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post #1 of 11 Old 12-30-2012, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Just bought a 73 CJ5. Restoration ideas and questions!!

It's an Arizona Jeep I had shipped to Alabama. It has hardly any rust, 304, power steering, 33" tires and almost everything works. However, I've learned it's very difficult to get parts for this model year.

At 35mph+ the steering is dangerous. I plan to swap the 4" pitman arm drop to a 2" and replace the steering gear box.

I dont plan to wheel this jeep as I have access to as many UTVs anyone would want. I want to build something that I can enjoy to drive around town and eventually can sell and (hopefully) break even.

What mods/upgrades do you guys suggest?

I bought new high-back Corbeau seats. Does anyone make seat brackets or would I have to fab them?
Check out the pictures. Can you guys tell if the windshield is a 73 year model?
How about the roll cage? I believe it is out of a later year model.
Perhaps next winter I may repaint the Jeep. Im thinking a dark, metallic brown (Dodge has the color).

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post #2 of 11 Old 12-30-2012, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 11 Old 12-30-2012, 02:39 PM
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Is there a steering stablizer installed? It shouldn't shake with 33s too bad... Nice Jeep ! I like the color it is right now.... It looks tougher than a pine knot.
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post #4 of 11 Old 12-30-2012, 02:45 PM
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If the windshield wiper motor is on the outside it is a 75 and earlier windshield frame (correct for the year), if it is in the inside it is 76 and later model. I can't see the roll cage. Nice looking jeep, need more pictures.
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Here is the roll cage..
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post #6 of 11 Old 12-30-2012, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, it has a steering stabilizer. Notice how low the pitman arm is.
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post #7 of 11 Old 12-30-2012, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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If the windshield wiper motor is on the outside it is a 75 and earlier windshield frame (correct for the year), if it is in the inside it is 76 and later model. I can't see the roll cage. Nice looking jeep, need more pictures.
Great. Thank you!
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post #8 of 11 Old 12-30-2012, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Is there a good website (like 4wdparts.com) or supplier that sells parts for pre-1976 CJ5's?
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post #9 of 11 Old 12-30-2012, 03:14 PM
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Good looking jeep.


There are plenty of places to find most pre-76 jeep parts. Our intermediates (72-75) do have some parts that are hard to find, but search places like Quadratec and 4wd Hardware and others for most stuff. The Internet is your search friend. I also advise joining EarlyCJ5.net forum. Great info and great people with knowledge of our oddballs over there.

Your rollbar looks like mine in my 73. Mine is out of a 76. The 76-79 rollbars sit on top of the fender wells and have a rear slant on the main hoop similar to the windshield angle. The correct rollbar for the 73 is one that has a vertical main hoop.

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post #10 of 11 Old 12-30-2012, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Good looking jeep.


There are plenty of places to find most pre-76 jeep parts. Our intermediates (72-75) do have some parts that are hard to find, but search places like Quadratec and 4wd Hardware and others for most stuff. The Internet is your search friend. I also advise joining EarlyCJ5.net forum. Great info and great people with knowledge of our oddballs over there.

Your rollbar looks like mine in my 73. Mine is out of a 76. The 76-79 rollbars sit on top of the fender wells and have a rear slant on the main hoop similar to the windshield angle. The correct rollbar for the 73 is one that has a vertical main hoop.
I like the slant better. Will a post '76 bikini top and windscreen fit? It looks like there will be more room for a high-back seat with the slanting cage
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post #11 of 11 Old 12-30-2012, 04:01 PM
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I like the slant better. Will a post '76 bikini top and windscreen fit? It looks like there will be more room for a high-back seat with the slanting cage
Since the 73 windshields are more straight up, you will probably still need a pre 76 bikini top. They are available.

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