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Jeep CJ 5
The Willys CJ-5 (after 1964 Jeep CJ-5) was influenced by new corporate owner, Kaiser, and the Korean War
M38A1 Jeep. It was intended to replace the CJ-3B, but that model
continued in production. The CJ-5 repeated this pattern, continuing in
production for three decades while three newer models appeared. "The
CJ-5 has the distinct honor of being a vehicle that was hard to kill
off... equaling the longest production run of note." A total of 603,303 CJ-5s were produced between 1954 and 1983.
From 1961 to 1965, optional for the CJ-5 and CJ-6 was the
British-made Perkins 192 cu in (2.3 L) Diesel I4 with 62 gross
horsepower (46 gross kW) at 3000 rpm and 143 gross torque at 1350 rpm.
In 1965, Kaiser bought the casting rights to the Buick 225 cu in (3.7 L) V6 Dauntless and the CJ-5 and CJ-6 got a new engine with 155 hp (116 kW) supplementing the four-cylinder Willys Hurricane engine.
A similar model, the Jeep DJ, was based on the CJ.
The company was sold to American Motors (AMC) in 1970, and the GM engine was retired after the 1971 model year. (GM's Buick
division repurchased the engine tooling in the early 1970s which served
as the powerplant in several GM vehicles.) The "Trac-Lok" limited-slip differential replaced the "Power-Lok" in 1971.
American Motors began using their own engines in 1972. Replacing the
Hurricane was the one-barrel 232 cu in (3.8 L) (except in California).
Optional was a one-barrel 258 cu in (4.2 L) (standard in California).
Also in 1972, AMC's 304 cu in (5.0 L) V8 engine became available in the same tune as a base V8
muscle car. To accommodate the new engines the fenders and hood were
stretched 5 inches (127 mm) starting in 1972 and the wheelbase was
stretched 3 inches (76 mm). Other drive train changes took place then as
well, including the front axle becoming a full-floating Dana 30.
In 1976 the tub and frame were modified slightly from earlier
versions. The windshield frame also changed meaning that tops from 1955
to 1975 will not fit a 1976-1983 CJ-5 and vice-versa.
In 1979, the standard engine became the 258 cu in (4.2 L) I6 that now featured a two-barrel carburetor.
From 1980 to 1983, the CJ-5 came standard with a "Hurricane"-branded version of the GM Iron Duke I4.
Several special CJ-5 models were produced:
- 1961-1963 Tuxedo Park Mark III
- 1965 "Tuxedo Park Mark IV"
- 1969 Camper
- 1969 462
- 1970 Renegade I
- 1971 Renegade II
- 1972-1983 Renegade Models — featuring a 304 cu in (5.0 L) V8, alloy wheels, and a Trac-Lok limited-slip differential
- 1973 Super Jeep
- 1977-1983 Golden Eagle
- 1979 Silver Anniversary
Early Tuxedo Park models were trim lines, but the Tuxedo Park Mark IV
was claimed as a separate model than the other CJ series (marked in
1965 as the "Universal"), with more differences than past models. The
Tuxedo Park Mark IV was an attempt to crack the mass market; it was,
according to Jeep, “a new idea in sports cars ... the sportiest, most
FUNctional car on the automotive scene.” It added to the standard CJ
chrome bumpers, hood latches, gas cap, mirror, and tail lamp trim. 81
and 101 inch wheelbases were available, with a variety of convertible
top and seat colors, and front bucket seats in “pleated British calf
grain vinyl.” Sales of this model, introduced in 1965, were low.
In Australia, a unique variant of the CJ5/CJ6 was produced in limited
numbers. In 1965, when the CJ was given the all-new Buick V6, Jeep saw
the need for something similar in Australia. As such, they began to fit
Falcon 6-cylinder engines to them at their Rocklea factory in
Queensland. The jeep was fitted with an engine, pedal box and
clutch/brake system corresponding to the equivalent Falcon at the time;
i.e. a 1965 CJ5 would be fitted with 1965 Falcon engine/clutch
components. When the Falcon received a hydraulic clutch system, so too
did the Jeep. Combat 6 jeeps were also fitted with Australian Borg
Warner differentials, and Borg Warner brand gearboxes. Unfortunately
there is very little documentation about these jeeps, and often the only
way to conclusively identify them is by owner history.
