My name is Penn Black and like most of the readers of Roddin’ & Racin’, I am a Car Guy. I started appraising cars almost 20 years ago in addition to working on and raced Bikes, Boats and Cars over 50 years.

I have the privilege to have clients call upon me to give them an appraisal of the cars, bikes, andboats. I hope you enjoy some of the vehicles I have Appraised. Here’s a 1979 Jeep CJ 5 Custom. The owner of this Toy, John has owned it for 20 years and built several Rods. He keeps them until his next project is finished. This Jeep was done to keep.

“Arrest Me Red” single stage paint makes it easy to see coming. The paint was done by Harvil’s Auto Body in Tempe. The top and doors are custom to the owners’ specs. There is a re-enforced Roll Bar. The Scoop is functional. The Flares are not over aggressive but do the job.

The engine is a Jeep 401 cu in .030 over with dual Holley 450 cfm’s. MSD ignition, Offenhauser aluminum intake manifold. Reed cam, Scorpion Roller Rockers with 10:1 compression. Dog Leg Ports exhaust ports (look that one up). Ron Davis aluminum radiator with shroud.

To Fit the 35” BFG’s, a fourinch leaf spring lift had to be done. Fender trimming need to be done to make it work. 4.56 gears from a Dana 30 in the front and Dana 44 and Detroit in the rear. The front stabilizer bar adds to the custom shocks and springs. Clearance is designed for running the dunes and serious trails.

The interior of the CJ5 is all finished by the builder to his design. Corbeau Seats with Crow to keep occupants secure on any trail. The stainless-steel dash holds a full Equus gauge package including a ProTach tachometer. There is a Hurst shift knob on a 3-speed manual transmission.

The greatest part of doing appraisals are the people I get to meet, and this was no exception. If you are looking to find out more about getting an appraisal, or if you just have a question please call me, Penn Black at 602-469-3469. I am looking forward to next month’s car.

1979 JEEP CJ 5 Custom