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Owning a CJ5, it's an "experiance"

So I've had my CJ in my possesion for about 2 months, all but maybe 2 weeks of it so far it has been in the garage in pieces. It's a bit different than the wranglers, broncos, s10's and other assorted jalopies I've owned.

I've had a grin on my face since I loaded it on my trailer when I picked it up.

Some things I've noticed:

Everybody looks/ talks to you when your on the road. I've had a ton of people strike up conversations and make comments at the gas station and they aren't asking me if I'm taking it to the junk yard. I'm pretty sure everybody in my new town by now knows the new shop teacher has that old green jeep.

Men must have been men wheeling jeeps with 3 speeds, boy am I happy with my sm465 swap, I haven't wheeled it on a trail where I need to put it in 4 low yet but I'm excited to. That 3 speed was a disaster on harder trails.

Old jeeps require a lot of work to keep alive, instead of fixing broken factory parts your fixing previous owner(s) reapirs.

86" wheel base with a detroit locker takes some getting used to. Nothing like letting off the gas at 60mph and the jeep wants to dart into the other lane.

CJ5's are really just clown cars, getting in and out with suspension seats and a roll cage is an acrobatic act. Watching some one get in it for the first time is entertaining, fat chicks can't possibly get in it.

Working on these tiny things is a bit different, nothing goes simple. If I need to work on the trans/ t-case from the top or the dash the seats have to come out.

Moral of the story owning an older CJ5 (74 in my case) isn't for the faint of heart but it's a blast. Would I reccomend buying one as a first jeep or as a daily driver no way. Would I buy another for a mixture of short daily driving/ running 2 tracks/ exploring/ running harder you bet ya.
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i like my cj5 it is defferent then any thing i have owend or driven i do like working on it they drive kind of kwirky with a locker but i love it i have to find a new motor me and jr killed it fathers day so its time for my injected 401 well thats my dream but when i wake iup the checkbook says it will be a new yoused 360
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I keep the eye out for early AMC CJ-5s, just LOVE them!
Like a go-cart with a V-8,
And I can't go ANYWHERE without people giving thumbs up and waving, any time I stop there is always someone that comes around asking questions.

I want to know more about the SM-465 swap!
Pictures if you have them!

I'm getting ready to plug a new transmission/transfer in my Jeep,
And there is at least one more I'm going to do this summer,
And trying to find the short bell housing Jeep CJ T-18s is getting old and expensive!

So Many Cats, So Few Recipes...
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I want to know more about the SM-465 swap!
Pictures if you have them!
He just posted it up 3 weeks ago.

https://forums.off-road.com/jeep-shor...j-writeup.html

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CJ5's are a blast, I LOVE MINE

I'm not your average blonde bimbo....I'm above average!!
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When I got my '7 there were two kids and a wife to consider. Otherwise it would have been a '5. Now that the kids are gone and the Jeep is too bouncy for The Boss to ride in for very long I'd turn it into a '5 if wiggling my nose would do it.

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my 75-77 cj 5

it's still sits beside carport with a 350 chevy blown engine out and is being built again. its fiberglass tub and lots and lots of stainless bolts , 2" body lift , SOA, and 9 springs on all 4 coners. kinky top, 3 speed, rewired end to end. maybe id sell her or trade for a s10 some day??? minus engine

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I was on a Nevada backroaders run this weekend, their "policy" is the trails have to be easy enough for a bone stock mall crusier to make it. Needless to say I had the oldest rig out there and most of the people dropped more in 1 shot a 4x4 shop than I have on my whole rig. People didn't know what to think about the old gal, she worked great though. People work impressed though to see some old fiberglass er I mean "iron" on the trail.

I've got about 500 miles on it now, it's been interesting. I drove it 80 miles to and from the run this weekend, I came back with vice grips holding my throttle cable together. Not sure if I'll ever drive it that far on pavement again. It will do 70mph on the road, I hit 72mph on the GPS this morning coming back from the run.

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I want to know more about the SM-465 swap!
Pictures if you have them!

I'm getting ready to plug a new transmission/transfer in my Jeep,
And there is at least one more I'm going to do this summer,
And trying to find the short bell housing Jeep CJ T-18s is getting old and expensive!
I'll finish up that sm465 write up, it's "almost done". All I have left to finish for the trans/ t-case swap is a skid plate, reverse lights, fix a leak in the dana 300, get the t-case to stop popping out of 2 hi and get the sm465 to stop popping out of second.
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