If a person were, say, a huge fan of Jeeps and also a huge fan of highly-unusual options at the same time, this could be one for you. This is a hen’s-teeth-rare 1971 Jeep CJ-5 Go-For-Digger, Jeep’s foray into the light agricultural and industrial market. It can be found on Craigslist with an asking price of $5,000. If you were looking for a nice restoration project that would really stand out among the other vehicles at the car shows this summer, this is it. You’ll have to line up shipping from Mount Pleasant, Michigan. For me, this Jeep falls squarely into the category of I-would-have-absolutely-zero-use-for-it-but-I-would-love-to-own-it!
Sadly, the first photo is the only photo included of the actual vehicle for sale. Sigh.. But, here is a period advertisement showing the super unique features of this CJ-5. The dual rear wheels is unique enough, but then there’s that hydraulic backhoe attachment! Not to mention, a plow for the front, which the seller has even though it isn’t shown in the photo. There are no interior or engine photos, but this one should have an F4-134 “Hurricane” inline-four with around 75 hp.
Here is a somewhat similar vehicle with a much more aggressive front bucket attachment. I don’t think Jeep offered this setup for the front bucket but it would sure draw a crowd at a car show in this position. Actually, the “regular” Go-For-Digger would, too. With no interior photos, it’s impossible to tell what it looks like in there, but this is a similar Go-For-Digger interior for comparison. Jeep offered similar hydraulic implements on some of its other models, including this cool Forward Control and as the ad says, the 4-Wheel-Drive “Jeep” Truck.
The seller says that it runs but it’ll need some new hydraulic lines for everything to be operational. I’ve seen similar, operating Go-For-Digger Jeeps sell in this range so there may be some bargaining room here. I’m not sure if I’ve ever wanted a Jeep CJ-5 more than I want this one. Have any of you seen one of these in person? Or, in action, with the backhoe digging like a gopher?