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1966 Jeep Cj 5 With Go For Digger

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While Rick Riley’s Go-For Digger Jeep has seen a rough life, it wasn’t worked hard enough to kill it. Mounted on a ’66 CJ-5, the Digger was once used by Arch Minerals in Wyoming for various ground work. Besides the backhoe and the front blade, the conversion included a metal half-cab, narrow Dana 70 rear axle with dual 7.00-16 tires and 13-inch brakes, full-length reinforcement of the frame with 3⁄8-inch plate steel, and a ceramic-faced clutch disc and heavy-duty pressure plate. An engine-driven, 11 gpm, 1,000 psi hydraulic pump (driven off the crankshaft snout) supplies the hydraulic pressure. The engine is the standard 134ci F-head four-cylinder.