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Old 12-27-2014, 09:23 PM
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Smile Who daily drives their jeep?

I was having a conversation with my father as he doesnt think it would be practical for me to daily drive my 1964 jeep gladiator. So i was curious as to who drives theres daily and what mods you have done to ensure smooth sailing.it has a carbureted chevy small block with a points distributor and a sm465 trans. I think i can live with no overdrive, and if i change out to hei distributor and electric fan i think i can live with it as a daily. It is currently running and driving but not on the road, it will pass inspection and is up to snot, but my dad thinks i should reconsider. Any suggestions? i dont drive far, mainly stay in the county. I go away to college 400 miles away, it would be nice if the truck could get me there and back so i have something to drive while up there, but if i have to get there doing 45 and guzzling gas i dont mind, im just nervous about breaking down. Thanks for any help/suggestions
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:31 PM
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If you have a SBC and SM465 you should be able to cruise at 65mph with no problem.
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:43 PM
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65???

I will aim to cruise around 1900-2200 rpm, whatever speeds that is. with 3.42s and 33s i think that will be around 60 mph
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:56 PM
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Brake downs can happen in any vehicle. My daily driver is either a '74 Cherokee or '47 Willys. Granted it is roughly 10 miles a day I did drive the Willys from Ohio to Oregon on a motor that was stuck only months before.

Practical? Probably right. Adventurous? Nope!
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Old 12-27-2014, 10:11 PM
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That will put you at 2265 RPM (plus X% for converter slippage with auto)
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Old 12-27-2014, 10:17 PM
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Of course, I did an LY5/4L60E swap, but I drive the bejeebus out of mine.

On our trip to Albuquerque and back, we average 18mpg at 80mph (75mph speed limit). I get over 20mpg when the speeds are down in the 65-70mph range.
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Old 12-27-2014, 10:26 PM
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Yea manual trans so no slippage, and no overdrive. I think it will be fine, im a little concerned about wiring but im afraid of doing preventative maintence. I also seem to mess something up if i try to fix what isnt broken. I think a few fuses and carrying a fire extinguisher and some extra wiring will do me good there though
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Old 12-28-2014, 12:57 AM
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You can do it

dangileri-

You can do it. Guys do it with no HEI or electric fans, too. You just gotta give it a real good going over, identify as many quirks as you can, and fix them.

They were originally built to DRIVE....haha...not thought of as future collector's items!

I used my Wag for my DD. There is much I still have to do...and to learn, but I'm willing to do so. Carnuck has helped me many times, because I'm stubborn and only keep picking older vehicles (yeah, my own worst enemy). I hope to use the Wag again for DD when it's done.

You also gotta be willing to make adjustments- you'll drink more fuel compared to newer rigs, but you can cut other things- entertainments, eating out, etc. Just got to decide what you really want to do, and what your budget really is, and can you live with it. I've decided to do so. I don't do alot of stuff others do, but I do enjoy driving the Wag, it's just fun in and of itself.

Since you got a Chev mill and trans, you get relatively cheaper parts costs than me (diehard Nash/AMC guy)...pretty much any parts store has you covered, probably even right in stock on the shelf...or if you got plastic, a phone, and a catalog, SBC stuff is everywhere.

Learn everything and anything you can about your Jeep, keep a toolbox/rags/flashlight handy, and some extra cans of the various fluids, you'll probably need them, at least until you get the bugs shook out.

You WILL be working on it from time to time, but it just goes with the territory. I've found the folks on here to be very helpful, too.

An early Gladiator sounds really cool. Good luck with your rig!
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Old 12-28-2014, 01:29 AM
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My commutes are an hour each way, so I don'DD the GW anymore. I will when I diesel/6l80E repower it. My GW has been very reliable when pressed into DD status. I HEI'd it years ago when wiring on the Ford ignition was intermittant. That helped. If I had known about this site or if it was even accessable then I would have stayed with Ford ignition. Anyway that made the GW reliable. I've had this rig since the mid 90's and could DD it tomorrow if needed with a tune up.
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Old 12-28-2014, 07:39 AM
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dangileri-

You can do it. -----SNIP!----- Good luck with your rig!

