I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: 1973 CJ-5: Worth Looking into?
Sounds like it'll be a good year for you. Even though the frames weren't as strong, they also didn't hold as much dirt and rust out as much. They had drum brakes front (D30 open knuckle) and rear (D44), so they didn't like water much. The 304 was a good motor, very reliable, and depending on the tranny, it would have had a T-14A or T-15A 3 speed, the T-18 (4:1 first) was not available with the 304. It would have also had the D20 transfer, and 3.73 gears stock or 4.27 gears optional.
I'd get it, the floorpans and rocker panels are available cheap through JC Whitney and other online stores.
Winter Harbor, Maine
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled, It's a Jeep, Chevy, IHC kinda thing!
'88.5 Zuki, 5" Calmini, Locked, Swamped, Rolled, and just generally broken in right!