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Unread 09-26-2010, 11:09 PM   #1
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1973 CJ5 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Champlin, MN
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I just found this 1973 CJ5 with an AMC 304 V8. The PO has done quite a bit of work to fix this baby up. He replaced the tub with a almost completely rust free one off a 1976 CJ5, and installed new after market hood and fenders. While he had the tub off he re-ran all new fuel and brake lines and electrical for all the lights. He also cleaned up the frame and rust proofed it. Replaced all of the brake parts, and a few engine parts. The 304 runs and drives really well after it warms up. I was looking for a CJ7 but it was such a great find I couldn't let it go. Unfortunately I am 6'5" 300+ pounds and the fit is a little tight. I can drive it OK but my legs begin to cramp after a while. I would like to hear any suggestions on how to give myself a little more leg room. The seats are already back against the wheel wells. Also any ideas for what to modify first to get me in the mud sooner (paint would probably be one of the first). I am a new member so I can't post pictures yet, but if you want to see her, I registered it with this site under "Minnesota CJ5". Also looking for good places to legally trail ride or mud in MN if anyone knows of any.

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Unread 09-27-2010, 08:41 AM   #2
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1986 CJ7 
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Welcome to the Jeep Forum....tons of good stuff here.

You can post pictures by opening a account, upload your pics, copy and paste the .img file into your post on Jeep Forum. Keeping you pics in the 400 to 600 KB or less size range will ensure they are not to big for the forum.

I don't have any recommendations for increased leg room but someone on here may.

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Unread 09-27-2010, 08:59 AM   #3
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1980 CJ5 
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You can notch the wheelwell behind the seat. Then move the seat back a couple of inches.
1980 cj5 401, t-176, p/s., YJ p/b, tfi/hei hybrid, 3.73 30/44
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Unread 09-27-2010, 11:53 PM   #4
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1973 CJ5 
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Thanks for the welcome and the idea to notch the wheel well. Here are a couple of pics that I uploaded to photobucket if anyone is interested. I really feel like i walked into a goldmine, picking this baby up for $1,000. Looking forward to fixing it up and getting it dirty.

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Unread 09-28-2010, 04:32 AM   #5
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1983 CJ7 
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Looks like a great deal for a grand
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Unread 09-28-2010, 05:17 AM   #6
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1982 CJ7 
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Get a 7, Im not as big as you, 6'3" 260, but I can tell you that the few extra inches in my 7 makes a huge difference compared to my 5 especially in the gettin in an out department, my 5 had a 6in lift and no steps and I would wait around till nobody was lookin to climb in!....NOT the 7 has room to put an automatic in if you so desire.....OCG
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Unread 09-28-2010, 05:34 AM   #7
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1979 CJ7 
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ill buy it for 1500 and you can get a 7 =)
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Unread 09-28-2010, 05:41 AM   #8
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Good find for a grand, thats for sure. Here in the rust belt itd have a ton of rust to deal with. Even if it isnt rot, i'd love to have no more rusty bolts!
I'd also update your profile for future questions you ask, fill in info on your jeep so people dont have to ask you what transmission you have or such.
An example is under any members name.
Mine reads "1977 CJ7"
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