I concur. Back in the late 80s-early 90s I had a '61 Impala I drove daily.

Go through it as though you were going through an airplane. Start with the brakes and work your way up.
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Old 12-28-2014, 08:47 AM
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I dd my Cherokee. Its the newest thing I own.
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Old 12-28-2014, 04:37 PM
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I've been daily driving my wag for three years. are there times that I wish I had a newer car yes however I just go for a drive and let everyone tell me how there dad or uncle or grandfather had one and how cool it is
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Old 12-28-2014, 06:29 PM
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I daily drive my 79. If I don't finish a weekend project, I drive my backup, which is a 79 CJ7.

You don't have to mod anything, these were/are reliable cars. Just fix what is broken and not working, go over everything, and then drive it.

I see all the mods as excuses to work on our projects and try to make them better and add our personal touch, not required though.

With long interstate driving I do miss overdrive and not really going over 65-70, if I have a long drive I will take the wife's 2010 Grand Cherokee, but I don't have to and use the Wagon if she has the car.

The only time I've been stranded in 2 years was self inflicted. It was me taking my cars apart on the weekend, trying to do too much and/or breaking something, and not having it ready for Monday morning.
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Old 12-28-2014, 07:24 PM
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Beula 77 wag a couple times a week before Buster was done. Drove Buster everyday a couple of years ago 72 Wag until my mom past and inherited her 04 f 150 which is nice to drive........ don't tell the Waggys that. O and work is about 15 miles one way. My son barrows the Wags off and on because of his car problems and he has no jeeps what does that say. Wags can be daily drivers if you keep up on repairs. If you feel, hear or see something abnormal fix it and you'll be fine.
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Old 12-28-2014, 10:16 PM
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While I don't need to DD mine any more I know that it will start, run and drive whether it sits for a day or a month or longer. When the kinks are ironed out these old beasties can be exceptionally reliable and that is just one of the many reasons I love em!

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Old 12-28-2014, 10:44 PM
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I will aim to cruise around 1900-2200 rpm, whatever speeds that is. with 3.42s and 33s i think that will be around 60 mph

What do you hope to gain by lugging the engine? Not MPG!

With 33" tires you'll want 4.10 gears at least, unless you really like replacing clutches.
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Old 12-29-2014, 12:14 AM
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I DD my 78 Cherokee. I love it but there are times when I wish I had something else to drive. It is rough and I miss the comforts of newer vehicles but nothing beats classic iron. I love it when I get a thumbs up or get stopped to talk about it and someone is always staring at it. The downside is it is nearly 40 years old. It gets 10 miles to a gallon and needs lots of work. That being said I gave up a 2012 Tahoe to DD my Cherokee. Wouldn't change a thing. Go for it. Put some basic tools together and keep in it. Get a good tune up and enjoy it. And remember you need more than one.
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:36 AM
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got rid of everything else a few years ago, so I daily drive one of 5 FSJs every day.

Make sure you put hydroboost or power brakes on it, helps alot.
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:39 AM
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I DD my 78 Cherokee. I love it but there are times when I wish I had something else to drive. It is rough and I miss the comforts of newer vehicles but nothing beats classic iron. I love it when I get a thumbs up or get stopped to talk about it and someone is always staring at it. The downside is it is nearly 40 years old. It gets 10 miles to a gallon and needs lots of work. That being said I gave up a 2012 Tahoe to DD my Cherokee. Wouldn't change a thing. Go for it. Put some basic tools together and keep in it. Get a good tune up and enjoy it. And remember you need more than one.

just consider yourself lucky you are not one of those poor whipped fellas that had to get rid of their real truck and start driving a minivan or worse after they were married. I have been the benefactor in several of those cases though, so its not all bad.

of all of them, I enjoy the 67 the most, and its the hardest to drive.
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I DD'd my CJ5 for a lot of years back in my 20's. I DD'd the SJ for about 60K miles with the diesel, and it will be my DD again after I get it back on the road. Current DD is a XJ. I think there is something wrong with me.
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