Grandpa's original 1976 CJ-7 - JeepForum.com
 88Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 109 Old 07-23-2020, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
RyanPartridge
Registered User
 
RyanPartridge's Avatar
1976 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Payson, AZ
Posts: 52
Grandpa's original 1976 CJ-7

I've always wanted a Jeep. Specifically, a white Jeep. I figured this is due to my early childhood memories of my grandfather taking me for rides exploring the Mohave desert of Arizona in his CJ-7. He purchased the Jeep new and used it strictly in AZ for launching his boat and hunting in the desert. My grandfather passed away several years ago but his old Jeep has remained, parked in his garage.
I just got word that his Jeep will be coming home to live with me for its next life of adventures.

I'm currently in the middle of a move from SoCal to central AZ, otherwise I'd be hauling a trailer this very moment to pick it up. Most likely I'll be heading out to get it in the next few weeks. I'm beyond excited to freshen it up and get it going. I'll likely be using the vast wisdom on this forum to learn while working out any bugs/issues it has from years of being parked(although I believe a neighbor has started the Jeep on occasion to keep it running).

Here's a photo of me in the Jeep as kid...and a few current pics I was sent of it parked today...

.

Attached Thumbnails
0-5.jpg   0-3.jpg   0-4.jpg  
Attached Images
 
JoonHoss, keith460, Rsb201 and 1 others like this.
RyanPartridge is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 109 Old 07-23-2020, 12:08 PM
jeepdaddy2000
Registered User
 
jeepdaddy2000's Avatar
1971 CJ5 
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Eagle Point
Posts: 8,821
I believe the first picture is an accurate depiction of you sitting in the Jeep today.


Bone stock and loaded with all the goodies.


A great way to keep your grandfathers memory alive.
JoonHoss, Azhunter1, GR-CJ and 1 others like this.

Paperwork will ruin any military force.
Chesty Puller
jeepdaddy2000 is offline  
post #3 of 109 Old 07-23-2020, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
RyanPartridge
Registered User
 
RyanPartridge's Avatar
1976 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Payson, AZ
Posts: 52
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeepdaddy2000 View Post
I believe the first picture is an accurate depiction of you sitting in the Jeep today.


Bone stock and loaded with all the goodies.


A great way to keep your grandfathers memory alive.
I appreciate the kind words!
Yeah looks mostly stock, maybe he added that rear bumper and AC at some point?
Seats got recovered...
I won't know what else until I get my eyes and paws on it, but it does look fairly unmolested.
He wasn't big on doing major mods or anything he saw as unnecessary to his vehicles.
Azhunter1 likes this.
RyanPartridge is offline  
 
post #4 of 109 Old 07-23-2020, 12:34 PM
4Low2G0
Registered User
 
4Low2G0's Avatar
1993 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: South Central ID
Posts: 467
Garage
Nice Jeep, Leave it just as is, new belts and hoses, change all the fluids,
new set of tires, wash and wax, clip a pic of Grampa on the dash and enjoy!
Azhunter1 and RyanPartridge like this.

Whats over that next ridge?
4Low2G0 is offline  
post #5 of 109 Old 07-23-2020, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
RyanPartridge
Registered User
 
RyanPartridge's Avatar
1976 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Payson, AZ
Posts: 52
Quote:
Originally Posted by 4Low2G0 View Post
Nice Jeep, Leave it just as is, new belts and hoses, change all the fluids,
new set of tires, wash and wax, clip a pic of Grampa on the dash and enjoy!
Thanks, those are my exact thoughts.

Although I did already source some vintage era-correct Arizona license plates with 1976 stickers.
4Low2G0 likes this.
RyanPartridge is offline  
post #6 of 109 Old 07-23-2020, 01:31 PM
JoonHoss
Registered User
 
JoonHoss's Avatar
2011 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Washington State
Posts: 9,387
Very Nice! Congrats, and welcome to JF!

(Where in AZ?)

Hoss

Good judgement comes from experience; experience comes from bad judgement
JoonHoss is offline  
post #7 of 109 Old 07-23-2020, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
RyanPartridge
Registered User
 
RyanPartridge's Avatar
1976 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Payson, AZ
Posts: 52
Quote:
Originally Posted by JoonHoss View Post
Very Nice! Congrats, and welcome to JF!

(Where in AZ?)

Hoss
Thanks Hoss!
The Jeep is just outside Bullhead City but I'll be bringing it to the Payson area.
RyanPartridge is offline  
post #8 of 109 Old 07-23-2020, 02:01 PM
John Strenk
Moderator
 
John Strenk's Avatar
1976 CJ5 
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Shalersville Ohio
Posts: 21,150
Hmmm...

I wonder if that is the Original factory step bumper?



