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Old August 19th, 2007, 11:50 AM   #1
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Default 1976 Jeep CJ5 Resto/Mod

Posted up a couple pics in the introduction section, here's some more. Project started as the classic $500 Jeep I towed home in December 1996:


I scrapped the body, and picked up a 'new' OEM steel tub from Willys-Overland in Toledo. This was welded up from NOS stampings. The fenders, dash, and windshield frame are all aftermarket (Taiwan) stampings. The grill is a genuine Jeep (Chrysler) item. Hood is the only remaining body part from the original Jeep. The corners and rockers are from 'off your rocker'.

I've also recently added highback seats and a tilt column (no pics of that yet):


I had the stock frame boxed and a six-point roll cage built (Performance Off-Road in Alexandria, KY) along with rock sliders, although I don't have a pic of the tub with the cage installed.

The axles are stock narrow track Dana 30 / AMC 20. I converted the front to disc brakes using parts off an 84 CJ. The rear has Moser 1pc axles and 11" drums. Both have been regeared to 4.56 and have ARB lockers with stainless steel lines. They're hung on a BDS 2.5" SUA lift with ConFer 3/4" shackles. It's riding on a set of 32x11.50x15 TSL/SX tires, which are a disappointing 30.5" tall. Gonna go to a 34x9.50x15 TSL for replacements. Or go metric with 16" wheels.

Using the M.O.R.E. mounts caused some 'issues' with the stock skidplate/crossmember. I ended up ordering one from Throttle Down Kustoms and having to custom machine a new stabilzer stud because the Energy Suspension trans mount is 'taller' than a stock mount:




It also placed the clutch fork arm real close to where the combination valve was supposed to mount:


I ended up relocating it to get better clearance:


Also had to 'cut the trans opening a bit':


All the brake lines are stainless steel that I purchased from Inline Tube (along with the combo valve). I'm debating whether to go vacuum or hydoboost. Money is naturally a factor.

The motor is a Ford Racing GT40 5.0L Crate Engine. One of my 'better' purchases off eBay. It came with the GT40 tubular manifold, B cam, 65mm TB, 24# injectors (and a whole lot of other Mustang stuff that got sold). I added the Ford Racing F-150 headers (had them Jet-Hot coated), and the Saginaw PS pump conversion was done with a bracket from Wild Horses and a Ford Racing AC eliminator kit. I removed the smog pump and smoothed off the bracket. The alternator is a 160amp unit from RJM Injection Technology as is the computer harness. I'm running a Goodyear 74.75" serp belt. The starter is a mini PMGR I picked up locally:






I'm hiding the ECM (A9L) behind the dash above the heater box (which was totally rebuilt and upgraded to a 3spd fan):


The VSS is mounted on the firewall and connected with two cables from Lokar. You can also see how I Hack Fab'd the stock Mustang throttle cable:


I hid the Inertia Switch inside the Tuffy Glovebox:


The transmission is a Ford T18 that I picked up (literally off the ground at Stevenson's in Highland-Damn I miss that place!) for $35. It was rebuilt, the stock CJ T18 shifter adapted to it, and I used the Jeep T18b mainshaft along with an adapter from Advance to mate it to the rebuilt, TeraLow'd, and twinstik'd Dana 20:


The clutch is a LuK 11" pro gold. I Hack Fab'd up a clutch linkage bracket for the z-bar which allows me to use the stock Jeep CJ mechanical clutch:


Here's how I worked the return spring issue:


The custom intank fuel pump for my TrailQuest 23gal tank (not a 'bolt on' by any means) was Hack Fab'd from a stock Jeep CJ pickup/sender and a stock Mustang unit (another eBay item with a 255lph pump):


I was going to use stainless hard lines along the frame, but they proved too difficult to bend. So I went with stainless braided line from Russell and an Aeromotive inline filter:




Lot's more to do.......

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Old August 19th, 2007, 01:34 PM   #2
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Old August 19th, 2007, 02:18 PM   #3
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Old August 19th, 2007, 03:09 PM   #4
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very nice work....that will be sweet when its done.
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Old August 19th, 2007, 05:55 PM   #6
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Very Nice, makes me want to do something with mine...
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brings a tear to my eye thinking about how much fun stevensons was to go to. ill never forget BIG LOUIEE and the POS ford pickup he'd drive you around in.
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Old August 19th, 2007, 07:02 PM   #8
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brings a tear to my eye thinking about how much fun stevensons was to go to. ill never forget BIG LOUIEE and the POS ford pickup he'd drive you around in.
Yeah and don't forget how much 'good will' that twelve pack of Old Milwaukee bought ya....
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Old August 20th, 2007, 07:20 AM   #10
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Dealing with the mess:


I purchased the aftermarket replacement speedometer. What a pos. Sent it right back. Ended up finding a used OEM and taking the guts out of my 76's and putting them in the used case. My original was rusted through in one spot, and the fuel/temp gauges were shot. This worked out much better. Still looking for 'the right' oil pressure and voltmeter. The aftermarket ones are also crap...Sent those back too. Will probably use either Autometer or SW. Leaning toward SW as they were who Jeep used as a supplier. Had I to do this again...I would have went total custom dash. I just don't want to change directions now.

