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Unread 01-25-2008, 02:45 PM   #1
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72-75 VS 76+ CJ5 Tub differences

Hey guys-

I have a 1976 Jeep CJ5. Lately I have noticed that my jeep has lots and lots of 75 parts on it. What are the differences between the two tub styles. I really am unsure what tub is on my Jeep!

I know that the windshield wiper motor is on the outside pre 76 and on the inside after 76.. however I can tell that the windshield frame is not original because it has a different color underneath the PO's rattle can paint job.

What differences are there between the tubs so that I can order the correct top.. etc.

Thanks!

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Unread 01-25-2008, 06:16 PM   #2
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The windshield on the 76-up is narrower at the top than the 75-down. You can use a top for either the early or late cj buy switching windshields.

75-down have a toolbox under the passenger seat. Holds an amazing amount of stuff.

The frame is completely different from 75/76, therefore so are the body mounts.

I'm sure i've forgotten one or two more...
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Unread 01-25-2008, 07:05 PM   #3
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It's not just the tubs - the frames are completely different. The '75 and prior had frames that pretty much ran straight from from to rear. The '76+ CJ got a frame that was narrow in the front and got wider in the rear. This means that a '75 tub would not easily fit onto a '76 frame because the body mount locations would be wrong. Also, the '75 tub has a tool box under the pass seat whereas the '76+ did not, and the cowl got a vent added where the '75 was smooth.

As far as tops go, if you've got the angled windshield, you order a '76+ top no matter what the tub is.
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Unread 01-28-2008, 03:46 PM   #4
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So what do you guys think? It is a 1976.. does it have a 76+ Tub?

In a few days I will be able to take the tub off.. for some shots of the frame.







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Unread 01-28-2008, 03:51 PM   #5
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im not an expert on cj5s but, i know that 75 and older had round tail lights and in 76 they put the square ones on there.
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Unread 01-28-2008, 04:26 PM   #6
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Looks like a 76 tub, also looks like a 76 frame judging by the rear frame with. You can easy tell the frame by checking to see if it is boxed in front to back, the 75 and earlier are open C channel from the from the rear leaf spring mounts back.
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Unread 05-16-2009, 01:04 PM   #7
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I see this is an old post but I am having the same problem. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what the dimensions are for a 1975 CJ5 tub. The one I have seems too short. It measures 71.5 inches from the door to the rear like a 76-83. Any info would be a big help. Thanks
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Unread 05-16-2009, 01:26 PM   #8
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When American motors bout Jeep in 1972 they llengthened the frame to adapt their engines. But for a three year span from 1972-1975 are peculiar. 1976 and forward are the same so if you ae lucky enough to have one of the aforementioned years (which I do a 73) it will drive you batty trying to mattch parts.
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Unread 05-16-2009, 07:05 PM   #9
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Dealing with this right now. My 74 has 73/72 wiring harness/setup.

Lovin' it considering the wiring is pretty much a train wreck!
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Unread 05-16-2009, 09:45 PM   #10
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Thanks. I called 4wd this evening and they told me that the body lengths were the same but when they lengthened the frame the lengthened the fenders and hood. Anyone know if that is the case?
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Unread 05-18-2009, 12:51 PM   #11
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That is correct, the tub dimensions did not change. There are difference in the tubs, mainly on the floor and firewall, but the overall dimensions did not change.

Lots of irrelevant info in this thread to the original question on tub differences in relation to getting the right soft top.
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Unread 05-18-2009, 01:33 PM   #12
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I have a 73 and 77 side by side at my house right now. dimentionally they are almost identical. The hoods are the same, a door on my 77 fits on the 73 (other than windshield angle), The measurement from the dash to the tailgate are the same as well. I am going to swap my windshield FROM the 77 to the 73 and use the top off the 77. Looks like it will fit!!
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Unread 11-25-2009, 12:05 AM   #13
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Hello there. I know this thread is a few months old but I have been looking ofr someone who can help me with identifying cj5 tubs and this seems to be the place to ask.

I have a 78' Cj5. The tub is rusted out. I bought a parts Jeep but I don't know what year tub it is. The problem is parts Jeep has a 1951 Willy's frame, a glass Cj-5 tub, a pre-72 one peice nose (fender/hood 5 inches shorter than the 78), and a chevy motor.
The glass tub has square tail lights, but a pre-76 windsheild with an external wiper motor. The tub also has a vent on the cowl, but they might do that for all aftermarket tubs?



-parts Jeep



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-Paul
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Unread 11-25-2009, 12:13 AM   #14
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Hello there. I know this thread is a few months old, but I have been looking for someone to help me identify CJ-5 tubs and I was hoping you could help a fellow Jeeper out.

I have a 1978 CJ5 with a rusted out tub. I bought a parts Jeep I was hoping to steal the tub off. The problem is the parts jeep has a 1951 CJ2 frame, and a chevy motor.

The nose is pre 72 (short by 5 inches), and the windsheild is pre 76 (external wiper motor), but the tub has square tail lights and a vent on the cowl. I haven't taken the tub off the frame yet, I want to know if it will fit the '78 frame before I get into it.




-part Jeep


Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
-Paul
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Unread 11-25-2009, 12:16 AM   #15
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Hello there. I know this thread is a few months old, but I have been looking for someone to help me identify CJ-5 tubs and I was hoping you guys could help a fellow Jeeper out.

I have a 1978 CJ5 with a rusted out tub. I bought a parts Jeep I was hoping to steal the tub off. The problem is the parts jeep has a 1951 CJ2 frame, a CJ-5 tub, and a chevy motor.

The nose is pre 72 (short by 5 inches), and the windsheild is pre 76 (external wiper motor), but the tub has square tail lights and a vent on the cowl. I haven't taken the tub off the frame yet, I want to know if it will fit the '78 frame before I get into it.




-part Jeep


Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
-Paul
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