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Thread: CJ-5 Project Old School

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSJKU11 View Post
    Fenders look good and like the fact you are keeping the patina, so much character there.

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    Thanks! I did a lot of research on the brown Golden Eagle, and I really love the looks of those. However, I do now think that for this Jeep, keeping the body original is a better idea.
    My wife and I discussed it and we decided to look into buying another CJ down the road. One that is a real Golden Eagle rather than a clone and has the original clean body. We were thinking that one might be a CJ-7 so we'd have one of each. I have seen a few pop up here and there in the brown that I like... although I'd be open to a black one as a second choice.
    We'll see what happens.
    For now, I continue the slow process on the 5.

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    A few things

    Finally had a chance to get some pics of some of the new stuff. The biggest thing was I had the frame mostly straightened.
    It was weird, but while they had it on the rack and had everything set up after making the pulls, the frame was perfectly level according to the targets.
    However, the driver front still was dipped down noticeably, yet way better than it was. The best we could figure was the problem had to be in the suspension since the frame was good now and the body was straight to the frame. The front frame horns are still bent up slightly causing the front to sag down. They didn't want to make any pulls there
    until we figured out the suspension issues. I thought maybe the spring bolts could be too tight and held the spring in a sagging position after the pulls so I loosened and retightened and that didn't do much.
    I want out on a limb and guessed it could be in the springs and swapped the fronts from right to left and and vise versa and suddenly it was perfectly level all around.
    Now I need to finish the frame straightening but I will probably wait until Jan. or Feb. to do that.
    Since the frame from the front bumpstops back is good, I installed the rock sliders which I still need to powder-coat. Also picked up a Procomp rear bumper and Rockhard Front bumper.
    I replaced all the hinges finally. The Crown windshield ones were junk and didn't fit at all. Got some Kentrol ones and they were perfect. All the other stainless on the outside was fine.
    Now it's time to concentrate on the inside. Got a new brushed stainless dash panel. Went with black accent parts for that and already have the gauges and wiring as posted previously.
    I also have a pair of 6" round KC Daylighters with a wiring harness in stainless for those windshield brackets coming in maybe next week.
    This will take awhile but hopefully will be fun.
    After all that I will move onto the final phase, the drivetrain and exhaust. Plans on that are a cleanup, gaskets and painting of the engine along with a small assortment of upgrades. Then axle refurbishing and a rear drive shaft.
    maybe I'll be driving it sometime late 2019-early 2020. We'll see how it goes.

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    I’ve said it before you got a Good looking 5! I loved working on mine when I had it.

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    Looks awesome!
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    I love that 5! Can’t wait to see the new dash


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    Looking good!

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    Got these Monday

    Picked these KC Daylighters up Monday and threw them on the brackets. They're the stainless set with the wiring harness. I'll complete the install whenever I do the other wiring. Oh, and the headlight bezels/rings are new too
    Took it for a run around the neighbor hood and now the sagging is back. All kinds of measurements are off. This thing is in worse shape than I thought. Tub is slightly collapsed.
    Mechanically it's fine but I don't think there's any way to get around buying a new frame and tub. The build time just got extended pretty far out.
    Most likely I'll do a fiberglass tub and fenders which I actually like (though some others don't). Hood grill and windshield frame will stay steel. So since that has to happen, I guess I'm back to brown paint with the Golden Eagle decals.
    Maybe it was just meant to be...

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    Are the Aqualu aluminum tubs really expensive?


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    Lights look good.
    Being that your frame was already fixed, it sounds like you have a spring problem. I used to work for a shop called American Spring. They can fix, re-arch, rebuild leaf springs. There is still a location in Flagstaff to the best of my knowledge but Phoenix may have a similar style shop. It's amazing what can be done with your existing leaf springs.
    Just seems unlikely to be a tub of frame issue from what you're saying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKbrick View Post
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    About 3 times the price of a glass one.

    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    Lights look good.
    Being that your frame was already fixed, it sounds like you have a spring problem. I used to work for a shop called American Spring. They can fix, re-arch, rebuild leaf springs. There is still a location in Flagstaff to the best of my knowledge but Phoenix may have a similar style shop. It's amazing what can be done with your existing leaf springs.
    Just seems unlikely to be a tub of frame issue from what you're saying.
    All they did was hang some guides and it's straight at the guides. From the side it's pretty much a horse shoe. The actual spring hangers are at different heights from the floor. I've switched the springs from left to right front and rear and it sags the same way. I was going to have to spend another $400-$500 to bring the horns down anyhow and I'm just not willing to throw any more money into what is a relatively weak frame prone to cracking. I'm also concerned that with the amount of bending to front needed that I know of, it could crack during that repair. The drivers side body has been compressed and I can't fix that at a reasonable cost and I'm pretty sure now that some of the issue is the driver side frame rail is forward of the passenger. I could make it work enough to be drivable if I wanted to use it as an off road only toy, but that wasn't ever what I wanted to do.
    Ultimately, I want a nice clean CJ and even with the extra expense, I'll still come in way under budget over buying a restored one that isn't done the way I want it to be. Throttle Down Customs has a heavy duty frame that is really nice and I can weld the extra stuff on that I want and have it powdercoated after. It'll all be worth it in the end.

    Thanks on the lights! It's the first time I ever ponied up for real KC lights. I always went with the $20.00 knock offs. You can't always tell by looking at them but boy do they rust, even in Phoenix and they never worked well. The harness is really nicely put together too.
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