CJ Advice for new CJ owner on restoration project?
Hi everyone - I'm obviously new to the forum and I am hoping for some advice from all of the CJ owners out there. I recently purchased a 1977 CJ5 304 3speed that appears to be in excellent mechanical shape but I bought it as a project for $1000. That being said the engine starts right up, shifts great, suspension and steering feel good on the road (and off the road), it has the AMC 20 front axle and Dana 30 rear, no leaks. Other than that - it needs just about everything else - there is no gas tank, it has a platic auxillary tank in the rear it runs off of, none of the gauges work, speedo is disconnected, other than it starting, headlights working and turn signals working nothing else electrically works in it. The front fenders are in great shape with minimal surface rust, the hood is in good shape but the rest of the body from the windshield back is full of rot/rust. I don't think much of it is salvagable so was thinking about swapping out the tub of the 77 CJ5 with a decent tub I found from an early 80s CJ7 - don't know if that's an easy swap or feasible though. I am looking for advice from anyone out there if they have done similar projects, places to get new wiring, gauges, heat etc... and any DIY tips out there. I owned a 95 YJ a couple years ago that wasn't able to get out of it's own way but still fell in love with it and I've always loved the looks, feel and sound of the 70's CJs so figured this would be an awesome project. Thanks for taking the time to read this and thank you very much for any advice, opinions or ideas you can forward on about where to find parts, tips and what not without breaking the bank.