Re: PLEASE! 1961 CJ5 - what\'s it worth??
I sold my '61 for $3750! It had a rough but relatively rust free body, rebuilt 283 V8, original but rebuilt T-98, rebuilt model 18 t-case with a rebuilt Warn OD, 4.27 gears in the stock Dana25 front and full-floater/detroit locked original Dana44, YJ power steering, XJ tilt column, YJ stereo, CB, rollcage, Hummer seats, 11" drums all around, 2.5" Rancho spings, KYB shocks, longer shackles,31-10.50s on stock late CJ 15x7s, and a towbar. I hated to sell it, but the wife forced the sale when I bought the CJ8 (no room for gear with her and the kid in it!).
Any Jeep that runs is worth $1500 in So.Cal, One with a good body/frame not running, at least $1000! One with both, $2500. It all depends on the condition. The original T-90 is usable with a small/stock V8 if you don't abuse it. Be sure to check for broken or rusted body mounts, frame rails, crossmembers, floorboards, etc. It should have 5.38 gears if it still has the original axles. (Model 25 front with closed knuckles, 44 rear with 2 piece axles like a model 20). A small early CJ will go places that a wider later model will have trouble fitting into.
Hope this helps, good luck!