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post #1 of 16 Old 06-18-2020, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Been watching here for a few months now. Just took delivery of a 1979 CJ5 Wednesday. Came from a ranch in Texas. It's been over ten years since it was registered. I'll be adding a lot of pictures as I go on. First I have to figure out how this posting thing works!

So far it actually starts up and runs. Pretty smooth and no smoke at idle and under no load. A good sign so far since I expected to be doing a total rebuild. Now for the clutch. The first time I drove it, I actually checked to see if I had put it in gear. Breaking, plan ahead! These are small items but unfortunately keep me from running it down the road.

All that said, I entered into this planning to do a frame off anyway. So the joy begins.

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Here's a few more looks at it. The engine looks rough and is full of crud. But as I said seems to run nice and smooth. Always a good sign, even it does need work.
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Going around and looking at it, I'm really surprised where I don't have problems. This isn't the greatest picture, but the windshield frame only has some surface rust. I was really amazed.
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Not sure what to do here. PO lined the back with diamond plate. Was it installed because the bed was rotting out? Was it put in to reinforce the bed? And if so, is the bed rotting out underneath? Guess I'll find out in a few weeks when I get that far.
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Dash removal

Started removing the dash. Tried to note what worked and didn't. Pulled the dash plate. Made sure to label all wires and plugs. Not sure what some are for.
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More wiring. Heater and housing next. Some surprises there.
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Here is the heater box removed. I have to say I was quite surprised what I found. Not quite how they got in to that point but they sure messed up the blower cage.
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Man, that's a nice ranch find! Congrats and welcome
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Still in the tear down mode. With dash, hood and fenders out of the way I can easily get to steering and brakes. Will rebuild steering column, then the brakes master cylinder and power unit. After I finish with those will get the tub off.

Not much exciting yet, but gotta start somewhere.
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Still in the tear down mode. With dash, hood and fenders out of the way I can easily get to steering and brakes. Will rebuild steering column, then the brakes master cylinder and power unit. After I finish with those will get the tub off.

Not much exciting yet, but gotta start somewhere.
Do you already got a build thread?! Have fun
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Going pretty good so far. Have the dash, heater box, fenders, hood and grill off the Jeep. Only broke or had to drill out 5 bolts.
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Found this crack when I pulled off the Driver fender. My initial thought is to drill out the end of the crack, grind it clean and put a nice weld on it. May reinforce it with a doubling plate. For now, just let it be until the frame is stripped down an see how much more work it needs.
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Next will be onto the steering column.
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post #13 of 16 Old 07-01-2020, 04:18 PM
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Went down those holes. The windshield laid down makes good bench rest, not that I would know or would have ever done that.




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OK, moving on. Removing the hood I found a rifle shell to go with the collection.
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Removed the brake master cylinder and power unit out.
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Power steering column is out. Upper and lower steering shafts would NOT separate. Since the plan is to replace the lower shaft I just cut in half and moved on.
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So now the steering column, brake & clutch pedals and brackets and accelerator pedal are out of the way.
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Next Project, rebuild the steering column.
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Man, that got a lot of surprises! Enjoy
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