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    Question Body kit for 1976 CJ5

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    New to the forum and just picked up a rough 1976 CJ5... Going to do a frame off restoration and thinking I am going to need to just bite the bullet and buy all new- Body Tub- Fenders- Hood etc.

    Wonder if anyone can direct me to best quality and place to purchase. Thank you!


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    As I understand it, the Willys overland tub is a fully modified MD Juan tub that will bolt right on with all the little defects corrected. It is not cheap.
    MD Juan is the only manufacturer I know of manufacturing classic steel jeep tubs. Omix Ada sells an unmodified tub if you have the skills to make the corrections yourself. Otherwise, scour the internet and see if you can find a used/clean one, or there is always fiberglass if that is not a problem for you.

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    Appreciate the info... yeah going to have this jeep in the family for a long time so not afraid to spend a little to get it right. I will check out the MD Juan products.

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    Way cool! Love those 5’s! You thinking keeping it original or mild build?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOPLESS View Post
    Way cool! Love those 5’s! You thinking keeping it original or mild build?
    Yeah always been partial to the CJ5's... going to keep it as original as possible... has 7.50 x16 tires on it now and kinda like that old school look as well.

    Everything is there.... just the Body tub and other metal parts are toast so going to spend the money to make it all new again.

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    If you're willing to pony up the cash, and want it to last, the aqualu aluminum tubs are the way to go.

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    Yeah after looking thru my options and what might be best for me / easy application.... Going with the Repli-Tubs from Willy’s Overland Motors.

    Really like the idea of all the modification they do on site there and once delivered will be a direct bolt on having all the extra fabrication work needed/completed by them.

    Should work out good.

    Starting the tear down now to start peeling things back to see whats good and bad... Should be pretty straight forward project.

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    It’s started! Congrats on the rebuild!


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    Thanks- feels good to have this project started

    I do have a question... The engine is definitely sitting at an angle... higher in front. Is this right/pretty normal and the way it should be?


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    Quote Originally Posted by gfrench View Post
    Thanks- feels good to have this project started

    I do have a question... The engine is definitely sitting at an angle... higher in front. Is this right/pretty normal and the way it should be?


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    That is fairly normal. It's all relative to how the frame curves right there. A slight gradient is pretty standard for what I've seen.

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