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Unread 01-22-2014, 08:01 PM   #1
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1974 CJ5 Body-off Restore

Hello all, I am new to posting but have been reading posts/threads for a few months now...I love this forum...

So here goes, I have dove head first into a frame up restoration of a 1974 CJ5 jeep with a AMC 304 V8 engine. Due to my lack of experience and highly qualified-willing Father-in-Law, I am getting him to do the initial work for me. (He's awesome)

Phase 1 plans: Repair and repaint frame and body, Front Power Disc brake conversion, rebuild rear drum brakes, new Tilt Steering column, repair worn drive components, repair engine (smoke's alittle right now), new roll cage, repair wiring and new gauges, new audio system, new seats, new wheels and tires...i'm sure there's more but that's all that comes to mind right now.

Here's a link to my progress photos http://s41.photobucket.com/user/jdli...0CJ5%20Restore

Please pore on the advise and pictures of stuff you guys/gals have done to your Jeeps that can relate. I love learning from others and getting ideals from people who have already been there and learned hard lessons.

Thanks in Advance,
John

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Unread 01-22-2014, 09:05 PM   #2
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Good opportunity to bond with the dad in law lol. You can post you pics here by clicking on the paperclip icon. It is easier to follow if we dont have to link to another site. Good luck with the build, looks like you are off to a good start.
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Unread 02-14-2014, 07:14 PM   #3
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Body armor.

Does anyone have a recommended vendor for body armor, specifically I'm looking for some rocker panels (i.e. below the door panels) which have a rock/tree bar extending from the panel. I will post some updated pictures soon.
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Unread 02-20-2014, 06:48 PM   #4
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The tear down

Demolition photos
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Unread 02-20-2014, 06:54 PM   #5
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Progress on the body restore

Driver side of the outside of the body and both fenders are ready for primer and paint
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Unread 02-22-2014, 06:23 AM   #6
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nice work on the jeep
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Unread 02-26-2014, 07:32 PM   #7
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nice work on the jeep
Thank you, I wish I could do work as good as my father-in-law. Maybe after I get a few more years of this jeep stuff under my belt. I will be sure to let him know what y'all think.
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Unread 02-26-2014, 10:51 PM   #8
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Unread 03-10-2014, 06:53 PM   #9
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nice job you are going through ! i am doing something like this to with my CJ7, i like your rotisserie, i intended to build one to, but price of metal is a little high or something, i prefered puting that budget on the jeep !
keep up the good work ill be following !
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Unread 03-19-2014, 06:56 PM   #10
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nice job you are going through ! i am doing something like this to with my CJ7, i like your rotisserie, i intended to build one to, but price of metal is a little high or something, i prefered puting that budget on the jeep ! keep up the good work ill be following !
Thanks, my father-in-law is pretty amazing, the latest project is a jib hoist he can suspend the body over the frame for installing the floor supports. The 1975 body will be installed on a 1979 frame.
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Unread 03-20-2014, 06:44 PM   #11
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Question 1, has anyone swapped a 1979 amc 20 axle with a 1975 Dana 44? As I understand it, there are differences in WMS length and springs. I had intended on keeping my original Dana 44 and mounting on the 1979 frame coupled with the 1979 front Dana 30. I still havn't purchased the wheels and tires, but was wanting to go with 35s.

If so how did it perform on the road and on the trail?

Question 2, I've got to replace the rear springs, what kind of suspension should I go with, 3-link, 4-link or leaf spring? Of course if I change to coils and links I will change the from too.
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Unread 03-20-2014, 08:02 PM   #12
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Question 1, has anyone swapped a 1979 amc 20 axle with a 1975 Dana 44? As I understand it, there are differences in WMS length and springs. I had intended on keeping my original Dana 44 and mounting on the 1979 frame coupled with the 1979 front Dana 30. I still havn't purchased the wheels and tires, but was wanting to go with 35s.

If so how did it perform on the road and on the trail?

Question 2, I've got to replace the rear springs, what kind of suspension should I go with, 3-link, 4-link or leaf spring? Of course if I change to coils and links I will change the from too.
I know in 72 they went to the one piece flanged D44 and it was a little wider. Not sure there is a difference in width. The 75 may be offset to the passenger side to mate up to the D18 transfer case. The wheelbase may be different. I think it was 74 they lengthed the hood.
As for suspension it all depends on what you want to do with it. Try not to put really arched springs under it or it will be stiff. Do a shackle reversal up front and put YJ springs under it.
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Unread 03-23-2014, 10:31 AM   #13
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I know in 72 they went to the one piece flanged D44 and it was a little wider. Not sure there is a difference in width. The 75 may be offset to the passenger side to mate up to the D18 transfer case. The wheelbase may be different. I think it was 74 they lengthed the hood. As for suspension it all depends on what you want to do with it. Try not to put really arched springs under it or it will be stiff. Do a shackle reversal up front and put YJ springs under it.
It will be my daily drive on most days and a trail rig on every opportunity I get. I'm gonna build a trailer out of an 80s model Chevy truck bed and paint to match the jeep and use as a camper.

We picked up an early 2000s ford explorer 8.8 rear end with 4.10 gears, rear springs (hopeful to modify and use), and the drive shaft, now I need to find the best solution to changing the stud pattern to match the jeep front, a 5 on 5 1/2. I've read some threads that recommend the super88 conversion kit, does anyone have any other recommendations? It's kind of pricey but if the consensus is that it's the best option then I will go that route.

Now for the front axle I need to rebuild with 4.10 gears, it's a Dana 30 with 3.55 gears now.
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