Hey guys, been mainly a lurker on here but have had some posts recently. I feel like it's time for me to organize some pictures and start my build thread.
First, some background.
Back when I was 10 my grandpa bought a 1976 rusty cj5 farm toy. Shortly after he got it, we were riding around the trails, and he stopped it and turned it off, then said "It's your turn." Told me the controls and put me in the drivers seat. My first time behind the wheel of a DOT vehicle. =)
Since then It's been a trail jeep, used a few times a year, neglected for the most part, sitting outside half of it in the weather. But no matter how long it'd sit, it would fire up in no time and run great every time someone would use it. Trail riding, hauling equipment around the farm, you name it.
The jeep was in rough shape when he got it, as it was just going to be a toy, and then 18 years of sitting outside had taken even more of a toll on the 'ol CJ. I was down there with him one day and we were talking about how cool it would be to see it have a second chance at life... I said I would love to fix it up. And that's when he threw me the keys and said "It's yours".
I've been working on it for close to 2 years now, but still have to organize all my pictures. So I'll be updating this thread as they get organized and uploaded.
This is what I started with.
So the first things first is the tear down. Pics coming soon...
Taking the tub off was not fun, most of the cage nuts spun and had to be cut. I'll be drilling access holes in the tub to use normal nut/washers. This thing is filthy... Also found out it was originally pale yellow, then had a decent red paint job put on it, then a really cheap green paint job.
CJ5Russ is your transmission a 3 or 4 speed? From the bend of the shift lever it looks like it could be one of more desirable CJ T18 4 speed transmissions. According to the Novak's site these could either be the 4.02 or 6.32 first gear models for the 1976 CJs.
Make sure you don't destroy or paint over the vin decal on the left hand side when you restore the dash.
'84 CJ-7: Yota axles (spartan locked front, e-locked rear) 4" BDS, 1" Daystar & 3/8" shackle lifts, 35" X-Terrains on steelies, YJ Tub & family roll bar, heater blower upgrade, 4.2L w/MC2100 & Team Rush, Warn 8274. Rebuilt 4.2/4.0 hybrid, AX15 and twin sticks/clocking ring waiting to go in.
The advertised position for a topless, dirty jeep girl has been filled......by my wife. Thanks to all that applied.
<------------and yes, that is her. :-D
Unfortunately it was partially painted over in the cheap green paint job i mentioned above... Plus the dash has all kinds of holes drilled randomly i assume for toggles that are not there, the gun rack was also drilled through the dash and it has a nice crease in the 90° bend at the bottom right in the center. I think I'm going to go with a SS dash and paint that to match. (this will also get me a tach hole, clock hole, stereo speakers, and a DIN speaker slot.) I have been looking at companies that will do repro VIN stickers though, anyone know anything about them? (I'm planning on posting another pic update of later tonight)
So after I took a lot of things apart, pressure washed the tub, engine, trans and frame, and checked out the brakes... this is what I got. I'm really pleased at the condition of the frame, other than the rear cross member (I'll deal with that later.)
The tub has a lot more Swiss cheese that I was hoping, but That's just time. She'll get patched up.
The engine and trans are about on par for expectations, except, the pivot ball on the bell housing is SHOT, no ball at all (obviously for some time), and the aluminum is worn down horribly. A new bell housing will be on the tab.