep/swb/articles/specgrid.htm says that it came with a T-150 3 speed and a Quadratrac transfer case, but it's a four speed. How can I check the model transmission and transfercase?
6) Can I tell if the frame is straight?
7) If it checks out mechanically sound with a jeep dealer, not the one selling it, what kind of things could go wrong that they wouldn't be able to foresee?
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Your pic`s aren`t working.
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last one maybe? should be able to put more than one pic per post.
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1) About how much do you think it's worth?
2) How big of an issue is the rust?
3) When I go back to drive it Saturday is there anything in particular I should check? I will have a mechanic look at it.
4) Do these axles look like a Dana 30 and AMC 20? Will they hold up to a locker, 32" tires and moderate wheeling?
5) http://www.off-road.com/jeep/swb/articles/specgrid.htm says that it came with a T-150 3 speed and a Quadratrac transfer case, but it's a four speed. How can I check the model transmission and transfercase?
6) Can I tell if the frame is straight?
7) If it checks out mechanically sound with a jeep dealer, not the one selling it, what kind of things could go wrong that they wouldn't be able to foresee?

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1. Not sure
2. The frame is badly rusted. It either needs to be repaired by cutting out the rust and welding in a plate or replace the frame.
3. The front brake lines are too short as evidenced by the unbolted mount at the metal to rubber line connection. Check the metal line for rub through.
4. Yes, dana 30 and AMC 20. Maybe.
5. Quadratrac never came in a CJ5 and always behind the TH400 automatic transmission. In 79, the four speed should be the T-18 and the transfer case will be the dana 20.
6. You'll just have to take a tape measure and a plumb bob to it to find out.
7. Lots.
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Re: is this jeep worth the money?

I'll add into this.

1. Not 3k
2. The rust is definately an issue. As Will said the frame will need work as will the body if you plan to keep it.
3. I'd check that all the lights work, all the switches work, and everything you need to have on it to be safe works. Seatbelts need to be in good shape and bolted solidly to the floor. The body needs to be solidly connected to the frame. There is so much I'd look at. Search through and find other posts similar to this in which LEVE has responded. He has a nice list of things that need to be addressed.
4. Yes to the D30 and AMC20. As for wheeling with them I've got 33's and so far so good. The AMC20 can be weak though when it comes to large tires.
5. I'd say its a T-18 and Dana 20 combo as well. Its what I've got and I love it.
6. One trick I've heard of for checking the frame is to drive through a puddle with all 4 tires. Then see if you get two lines or 4 trailing the Jeep. If you get two then the frame is good. If the lines look whack then the frame is whack.
7. Everything and anything that can go wrong with a Jeep can go wrong. These are not for those who are unwilling to work on them unless you've got $$$$$$$$$$$$.

Would I buy it....maybe. Would I pay 3k for it....not a chance. The thing I like most about it is the top. Other than that its not real special and you can easily find a better vehicle for that price.
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