Did you know Cj7's in 1976 have 2 extra body mounts on the rear crossmember for a total of 4? (Aslo documented in the original 76 Jeep Service manual)
I wanted to start a post to gather and document all the weird differences between CJ7's of different years. Not only commonly known things like Wide Track vs Narrow, 5 bolts on the lockout vs 6, disc vs drum, Amc 20 or Dana 44 rear but also those weird things we all know Jeep did. For example my 1976 CJ7 came with what appears to be a CJ5 Grill or at least CJ5 style turn signals rather than the standard Cj7 Style lights. I know it came this way because it's always been in my family.
If you have something to share of know of another post that does describe differences between the years please post a link with a brief description.
If you have somethign new but are unsure go ahead and post anyway and perhaps we can find out if yours is unique or the PO was "creative".
1976 Jeep CJ7 - Build in progress
I have wondered about the tailgate/no tailgate thing with cj5's (and maybe cj7's). Does anyone have any info on why some 5's had gates and some didn't? Was it part of an option package? I heard one time that the the 5's without a tailgate were equipped with the "Renegade" package. Any ideas?
The tailgate was always optional on the CJ-5. The early Renegades had the sold back panel but later on the Renegade package became strictly an appearance package and could be had with or without a tailgate.
What do you mean by "CJ-5 grill" or "CJ-5 style turn signals?" Do you mean they are the three-screw type which the pre-76 CJ-5 used? Because all 76+ CJ's had the same grill and turn signals.
... For example my 1976 CJ7 came with what appears to be a CJ5 Grill or at least CJ5 style turn signals rather than the standard Cj7 Style lights. I know it came this way because it's always been in my family.
Really? (the CJ5/CJ7 grill part, not the family part).
Some CJ7 frames have an extra cross member between the rails. I don't know if the CJ5 frames have an extra one or not. 76 CJ 7 and 5 frames are not fully boxed but the 76 frames don't rot out on the ends because no mud builds up back there.
76 CJ5 frames also have 4 mounts on the back.
I've also notice a difference in the cutout for the front turn signals between 76 and later CJ's 76 are round and later ones have a notch cut out in them.
76-79 shifter covers are rectangular or almost square compared to 80-86 that are slightly longer and have a taper at the right rear section. All the earlier manual transmissions had top loading shifters and when AMC got a hold of the T4/5 transmissions, they had to extend the tunnel cutout and cover plate towards the rear in order to accommodate the rear mounted shifters.
85 and 86 frames have an extra triangle reinforcement on the second to last X member in stead of the frame to body support bar that is common on the other years. The last of the 86 tubs have the small boxed channel that runs at the bottom of the tailgate (like in the YJ). Several grill designs were used as some of the headlight indents were seperate pieces tach welded from the rear....in about 82/83 they went to one peice stamped. There are 3 or 4 parking brake units used with small changes to each. 85/86 torx bolts are a little longer in the ones I've seen. CJs with factory AC had a flip up dash mounted ashtray where the non AC CJs had under dash slide out units. There are two types of OEM clocks...the all brass NON quartz units and the later QUARTZ units with the word on the face. The CJ-7 limited models came with pin switches on the doors to activate interior lights. They also had optional leather seats. I've only seen a picture, but the later CJs could have a protective Jack bag that slid over the jack/tire tool on the fender. I have two versions of the swing out tire rack, one is the common thick and thin square tubes and the other is a twin thick tube (it weighs more and can be seen with the plastic caps removed). There is different versions of the drivers side seat riser with different inward hole locations. .....I could go on all night.