1980 AMC Jeep CJ5
1980 AMC Jeep CJ5
After remaining in production through a range of model numbers, and several corporate parents, the Jeep CJ line was officially ended in 1986. More than 1.5 million CJ Jeeps were built, having continued the same basic body style for 45 years since the Jeep first appeared. Widely regarded as "America's workhorse", the CJs have been described as "probably the most successful utility vehicle ever made." American Motors VP Joseph Cappy said the end of "CJ production will signal an end of a very important era in Jeep history."
For consignment a 1980 variety of the CJ5 production. This example with large tires and wheels, a nice top and interesting interior, has been modified for the rugged trail with tubular rear bumpers, a simplified front bumper, and high stance (increased 2 inches). Grab the tent and let's go climb something outside!
With the iconic Jeep look, the metal vertical grille with single flanking round headlight on either side, and spring-loaded clipped hood, we are talking an American Jeep sport utility before the term came to be. Pewter Gray is covering this tall tale, and it looks just in great condition. Black accents like the black canvas removable top, black bumpers, and tubular side rails at the rockers complete the exterior. 15-inch aluminum wheels are wrapped by knobby 32x10.5L15RT tires all around. Noted the spare tire holder has been removed from the exterior gate.
Two large cloth aftermarket high back buckets replace the originals and show some wear particularly on the driver's side. These seats are a slight mauve color. They flank a large center console/storage area in black, and plenty of diamond plate rubber covers the floors and some of the center console. The original rear seat with Jeep emblazoned logo cloth inserts and black vinyl bolsters stretches across the rear cargo area. The dash is gray metal, and houses the stock Jeep gauges, and on the passenger, side has a red “Jesus” bar for those steep ones, where you are in control, but the passenger thinks otherwise! On the other side we see a flat bottomed covered small rally style steering wheel protruding from the dash. The top is in nice condition, and the inside of the doors is an extension of the top and presents nicely as well. All weatherproof and some large speakers and a roll bar are also seen inside.
The original unrestored engine sits within a clean engine bay. The engine block and intake show some surface rust, but hoses and air cleaner cover are in good condition and may have been partially restored with the engine bay. This original engine is a 258ci inline 6-cylinder engine, a 2-barrel carburetor on top and a Tremec T-176 4-speed manual transmission is on back. The pumpkin is 3.54 geared and rolls along smoothly.
Some road dirt, and a smattering of surface rust is seen underneath. All thought remains structurally sound, in good condition all unremarkable. The transfer case is oil free from drips, and some new steering parts have been recently put on. Leaf spring suspension is all around and power drums on back and power disc brakes are upfront. A Turbo muffler is noted for the exhaust.
A little bit of a climb with that 2 inches added, but all good once in and I felt safe and secure, particularly in the high back buckets. She fired right up, and it was off to the test track where it had decent acceleration, good stopping, and fine cornering, with no chance of rollover as 60 Minutes reported back in 1985. All worked and was in working condition, and there is a nice tire sing when you get it up to cruising speed along with some wind noise.
All good here to grab the groover and go for a rapid ride in some out of the way place. This vehicle can and will do it, with plenty of power, 4WD, knobby tread, and a secure interior you can get wet! A nice condition off roader, on roader, or the daily commute. Jeep or GP, it's good to go.
M-4 Speed Manual
C-258ci I6 2bbl
705357-Sequential Unit Number
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