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post #1 of 17 Old 08-18-2012, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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CJ5 - From Horrid to Awesome...hopefully

So this is my first build thread. Really my first actual build. And it begins with this gem.

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From the title and VIN sticker in the glovebox, it's a 1974 CJ5 with an AMC 304, 3 speed T15, and Dana 20.

Someone did some major work and it's currently sitting on what look to be homemade shackles, with a 4" body lift, homemade front and rear bumpers, and a fiberglass body.

I can't really complain though, because it was sitting in my uncles orange grove and i pulled it out of my uncle's way for free!

And so it begins... more later.

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post #2 of 17 Old 08-18-2012, 07:50 PM
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beautiful

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post #3 of 17 Old 08-19-2012, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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beautiful
Thanks. Hopefully it will be in a little while, but she needs some work!
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First order of business was to see if I could get all the cylinders firing. She started and ran when I got it on the trailer to bring home, but #1 and #8 seemed to not be firing. After a quick oil change, and spark plug change, she was still running, but very rough.

So, I added wires, a coil, and rebuilt the Motorcraft 2150 carb.


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Even then she was rough, so I went to timing and I got it to run very smooth now. Or at least as smooth as a 1974 AMC V8 is I guess. All cylinders seem to be firing now, so I started to diassemble the whole thing.
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post #5 of 17 Old 08-19-2012, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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A few more pictures of the tear down


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post #6 of 17 Old 08-19-2012, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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And here is how she sits this morning. More wrenching to go.


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post #7 of 17 Old 08-19-2012, 12:55 PM
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sounds like you got some great plans in the works for it. I would love to have a CJ myself and do a restoration on it. Then at one point or another strip it of most everything but the grille and some of the tub and do a full body rollcage for it.

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post #8 of 17 Old 08-19-2012, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Plans for this one are to stretch the wheelbase, comp cut, build a nice cage, and convert to YJ springs and upgrade axles. Other than that, it's kind of a see what happens as I go type of thing.
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Very nice!!!

... I guess I'm gonna have to fix that too…….

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post #10 of 17 Old 08-19-2012, 03:25 PM
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Glad to see the SUP on the wall. You will need it for therapy sessions!!

Welcome to the madness !
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post #11 of 17 Old 08-19-2012, 04:22 PM
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Plans for this one are to stretch the wheelbase, comp cut, build a nice cage, and convert to YJ springs and upgrade axles. Other than that, it's kind of a see what happens as I go type of thing.
aha awesomee im definitely gonna be following this.

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post #12 of 17 Old 08-22-2012, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Got the tub off finally yesterday. Flipped it over and it was nasty. Years of mud, oil, grease and everything. I forgot to take a picture, but it was as black as the firewall still is.

This is after a little ZEP degreaser and a scrub brush.

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Topside is nice and clean too. Lots of rust stains got removed. Now I just got to find time and figure out how I want to cut the rear, then lined both sides.

Got a little time to degrease the motor too now and clean it up before I start disassembling the whole drivetrain.

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Interesting though, I didn't see it until the body was removed, but it looks like the original body might have had a bullet hole in the floorboard because it sure looks like somebody's rifle went off and into the top of the bellhousing. No exit hole though? I'm sure that's gonna be pleasant when I get it off.
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post #13 of 17 Old 08-22-2012, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Glad to see the SUP on the wall. You will need it for therapy sessions!!

Welcome to the madness !
Thanks.

And that whole garage is like a big therapy room for me! Gunsafe, SUP, kayak, mountain bike, fishing rods. Like a big kid's candy store!
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whats an SUP

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whats an SUP
Stand-Up Paddleboard. Like a big longboard that you paddle...well, standing up.
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