View Full Version : Interest Gauge - 79 CJ5

10-30-2008, 08:32 PM
I'm thinking of selling my CJ5, I'm just not getting the use out of it I'd hoped. So I'm trying to determine if I really want to or not.

It's a 79 CJ5, 304, 3sp man. I believe the difs and transfer are all stock.
Custom roll cage, 4 point seat belt system.

Negatives - Primer in color...and not very even at that. Really a problem? No.
Tub is not from a 79, it's older - again, big deal? Not really.
Fuel gauge doesn't work. Annoying, but not a huge problem.
Could use a steering column, but not necessary.
The big problem - Won't even come close to passing emissions in Maricopa County. No emissions stuff in engine compartment & no cats. Was told it was being stripped to be turned into a rock crawler when I bought it..but they didn't get very far.

Engine does drip for a short time after running, but nothing I'm concerned about, it's 30 years old. Transmission has a drip too. Again, very little in the amount of leaks. To the point that I have not had to add oil or transmission fluid in the 6 month's I've owned it.

I paid $2,500 for it, have done some work to it, picked up some parts and purchased some bits and pieces. 48" High lift, 5 gal gas can & mount, spare tire carrier, replaced all U-Joints, re-sealed transfer case, had rear dif oil seal replaced.

This would be a good project vehicle, certainly not a DD, or even a once or twice a week driver.

I'd like to get the $2,500 I paid for it.

Anyone even remotely interested? I believe if I paint it, I could sell it easy for that to someone outside the county. My parents have a place outside Williams, I can park it there and sell it if need be.

Thanks all for your comments.

Offroad Rubicon
10-30-2008, 08:32 PM
Pics please...


10-31-2008, 06:22 AM
Pics please...


Also, the roll cage has been modified from the first pics where you can see it. You can now get to the back without crawling over or under and there are supports for it down to the floor. I also have a back seat.

Ah..pics...let's see what I have here...


10-31-2008, 08:15 AM
spend about 2hours scuffing and about $50 for plasticoat bright red paint
pretty sells
unfortuneatly, short of complete rebuild (new wider/stronger axles, inside frame exhaust, transmission, cage etc), you have little fun toy (much more value if painted) max val about $1500-2000 (function of gas prices, economy)

10-31-2008, 09:14 AM
I think 2,500 is about right...like Olney said, paint it and wham, bam it will sell. I swear you could get 3000 for it all prettied up with a decent home-brew paintjob.

10-31-2008, 01:31 PM
Thanks guys, pretty much what I was thinking. I figured for people who "know"..ie. the users here, $2,500 would be really pushing it. For "general public", if I paint it, 2,500 would be no problem..and maybe even the $3,000 suggested.

Looks like I'll probably be selling it to by brother anyway for what I paid. He's helped me work on it so he knows all about it. He's got a place up in Pine Flat (in the Bradshaws between Crown King and Mayer). It will get MUCH more use up there than I could give it, and I can still go play whenever I want.

Again, thanks for your time and comments. It's what I honestly expected and I appreciate your honesty Steve.

And yes, gas is another reason for sale. Even at $2.50 a gallon, it costs me $10.00 a day to drive it to work. That's just too much when I can spend half that on a newer vehicle.