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Old 10-10-2001, 06:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Yea, my new project, for those of you that don't know, it's a 76 CJ5.

Anyway, I'm starting to take an "inventory" of what I have to do, and what I've gotten myself into. <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">

I've generated a few questions, hope y'all can help.

Here goes:

First, the steering is SHOT. Manual steering, and it looks like some previous bonehead put in half a steering column from a Nissan? Anyway, seems to me I can just pull a column and wheel from a CJ and it should work, any hints?

Second, I'm 95% sure it's got a T176 in it (not stock), and I would assume that it has a D300 in it. Since I have to pull it anyway, is there a way I can differentiate between a D300 and a D20? Visually.

Third, it's got front drum brakes. Is there an easy conversion (I looked in some of the catalogs, a disc brake conversion is like 900 bucks! :eek <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> Can I swap out from the knuckle outward, or would it be easier to just swap in a D30 from a junkyard?

Last, I'm thinking about doing a lift using YJ springs. Since the front hanger and u-bolt plate are the only things that are 2", can I use a rear spring hanger from a donor and make plates? Seems easy enough if that's correct.

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yes you should just use a column and wheel from a cj.. get one from a power steering unit.. since the ends that attach to the steering gear box will be different.. would work on getting the whole schabang..
for the leaf springs.. yes you can use cj rear hangers.. or you can go to the dealer and order the weld on rear (front) hangers.. that have the nice slant in them.. and weld them on.. for those i would suggust beefing up the frame..
for the disc conversion.. you will have to swap out from the knuckles outboard.. i would try to get a donor from a 78-79 jeep.. with the 6 bolt hubs.. stronger than the later 5 bolts.. probably easier for the whole axle.. but make sure its not a wide track version 82 or newer.. or it will be wider than the rear.. or just get both front and rear.. and have wider axles..
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