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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-09-2001, 01:52 PM
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Dad\'s Jeep

This may sound crazy, and I am not even sure how many Jeep guys in Utah even read this forum. In the late sixties and the early seventies, my Dad owned a 55' CJ5 that had a few interesting mods. The engine was out of an Oldsmobile, I think it was an F85 or something like that. Anyway, it was an aluminum block V-8. The Jeep also had the steering out of the Olds. I know there are a lot of newer conversions, but I would like to look at this one. I now have a CJ5 of approximately the same vintage, and would like to make it like my Dad's, nostalgia or something. Besides, he said it was one of the cleanest conversions he has ever seen, and he is critical. Over the years, I have done a number of Jeep projects, and his response is almost always the same, "Not as good as mine was". I would like to look at it for a number of reasons; 1. to see how it was done, and 2. to see if it was really as clean as he said. I know the chances of it still being intact are slim. The last picture I saw, the Jeep had chrome wheels with baby moons, and a dark green paint job. I really do doubt that the old Jeep is still alive, but if it is, and anyone knows it whereabouts, let me know. Or, if anybody knows of anyone in Utah in the late sixties and early seventies that was doing conversions of this kind.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-09-2001, 05:07 PM
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Aluminum Olds V-8. Sounds like it might have been the 225 Al. V-8 that
was used for a few years. That's been out of production for years. It will
probably not be easy to find a motor or parts. The swap does sound neat
though. That V-8 was compact enough to fit in the short engine bay. Good luck.

Gary
post #3 of (permalink) Old 01-10-2001, 08:34 AM
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Re: Dad\'s Jeep

I am sure the motor would not be easy to find. Some proud Olds owner might just find out how an F-head fits in an F85. I have another question; what is the best steering conversion to eliminate the bell-crank? When I say best, I am refering to ease of install, function, and cost. I have seen a lot of Saginaw conversions, done from scratch, but I am not impressed with any of them. I know that advance adapters has a kit, how good is it? Also, I am looking for one piece axles for my Dana 41, are these even in existence?
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 01-10-2001, 02:40 PM
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Actually that motor won't be that hard to find, but it may be expensive oldsmobile sold all of the tooling blue print right and every thing else to do with that motor to Land Rover the aluminum V-8 that is used in thier Defender 90 is that same motor although they have done some up dating such as fuel injection and emission controlls. I read about this in an article but I just can't recall where.

post #5 of (permalink) Old 01-10-2001, 04:09 PM
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Yes, the tooling was sold to Rover, but since then Rover has redone both
the block and head molds at least twice, so those castings no longer match
the originals. I used to have the advance adapters conversion on my old '70
CJ5. It contains all the parts and I thought the quality was excellent.

Gary
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