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.