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Old November 9th, 2005, 11:05 PM   #1
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Default SWB Jeep Spotters Guide part 2 of 3

Here's some info obtained from www.4wd.com. Let's update this post with a GL4x4 member's rig pic for the model example.

1955-1971 CJ5


In late 1954, a new Jeep was announced. The new CJ5 model derived from the earlier military M38A1, a radical change from the older flat fender editions. CJ5 had a curved hood and rounded fenders and the body was much different from earlier Jeeps. Other new additions include side mirror located on the windshield frame hinge, stronger chassis, new dash panel and gauges, parking brake, and improved seating. All windshield frame glass was one-piece with a divided glass optional (and standard for some exports).

In 1961 Jeep introduced a Tuxedo Park edition of the CJ5 & 6. It was outfitted with new exterior colors, chrome trim, white wall tires, spare tire cover, adjustable drive side seat, column mounted shifter, and later special top options. Tuxedo Park was roughly $100 more than base CJ5 and CJ6 and was produced through the 1968 model year. Other interesting options for these years included camper package where a CJ5 got dual rear wheels and the cab was put onto the vehicle! In 1970 Renegade 1 was introduced and later in 1971 Renegade II. Special hood decals and a roll bar were two of the more noteworthy features of the Renegade packages. American Motors Corporation (AMC) purchased Kaiser Jeep Corporation in 1970 and in 1972 AMC debuted a new CJ5 which would be carried through the 1983 model year. 1971 was the final year CJs were referred to as Universals. All total, it is estimated that over 600,000 CJ5s were produced from 1955-83.

New 134 cubic inch 4 cylinder F head “Hurricane” engine put out 72 (and later 75) hp @ 4000 rpm and torque of 114 ft. lb. @ 2000 rpm. A Perkins 4 cylinder Diesel was offered later in the 60s with hp ratings of 62 @ 3000 rpm and 143 ft. lb. of torque @ 1350 rpm. In 1966, the Buick “Dauntless 225 cubic inch V6 engine was offered as an option. It produced 160 hp @ 4200 rpm and 235 ft. lb. torque @ 2400 rpm. Transmissions used: T86, T90, T14 3 speeds and T98A 4 speed. Dana Model 18 transfer case was used for all years 1955-71. Front axle Dana Model 25 was later replaced by Dana Model 27; rear axle was Dana Model 44.

Useful measurements:
81” wheelbase
135-1/2” overall length and 71-3/4” wide
59” windshield width (windshield was at 90° to hood)


1955-1981 CJ6


n late 1954, a new Jeep was announced. The new CJ5 model derived from the earlier military M38A1, a radical change from the older flat fender editions. CJ5 had a curved hood and rounded fenders and the body was much different from earlier Jeeps. Other new additions include side mirror located on the windshield frame hinge, stronger chassis, new dash panel and gauges, parking brake, and improved seating. All windshield frame glass was one-piece with a divided glass optional (and standard for some exports).

In 1961 Jeep introduced a Tuxedo Park edition of the CJ5 & 6. It was outfitted with new exterior colors, chrome trim, white wall tires, spare tire cover, adjustable drive side seat, column mounted shifter, and later special top options. Tuxedo Park was roughly $100 more than base CJ5 and CJ6 and was produced through the 1968 model year. Other interesting options for these years included camper package where a CJ5 got dual rear wheels and the cab was put onto the vehicle! In 1970 Renegade 1 was introduced and later in 1971 Renegade II. Special hood decals and a roll bar were two of the more noteworthy features of the Renegade packages. American Motors Corporation (AMC) purchased Kaiser Jeep Corporation in 1970 and in 1972 AMC debuted a new CJ5 which would be carried through the 1983 model year. 1971 was the final year CJs were referred to as Universals. All total, it is estimated that over 600,000 CJ5s were produced from 1955-83.

New 134 cubic inch 4 cylinder F head "Hurricane" engine put out 72 (and later 75) hp @ 4000 rpm and torque of 114 ft. lb. @ 2000 rpm. A Perkins 4 cylinder Diesel was offered later in the 60s with hp ratings of 62 @ 3000 rpm and 143 ft. lb. of torque @ 1350 rpm. In 1966, the Buick "Dauntless 225 cubic inch V6 engine was offered as an option. It produced 160 hp @ 4200 rpm and 235 ft. lb. torque @ 2400 rpm. Transmissions used: T86, T90, T14 3 speeds and T98A 4 speed. Dana Model 18 transfer case was used for all years 1955-71. Front axle Dana Model 25 was later replaced by Dana Model 27; rear axle was Dana Model 44.

