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.
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