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Unread 09-17-2013, 08:42 PM   #1
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SC 1980 CJ5 Rebuild

Hello all.
I recently purchased a 1980 CJ5 for my father and I to work on together.


I new we were taking on a pretty large restoration project; however considering that it came with a new frame I thought we would be good. I am an aircraft mechanic and pretty good at sheet metal work. This is a little more than I expected though.

this is just a little part of what is lurking underneath. My question to all you experts is, do I try to rebuild it or by a new tub. If I buy a new tub I will have to go with a fiberglass tub as I can not afford a $5000 steel tub. What do you think?

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Unread 09-17-2013, 08:43 PM   #2
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Welcome neighbor!!
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Unread 09-17-2013, 08:54 PM   #3
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Thank you Dan. Ive always wanted a Jeep. I now have one but wow, what have I gotten into.
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Unread 09-17-2013, 08:58 PM   #4
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You should see the GPW project the local club is doing it makes your jeep look pristine. Probably best plan of attack is just get the tub off the frame and see what is there. But i would say drive it around and enjoy it first, you may just like it like it is Where are you at in Lexington? I am over by Lake Murray
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Unread 09-17-2013, 09:28 PM   #5
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i wish I could drive it, the Inline 6 was close to being froze up so I have pulled it out and will be taking it to the machine shop this week to have it gone through.
I am off of 378 behind the Lowes. Where are you by the lake? I keep my boat down a Jakes landing. The jeep project is going to take me a while since I work 12 hour days and am taking classes online to continue my degree. And I hope to get some fishing in some time also. All the jeeps driving around lately is driving me crazy to get this done though!
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Unread 09-17-2013, 09:31 PM   #6
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I am off old Cherokee past mt horeb church. You should come out to the mid carolina jeepers meetings. 3rd monday every month at the Flight Deck restaurant.
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Unread 09-18-2013, 07:36 PM   #7
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Thanks Dan, I'll have to check it out some time. Anyone have any suggestions on the tub?
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Unread 09-18-2013, 07:38 PM   #8
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Without seeing it in person i couldnt really speculate. it looks like a hat channel that is rotted, they sell repalcements
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Unread 09-18-2013, 07:57 PM   #9
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Yes, it is a hat section along with several other sections. I think your right, I need to get the tub off and see what I have to work with. I need to get the block off to the machine shop to make some room. I am working in a small apartment garage so space is tight.
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Unread 09-18-2013, 07:59 PM   #10
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Satterfields is a good shop. i used them for my last engine rebuild, they are in cayce.
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Unread 09-18-2013, 08:06 PM   #11
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I had my head done at the Napa machine shop down by the airport since I work at the airport it's convenient. Is Satterfields better?
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Unread 09-18-2013, 08:16 PM   #12
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I dont know. Satterfields is on of those shops that the racers looked to use. i had a good felling when i went in there and everything was done great for me.
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Unread 10-24-2013, 09:27 PM   #13
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Made some progress.
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Unread 10-24-2013, 09:31 PM   #14
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I've got a lot of sheet metal work to do!
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Unread 10-24-2013, 09:35 PM   #15
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The engine is shot. so I am looking if anyone in the Lexington SC area has a running engine pleas PM me. Thanks for looking.
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