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Old March 6th, 2013, 09:58 AM   #1
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My boss is looking at this jeep as a play toy. He's a drag racer and likes things that go fast. This is all I know.

post 1972 CJ5
401 AMC built to the hilt
Includes Nitrous
TH400
T-case unknown
Axles unknown (assume stock)
Fiberglass body with tilt front end
Comes with terra tires shown and a set of paddles
Type of paddles unknown

Since we don't really know the quality of the engine build or what axles and t-case is in it, I don't know what kind of value to put on it.

Any of you hot rodders able to give me some ballparks?
Anybody recognise the jeep?

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Old March 6th, 2013, 10:06 AM   #2
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by "race", I assume you mean drag racing only right???
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that gas pedal gives you the equivilant of 3 inch taller tires and 100 more horsepower.
I would say it probably adds $100 to the value too.

Sorry I couldn't be any more help
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by "race", I assume you mean drag racing only right???
Yes, although back in the day of when this was put together, alot of jeeps like this ran sand obstacle courses. RE Sand-O-Rama
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Old March 6th, 2013, 10:23 AM   #5
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Tough call. Personally, I would guess $3000 for a steal of a deal, $4000 for an ok deal and $5000 if its nicely built. I don't see anything high dollar on the rig, unless it's hidden in the engine or like you said the extras are top notch.

I would inspect the welds for quality. Check the frame for rot and look for general signs of booty fab. Unless you are buying for bargain basement prices, I would want a compression test and vacuum test on the motor to see if its truly built to the hilt and healthy.

Are those rear ladder bars in the pic? Cage looks semi-custom, so it'd be good to know what it's made of. Look for signs of kinking on the tubes.

There is a casting on the block that will say for certain you are getting a 401 and not a really common 304 or 360. AMCs that hit revs have been known to break rocker bridges or bend pushrods and not be running on all cylinders so a compression test should catch that.



Most common transfer case with a AMC TH400 is the QuadraTrac. It has passenger offset both front and rear. Second most common is Dana 20 using a factory adapter. Still pass drop up front, but centered rear. That would be your hope unless they went with a custom adapter.
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Old March 6th, 2013, 03:35 PM   #6
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if the motor is real nice mabey 6k tops. most likely in the 3500 to 5000 range. cj5's are nice, and getting harder to find in decent shape. some glass bodies will flex and crack around the body mount locations, check there. check where the brake pedals and brake master mount, common to crack there. check the front frame horns for cracks/repairs, pay close attention around the steering box mount. check for cracks where he sunk the blazer tail lights, i hate cutting a glass body. look for frame patches near the rear spring hangers, and the ladder bar too. if it has been "sprayed" much i would wanna see the inside of that engine. personally i would not like a used engine that had used nos. amc motors are not the strongest motors internally.
it looks nice, but pictures only tell so much.

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I agree in the $3-5K range. Usually built to the hilt means beat to crap. Depends how it was driven- like they said- check the frame and body mounts over closely.
I have no idea on the motor. I never got into the AMC performance stuff.
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This a case of the parts are worth more than the sum of the whole . Break down the value of known good used parts then divide that in half and you have the top price I would pay.
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My opinion.....
If somebody claims it's "built to the hilt", they should know every part in that motor, even if they didn't build it. You don't pay for top shelf shit and not know what's in it, even if you're paying somebody to build it.
I wouldn't be afraid of a motor just because it has had nitrous used. I would be more concerned with how long the motor has been together, how long it's been on the bottle, what kind of kit, tuneup/etc.
If he's done any serious sand drag racing, I would see if he's been to any of the sand drag tracks, and ask for times. One mans definition of fast is way different that another mans.
I can't say that I recognize the Jeep, and we've been at the sand drag tracks and sand dune drags for many many years, not that that means I know every Jeep that races. But if it's been around and it IS fast, you usually hear about it.
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This a case of the parts are worth more than the sum of the whole . Break down the value of known good used parts then divide that in half and you have the top price I would pay.
This, for sure.
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