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Unread 01-01-2012, 02:01 AM   #1
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1976 CJ5 project

I found this Jeep on craigslist a few months ago and am finally beginning the tear down phase of the build. My job (FAA) keeps sending me away for training so this may take a while.

My plan is to make a hybrid, using it as a daily driver when the weather is nice (not planning to put a top on) but also taking it on the trails. I'm not into the rock climbing so it won't be a crazy project but it will definately not be stock.

Enjoy.

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Unread 01-06-2012, 08:16 PM   #2
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Well, I finally began the tear down. So far there are no surprises. I've found a few areas that need to be repaired and some that make me wonder what the PO was thinking.

I suppose the PO was taller than average. I thought about trying to repair this but I'm just ordering a new panel.


At first I thought the frame was repaired because it was on both sides. The driver's side appears to be beefed up for the power steering, not sure what the pass side is about.



Also on both sides, near the same area, is the only real rust on the tub. Easy fix. The step modification, if it can be called that, is frustrating because they apparently used a hammer and screwdriver to pound a hole into the floorpan.



This is what's left up front...a mess.
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Unread 01-14-2012, 05:40 PM   #3
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Picked up a donor engine yesterday, 258ci out of an '86 CJ7. Got the T5 with it also. I think it will be a better fit for this than the T150. I'll just have to adjust the gearing, once I figure out what I have installed.







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Unread 01-14-2012, 07:45 PM   #4
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Never enough time.

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Unread 01-14-2012, 07:49 PM   #5
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This is gonna be sweet i'm subscribed! Good luck and have fun with that cj!
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Unread 01-16-2012, 05:05 PM   #6
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Ready to take the tub off. I have to clear up some more room in the garage before that can happen. Hopefully this weekend.




The PO welded the front bumper to the frame. No big deal, just annoying.
I'm also on the lookout for longer leaf spring bolts. The ones installed are only extending 3" beyond the shackles...

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Unread 01-16-2012, 05:44 PM   #7
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Thanks Tj03ken. Its a lot of work but I have helpers. We have 4 girls (5 total, but one is away at college) so I have a lot of "training" to do!





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Unread 01-19-2012, 11:50 AM   #8
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Ok, its getting hard to find anything good posted about the T5. Is it really that bad of a transmission? If I get the gearing correct shouldn't I be ok? I'm not a hardcore crawler.
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Ok, attempting to research what gears I have. Figured I had an AMC20 and looked up the codes for the gear ratio. My code is EC...not on the list. Of course.

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Unread 01-19-2012, 05:09 PM   #10
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Got the tub off finally. A friend said I could do it by myself, that it wasn't heavy. He's an ex friend now, that thing was not fun.



A nice surprise. A poly tank already installed, saved me $250.

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Unread 01-19-2012, 06:01 PM   #11
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At this rate you will catch up to me. Yours looks like mine, like a bomb went off, jeep guts everywhere. Looks like you've got some good help, all keepers. I'm subscribed now. Keep pluggin away.
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Unread 01-28-2012, 06:38 PM   #12
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A little more progress this weekend. No football on so I was able to spend some time in the garage. I got the rear end assembly taken out and semi-apart. It has 3.54 gears in it with a limited-slip. Not too bad. I looked it up and with the T150 and 35's it will give me 2200 RPM at 65 MPH. I wanted to swap in a T5 that I have but I think it will be too much modification. I have a Dana 20 and was told I would need a Dana 300 to use with the T5, and also would have to cut out my floor because it was longer. New driveshaft, odd pinion angles, etc...So much for overdrive. I think I'll keep looking for the infamous NV4500 that I hear so much about.



I head to Oklahoma City next week for training. I'll tackle the front end when I get back in March.
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Thanks Tj03ken. Its a lot of work but I have helpers. We have 4 girls (5 total, but one is away at college) so I have a lot of "training" to do!





I am going to give you a warning my freind. I see 4 girls out there working on your jeep. and from my experiance (MY girl) in 7 years you are going to need an extra jeep about every 2 to 3 years. So any time you get a cahance to get one now, then you better do it.

My girl drives a jeep, my son drives a jeep. and it is all because Dad has/had a jeep and we went jeepin...... Lots of luck
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Ready to take the tub off. I have to clear up some more room in the garage before that can happen. Hopefully this weekend.




The PO welded the front bumper to the frame. No big deal, just annoying.
I'm also on the lookout for longer leaf spring bolts. The ones installed are only extending 3" beyond the shackles...


I got the samething going on with my front bumper. your PO must have taken notes from my PO

I was just noticing that little bit of extra thread engagement on your shackle. that is a good idea, takes longer before you loose the nut...

I t seem like we are working the same project. except mine is ten years older.. I think my tub is in better shape. but you have better help then me.....
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Unread 02-19-2012, 12:06 PM   #15
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that extra metal on the frame was a plow mount. common spot for older plows to mount
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