It is becoming increasingly obvious as I put back together my 76 CJ-5 that it was built with 75 parts. For example, yesterday I started the work on the engine. I picked up some valve covers, blasted them, painted them, and was going to put them on, a new thermostat, new water pump and new alternator.
Everything was going fine on the first stuff and then I got to the waterpump and I started seeing that it really needed spacers. I searched and searched through my parts bags and couldn't find any spacers.
Thank god I took pictures because I looked through the pics and noticed that the old water pump had raised portions on 2 of the mounting holes for the alternator bracket to rest against.
Anyway, long story short, I am becoming more convinced that my 76 is actually more 75. This includes the tailgate, it is the old style, not the new style, the new gas tank I bought isn't really fitting right because I think it was supposed to be a 75, and there are more that I can list but I won't bore you.
The reason I am posting is that I was just wondering how common this is in the Jeeps and if there was anyway to tell when mine was built in the year and if it really was more 75 then 76,
One last thing. I bought a new aftermarket alternator and the original was a motor craft and the new one is a delco remy. I was wondering about the igintion module and voltage regulator. I bought the new alternator becuase it was 135 amps and the old one was stock, but I don't want to fry anything so I was wondering which parts should be used.
Sorry for the long post, but I was a little dazed yesterday and just wanted to know if anyone knows any info.
i have a 75 and when i bought it i went through
somthing very similar the p.o. put a 76 wind sheild on it
the dash isnt quite right and several other things i wont bore you
with i am also replacing my gas tank cant find a skid plate
for a 75 (mines rusted all to hell) so i bought a 76 and am gonna
fab somthing up to make it work
i think i read some where though that the dimensions are
the same its the filler necks that are different
one question i have is...are the stock seats still in
and does it have a tool box under the pass. seat
the 76 seats are mounted on rails that mount to the floor
the 75 has a tube "system" that mounts to the door
opening and goes over to the middle of the vehicle
and mounts to the floor
on a 75 the windsheild mounts by a "hook and latch"
where a 76 mounts by the screw in knobs
the windshilds measure different also
the 76 is 55in.
the 75 is 59 in.
the 76 kind of slopes in at the top
where the 75 goes straight up
also the 75 frame is "boxed" from the front
and goes just past the engine
the 76 is boxed all the way from front to back
also the 75 i think the frame tapers back towards the rear
whrere the 76 goes straight back
it could be the other way around im not sure
i would check out the frame and see if it is
boxed all the way from front to back
that would tell you what you are dealing with
cause when you get an older jeep
with several owners you kind of get a frankinstien jeep
cause everyone is different and have different
ideas on how they want their jeep to be
when i bought my 75 i bought it from the
original owner but that guy didnt take care of it at all
it was in pretty bad shape
now im fighting to get it back together the way
it should be