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1973 Jeep CJ-5 CJ5 Original & Unrestored Rust Free - 8200+ miles

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  • Make: Jeep
  • Model: CJ
  • SubModel: CJ5
  • Type: Open Body
  • Year: 1973
  • Mileage: 8,239
  • VIN: J3F835TH51641
  • Color: Trans Am Red
  • Engine size: 304 V8
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: 4 wheel drive 4x4 4WD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Options: 4-Wheel Drive
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Location: Richmond, Virginia, United States


You are bidding on a very rare 1973 AMC Jeep CJ5 in rust free original condition. Original V-8 304 engine (3) three speed with 8200 & change actual miles.
The Trans Am Red paint has softened to a patina red due to age after spending almost all its life in the desert southwest. The interior is also original.
It is technically on its second owner with no recorded collisions in its history nor does there appear to be any structural damage from an accident.
Normal wear, tear, minor dings and paint scratches excepted.
Plenty of torque is delivered from this little V8 and is a lot of fun to drive. I cannot stress enough that this 4 x 4 vehicle is rust & bondo free.
You can put a magnet on any part of this 4WD CJ. It still has the factory stamping on the valve cover. Even the OEM smog air pump system is intact and functional (very rare).
This beauty is loaded with just about every option that was available in 1973 except the Renegade or Super Jeep decal stripes and power brakes.
I do not have the Window Sticker, but the American Motors original build sheet is available to document the options ordered by the original owner.
Options include:
304 V-8 Engine
Dana 30 Front
Dana 44 Rear
T-15A Transmission
Rear View Mirror
Passenger Mirror
Rear Seat
Power Steering
Passenger Safety Rail
Seat Belts
Cigarette Lighter
Heavy duty suspension & Shackle Hangers
Heavy duty cooling
Heavy duty 51 Amp alternator charging system
Amp & Oil Gauges
Saginaw power steering
Padded dash on Instrument Panel
Warn Semi-Automatic Locking Front Hubs
Spare tire & Original Scissors Jack
Map light
Cigarette lighter
Full original Dealer installed carpeting
& Steering column mounted Tachometer.
Aftermarket Items include:
6 Point Roll Bar
Center "Deep Well" Console (matches interior trim)
Auxiliary Gas Tank under Driver’s Seat (The auxiliary tank under the driver’s seat is bypassed at this time, but can be easily reconnected.)
Warn Model 5721 - 8,000 lb Winch
Bumper mounted Spotlights
Cobra CB AM/FM/SW Radio
Black Fender Extensions
Tool Box, Flares & etc in rust free storage compartment under passengers seat
Rear Jerry Can & Spare Tire carrier on swing away Rack
NOT Pictured but is included in this auction are:
Slide-In type "exchangeable" AM Jeep/Motorola Radio, Sanyo Cassette FM Radio & RCA 8-Track Stereo systems.
(The stereo decks & AM radio are not pictured because new wiring was installed to replace the dry rotted wiring -
new speakers & vintage slide plates go with this sale and are ready for installation - see floorboard pics for wiring looms)
Pioneer 6x9 Speakers with Boxes
Spare set of Keys
Owner’s Manual
Service Manual
Parts Manual
Warn Winch Manual
New Car Delivery Pamphlets, Canvas Top Instructions & Brochures
Motorola AM Radio Service Manual
Cobra CB Radio Manual
Tire Chains
Front Bumper Tow Bar for Ball & Hitch setup
Period correct Shell oil can with pour Spout
Many Spare Parts also come with this auction (Tune-Up Kits, Shocks, Rear Brake Drums, hoses, belts & etc.)
The original White Whitco doors, bows and hardware are available, but the canvas top was discarded (unfortunately) due to dry rot and it is currently running a mesh bikini top.
This 4wd crawler is straight out of the early 70‘s with tasteful options. One of the few mechanical modifications was the dual exhaust conversion but is period correct for the 1970’s.
You would think these mufflers would be loud & obnoxious, instead they have a very quite note and sound the V8 rumble very well without any excessive decibel levels. I think 1973, was the
last catalyst free year for Jeeps from American Motors.
This is a great example of a very nice un- / non-restored original mile CJ5 with documents. It gets a thumbs up look every where it goes, draws crowds and is a very nice ride.
Keep in mind that she is not garage candy, but an awesome all original Jeep that is a blast from the past for the preservationist. The paint is all original and has blemishes,
scratches, minor dings and fade due to its age. The 31” Mickey Thompson tires are new with about 300 miles on them and installed on Kelsey Hayes type deep dish chrome rims
that are also period correct for the 70’s. Hope you like the Baby Moons!
Here are some things to note: The wiring harness is in great original condition. However, the desert dry climate has taken some toll on the plastic and some rubber components which are few.
Although they look great, the dash knobs are brittle but intact (it is extremely tough to find these silver mid year Jeep OEM knobs). I have read where some restorers use JB Weld to make
these knobs look and perform as they should). The defrost cable is broken (again) - I looked for a very long time to replace this defect & found a used one - After installation, the plastic
clip snapped behind the knob at the dash mount, so it will need replacing (hard to find item). The Jeep was inert and sat for a while under a canopy in Arizona. The rear fuel tank,
lines, mechanical fuel pump are new & the original AMC carburetor is rebuilt due to gum buildup - currently the fuel gauge is working but will only show a half tank when the rear tank is full.
I have a feeling that the problem lies with an improper fuel sending unit in the rear tank. All the other gauges work great. Typical of AMC V8s, the rear main seal leaks and drips a minor
amount of oil (about 5 drops of oil) on the floor which usually happens while the drivetrain is cooling down from normal operating temperature. The engine does not appear to be using any oil.
Although there were no cooling issues, the original heavy duty radiator was nasty with corrosion - So the radiator, OEM rebuilt water pump, TStat and hoses are either OEM or
New NOS parts and the system was flushed several times. Check out the NOS AMC belts and radiator hoses (very rare) - - It is now using distilled water and Amsoil radiator fluid.
A front passenger axle seal was leaking causing the front drum brakes to grab. New seals were installed and a complete rebuild of the front brakes with new parts (linings, springs,
adjusting pins, wheel cylinders & etc). The rear brakes are amazing originals and show almost no wear at all and were left as is. The ole gal now stops as designed. Master cylinder
and lines were flushed with new Brake Fluid.
Engine, Front & Rear axles are running Amsoil synthetic lubricants. I haven’t got around to servicing the Transmission or Transfer Case as yet, but these fluids are available.
There is a very desirable 4X4 CJ that will hold its own with any Bronco, Scout, Range Rover or Land Cruiser. A Great Example of a very Well Preserved JEEP with fewer than 8,300 miles on the clock.
She is a nice ride and there are not many midyear’s around in this condition.
The Tires, of course, are not original and have about 300 miles on them since new in 2014, and black fender moldings are new. The paint is all original, but has blemishes,
some scratches and fade due to its age. Everything works except as noted including the Vintage Winch & bumper mounted Spotlights. This CJ is a 43 year old vehicle and is described
based on my used car perception, (wear and tear expected), and really nothing to be concerned about. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle and
to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgment solely. You are more than Welcome to inspect this great four wheel drive car by appointment.
Winning bidder is required to place a $500.00 PayPal deposit within 24 hours of the auction’s close. Balance due within 7 days after the auction's close or prior to delivery per agreed terms
between Seller & Buyer. Personal Checks or Money Orders are not accepted.
Transportation and/or pick up is the total responsibility of the Buyer.
I can assist or temporarily store the Five until final arrangements are made for pickup.
Reason for sale is to make room for the next project.
Please send a message if you wish additional information.
Many Thanks for looking..........