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Unread 10-19-2014, 03:59 PM   #1
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1981 CJ5 
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Location: Pasadena, California
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CJ5 Build and Questions

I am about to embark on my long awaited journey of rebuilding my 1981 CJ5. A friend is allowing me to use his garage which has a lift and practically everything I need to get going (minus a few specialty tools I'm not aware of yet). The state of the Jeep is definitely on the higher end of "great shape" but It needs some love as I am approaching the 100,000 mile mark and I have limited knowledge of what the previous owner did in terms of regular maintenance. I have my FSM and a positive attitude. The jeep runs quite well, with only 3 minor things that need to be fixed at the moment:

Throwout bearing (Clutch)
Intake Manifold Gasket (replacement)
Rebuild/New Carb

After initial inspection with the Jeep lifted we noticed fluid leaks in many locations (as expected):

Transfer case
Front Dana 30 and Rear 44

Light surface rust on frame and body. (Jeep has been in Las Vegas for its entire life up until las year (Southern California)

[I will post pictures as soon as I hit the 25 post mark required by the forum]

I guess Im looking for a great place to start in terms of a limited budget build on a great condition 81 CJ5. Any "while you're doing this...(the three things I'm fixing above)...you might as well and do this" type ideas.

I am limited in knowledge and hope to learn as much as possible from all of you and this experience in general. I appreciate the help and I'll be updating regularly and posting photos as soon as possible. Thank you.

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