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Barn Find 79 CJ5 Frame Off Restoration

I've never restored any vehicle before let alone done any major work further than changing brakes. I have, however, grown up around a family that used to practice restorations quite frequently. Unfortunately, time catches up to us all and a lot of vehicles either collect dust or weeds now. Out of those that remained was my uncle and aunt's 79 CJ5 that had sat in our barn at the farm for 20 years and then another 5-10 elsewhere before that. With all of my lack of experience I still couldn't deny my primal masculine urge to turn wrenches. After all, you're not really a man if you don't completely destroy and rebuild a vehicle at least once in your life right? So having a spare garage that needed filled and some coaxing from my family I was able to purchase the jeep for a very reasonable price.
Here she is in all of her glory.
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She was rough but not a lost cause by any means. In 82 she survived a house fire which is where my family came to buy her. From there they restored it once and drove it until the starter went out 20 some years later and they parked it for good. Now in June of 2018 this was the biggest obstacle i had to face. Nothing but junk, 4 flat tires, and a locked steering column with no key.
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Sun for the first time in 20 years never felt so good.
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I was told it had a soft top at one point but that was more than likely long gone. Plenty of coon and bird poop for proof.
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post #2 of 338 Old 07-11-2018, 01:59 PM
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Looks like you have a pretty solid base to get started with! Body does not look too bad, lucky!! Great looking jeep!

Good Luck!

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The next step was to get her cleaned up and into my garage.
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After almost a life time of never seeing this thing out of a barn here she was in my garage and she was all mine
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Being as inexperienced as I was I still knew I had to first tear it apart before I could build it back up. So like any good HGTV show I started in on demo day!
Luckily from what everybody told me the motor was still in good shape. 304 V8.
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I vacuumed out all of the dirt, poop, and whatever else had collected in the back. I knew this carpet just had to go.
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Much better. Surprisingly the sheet metal wasn't rusted very badly underneath.
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Except for the driver side floor panel. That will need to be replaced.
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According to the Vin the original color was black. It also has a few things that only the Golden Eagle edition would have such as the motor and i think it has the extra dash spot for a factory tach?
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I'm hoping someone out there knows more about this as I tried to get ahold of the production spec sheet but ran into a dead end as they never transferred records when Jeep made the switch.
I'm really hoping it's a Golden Eagle but I just don't know. It may or may not influence my end goal for paint design if it is.

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Virtually impossible to tell if it was a true Golden eagle unless it is is all original state and you have the window sticker. Mines a Golden Hawk, in original paint with original stickers, sat in a barn for ages, east Texas farm mule. When I tried to pressure wash the dirt out of the stickers, they peeled a bit, off they came.

Good find, you'll have fun with it, still wish mine has the 304...
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Awesome Jeep!
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Better check the VIN, as I do not think that is 1979 model year. The dash has two speakers, 79 only had one on the passenger side.

Not a Golden Eagle for sure. No sport steering wheel, no gold wheels, no fender extensions, no rocker molding or even holes for them, no dash pad, no dash panel overlay.

Looks to be just a basic CJ-5 with a few options like tilt wheel, clock & Tachometer, side steps. All of which could have been ordered on ANY Jeep CJ.


Still a good find though. Congrats!
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post #10 of 338 Old 07-11-2018, 06:16 PM
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I don't think High back seats were available in 79 either?

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He said it was restored at some point, who knows what was changed at that time. Basic or Not, can't beat a good CJ5.

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Better check the VIN, as I do not think that is 1979 model year. The dash has two speakers, 79 only had one on the passenger side.

Not a Golden Eagle for sure. No sport steering wheel, no gold wheels, no fender extensions, no rocker molding or even holes for them, no dash pad, no dash panel overlay.

Looks to be just a basic CJ-5 with a few options like tilt wheel, clock & Tachometer, side steps. All of which could have been ordered on ANY Jeep CJ.


Still a good find though. Congrats!
When I got my 76 CJ5 it had a cutout in the dash for a speaker just like that. Left the right side speaker opening original. What a great way to ruin a perfectly good dash.

Curiously though, was a FM stereo radio not available in 79?
never mind, just read the owners manual. And it looks like only the manually tuned AM radio was available in the CJ in 76. No push button radios om the CJ.


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Better check the VIN, as I do not think that is 1979 model year. The dash has two speakers, 79 only had one on the passenger side.

Not a Golden Eagle for sure. No sport steering wheel, no gold wheels, no fender extensions, no rocker molding or even holes for them, no dash pad, no dash panel overlay.

Looks to be just a basic CJ-5 with a few options like tilt wheel, clock & Tachometer, side steps. All of which could have been ordered on ANY Jeep CJ.


Still a good find though. Congrats!
I've checked the Vin. It definitely is a 79. I'll have to do some digging and see what my uncle all did to it in the first resto. I'm sure the seats aren't original as it was in a fire. When i take the speakers out of the dash ill inspect the holes closely to see if one was added in. Thanks for the insight!

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When I got my 76 CJ5 it had a cutout in the dash for a speaker just like that. Left the right side speaker opening original. What a great way to ruin a perfectly good dash.

Curiously though, was a FM stereo radio not available in 79?
never mind, just read the owners manual. And it looks like only the manually tuned AM radio was available in the CJ in 76. No push button radios om the CJ.
I'll probably be bringing the radio up to date with the current century

My goal is to make this jeep a balance between a Saturday play toy and a Sunday cruiser.... if that makes any sense.

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So last night I was a one man wrecking crew. Start the hot afternoon off with putting up 300 bales to fund my new hobby.
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After that I managed to get the tub off by myself.
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I think once i take a wire wheel to the frame it's going to clean up nicely.
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As you can tell back in the mid 80s for the first resto they put on an undercoat. Looks like that still wasn't enough to keep the Iowa weather conditions away.
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So far into the tear off I have broken probably a small handful of bolts and had to grind a couple very stubborn ones. All in all though I'm pretty thrilled by the progress though. I got trigger happy and started ordering some parts that i know i will for sure need so my garage is cluttered to no end. I think tonight might have to be a cleaning and organizing night.

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