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Old 08-22-2011, 12:23 AM   #1
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Rebuilding a 73 cj5 renegade

Alright guys I need some help I'm 16 and found this old cj. I want to fix it up but i don't really no enough about it to do it any tips or help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-22-2011, 07:13 AM   #3
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I'll get some on here as soon as I can
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:17 AM   #4
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Well, without something to go off of! its hard to give advise. In 73' you should have either a 232 I6/ 258 I6 or a 304 V8......either 6 or 8 is pretty good. Normal trany would be a T15 3 speed trany and a Dana 20 transfercase. The rear should be a D44 centered and the front should be a Dana 30.
I had a 74 with the 304 and used the snott out of it in the mountains.
Theres a lot you can do to these! depending on wich way you want to go and what you want to do with it!
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Old 08-22-2011, 06:52 PM   #5
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I learned as I went. I bought my cj7 at 17 and boy was it a project. Probably the only vehicle i couldn't sell.
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Old 08-22-2011, 07:06 PM   #6
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Do you think it's worth fixin up? Or to big of a pain?
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:34 PM   #7
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Do you think it's worth fixin up? Or to big of a pain?
Well it really depends on what you want and how much you want to spend.

What is your end goal of the build?
What is your budget range?
How long do you want it to last? (Do in stages?)


Not trying to get in your business but you really need to know these kinds of things before you dive into something.

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Old 08-22-2011, 10:24 PM   #8
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A 73' should not be used as a daily driver and a wheeler. If you dont have another vehicle! I suggest saving and buying it first.
A 73' will have lots of wear and age on all components! Even if you kep it stock you will have lots of time going threw and checking things, new oils, grease and bearings.
The good thing about the 72-75 Cj's! They use a lot of the truck and wagoneers type parts. AMC started the CJ change in 72 to use their engine and components already going in the full sized line up.
Steering is easy to make power if it isn't already, Brake mastercylinder is on the firewall and it has swing pedals. A front disc conversion is pretty easy.
The front clip is longer than the pre-72's so you can fit just about anything under the hood. The rearend is centered so thats a easy swap for about anything.
There really is a lot you can do with these. I liked mine! It just didn't have the room I wanted in the tub!
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:54 PM   #9
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I've used my CJ7 as a daily driver for years. For me it's not about comfort, it's about the fun of the vehicle. If you're having fun in the jeep, then why get something else? I've put some money in it to get it just right, but it's been worth it (and it's still not as much as buying a new car). You can create a nice trail rig that's hwy safe pretty easily. In my opinion, most folks tend to go overboard with "crawlers". The best jeeps I've seen or owned have been upgraded in the right areas for trails, but still fully functional on the road. Look at some old school jeeps from 40-50 years ago and you'll be impressed where those nearly stock jeeps could go! Like others have said it all depends on your goals for the jeep.
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No this isn't what I'll be driving daily I've got an 07 silverado that I drive but I want to fix the jeep up so when I go muddin and trail ridin I won't scratch up my truck

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