Jeep CJ 7
The Jeep CJ-7 featured a longer wheelbase than the CJ-5
and lacked the noticeable curvature of the doors previously seen on the
CJ-5. The other main difference to the CJ-5 was to the chassis which
hitherto consisted of two parallel longitudinal main c-section rails. To
help improve vehicle handling and stability the rear section of the
chassis stepped out to allow the road springs and dampers to be mounted
closer to the outside of the body. It was introduced in 1976 and 379,299
were built during 11 years of production.
The CJ-7 featured an optional new automatic all-wheel drive system called Quadra-Trac, as well as a part-time two-speed transfer case; an automatic transmission
was also an option. Other features included an optional molded hardtop,
and steel doors. The CJ-7 was also available in Renegade and an
upgraded Laredo model. Noticeable by their different body decals, the
Laredo model featured nicer seats, steering wheel tilt, and a chrome
package that included the bumpers, front grill, and mirrors. An optional
Trak-Lok differential was available for the rear. Rear axle ratio
typically 3.54, but later went up to 2.73.
The reports of the CJ7 were different in each type of engine: the 2.4-liter diesel
was mated to the short 4.10 axle (in both Renegade and Laredo), while
the 4.2 and 2.5 straight sixes used 3.73 and AMC V8 304-powered models
(produced 1976-1981, which became part of the Golden Eagle version) used
From 1976 to 1980 was mounted a Dana 20 transfer case, Dana 30 front
axle (27- or 31-spline), and an 29-spline AMC 20 rear axle, while in
recent years, Laredo package added tachometer, chrome bumpers,
tow/recovery hooks and interior, comfortable leather seats, and clock.
In 1980, the Laredo was first fitted with an AMC model 20 rear end until
mid year 1986 when it was equipt with a dana 44 and all 1980 and newer
cj7s came with the Dana 300 transfer case; parts for the 300 are still
in production and the case is sought after by lovers of off-road due to
its durability and upgradability.
During its 11 years, the CJ-7 had various equipment packages:
- Renegade 1976-1986 (2.4D L6-2.5-4.2-5.0 AMC 304 V8)
- Golden Eagle 1976-1979 (5.0 AMC 304 V8)
- Laredo 1982-1986 (2.4D-4.2 l6)
- Jamboree Edition (Limited Edition 2500 models which were built for the 30th anniversary 2.5 and 4.2)
A diesel-powered version was made in the Ohio factory for export
only. The engines were provided by General Motors, the owners of Isuzu
Motor Cars. Production of this diesel version is believed to have been
only between 1980 and 1982. This model had the Isuzu C240 engine, T176
transmission, Dana 300 transfer case although there are reports of some
being produced with the Dana 20. Typically they had 4.1 ratio, narrow
The CJ-7 continues to be used in the sport of mud racing, with either
the stock body or a fiberglass replica. It is also a favorite for rock
- 150 cu in (2.5 L) AMC I4
- 151 cu in (2.5 L) GM Iron Duke I4
- 232 cu in (3.8 L) AMC I6
- 258 cu in (4.2 L) AMC I6 99.4 PS (73 kW; 98 hp), 261 N·m (193 lb·ft)
- 304 cu in (5.0 L) AMC V8 127 PS (93 kW; 125 hp), 296 N·m (218 lb·ft)
- 145 cu in (2.4 L) Isuzu Diesel C240
- Warner T-18 (4-speed married to the dana 20 1976-1979) (adapters exist to marry it to a dana 300 but it was not an option)
- Borg-Warner T-4 (4-speed married to dana 300)
- Borg-Warner T-5 (5-speed married to dana 300)
- Tremec T-150 (3-speed Manual transmission married to dana 20 1976-1979)
- Tremec T-176 (4-speed manual married to dana 300)
- Borg-Warner SR-4 (4-speed married to dana 300)
- GM TH-400 (3-speed married to BW QuadraTrac #1339)
- Chrysler TF-999 (3-speed automatic transmission - 4.2L married to dana 300)
- Chrysler TF-904 (3-speed automatic transmission - 2.5L married to dana 300)
- Dana 20 (1976–79)
- Dana 300 (1980–86)
- Borg-Warner QuadraTrac #1339 (1976–1979)
- Dana 30 Front narrow track (1976–1981)
- Dana 30 Front wide track track (1982–1986)
- 2-Piece AMC 20 Narrow track Rear (1976–1981)
- 2-Piece AMC 20 Narrow track offset pumpkin Rear (1976–1979) For QuadraTrac #1339 equipt jeeps only
- 2-Piece AMC 20 Wide track Rear (1982–1986)
- Dana 44 Wide track Rear (mid year 1986)