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Unread 10-15-2013, 11:43 AM   #1
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Restoration of the 76 CJ5 i learned to drive in.

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...

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Unread 10-15-2013, 11:51 AM   #2
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Unread 10-18-2013, 07:55 PM   #3
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So I pressure washed the interior and cleaned the crap out of it. Then started the tear down. Here are some pics of the beginning of the tear down.












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Unread 10-18-2013, 09:11 PM   #4
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still very solid southern jeep to start. Congrats: my great grandfather gave me a 60 willys as my first car. still have it and yes it still runs.
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Unread 10-18-2013, 09:19 PM   #5
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I'm jealous of your tailgate. The shifter for your T-150 is interesting - the bend in it is the opposite of mine (i.e., it looks like it is mounted backwards, or mine is...).
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Unread 10-19-2013, 04:23 PM   #6
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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.










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Unread 10-19-2013, 04:40 PM   #7
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Looks like you're off to a good start! The tub looks very salvageable and the frame looks to be in great condition as well. This should be a beauty when it's done.
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Unread 10-19-2013, 06:21 PM   #8
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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.
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Unread 10-19-2013, 09:27 PM   #9
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It's a 3speed t150. I'm not sure why it looks backwards.
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Unread 10-20-2013, 09:11 AM   #10
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Looks like a solid foundation.

Make sure you don't destroy or paint over the vin decal on the left hand side when you restore the dash.
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Unread 10-20-2013, 04:28 PM   #11
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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)
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Unread 10-20-2013, 08:38 PM   #12
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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.









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Unread 10-21-2013, 05:59 AM   #13
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That's looking good. It looks much more solid than I would have expected after sitting outside for years. Any plans for the engine and drivetrain?
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Unread 10-21-2013, 10:09 AM   #14
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Going to do a mild build on the drive train, and pretty much leave the engine stock, but give it a gooooooood cleaning. It always ran so well, I'm going to let the engine internals ride.
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Unread 10-21-2013, 10:55 AM   #15
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Looking good!

Man, those Cragar Quick Tricks must have been a super popular wheel back in the day...
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