Ive got a 76 Cj5 i have been working on for about a yr or 2.... Its a slow project due to being a single income family and having a 1 yr old and 2yr old....So time and money are a little hard to come by.
But I wanted to start a thread to show some progress and to keep things in track. THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE FRAME OFF. I am very limited on skill and tools.... i dont weld... so I am doing the best with what I got.... luckely the frame is in pretty good shape. So please by all means I am very open to criticism and tips!!!!!!
Here are a few pics when I got her home...(note this is my 1st jeep and i found out real quick I payed way to much for what I got) But its mine and I've grown to love it.
Finally got to the point I am ready to tear down a little bit. Once I get money from Christmas/bonus/tax return I will be buying New EZ wiring harness, paint, Raptor Liner, Dash board, Heater, few guages/switches......I HATE SANDING!!! Especially when i find bondo, which for the most part is not as much as i was expecting. They used more fiberglass. And most of the patching was just to cover the side marker lights for some reason (cheaper just to buy new lights ) Anyway... i will be buying rear corner and rocker panels anyways... so as long as i can keep the rust out ill be ok... im not in a bad area for rust... and jeep is garage kept most of the time anyway.
Your heater box appears to be in decent condition. It's a rather simple resto, the only difficult part is finding the correct foam to replace the age deteriorated OEM stuff. You can upgrade that heater motor to a three speed:
You will most likely break the squirrel cage when you attempt to remove it. But it is available from the aftermarket.
Do not throw the cables away. The longer one is not available in the aftermarket. You can Hack Fab the other aftermarket ones to work.
Edit: Don't worry about being slow, mine has been stinking up my garage since December 1996....
Thanks! Ya the barn is actually my dad's.... the barn before it was built by our family in the 20's and was falling apart... so we decided to tear it down and rebuild.... we used 90% of the barnwood on the outside and inside...plus all the old farm tools and blacksmith tools are used in decoration...and yes i have def considered a frame tie in on the roll bar... as well as bars in the rear for a little more family protection.
here is a shot of inside the barn... (ignore me showing off my awesome skills)
Ok need a lil help on the shock mount.... i am cuttig out the crap that PO did and replacing with the ford towers (already have)..... now my current lift is stock...maybe a 1" spring lift...... And i will be going with a 4" in the future... but for now i want to cut this out and put some decent cheap shocks in there for safety reasons......the shocks i have now are too short....
1) They have to be longer..... anyone have a suggestion on brand and size to buy? Remember I want cheap because i will be replacing sometime in the future.....
2) Will it be a big deal to have diff front and rear shocks??
Ya it may be a year or two before I can get the 4" lift on it.... but for now I want to get this PO mess out and go ahead and put in the ford towers.....Just need the right shocks to get me by until I can put the lift in...