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post #1 of 7 Old 05-29-2020, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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71 CJ5 restoration

I inherited a 71 CJ5 from my Father earlier this year and I want the do what I can to make it useable again. I have limited mechanical skilled but I am will to learn.
A little history on the Jeep. My father bought it used in 73 and has used it for dear hunting and on a farm some util the early 80s. After that it was used primarily as recovery Vehicle for his towing business it would be used to pull stuck 4x4 out of hard place to get into. He keep it pretty much all original other then wheels and tops. He keep it in pretty good running condition until the last 10 years. He had it painted 6 years ago due to rust starting to build up. Only the body was painted. It was keep under a carport 95% of its life.
Iím looking for a starting point for this project. My goals are for a weekend joy ride not a lot of off roading.
It isnít running but it is close to turning over. Starter sound like it is going bad to me.
It does have The Buick V6 still in it with 34,000 miles on it. I will add some pictures later today.
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-29-2020, 01:04 PM
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That's a nice starting point for a 1971 CJ5! Getting the engine running should be the first thing on your list, followed (or concurrent) with maintenance (fluid change, tune up, fuel, etc.) 10 years is a long time to sit. The motor turning over is a good sign.

Best of luck and look forward to hearing about putting your Jeep back on the road again!

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post #3 of 7 Old 05-29-2020, 01:26 PM
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That's a very good candidate for a weekend driver. With the maintenance Nor Cal CJ5 suggested, should be cruising the ice cream stand in no time.

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I think the first question is are you trying to restored it or just have a solid runner. The answer to that question will drive your "to do" list.


A couple of quick observations from the pictures:
Looks like it's had an alternator upgrade
I would like to see the fuel line routing to the electric pump
Not impressed with the spring pack or the look of the bushings.




Stock T14A three speed transmission is weak and parts are impossible to find. Show it lots of love.
Rear gas tank (71's can come either way)


Don't forget to clean/replace the front knuckles seals and refill the knuckles with a grease/90WT mix

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Thanks for the replies and information!
Today, I had a few hours to work on the getting it to run. No fuel to the carburetor. I checked the fuel pump, and filter and they were fine. I ended up taking the fuel line off at the tank and before the filter and blew out the line with 20psi air. After that, it started and ran with a little starting fluid.
Iím leaning towards a frame on restoration. Iím thinking I can do springs, shocks, breaks sand and paint the underside as well as many small details. Iím not sure I can do an engine, tran, and axles. All look to have had a leak at some point. Currently there isnít any indicated of leaking on the shop floor but it hasnít ran longer than 5-6 mins. Any thought on outsourcing for the major Mechanical work and cost? I want to tackle what I can.
Inputs are welcome. Thanks Brian
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Thanks for the replies and information!
Today, I had a few hours to work on the getting it to run. No fuel to the carburetor. I checked the fuel pump, and filter and they were fine. I ended up taking the fuel line off at the tank and before the filter and blew out the line with 20psi air. After that, it started and ran with a little starting fluid.
Iím leaning towards a frame on restoration. Iím thinking I can do springs, shocks, breaks sand and paint the underside as well as many small details. Iím not sure I can do an engine, tran, and axles. All look to have had a leak at some point. Currently there isnít any indicated of leaking on the shop floor but it hasnít ran longer than 5-6 mins. Any thought on outsourcing for the major Mechanical work and cost? I want to tackle what I can.
Inputs are welcome. Thanks Brian
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if you have it running i suggest just draining and refilling the fluids in the engine, transmission and axles and grease the chassis. Unless there is something wrong with those components, they could soldier on or another 20 years with nothing but maintenance.

As to leaks, it is a Jeep so it is going to marks its patch in some way. You need to find where any leaks are before pushing the button on expensive rebuilds, a leaking diff cover is an easy fix.

The front hubs could do with a strip and reassembly with new seals and grease. Not a difficult job, it will extend the life of these areas.

the brakes would benefit from a strip and inspect, all parts available super cheap and this should be annual maintenance.

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