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GOT A '6! now some questions

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by jeep4x4greg, Nov 28, 2006.

  1. Nov 28, 2006
    jeep4x4greg

    jeep4x4greg Member

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    so i bought a 75 CJ6....the price was too good to pass up....the hard top is in really good shape, the frame is good, but the body is rough.....

    questions:
    i saw a new steel body is available for cj6's up to 1971......what about 75's? whats the difference between them? any mfgrs make bodys for 75's??


    heres some pics of mine:

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  2. Nov 28, 2006
    73cj5

    73cj5 Member

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    nice, whats it got for a motor?
     
  3. Nov 28, 2006
    SwampRatt

    SwampRatt 1973 CJ-5

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    Now the fun begins! :)
     
  4. Nov 28, 2006
    jeep4x4greg

    jeep4x4greg Member

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    a 304, and a 3 spd trans.......i plan on pulling thme and selling them.....will likely go with a GM drive train (i know its blasphemy, sorry:) )

    i guess its been sitting for a long time...almost 10 years says this last owner, but he only had it for a lil while
     
  5. Nov 29, 2006
    Hansh

    Hansh Going Mobile

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  6. Nov 29, 2006
    GPin

    GPin Member

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    Now that is a cool rig! Are you going real modern GM with electronic auto trans too? With the length you have you have all kinds of trans options.
     
  7. Nov 29, 2006
    78levi

    78levi Member

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    what you want for the bike stuff?
     
  8. Nov 29, 2006
    jeep4x4greg

    jeep4x4greg Member

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    it will get whatever i find....it wont be for a while still though.....im going to try to find a complete vehicle...prolly an S-10 truck....if i cna find a late model one thats complete it might just get the fuel injection and all that....otherwise i'd be happy with the TBI version.....prolly will avoid carbs unless i find an offer i cant refuse :)


    78Levi....sorry but the bike stuff stayed at the guys house (where i took these pics) he had a neighbor kid that really wanted them. want a 304 and 3 speed? :)
     
  9. Nov 29, 2006
    mb82

    mb82 I feel great!

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    So what are you going to do about a front axle? The S10s use a drivers side drop t-case.
    Welcome from central Va
     
  10. Nov 29, 2006
    VintageJeeper

    VintageJeeper New Member

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    What is the tranny that came with it?
     
  11. Nov 29, 2006
    Shannon

    Shannon New Member

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    The top is nice,like you said.Looks like you got a good project,good luck.:)

    Oh and welcome from Virginia.
     
  12. Nov 29, 2006
    78levi

    78levi Member

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    thanks anyway:)
     
  13. Nov 29, 2006
    fourtrail

    fourtrail Built not Bought

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    I was not able to find any body for later than 71 when I did my 6. The major change was the firewall. I used wilwood brakes and a custome steering column so that didn't matter. I know where there is a replacement 5 tub the correct year range that has been cut to be stretched into a 6 if you are interested. By the way, where in central Il are you?
     
  14. Nov 29, 2006
    mbalbritton

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    Ah great... Greg's over here now too.... time to check out of this place! :D

    yep, I'm still jealous of you and that 6!!

    brent
     
  15. Nov 29, 2006
    timgr

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    If stock, Borg-Warner T-15.
     
  16. Nov 29, 2006
    timgr

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    JMO - fix the body. All the panels are the same as CJ-5 except for the filler between the front and rear floors, and the side panel fillers. These bodies are really simple compared to passenger cars - no compound curves except in the front fenders and hood. You can do a lot with flat steel patches and a 110V MIG welder.

    Re the drivetrain, what do you have in mind? To me, you're tilting at windmills if you replace the AMC V8 with a similar sized V8. It's as good as any of its contemporaries, and what you gain by cheaper parts (with the SBC, not others) you likely lose due to the other changes needed. JMO - you'd take a significant step backwards to replace the 304 with a Cheb V6.

    The transmission is a different story. The T-15 is the best 3-speed available, but if I wanted a different transmission and was buying an adapter, I'd also go with the Dana 300 - especially if I chose a transmission other than one of the wide ratio truck 4-speeds.

    If you want to go with a pickup truck drivetrain, the NP208 would probably fit, though the 205 is probably too wide for the CJ frame rails.

    What's your axle ratio? Are you going to keep the stock axles?

    At the risk of injecting even more negativity into the discussion, I used to own a '75 CJ-6 with a hard top. You sure you want a hard top? Have you read the old posts on this topic?
     
  17. Nov 29, 2006
    Lieutenant Mike

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    Nice. Great find.
     
  18. Nov 29, 2006
    jeep4x4greg

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    ok...lots of things to go through.....


    FourTrail...I'm in Peoria, which puts me about 2 hrs north of you....too far for me to try to recruit you for body work :D also, do you know specifically what other differences there are with pre-71 and later Cj6s tubs? what interferences would i encounter if i used one.


    All: for the drive train im not really decided...just throwing ideas out there....i really want to make it a dependable and get decent mileage. the t-case is up for grabs so the gm drive train wouldnt matter with a passenger side drop, since i could keep the d20 (i think they make an adapter at least).......if i could find a good donor for a 4 cyl diesel i'd go that route, but i dont know of anything thats common and wouldnt break the bank......i may still keep the 304...or some AMC V8 if i feel i can get one running well enough to be taken long distances with decent mileage....10mpg isnt going to cut it when driving cross country:D :D



    i'm going to keep the axles as is, D30, D44. the prev owner said the axles were 4.10 gear....i havent verified that.



    i tore out all the carpet...well most of it......and the body actually looks OK...better than i thought.....so i may keep that around for a while. still want to pull it off and redo the frame though



    mbalbritton: bite me :) :D :) :D
     
  19. Nov 29, 2006
    tango59

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    Timgr is the guru, I'd listen to him.
     
  20. Nov 29, 2006
    jeep4x4greg

    jeep4x4greg Member

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    no i havent read them , searched briefly, didnt find em......i'm pretty sure i want a hard top, unless theres a reason you can share not too?

    i had one on my CJ7 back in the day and liked it alot.

    this ones in really good shape and doesnt need much to make it really nice.

    this isnt going to be an off-road jeep, just a cruiser, the only thing i can think of going bad would be the lack of A/C in summer.....but i'd likely want a soft top for summer use (like i did on the '7)

    so share your insight, as you seem to have an opinion on this?
     

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