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Unread 07-20-2002, 08:40 AM   #1
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After 30 or so years of wanting, I finally bought my first Jeep. It's a '79 CJ-5, 304?, T-18, F/R lockers, 4" lift, and 33-12.50 BFG's. After driving it a couple of days and failing emissions, I had the stock 2 bbl. carb rebuilt. The guy that did the work said the carb was a '72 and he wouldn't be surprised if the motor was too. He even thought it might be a 360. How can I tell for sure?
This is my first post but not my last. The Jeep has great curb appeal but has many small problems that I will be needing your expert help with, i.e., no emerg brake, no horn, gas guage inaccurate, minor electrical problems, etc. I've ordered a Chilton's and a Jeeper's Bible from Amazon as a first step. I'm really glad to have found this forum and look forward to digging in to this new project. Harry

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Unread 07-20-2002, 11:37 AM   #2
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I don't have an answer for you, but I also finally bought my first jeep after thinking about it for about 20 years. I got to a point where I could shell out a few extra bucks for a never-ending project and decided I wasn't getting any younger. I picked up an '80 CJ-7 about 2 months ago, and my fix-it list looked alot like yours..

So far I've pulled the body apart and took care of the current rust as well as slowing down any new rust. I herculined the tub, and put a new bikini top on it. I exchanged the worn-out stock column shifter linkage for a B&M Megashifter (automatic). Replaced the exhaust gaskets, fixed the horn, replaced several light bulbs, upgraded to a TFI ignition, changed all the fluids. etc. etc.... I then discovered I had Moser 1-piece axles, but the bearings were toast, so I spent the last two weekends replacing the seals and bearings and redoing the rear brakes... turned out great and not too difficult, and no leaks as of yet...

Overall, I've done almost no 4-wheeling, but have a lot of time turning wrenches and know a lot more about jeeps than I ever thought I would.... Wouldn't trade it for the world <grin> is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 07-20-2002, 05:54 PM   #3
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On the engine block near the motor mount it will be stamped 304,360 etc...
'78 CJ7
360 cid W/390 heads
edelbrock intake W/matched performer plus cam,springs and timing chain
Hedman Fenderwell headers
4WD Fiberglass Body
4" lift W/ 35" BF Goodrich AT
Pioneer CD player W/ Pioneer 200 watt amp 10 in. sub speaker box Shoved behind rear seat for now (Till I can make a permanent box)
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