Finally, Finally got the intermittent wiper conversion to work. Turned out it was a bad (brand new, aftermarket, OMIX) 4 wire motor. I sent that back and although I've got a real nice used original....I want what I paid for. Or my money back.
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Old August 20th, 2007, 08:47 AM   #11
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Nice work!!!

I'm amazed these clowns sell aftermarket parts, that are not worth a crap, it should be illegal.
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Old August 20th, 2007, 10:52 AM   #12
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Old August 20th, 2007, 12:51 PM   #13
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haha i was looking at you picts thinking ive seen this before.
im prety shure you live down the street from me lmfao!
looking good man.

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very nice and I don't see any hack fab work on any of your modifications. Very nice good to see a Ford motor in a Jeep once in awhile :)
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Old August 20th, 2007, 04:18 PM   #15
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yea you live down the street just saw your plate on your blazer
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very nice and I don't see any hack fab work on any of your modifications. Very nice good to see a Ford motor in a Jeep once in awhile
Thanks. My phantom company motto is: 'In the end...It's all Hack.' Anytime you make something work that wasn't originally designed to work in that particular application...It's Hack. Most of my 'stuff' is either factory crap that has been ground, machined, bent, welded, or re-wired to work in this particular application. I know that I'm not alone in this. We all do it. It's just in the appearance of the 'final product' that you separate the Ghetto Job from the Hack Job. There's no reason to make things look crappy when you can buy shrink tube, wire ties, and spray paint.

The Ford 5.0L engine was a recommend from a guy who runs a shop in KY. I got to thinking about it, and figured...What the heck. There are a lot of Chevy engines in Jeeps. Not too many (but the number is growing) Fords. And I've determined that I can buy SBF engines any day, every day. Where as it getting harder and harder to locate a decent SBC for decent price. I know, I'm searching for a 350 for my 88 R30 flatbed.

Going with the Blue Oval also makes everything on my Jeep from the fan back to the Tcase Ford. All relatively easy stuff to locate 'in a pinch'. And the Ford EEC-IV system is one of the simplest/easiest systems to 'Hack' into a vehicle. You can make the same argument for a 350/SM465 type swap. But like I said, they are getting tough to locate at a decent price. KISS is what I'm trying to do. I lost a whole lot of gray cells in the 70's, lost the rest after a 30 year career with the Federal Government.

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Yeah, thats me. (Also have similar plates on my Harley and 88 Chevy flatbed) Been here since April 1984. Should've moved in 1986, didn't...Now I'm stuck here. Oh well, ya gotta live somewhere....Right? And can ya believe the prices of land in western Wayne county? Or Washtenaw county. For the $9000 an acre the sellers want, I can purchase a big chunk of TN.

Might have a kegger/sandblast party soon....
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Old August 20th, 2007, 05:31 PM   #18
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Fuckin' sweet build! Great attention to detail. I had a 75 and sold it for a Honda over 20 years ago. The Honda is long gone but I bet that CJ is still in working order (if the buyer didn't roll it ):
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Thanks! Obviously, with the weather being crap, I'm not out in the garage doing much work on it. I'll keep updating the thread until I get the biotch on the street/trail. My dream was always to take it across the Rubicon...Heck the way things are going....That'll just be another closed piece of real estate by the time I'm finished.

Like I've posted, and anyone that's ever been envolved with a major project ( I keep waiting for the 'Overhaulin' crew to steal it), I get depressed, pissed, and just out of ideas...That's when I 'walk away from it'. Doing things in any of the three previous states is really expensive.

My goal for the end of the year is to get the exhaust bent, and the friggin motor fired. I'll finish up the wiring...Then take it all apart for body work and paint next spring/summer.....

Well...That's the plan anyway.
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I managed to get the front fenders/grill installed before I took the header off my son's 400EX at SLSD on 9/15.


Sorta set back the 'plan' to haul it over to the exhaust shop by the end of the September. Looks like I might get it over there in another week or two.

I did manage some work this past week (broken collarbone/ribs and all). Got the Coil bracket Hack Fab'd using a stock Mustang one:



I cut off one of the 'legs' and bent it into a 'L', then welded it to the original. It made a quick trip through the blast cabinet and a coat of POR-15 to seal it up.

The MAF posed a different problem as I wanted to use the stock Mustang tubing. I had an aftermarket MAF bracket that was made out of 1/16" (12ga?) steel that I cut and massaged with a BFH to fit the contour of the inner fender. When I got the height correct, I clamped it and welded it back together. It's made the trip through the blaster, but my dang shoulder hurts too much to take it apart again tonight. Tomorrow it'll get a coat of POR-15.




I've got to design a shield for the K&N filter so the fan doesn't cause problems. Should be a simple thing to do with some stainless or aluminum sheet to shield the motor side of the filter.

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