166: Richard Cloutier’s 1970 CJ-5 Jeep
This is the last year of the Kaiser Jeeps before AMC bought the name. The Jeep is mounted on big 7.50 x 16 snow tires. Too big for it really. The 4-134 strains a lot when cruising in third gear. It works fine in 4×4 though. I believe the half cab is from the Meyers company and it is in great condition. Those tops are hard to find. When in 4×4 mode, the transfer case is locked in the ‘low’ position. So, it is either ‘in’ or ‘out’. The previous owner eliminated the high range lever. I never got around to correct it because I’d rather have the option of having a choice. So, I use it as is. It is basically a utility vehicle. We use it as a tractor, we pull a trailer with it, we take it down to the river in the summer, and haul fire wood in the winter. It is not restored but it is well maintained. I give it a coat of fresh paint when needed to keep the rust out. The engine runs like a sewing machine and doesn’t even burn oil. It never misses a lick. With those big tires, this CJ-5 Jeep is quite a brute when going through mud in low gear.
- Richard Cloutier
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