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post #1 of 7 Old 02-06-2015, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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CJ5 Restoration Build FOR SALE!!!

Hi I'm Tyler, Im 16 and I did a total frame off restoration of this 1978 CJ5 I bought, I just got finished with it this month and I am putting it out there to see what all the Jeep guys (and gals) think of it. I am also looking to sell it for the right price, not that there is anything wrong with it, I have always wanted a diesel truck, I have restored an original fiberglass hardtop and doors for it as well, I have put tons of work into this thing and I'm very proud of my work and the transformation it took during that time, and what I have done in the past few months. Enjoy the pics. And feel free to text me at 717-490-9201 if you are seriously interested in making an offer.

AMC 304 (5.0L) V8
3 speed manual transmission
4x4 high and low range transfer case
Lifted shackles and lifted leaf springs
33" Goodyear wrangler tires (less than 500 miles on them) including spare


Por15 painted frame
Fully fiberglass body, hood, hardtop, doors (high power to weight ratio!)
Metal front fenders and grill
Boxed-in frame (factory)
Cleaned out inside of frame (no more rust) repaired part of frame
HEAVY Rock sliders


Front and rear diff rock slider covers
Front locking hubs
Front disk brakes
Rear drum brakes
Fluids are good in both front and rear diff
Front sway bar
Steering box cross-frame stabilizer rod
Power steering


AMC 304 (5.0L) V8
Repainted to match paint scheme
New Rear Main Seal
New oil pan
New oil pan gasket
New timing cover gasket
New water pump gasket
New fuel pump
New alternator
New aluminum radiator
New MSD distributor gear and camshaft timing gear set (not to be confused with timing chain gears)
New HEI Distributor
New carburetor
Headman long tube headers
Newer exhaust system (less than 500 miles)
New PCV valve
Newer fuel lines (less than 500 miles)
New oil filter and oil
With the new HEI distributor she starts up quick everytime and cleans up the engine compartment
New spark plug wires

Electrical and interior:

Newer leather seats (less than 500 miles) rear seat was left the way I bought it, still in great shape and nothing wrong with it
New steering wheel dash cover
New dash pad
New windshield wiper motor cover
New original gauge cluster gauges, new oil and voltage gauges(temp,and oil don't work) most likely because we might have the wrong garage for the sensor but we checked the sensors and they show good oil pressure and temps.
Fuel gauge works perfectly
Has original tach that works great
Has original factory clock
New speedo/ odometer cable
Mileage was not actual when we bought it (was missing speedo cable) so I turned it back to 000000 miles (it was at 50 miles when we bought it)
New high output off-road compact heater box (works great)
New air control cable knobs ( doesn't do anything though because of the new heater) has defrost vent and in cab vent at all times when heater is running.(heater has 3 speeds: high medium low off)
Painless wiring harness throughout
No radio, it's a jeep, you don't need one of those where a jeep goes anyway ��
New door handles and hinges
New transfer case knob
New shifter boots
Custom LED brake light/ turn signal lights flush mounted at top of hardtop on back (I though it was a killer idea)
12v power outlet
New sun visors

Frame Etc:

Pro Competition front and rear bumpers (rear has Shackle holes and hitch receiver)
New 15 gallon fuel tank and float/ sending unit and skid plate
New extended Stainless steel brake lines from frame to axle both in front in rear
New brake bleeder screws
Bled brake lines (duh)
New master brake cylinder
Heavy duty Transmission/ transfer case skidplate
New transmission and transfer case fluid
New Grade 8 hardware to mount body (previous owner was using grade 5 hardware and BRASS nuts!!!! Which is very unsafe!!)
9 points of contact between body and frame (very strong, maybe even overkill, but it's factory)
Completely redone frame, sanded and painted with Por15
Used stainless steel hardware wherever I could
HEAVY rock sliders ��
Grade 8 hardware to mount rock sliders to frame
Grade 8 hardware for rear and front bumper mounts
2 10,000lb. Tow hooks on front bumper/frame
Shackles on rear bumper
New clutch linkage and springs
Newer leaf spring bushings (installed by previous owner)
New grade 8 hardware for seats


Was painted be previous owner
I painted and restored the hardtop and doors myself
Very slight tint on windshield (done by previous owner)
Sliding driver side window
Repainted hood hinges
Repainted windshield hinges
Repainted mirror arms
Stainless hardware on exterior
Hood hold down latches are stainless steel
I also have bunch of misc. parts for it.

She drives great for being 30 some years old, and being a Jeep(old jeeps always ride rough). She leaks a very very small amount of oil, the coolant levels always stay constant and I never lose coolant. Does 50-55mph on the highway pretty well (runs at about 2k RPM) it's a great ORIGINAL style jeep.having the full fiberglass tub makes this thing very durable in respects to weather and harsh conditions that usually rust out metal tubs/bodies. It also make it very light weight and very fun to drive. ���� everyone looks as it passes through town and at school. I am a perfectionist, (I get it from my dad) this is my second vehicle that I have restored and the first one I have done all by myself. I do things the right way and I don't rig things up (like the previous owner) I take pride in my work, I don't like to beat on my vehicles (a typical teen guy stereotype), I will be straight up honest with you if you have any questions, I am not here lie and BS everything I say. Hope you enjoy.

Feel free to ask any questions or make any offers. I'm asking $12,000 OR BEST OFFER, THIS IS NOT A SET-IN-STONE NUMBER, It is a very negotiatable price, it's currently my daily driver and has 230 miles since I restored it, it will go up but not an extreme increase, and I don't need to sell it right now but if some offered a reasonable price, nothing stupid low like $6,000, don't bother making any offers under 6k, I easily have that much already invested. I am always open to offers or trades (strictly trucks, preferably diesel) Thanks for looking.����

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post #2 of 7 Old 02-06-2015, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-06-2015, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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post #4 of 7 Old 02-06-2015, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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I have more pics, just couldn't up load cause the stupid image upload setup on the forum is dumb and won't let me sometimes, i will post more sometime if anyone wants to see more.
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post #6 of 7 Old 03-06-2015, 02:50 PM
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That thing is a work of art. Very very nice!

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post #7 of 7 Old 03-06-2015, 04:45 PM
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WOW!!! Awesome job and a great looing rig. Hold on while I go start a fight with the wife when I ask her if I can buy it. Hahahahaha!!!! Good luck with the sale and it is a very nice looking CJ!!!


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