Custom Complexity: 1974 Jeep CJ5 6×6 – Sold?

by | Jan 2022 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

February 15, 2022 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

More is not always better. In some feats of engineering, the benefits of the proposed technology do not outweigh the disadvantages.  A prime example is a current craze in modifying SUVs by adding a second rear axle to provide a 6×6 drivetrain. While on paper, the added axle provides better weight carrying capacity, flotation, and off-road capability, it’s not enough to justify the added weight, complexity, and maintenance costs. It’s strictly bragging rights for SUV drivers who want to stand out from the crowd and have more money than brains to do it with.

At the other end of the spectrum, a very capable enthusiast had enough vision to stretch this 1974 Jeep CJ5 originally listed in January 2022 on Craigslist in Coudersport, Pennsylvania (Erie) to add a third axle and 6×6 offroad capability.  Additionally, the added the power provided by a 350 cubic inch small block Chevy.  We have to admit the added wheelbase and extra axle add the stability needed to shoe-horn a small block V8 into a vintage CJ. However, we are confident the added length actually makes this CJ5 less capable on the trails than a comparable unmolested 1974 CJ5.  This 1974 Jeep CJ5 6×6 is clearly intended for bragging rights at your next local Cars & Coffee or Jeep Jamboree.

In need of a second axle carrier bearing, the current caretaker has their 1974 Jeep CJ5 6×6 listed for $20,000.  Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their 6×6 custom priced between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $14,600 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $23,700.  Interestingly, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask is above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $18,900. The premium asked here is for the conversion.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“This is a 74 CJ5 extended to include a third axle. Runs rough at the moment but drives amazingly well. It is powered by a 79 small block 350 which makes this Jeep scream down the road. Very well built all original look steel interior and exterior no fiberglass. Has a stretched and modified steel hardtop wrapped in vinyl and a steel half cap included but not in great shape. Also includes the tan bikini top for warmer driving. In the opinion of mine and others (mechanics), this is a very well-built rig and can be left as is with minor work and is still a one-of-one head-turner in the world!! Needs a carrier bearing on the mid axle rebuilt to drive the rear axle and with that is a live three-axle Jeep. I Will consider trading for; Scouts, Range Rover, Land Rover, Land cruisers 43,45, or 47 Ford Bronco, Jeep CJ6, CJ8-Scrambler, pretty much anything old cool and definitely 4×4!”

Show or go: what would you do with this custom 1974 Jeep CJ5 6×6?  Comment below and let us know!

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