Vehicle description1953 Jeep CJ3 4x4 Custom Built Street Legal Historic Racer. Up for sale is an amazing custom-built street legal former sand drag racing Jeep with local West Coast winning race history. The Jeep (and another mid-engined version) was purpose-built in the 1970's by a local racing legend to go to Bakersfield, California and show the local big boys what the local 'Little Guys' could do. The build features top-level components and craftsmanship throughout. The chassis began with a CJ5 frame, 'Swiss Cheese' lightened from front to back. The wheel base has been altered to push the front axle out further forward for high-speed stability. The Dana 44 axles are narrowed, pro-built with Henry's axles, 5.38 gears, and Detroit locker differentials. As raced, it was (is) powered by a 1969 Ford Boss 302 race engine, and Liberty-modified Ford Toploader transmission. To be clear, I'm keeping the engine and selling the Jeep otherwise complete. The car-geared Toploader transmission features a race clutch, Liberty-modified 2nd gear synchro (clutch-less shifting into second), 4th gear overdrive, Hurst racing shifter and linkage, etc. The wheels are machined Torque Thrust 15 x 10's mounted with brand-new Super Swamper Bogger tires. An under-chassis aluminum fuel cell resides out back. Custom features abound, including a full professional roll cage, plumbed into the Jeep's heating system to provide a defrost/window feature, custom tail lamps and marker lamps, custom aluminum bumpers, full custom soft top, light weight fiberglass bucket seats and rear bench seat, a polished steering column, a full compliment of Stewart Warner vintage gauges, hydraulic locking parking brake, full street-legal lighting, brake lights, turn signals, etc. Titled and plated. If I have the history correct, this Jeep and its' fuel-injected mid-engined brother took home top honors at the Bakersfield Sand Nationals in the 70's.
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