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69 Cj5

Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by GatlinburgCJ5, Sep 15, 2021.

  1. Sep 15, 2021
    GatlinburgCJ5

    GatlinburgCJ5 New Member

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    I'm looking at a 1969 CJ5 that's for sale locally. It has the Dauntless V6 engine that I previously had no idea existed. Am I looking at a money pit? Are parts hard to find? And other than the obvious, why is it called an "Odd Fire" engine.
     
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    Cj5dale

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    You definitely came to the right place to learn about it!
     
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    Twin2

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    An "odd fire" 90 degree V6 with shared crank pins will fire at 90-150-90-150-90-150 intervals. In order to make it an even firing engine, you have to split the crank pins to force the pistons to align with the cylinders at the correct time.

    any pictures
     
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    Cj5dale

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    Just noticed you are from Gatlinburg.

    I’m in Knoxville.

    I bought a 1970 cj5 with a dauntless engine and Prestolite distributor and points.

    I love it. Fun to drive. Sounds awesome.

    However, it is a bit different. In my experience, you aren’t going to find a lot of modern mechanics or shops that know how to work on the engine.

    But there is a wealth of knowledge on this site Most anything you run into has already been dealt with by someone on this site.

    If you decide to buy this, I would also suggest buying a factory service manual as well. Those prove to be invaluable in working on these jeeps. It very enjoyable actually.
     
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    GatlinburgCJ5

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    We moved to a place between G'burg and Cosby. I'm originally from Memphis. A good place to be FROM.

    Just had the Jeep Invasion a couple of weeks ago. Shades of the Past last weekend. Grand Rod Run next. I love it here. The Jeep I'm asking about is for sale right at the Knoxville/Seymour border. How would you rate this model as a somewhat daily driver?
     
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    Cj5dale

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    Hard to say. Mine has the T14a transmission and Dana 18 transfer case and doesn’t have an overdrive. so it’s not going to win any speed records.

    It’s fun to drive locally and on trails but I don’t think I will chance it on interstates or much over 55 mph.

    Others on here will have different and more informed opinions than mine I’m sure. But in my opinion I wouldn’t try to compare it to any modern riding comfort.

    When you say daily driver, how many miles a day are you talking about?
     
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  7. Sep 16, 2021
    melvinm

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    All Jeeps are A money PIT !
     
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    timgr

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    Daily drive around town will be fine. If you need to go an hour on the interstate to work, look elsewhere. Jeeps have a lot of moving parts and need a lot of maintenance for a given distance driven. Fun but like owning a British or Italian sports car or a Harley. Plus they leak pretty bad, typically. And they are noisy from gear noise, tire noise, road noise, wind noise, aside from the engine noise. You can keep a quiet exhaust note.

    Unless you are wealthy, I think it would be hard to own one of these and not do your own work. If you are wealthy, you'll need to search out places with the expertise and willingness to work on your Jeep.

    Lots of discussion of these topics in old posts if you search. site:earlycj5.com road noise - Bing
     
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  9. Sep 16, 2021
    GatlinburgCJ5

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    I’m wondering why I’m selling my good running King Ranch 4x4!
     
  10. Sep 16, 2021
    Keys5a

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    The biggest consideration in buying an old Jeep is rust. Has any rust been repaired, and how well? The V6 was the best engine offered in the early CJs, but these Jeeps are still very crude vehicles by today's standards. How close to stock is it? These vehicles are often modified over the years. Yes, they can be a money pit, or not. It depends on condition and your intended use. The '68-'71 models were generally the best of the breed.
    -Donny
     
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    Richard in AZ

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    I think you need to consider....or remember.... its over 50 years old.....

    Richard
     
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