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Old 07-02-2015, 04:29 PM
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Where to start with 58 CJ5?

I just brought my wife's "hunting" jeep home from the deer camp. The motor is in pieces and the body is rough. I just finished rebuilding a wrecked TJ but this one is a lot further gone. I am thinking to go with an all new Juan Tub - I have done enough body work to know the long term result will be much better with new versus patched. The question is should I rebuild the original flat head or upgrade to something else? The tranny, TC and diffs are all reportedly OK. Brakes I assume are gone since it has sat for over five years.

So the questions are:
- Rebuild existing motor or upgrade to ???
- what are the brake options for these old CJ's?
- steering upgrade as well?

I plan on keeping it as a ranch vehicle but would like to be able to run the local roads legally.

Or apply disappearing wrecker to it and find a later model? I don't need the vehicle but like projects.
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Well if it were me, I'd rebuild the factory engine. Something about the older CJ's just need to be kept original for the most part. I look at it this way, if you want it for general use around the farm, I think the original engine would serve your needs as well as tote ya around town. To me engine swaps are more for off roading and building it to do that job. Just my $0.02. I have heard you can swap at least the front brakes to disc, which I plan do do eventually with our CJ. Still researching what parts are needed. Unfortunately I don't know much about steering swaps for these old girls.

It does look like it will take some work to put back together but it pays off with the pride of doing that work as well as what you have when its done. I look forward to seeing the progress if you decide to take on this project.
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