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Unread 11-20-2013, 01:56 PM   #1
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Throbbin Rods CJ5 one part at a time overhaul.

Hi all, I was a professional mechanic for many years until I became very allergic to battery fumes. Changed careers in 1979 and went on to work in manufacturing, equal time spent in Materials/Purchasing and IT for the last 35 years. I kept all of my tools, and have been fixing all of the family vehicles for all this time. I have owned several Jeeps, some I kept and some I sold. I buy 15-20 boats per year and rehab them to sell. I rebuild 40 boat carbs in an average year. I have been out of work on disability leave for the last 11 months, and am applying for Social Security Disability in January. About 3-4 weeks back, I swapped my 99 Suburban even for a 1976 CJ5 with 57000 miles on it. It has a new radiator, appears to be a 4 core. Also new starter, Fuel pump, Solenoid. In back end I found brand new rotors, calipers and pads for the front brakes, still in the box. Based on other old parts boxes I think the clutch is recent as well. Automatic choke is disconnected and a manual cable is run to the choke. Found that the choke plate was not closing all of the way. need to change out the stud to keep it from backing off that far.
11/20/13 Pulled the carb and tore it apart today. Crud all through it, whitish stuff attached to walls of carb. Looks like galvanic reaction of some kind. Spent an hour with a small wire brush and cab cleaner and cleaned it all up. Went to remove mixture screw and it was snapped off, and from the looks screwed in to the seat and then reefed on. Looking for used carb to replace it. Also discovered that the fuel filter was full of rust, apparently I need to sa-e for a new gas tank. I do not see that there will be too much else needed to get it on the road. Gas gauge doesn't work but I bet a new sending unit and fuel tank will go a long way toward fixing that. Also planning to find a hard top, flush out the heater and change the thermostat as it gets COLD in NH. Looking forward to sharing the progress. I will post pics later on, only have the one right now.

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Unread 11-20-2013, 03:28 PM   #2
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welcome for sure!! i'll be following your build as my old 1966 cj5 build is currently on hold til winter is over. i know what you mean about the cold as i'm up in northern Minnesota!
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Unread 11-22-2013, 11:12 AM   #3
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11/22/13 - Found a used carb on E bay for $35.00. I checked and the mixture screw moves - yay! Even if the rest of it is scrap I can use the lower section with the mixture adjustment. No more progress until that gets here.
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Unread 11-22-2013, 11:18 AM   #4
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I have a question regarding the ignition key switch. Turns harder than a long winter and I have arthritis in my hands. How hard is it to pull the key switch and replace it? I did plenty of them in the 70's but some of my not so good ha bits in the 70's have affected my memory somewhat. Seems to me there was a pin hoke that took a small gauge paper clip or the like and you could just turn it out of the mounting hole? Anyway, I will be ordering a new switch this week and could use a refresher on pulling ignition switches lol.
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Unread 11-22-2013, 09:20 PM   #5
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one option would be to leave the key switch for the electricals and put in a push button just for the starter. i did that on an old trail rig a number of years ago and had no problems with it. sure is easier pushing a button than twisting/cranking on a key.
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Unread 11-23-2013, 12:43 AM   #6
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Even turning it to on takes a great deal of strength - otherwise a great suggestion!
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Unread 11-23-2013, 03:23 AM   #7
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I've got one some place.

Oh yeah, here it is:
http://civilianjeep.info/Strenk/Stee...placement.html
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Unread 11-23-2013, 08:47 AM   #8
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Even turning it to on takes a great deal of strength - otherwise a great suggestion!
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in that case, the electricals could be converted to a toggle switch.
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Unread 11-23-2013, 10:01 AM   #9
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John, you also have a write up in your signature links!
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Unread 11-25-2013, 10:46 AM   #10
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Many thanks for the write up on the key switch. I haven't tackled that yet because it was about 6 degrees this morning and my garage is far from airtight and not heated by more than a propane heater. In thinking forward, what are my chances of coming up with a hard top for a CJ5? Are the tops different for older CJ5 vs Newer? I looked at the link converting a CJ7 hard top for CJ5 and due to my complete lack of artistic ability I don't see myself going that way. Although, my girlfriend is very detail oriented and crafty. Maybe if we work together we could do it? Gonna open up the used carb from Ebay this week, and make the best carb I can from the two. If it warms up I will tackle the key switch, I don't have the snap ring press thing but it seems to me I ought to have one!
Good luck to all my northern brethren in braving the cold to work on your Jeep, aqnd Happy Thanksgiving to all
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Unread 11-25-2013, 10:59 AM   #11
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The biggest difference in hardtops over the years is the angle in the windshield. Later ones are angled back further than earlier ones.
There is a long post on acme tops here someplace and I think there was a top up for sale there also.
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Unread 11-26-2013, 03:09 PM   #12
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Today I turned on the heat in the garage, tore down both carbs and rebuilt the best parts into a working carburetor. Got it put back on the turned it over for a couple of minutes and it fired right up! Got the mixture screw set and it runs real nice. Idles so quiet it kind of fools you into thinking the motor isn't running. Pulled the steering wheel. waiting for my new lock plate puller to come in tomorrow. Then I will put in the new switch and take a ride up and down the road with it! Yay!!!
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Unread 11-29-2013, 12:13 PM   #13
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I apologize for asking, but can anyone point me to the post where the guy cut up and modified a CJ7 hard top to fit a CJ5? Been searching the site for 20 minutes and can't find it - doh!
thanks a million
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Unread 11-29-2013, 12:28 PM   #14
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Allergic to battery fumes? That stuff will kill ya'!!!
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Unread 11-29-2013, 12:36 PM   #15
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Wasn't quite that bad but every time I walked into the shop when it was cold and we were charging batteries, I broke out in hives from the top of my head to the bottoms of my feet. No real estate was spared. It was painful
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