It has the endcaps and everything.

cjstepbumper.jpg

If it is, that's the first time I've seen one....
Azhunter1 and RyanPartridge like this.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


I drive a Prius to save money and buy more Jeep Parts....
John Strenk is offline  
post #9 of 109 Old 07-23-2020, 03:14 PM
4Low2G0
Registered User
 
4Low2G0's Avatar
1993 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: South Central ID
Posts: 467
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by RyanPartridge View Post
Thanks, those are my exact thoughts.

Although I did already source some vintage era-correct Arizona license plates with 1976 stickers.
That's very cool,

I see a mount on the bumper for a 102" whip and mic clip inside,
maybe replace the mast and find a period CB

Useful and how it was back in the day.
RyanPartridge likes this.

Whats over that next ridge?
4Low2G0 is offline  
post #10 of 109 Old 07-23-2020, 03:46 PM
Axhammer
Web Wheeler
 
Axhammer's Avatar
1985 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Moyock
Posts: 1,381
Garage
Nice Jeep & story. Keep the pictures and storyline flowing. There are some expert CJ folk on this forum, that’s why I’m here, to learn from the experts.

I Just watched a video on YouTube that was talking about how rare that rear bumper is, end caps especially, but it might have been related to being rare on a CJ-8. Either way it looks OEM to me...but I’m no expert.

I’m looking forward to more on the story of that Jeep...congrats on having it passed down to you.
RyanPartridge likes this.

1985 CJ-7 Red with white hardtop, 258 auto
View my Pontiac in my profile
Axhammer is offline  
post #11 of 109 Old 07-23-2020, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
RyanPartridge
Registered User
 
RyanPartridge's Avatar
1976 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Payson, AZ
Posts: 52
Quote:
Originally Posted by John Strenk View Post
Hmmm...

I wonder if that is the Original factory step bumper?

It has the endcaps and everything.

Attachment 3923627

If it is, that's the first time I've seen one....
Interesting! Thanks for sharing that!
RyanPartridge is offline  
post #12 of 109 Old 07-23-2020, 04:07 PM
JoonHoss
Registered User
 
JoonHoss's Avatar
2011 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Washington State
Posts: 9,387
Quote:
Originally Posted by RyanPartridge View Post
Thanks Hoss!
The Jeep is just outside Bullhead City but I'll be bringing it to the Payson area.
Beautiful area! Used to have family in Scottsdale, and a buddy in Fountain Hills. Would leave SD on the Harley, hit FH for lunch then head out north on the beeline highway for a lovely day ride!

Hoss
RyanPartridge likes this.

Good judgement comes from experience; experience comes from bad judgement
JoonHoss is offline  
post #13 of 109 Old 07-23-2020, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
RyanPartridge
Registered User
 
RyanPartridge's Avatar
1976 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Payson, AZ
Posts: 52
Quote:
Originally Posted by 4Low2G0 View Post
That's very cool,

I see a mount on the bumper for a 102" whip and mic clip inside,
maybe replace the mast and find a period CB

Useful and how it was back in the day.
I plan to! He would go out quail hunting and use the CB to communicate with my grandma back home.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Axhammer View Post
Nice Jeep & story. Keep the pictures and storyline flowing. There are some expert CJ folk on this forum, thatís why Iím here, to learn from the experts.

I Just watched a video on YouTube that was talking about how rare that rear bumper is, end caps especially, but it might have been related to being rare on a CJ-8. Either way it looks OEM to me...but Iím no expert.

Iím looking forward to more on the story of that Jeep...congrats on having it passed down to you.
Thanks man! Will do!
Yeah I noticed that the bumper seems to fit kinda perfect.
I'll definitely keep the thread updated with photos once I get out there. I also have a ton of old family photos of the Jeep back in the day.
4Low2G0 likes this.
RyanPartridge is offline  
post #14 of 109 Old 07-23-2020, 05:59 PM
Boojo35
Registered User
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Beer City
Posts: 2,438
Garage
Cool story.
RyanPartridge likes this.

If you cannot fix it with a hammer then it has to be an electrical problem.
Boojo35 is offline  
post #15 of 109 Old 07-23-2020, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
RyanPartridge
Registered User
 
RyanPartridge's Avatar
1976 CJ7 
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Payson, AZ
Posts: 52
Quote:
Originally Posted by JoonHoss View Post
Beautiful area! Used to have family in Scottsdale, and a buddy in Fountain Hills. Would leave SD on the Harley, hit FH for lunch then head out north on the beeline highway for a lovely day ride!

Hoss
Awesome! Yeah we love AZ. We spend a lot of time in Parker on the river, but my wife doesn't care for the thought of living in the desert heat. We fell in love with the higher elevations of the state and started looking for property out there some months back.
I'm hauling the first load out there Sunday, our new home is on 2 acres backing the national forest just off the Beeline Hwy. We're happy to be leaving CA and looking forward to the new scenery. Being able to have my grandfather's old Jeep with us out there is going to make it all that much better.
JoonHoss likes this.
RyanPartridge is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.



Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome