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Old 03-08-2012, 11:26 PM   #1
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My 76 CJ-5 project

Ive had this jeep since i was 16. I am now 25 and the second and final restoration is getting close. I traded a 83 J-10 for it when i originally got it. It was mint green with a 258, t-18, and dana 20. I fixed some rust holes in the body and floors, put a 4" lift and 35"s on it and daily drove it when my AMC eagle's motor dropped a cylinder. A year later or so i finished the body work and had my dad paint it. It looked good on the outside. Another year or so i swapped a 360 out of a 78 golden eagle into it. It turned into a weekend cruiser/ mud toy. The mud and driving took its toll ont the body and rotted her out pretty good. A while back i aquired another CJ-5 project from somebody with a brand new steel aftermarket body. Since then, i tore them both down to make my original one have the best parts. I am now building a fresh and healthy 360 and waiting for the final body parts to be done at the body shop.

The pics can explain some.

Shortly after i did the v8 swap. Looking pretty.


After tearing up some mud bogs that the chevys and fords couldnt get through..... .... and i was about 19 and skinnier.


Towed it up north and used it as an off roader.





Shortly before i tore her all apart. Body was pretty rough. Most of the body mounts were rotted away and the body was sitting on the frame with gravity.


The jeep i bought with a brand new Omix Ada body on it. Unfinished.




Was originally a cj-7 frame that rotted in the middle and someone shortened for a cj-5. It wasnt right....


Had the new body stripped, did the body work and primered, then had the inside of it rhino lined along with the tailgate.





Then i had it painted with jeep electric lime green.




Assembly should be within the next few weeks. I'll be taking pics as i go!

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Old 03-08-2012, 11:43 PM   #2
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The 360 i had in it was one out of a lower mileage j-10 plow truck. Just tossed in a performer cam and timing set and had Nick Alfano build a set of street ported bridge over heads to put on it along with a offy intake and 650 carb.

Now building a fresh .040 over 360 with a summit 8601 cam and using the same heads with stronger springs and bolt on roller rockers for bridge over heads.


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Old 03-09-2012, 09:52 AM   #3
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Sweet lookin' build.

Reminds me of my '76.
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:48 PM   #4
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NICE!!!

Im digging all the other Jeep models I see in the pics
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:28 AM   #6
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NICE!!!

Im digging all the other Jeep models I see in the pics
Thanks! I love them all...

Little XJ's are the wife's..... thanks to me.....



My wagoneer.


My LJ......guess i should have a thread on this too...
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nice job so far....can't wait to see the final finish.

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