Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Jeep created an undeniable winner when it rolled out the CJ-5. Such was the car's appeal that its manufacturer kept it in production for a full three decades while continuing to release new lines alongside it. This 1983 Jeep CJ-5 is a great representative of the model - it's an agile mountain goat on wheels and it has fun written all over it. Its sharp exterior features some great touches and there's plenty of power under the hood to propel it over any obstacle in the way.
While the CJ-5 has an extensive military heritage and was designed with a sort of "no-nonsense" functionality in mind, its appealingly rugged demeanor attracted quite a legion of civilian fans over the years. This warmed-over, driver-quality CJ-5 arrives at the present looking pretty darned sharp, with a very appealing red paint job in strong condition, featuring a nice shine from front to back. The close-set headlights have a definite military spirit to them as they sit in a painted grille that matches perfectly with the rest of the exterior while bracketed by a pair of fog lights that add further distinction. Come around to the side and you'll find another clue that this Jeep was designed for real off-road action - its compact CJ-5 wheelbase contributes to its ability to navigate challenging terrain. There's an aggressive 'push' bumper/brush guard painted in black up front, and it complements the uber-tough diamond-plate rear bumper and mounted spare-tire assembly in the rear, along with the oversized fender flares and rocker moldings at the flanks that all work together to beef up this CJ's trail-cred. There's some bright stuff too, including the headlight surrounds and hood hinges/hooks, but even accessories like the oversized mirrors, fog lights, and roll bar bolted down inside are blacked-out, continuing the Jeep's two-tone theme.
The usual stock and spartan interior of the early CJ-5 saw a little sprucing up in the '80s models, with this one featuring tan Bestop front buckets and a matching rear bench, so everyone rides in comfort in this classic. A locking center console splits the buckets, adding some much-needed storage (and cupholders) inside the rather diminutive interior, and it comes mounted ahead of the shifters for the 4-speed manual transmission and 2-speed transfer case. The entire tub was lined with black bedliner, and if we're honest it probably could've been done a bit more comprehensively, and it could use a thorough detail for that matter. The front windshield still drops down one of the coolest features of a classic Jeep, a 3-spoke steering wheel sits atop a tilt column and provides more for the driver, while just in front of it the black steel dash come protected with thick dash pad. A minimalist gauge presentation is one of Jeep's trademarks, and the classic all-in-one gauge mounted in the center handles the basics with a couple flanking auxiliary units managing the rest. A JVC AM/FM/Cd/AUX head unit powers upgraded speakers, the roll bar was bedlined to match the tub, and a full soft-top and doors transform this CJ into a four-season cruiser. Despite the CJ-5's relatively modest wheelbase, there's enough room for four (in a pinch), and if it's more cargo space you seek, the rear bench can be removed fairly easily.
A 4.2 liter inline 6 cylinder sits under the hood to power this Jeep over any terrain you might wish to conquer. It's not pretty, but as far as performance the engine is in good form, starting up promptly and running strong thanks to a newer carb, new wiring harness, and aluminum radiator all on tap. Shifts are very smooth thanks to the addition of a 4-speed manual transmission, and it spins an uber-rugged rear end out back. Should you decide to take temporary leave of the road, with a flick of the lever just in front of the distinctive shifter, you can engage 4-wheel drive and, with this CJ-5's generous wheel clearance and travel, its ability to handle obstacles is substantial. There are accommodations for more civilized conditions, as well, as power steering, front disc brakes, and an aftermarket steering stabilizer are part of the show, all of which help provide the road manners you'd want in a frequent driver. This timeless 4-wheel drive classic sits on a set of blacked-out wheels, outfitted with beefy 31x10.5x15 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A tires with plenty of tread left to conquer the elements.
Looking sharp, packing plenty of power and offering undeniable nostalgic appeal, this Jeep CJ-5 would be a great acquisition for the weekend warrior and off-road enthusiast alike. Call today!
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