Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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Re: Is This a good deal
If fuel economy is important to you, a Jeep CJ is not the place to look. My 258 I6 on its best day at an easy 55-60 on the highway can ALMOST get 18 MPG. The 304s aren't much worse because the culprit is aerodynamic and mechanical drag, not excessive power. Even my old '64 with the little 4 cylinder only got around 18 on the highway.
A different tranny won't help because they're all 1:1 in top gear, unless you were to put in a late model transfer case and an OD transmission. Then any improvement would be slight and never come close to making up the cost of the swap.
You can't make an econobox out of a CJ.
To go back to your original question, being a pre-76 lowers its value to most people because the hood is shorter, so an I-6 won't fit, the frame isn't as strong, and there is not the plethora of aftermarket parts available.
Personally I like the short-hood look, the gas tank under the driver's seat, the toolbox under the passenger seat, the quick-release hinges and the Dana 18 transfer case (don't know if the '75s still had all that). There are times when I think that I'd like an older CJ. Then my Boss whacks me alongside the head and the thoughts go away. [img]images/graemlins/chair.gif[/img]