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post #1 of 7 Old 07-29-2021, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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73 CJ5 Flywheel

Hello. I have been searching frantically for a new flywheel for my 73 CJ5. No one in the country seems to have it stock. Any suggestions?

Also looking for original glove box and taillights. Not new, but off an actual 73 CJ5. Thank you!

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-29-2021, 11:56 AM
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Wish you luck with finding all original parts for any Jeep project, but Rock Auto might have the glove box insert, maybe tail lights too?
Can you have your existing flywheel rebuilt, or is it too far gone?
Other members have done this, and will probably chime in with costs of rebuild vs replacing, when new parts are not available.
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-30-2021, 09:00 AM
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Please fill out your Profile so we can know more about you and your Jeep. If you had I wouldn't have to ask which engine do you have in your Jeep? Also why do you think you need a new flywheel?

Two years ago I had the 258 engine out and found that the ring gear needed replacement. I went to a local parts store and ordered one. Cost me around $20 and the store paid for shipping. I then took it to a machine shop to have them resurface the flywheel and press on the new gear. They charged me $145. I also had the starter checked at an alternator/starter repair shop.

I have found that parts stores and online sellers may not have parts for our 74 but will have them for a 76. Also folks working the parts counter are more often computer operators than gearheads. I tend to shop the same store and when the computer operator has troubles I know to go see the old parts guy in the back.

Parts for an intermediate--72-75 CJ5s--are not exotic. The engines were used in AMC Gremlins and International 3/4 ton trucks. When they built CJs AMC used parts readily available in parts supply chains and when one part wasn't available the found one that would work. You can order them on line and save a buck, but you often pay shipping unless you order is $99 or more. This is how you can get free stuff if the part is under $99 and shipping makes it over. You can go to a parts store and pay a tad more, but you can compare old with new and tell if it is the same part. They pay shipping to their store and if it ain't right they pay to return it. You also develop a relationship and often they will help you find the part even if it is at a competitor's store.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-30-2021, 09:27 AM
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-30-2021, 01:34 PM
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I have had my eye out for a set of factory intermediate taillights for at least 15 years. I've seen one set for sale on Facebook and just missed being the lucky new owner.

I have found a pair on Ebay that are very close to originals. They're imported from China of course, and both have the clear area for the license plate light. The depth is the same as is the diameter and even the screw locations for the lenses. I do have one original to compare to.


The parts you're looking for don't have to come off of a '73, any 72-75 will have the same taillights and glove box. Even later years have the glove box.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-31-2021, 02:39 AM
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I have a '73 and I wouldn't want the original cardboard glove box insert. It might be real hard to find one the way they fall apart. I see one listed on fleabay for $12.00 plus shipping right now, but it looks like garbage. I just opted for a new plastic insert.

These look very similar to my original tail lights. Same Dia, but a little deeper.


As far as the flywheel, if you cant find a new one a used one should be easy enough to obtain and get ground. What engine and trans do you have?

GL in your parts search.

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