1972 Jeep Commando Jeepster Base 5.0 304 AMC Spring-Over New Soft Top & Seats
Price: - Item location: Durango, Colorado, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Jeep
- Model: Commando
- Type: U/K
- Trim: Base
- Year: 1972
- Mileage: 999,999
- VIN: jza87fvh05072
- Color: Red
- Engine size: 5.0L 4982CC 304Cu. In. V8 GAS OHV Naturally Aspirated
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: U/K
- Interior color: Red
- Options: 4-Wheel Drive, Convertible
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1972 Jeep CommandoNO RESERVE! High bid takes it.
This is a great `72 Jeep Commando with a strong-running AMC 304, a GM TH-350 3-speed automatic transmission, and a military m38a1 transfer case. You can see video of it running by searching YouTube for user atswatisedyu. It fires right up and runs very strong.
The soft top is a new Bestop. Both front bucket seats are new low backs. The passenger seat tips forward, the drivers just has the front-back slide adjustment. No back seat. There is some non-structural rust in the bed and in the rockers which are also a little beat up. Structurally it is sound. I fiberglassed the pans just in the bucket (not the bed) and bed-coated the floor. Pans were a little swiss-cheesey in the foot area but not too bad. Seat bases were blasted, primed and painted red.
This is spring-overed (axle-undered) giving about 8" of lift with proper pinion exit-angles. Transmission is good and shifts firmly. This has a factory boxed frame. Tires are 31.5" on 15" wheels.
The heater/defroster works high and low. The wipers work high and low but are a little tired/slow. The headlights and tail lights work.The turn signals and brake lights don't work. I've been using hand signals when I drive it. The led tail lights are new-ish....I think the problem is in the brake switch and the blinker arm has obvious issues.
One of the front springs is sagging a bit and could use a shim or new springs. The power steering gear and pump are supposed to work, but the high pressure hyd hose failed and was never replaced. I've been driving w/o power steering. The gas pedal pivot needs to be replaced--right now there is just the rod that the pedal pushes which does work fine for driving. Gas pedal is in the glove box. There are no mufflers...she's running straight pipes at the moment. I was planning to replace the exhaust...
This does come with the hard top which is in pretty good shape and has all of the glass. See pics. Many of the attachment points are missing though, so it would need a little work to use it again. I've driven with the hardtop on, but there were a couple of bungy cords involved. For travel it could be reattached safely enough to get it home. (All fasteners on front edge are present and a few others.) It would be better if there is room on your trailer to lay the top down. The doors are quickly removable with lift-out hinge pins. (i.e. bolts that are missing the nuts on the bottom..)
The column shifter for the trans is kind of sloppy. It works, but needs fixed or replaced with a floor shifter. The window regulators are crap. They will roll the windows up and down though. There are 6x9 cut-outs in the kick by the back seat. See the video for more detail. Also this needs an overflow reservoir for the radiator. I have been running it as-is with a simple overflow and just top it now and then.
Yes, in theory you could drive this home but I would recommend trailering it. It does drive smoothly at 60 mph and tracks well, but I wouldn't drive more than 50 or so miles w/o a good going over everything. This has been parked in my garage/storage and started only occasionally the past 3 years or so. License plates have also just expired. Plus with the spring over it's kind of like riding on a marshmallow....there are no sway bars etc. 4-wheel drum brakes. I think the gas gauge does work, but I haven't taken it to either limit lately. The gas tank is newer but the filler is just a piece of large fuel hose...it should be replaced with the proper fitted piece.
That about does it. Great project, I've just got too many. NO RESERVE!! $500 deposit within 48 hours of auction end, remainder payable in cash at pick-up within 2 weeks or so....I'm easy. Jeep is located in Bayfield, Colorado. Please ask any questions prior to bidding. Thanks for looking and good luck!