New guy here, owned several jeeps, I had a '41. a '45. a 65, an 83 CJ7, and just bought a 1976 CJ5 with 57,000 miles. Haven't messed with it yet so not much to report but the frame is cherry, the body is better than average. Plan is to find a hard top for it (has a soft top) and making it a fun time ride for my girlfriend and I. Looking forward to reading about other CJ5's here and getting ideas for mine.
Finally got enough ambition to go out to the garage and clean the Jeep out. Finds in the back end included new calipers, rotors and pads for the front brakes. Looks like there is a new starter, fuel pump, hubs, starter solenoid, and ?U Joints in the Jeep already. Big problem with rust in the gas, likely coming from the tank. Starts, runs, shifts, clutch may be new as well based on parts boxes in back end of Jeep. I need to tar the dash out of my Suburban to get the gauge cluster rebuilt so I would like to get the Jeep registered as an antique and drive it for the few days the Suburban will be out of commission. Going to flush the heater core, rebuild the carburetor, and gas her up this week, then hopefully get it on the road next week.
Looking for a hard top for this old blister if anyone knows of one that isn't going to cost an arm and a leg, and two pints of blood. Kind of enjoying the Jeep thing again, but I will probably get over that soon enough lol.
1984 jeep cj7, 258 I6, rebuilt T176,rebuilt Dana 300, amc 20 , dana 30, 4.10's Trac-lok in rear , 4.10's detroit soft locker in dana 30, 2.5 inch bds suspension lift, 1 inch polyurethan body mount lift. Line ex. weber carburetor. factory tach. factory clock ,oem replacement speedomter cluster, and oil pressure gauge, factory volt gauge.
Looking for a hard top for this old blister if anyone knows of one that isn't going to cost an arm and a leg, and two pints of blood.
Meyer tops are the most common. They were a dealer option, and aftermarket. I see them in craigslist, and occationally floating around junk piles. If you are not far from Sanford, Maine, there has been one sitting on a CJ5 in the woods for the last 20 years.
But be carefull. They were made during the entire run of the CJ5, but the 76+ is different then the 75 and earlier. Also, make sure you get all the small parts if someone sells you the hardtop. (ie hinges, spacers, etc).
After that, the Acme tops were popular, then the Tank tops. But they seem less and less common every day. Plus tons of smaller manafacturers, but most seemed to only go up to 1975.