CJ5 Golden Eagle
BEAUTIFUL PAINT, 304 V8, FACTORY TACH, GOLDEN EAGLE GRAPHICS, AWESOME RESTO!
The timeless CJ was just about the purest expression of civilian-grade off-road fun ever created. This 1979 CJ5 offers a V8 power, cool colors, and a nice restoration to a largely stock specification, making it fairly rare in its own right, but that doesn't mean it isn't capable of going into some pretty gnarly territory all by itself.
The Golden Eagle package dressed up the CJ in great '70s fashion, with bright colors and plenty of decals, and this black and gold one looks fantastic. I wonder if the Jeep designers ever heard from the guys over at Pontiac once this Jeep hit the streets, but I suppose that was the fashion and it's a look that is suddenly very much back in demand. The glossy black paint is modern urethane so it shines up nicely after a day of playing in the dirt, and while Jeeps were never renowned for their fit and finish, this one looks great. The decals are very nicely done, accurately replicating the original look and they didn't skimp, because even the pinstripes were accurately re-created. New black rubber fender flares cover the oversized tires and it includes correct little details like side marker lights, proper Jeep taillights, and a chrome front bumper with an industrial-strength grille guard. There's a matching tubular rear bumper and a pair of diamond-plate steps that make it easy to climb into the tall Jeep cockpit.
Recently installed tan seat covers anchor the nicely appointed interior. The same black paint used on the body covers every unfinished interior surface, including the dash, and the floors are covered in plush black carpets, which make the Jeep feel luxurious even in its alfresco state. There's also a stock rear bench for a pair of friends, and the same centrally-located Jeep gauges in the dash that have been a Jeep trademark for decades. There's an AM/FM/CD stereo with speakers mounted in special enclosures in the rear seat area and the fat Grant steering wheel feels great in your hands. The 4-speed manual transmission is managed by a Hurst T-handle shifter and both shifters have new boots. Back floor mats give the carpets a bit of protection from dirt and wear, and while there's no top, the padded roll bar looks great and offers protection if worse comes to worst.
AMC's reliable 304 cubic inch V8 is all about torque and virtually indestructible, and driving through a 4-speed manual gearbox and a two-speed transfer case it will go just about anywhere. It's rare to see a V8 Jeep and it looks great under the hood with fresh engine enamel, a new Holley 4-barrel carburetor, Edelbrock intake manifold and air cleaner, and a throaty dual exhaust system that sounds pretty darned good. The brakes have been upgraded with a modern master cylinder. Of course, with a body off restoration, the frame was totally accessible during the build, so it received new satin black paint, undercoating for sound and debris protection, and upgrades like a lift kit and new shocks. The exhaust system uses side pipes, so it has a rather un-traditional V8 rumble, and despite the big tires and lift kit, it actually rides well for such a short wheelbase vehicle. New aluminum wheels are a great choice on a flashy Jeep and wear fat 33.5x14.50R15 Super Swamper off-road radials.
Go ahead, have some fun, this Jeep was built for it. Nicely rebuilt with lots of top-shelf gear, it represents perhaps the ultimate way to have fun on four wheels in the great outdoors. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- CD Player
- Vinyl Interior
- Four Wheel Drive
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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