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Jeep Cj 5 On Trail

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On-road the old Jeep runs basically just as you might expect…like a 56-year-old Jeep with a multi-port four-cylinder, 33s, 4:10 axle gears, and a five-speed tranny. There are lots of rattles and creaks from the sheetmetal, but she goes. Toward the end of our shakedown run the little Jeep pitched a bit of fluid after a pretty steep highway grade with a 105-degree ambient air temp, but the gauge never spiked. We think the radiator cap was not on all the way or maybe the system was overfilled and the old Jeep was just finding its level. Time and driving in the Arizona deserts will tell. A little lower gearing would be nice one day.

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