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Unread 10-19-2013, 12:52 PM   #1
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1974 CJ-6 Restoration

Hey guys,

My name is Mike and I am 16 and am currently working on a 1974 CJ-6 Jeep with my Grandpa. My dad bought this Jeep 4 years ago from Montana off of eBay out of curiosity (I don't know for how much). Check out the pictures on the links and I have some questions that I was wondering could be answered. I also have a 2007 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara (4dr) in Rescue Green. It may sound like I'm spoiled but my Dad passed in August of last year to complications with leukemia and his bone marrow transplant and I just want to carry on his legacy. We have many other vehicles too.

That's out of the way, here's some pictures before we got into it

http://www.flickr.com/photos/105762943@N07/10337622135/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/105762943@N07/10337814083/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/105762943@N07/10337823453/
My mom and grandpa are in the picture, sorry.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/105762943@N07/10337644514/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/105762943@N07/10337653054/

There are things that I know are not original such as the blue paint and red stripes, the little cb antennae holder, and the softop is one from Quadratec (Bestop) and the rear seat I think isn't correct. My goal is to get it back to original as much as possible. The floors are rotting and it has other issues that the previous owners must have done.

My main question is how much of the parts are the same as the CJ-5. My guess is that up until that break in the body where they added the extra body piece and then back from there is the same. I need to know what parts are acceptable. I am also wondering if it is lifted or if that's the stock ride height, and where the rear seat should sit because mine was all the way back to the rear. Do the CJ-6's have tailgates because mine does not. the VIN is also strange because the 7th character is supposed to be an A,E,R, or S. My VIN is J4F845VA. Why is there a V?

Thank you for taking the time to read this and any information helps , as I understand it's sort of a rare model. Unfortunately my grandpa fell 2 days ago and tore a tendon in his leg and I just got a cast off my arm that I had on for 10 weeks since Aug. 4 so I probably won't have more pictures up until next weekend and won't be able to double check that VIN until then also. Tell your kids to be careful on go-karts and not to roll them because that's how I snapped my arm.


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Unread 10-19-2013, 03:51 PM   #2
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My mom and grandpa are in the picture, sorry.



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Unread 10-20-2013, 06:51 PM   #3
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Thank you jbjorgen.
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Unread 10-20-2013, 06:53 PM   #4
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That's a cool looking ch you have there. Awesome starting platform. Good luck on your project.

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Unread 10-20-2013, 07:16 PM   #5
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I can only help you with some XJ stuff, but I look forward to following your build. Sorry about the loss of your father. It is really cool you are going to finish stuff he wanted to do. I wish you the best of luck.
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Unread 10-20-2013, 08:19 PM   #6
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Great looking Jeep. I can not wait to see more.
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Unread 10-20-2013, 09:22 PM   #7
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The CJ-6 was sold extensively overseas and it would be a good idea to search around in places like Australia and New Zealand because they were used there. The other place to try is Hemmings Motor News: http://www.hemmings.com/.

Good luck with your project and take your time. A good restoration job takes time and is never rushed. Finishing it would make you dad proud.
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Unread 10-22-2013, 05:15 PM   #8
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Good luck with the build. If you need help on anything like every one else offered, I will do my best. I know more Willys truck and wagon information but I know a little bit about CJs/

They do have tailgates like you said and they also have the same parts as CJ5s besides the body like you stated. The roll bar is also not original. You can get CJ parts from a variety of online sources and craigslist, etc. As for your VIN, the 7th character is in fact supposed to be a R, S, or T. This tells the gross vehicle weight.
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Unread 11-02-2013, 10:00 PM   #9
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I apologize about not updating my post in awhile. My Grandpa is still healing from his fall and cannot walk far or kneel. About the roll bar is that a replacement roll bar or was that an addition? And how can you tell? I'm a little nervous about how much it's actually going to take to get back to original. Thank you to everyone's replies of encouragement.
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Unread 11-04-2013, 11:29 AM   #10
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I apologize about not updating my post in awhile. My Grandpa is still healing from his fall and cannot walk far or kneel. About the roll bar is that a replacement roll bar or was that an addition? And how can you tell? I'm a little nervous about how much it's actually going to take to get back to original. Thank you to everyone's replies of encouragement.
To the best of my knowledge '74 CJ6s never came with a factory roll bar. That wasn't even an option until 1975 and not standard until the 80s. It was an addition made frequently by owners who feared a roll over (I think personally they detract from the look of the older CJs). It wouldn't protect much though as it doesn't appear to be tied in to your windshield and I know that I'm too tall for a roll bar like that to be effective.
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Unread 11-07-2013, 09:49 AM   #11
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I wouldn't worry about a full restoration and making everything original. Build it into a clean, reliable, SAFE driver and drive it. I'd love to have a 6 I could do that with.
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Unread 11-07-2013, 10:07 AM   #12
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First off I would like to say nice cj6. I can relate in what you are doing as I am doing the same thing with a 1973 cj5. I'm not going a full frame off on mine just making it presentable and drivable.

I hope you are able to figure everything out, and will be subscribed so I can see what you got going on.
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