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post #1 of 24 Old 03-30-2016, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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1976 Jeep????????

I am new to the jeep community I have a 1976 Jeep with a 13 digit vin. I am trying to find out what is so special about this thing, I mean its cool I bought it cause I liked it. I am trying to figure out what I wan to do with it, but I have had a couple red flags come up. I had a couple weird cash offers and even the DMV, threw a fit over its value. It only has a 258 ford motor in it with a 3 speed manual tranny, heck I still don't even know if it is a CJ5, 6, or 7. it has a 84 inch wheel base, and a GVW 3750. Can anyone help me figure out if its just a cool jeep or if I have something special, if it is then I wanna make sure I keep it all original

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post #2 of 24 Old 03-30-2016, 02:49 PM
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Nice looking CJ5. It would of had a 258 AMC inline 6 cylinder. Which was an option (along with an AMC 304 V8), as the 232 was stock. 13 digit VIN would be normal for that year.

Is it 'special'? No. Only to you.

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It's a decent looking CJ5, but there's nothing special about it.

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post #4 of 24 Old 03-30-2016, 02:58 PM
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I've had insurance and DMV reject my VIN like that but there is nothing odd or special about it. 17 digit VINs were not until 1981 IIRC. sometimes it accepts, sometimes they have to throw in "0"s to get it to go.
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IIRC sometimes it accepts, sometimes they have to throw in "0"s to get it to go.
I believe my Michigan registration is like that (extra zeroes).

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That's kind of what I was thinking too. CJ5 though, cool! I was hunting in the Mountains in Montana when I stumbled onto it sitting under a tree covered in branches and pine needles. I bought it threw a major tune up and some tires at it and drove it home to Northern MN. DMV tried to tell me it was worth more than I paid and even froze my title for a while. I did get that cleared up but now that short vin is just a pain when ever I try to use it to order parts. oh and it is an AMC motor
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Any suggestions on good online sites for parts?
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Any suggestions on good online sites for parts?

It all depends on what type of parts you are looking for...

Re-pop parts are abundant on a variety of different sites. OEM is much tougher to find.

As for the DMV, Why do they even care what it is valued at, you paid what you paid for it and they should base the taxes off of that. I technically bought mine for a dollar and that is the value the Colorado DMv used to estimate my taxes on the vehicle purchase.

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Any suggestions on good online sites for parts?
4WD.com(4 wheeldrive hardware)
morris4x4center.com(Morris 4x4)

Rockauto surprisingly has had lots of in stock items for CJs

I tend to stay away from JC whitney and Quadratec

Be sure and check in the vendor forum... Vendors that support the site are listed and sometimes post about sales, discounts, and giveaways.
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I technically bought mine for a dollar and that is the value the Colorado DMv used to estimate my taxes on the vehicle purchase.

Yes... I've done that a few times too. I had a 96 Grand Cherokee V8 once that the guy literally gave to me for winching him out of a swollen river... Changed fluids, Tune up Kit, new carpet and sold it for $3k... DMV asked what was purchase price?... Ummmm, it was gifted to me!?
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I paid $1,500.00 they tried telling me it was worth like $28,000.00 and that's what they wanted to tax me on. I had to take and get a body shop and a mechanic shop to do astronomical estimates and submit them to the DMV, so they would think it was a total POS and release the title for the amount I actually paid. It was so stupid..... have yet to find anyone or anything else to back there claim
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I paid $1,500.00 they tried telling me it was worth like $28,000.00 and that's what they wanted to tax me on. I had to take and get a body shop and a mechanic shop to do astronomical estimates and submit them to the DMV, so they would think it was a total POS and release the title for the amount I actually paid. It was so stupid..... have yet to find anyone or anything else to back there claim
Did you offer to sell it to the guy at the DMV for $25,000.00, since it was worth more?

2012 JK sold. Currently 2004 TJ Rubicon.
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LMBO yes I did......
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Yes... I've done that a few times too. I had a 96 Grand Cherokee V8 once that the guy literally gave to me for winching him out of a swollen river... Changed fluids, Tune up Kit, new carpet and sold it for $3k... DMV asked what was purchase price?... Ummmm, it was gifted to me!?
Yup it was the best $0.12 I ever spent hahaha. Now title and registration is a killer though but still not bad on an '85 CJ.

The one that really bugged me was the emissions testing. I got all in awad over having the 401 underneath the hood and horror stories of inspectors failing a vehicle with an engine that was never supposed to be there in the first place. I rolled up and picked the lane with some 19 year old kid doing the inspections. Dude didn't even know how to open the hood so I knew I was home free!!!!

I would love to know who up in Montana is doing the valuing for the DMV and if I can get them to appraise my rig, if you are getting $28K for yours mine should be worth over $40K hahahaha!!!
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post #15 of 24 Old 03-30-2016, 04:04 PM
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BE AWARE!!... i also have a 76... sometimes the 76-77 are the red-headed stepchildren when it comes to parts and such... they were transition years (i guess), so sometimes it can be a little tricky to get the absolute correct part

many sites do up to 75 and from they SAY 76-83... but double check what youre replacing to what youre buying...

great looking ride! glad it worked out for you!

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