Useful measurements:
101" wheelbase
135-1/2" overall length and 71-3/4" wide
59" windshield width (windshield was at 90° to hood)


1972-1975 CJ5


After purchasing Kaiser Jeep in 1970 American Motors updated the CJ line in 1972. AMC added their 232 in-line 6 cylinder engine, 258 in-line 6 cylinder engine and 304 V8 to replace the "Hurricane" 134 cubic inch 4 cylinder and the "Dauntless" 225 V6 (although the 4 cylinder engine was still available for export). The front fenders and hood were lengthened to accommodate the new longer in-line 6 engines. New transmission, transfer case and axles were also offered. Other new additions were optional gauges, improved soft top, improved pedal assembly with parking brake and a new Renegade package. Renegade Jeeps were available with 304 V8 engine, roll bar, special wheels, rear locking differential, and could be ordered in various special colors. The Super Jeep was offered for the 1973 model year. Super Jeeps were equipped with 258 6 cylinder or AMC 304 V8 engine, special seats, and chrome bumpers to name a few features. Levi editions debuted in 1975 in which tan or blue seats and tops could be ordered. In 1972 a CJ5 could be had for $2955.

AMC's new 232 cubic inch in-line 6 cylinder engine produced 100 hp @ 3600 rpm and 185 ft. lb. of torque @ 1800 rpm. Horsepower and torque ratings for the 258 in-line 6 cylinder were 110 @ 3500 rpm and 195 ft. lb. @ 2000 rpm respectively. The 304 cubic inch V8 engine has 150 hp @ 4200 rpm and 245 ft. lb. of torque @ 2500 rpm. Transmissions consisted of T14, T15 3 speed and T18 or T98A 4 speed manual transmissions. A Dana Model 20 transfer case replaced the Model 18. New front axle was Dana Model 30, while the rear axle was still Dana Model 44.

Useful measurements:
84" wheelbase
139" overall length and 71-3/4" wide
59" windshield width (windshield was at 90° to hood)


1976-1983 CJ5


AMC continued to update this sport utility pioneer until the early 80s when it was retired. Packages like Convience Group and Décor Group were offered throughout these years, as were the previous Renegade and Levi's editions along with the new Golden Eagle and Laredo. A Silver Anniversary CJ5 was produced in 1979 to recognize 25 years of production. The metal hardtops were still available until 1979. Air conditioning and front disc brakes were available for the first time in 1977. Roll bars became standard on all domestic Jeep CJs during this time period. Fuel economy and emission standards forced AMC to offer a 4 cylinder engine in 1980. Fuel economy wasn't the only concern for the CJ5. Sales began to decline when reports linked the CJ5's short wheelbase to roll-over accidents. CJ5 production spanned 4 decades with over 600,000 vehicles built when the curtain came down in 1983. The Jeep CJ5 was almost single-handedly responsible for the sport utility industry as it is today. In 1983 a CJ5 could be bought for $7515 compared to $1476 in 1955.

1980-82 GM 151 cubic inch 4 cylinder engine produced 82 hp @ 4000 rpm, 125 ft. lb. torque @ 2600 rpm. 1983 AMC 150 cubic inch 4 cylinder engine produced 105 hp @ 5000 rpm and 132 ft. lb. torque @ 2800 rpm. 232 cubic inch in-line 6 cylinder engine produced 100 hp @ 3600 rpm and 185 ft. lb. of torque @ 1800 rpm. Horsepower and torque ratings for the 258 in-line 6 cylinder were 110 @ 3500 rpm and 195 ft. lb. @ 2000 rpm respectively (later increased to 115 hp & 210 torque). The 304 cubic inch V8 engine has 150 hp @ 4200 rpm and 245 ft. lb. of torque @ 2500 rpm (later decreased to 125 hp & 220 torque). Transmissions consisted of T150 3 speed and SR4, T18, T4, T5, T170 4 speed manual transmissions. A Dana Model 20 transfer case was used until 1980 when the Dana Model 300 was added. Dana Model 30 front axle and new AMC Model 20 rear axles were standard.

Useful measurements:
84" wheelbase
139" overall length and 69" wide
71-1/2" length from door hinge to rear of vehicle
55" windshield width (windshield was sloped in relation to hood)

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