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Info on 64 CJ5

Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by 1stjeep, Oct 3, 2004.

  1. Oct 3, 2004
    1stjeep

    1stjeep New Member

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    Ok, this is my first Jeep. I bought it 4 days ago, and know almost nothing about it. 4Cyl 134 w/ 3 speed trans. 64 model. I'm having a hard time finding parts for a this year. Any suggestions on where to find some decent seats? Everything I've looked at is for a 78+ model.
    This was purchased as a project for my son and I, and I want to make it as fun and safe as possible.
    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. Oct 4, 2004
    vanguard

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    First. Welcome from San Diego. Lots of places to find parts, but your best bet is either a really good counterman or online at places like www.jeepdoc.com or www.thejeep.com.

    As far as seats go, you probably won't find any advertised that go back as far as '65, most guys go with the later model seats and/or junkyard donors from other vehicles. Some modifications may be required. You might try searching the forum for ideas. Baby John did a really nice install on his.
     
  3. Oct 4, 2004
    66cj5

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  4. Oct 4, 2004
    Russell

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    I have a 63 and found every part I needed. One of the reasons the CJ5 is such a good vehicle to play around with is that the parts are readily available. Occasionally you have to fab an adapter or mounting brace or something, but 99.9% of the mechanical parts are available. Anything requiring special fabrication, such as the seat mounting brace for the older CJ5s, someone on this forum has documented with cool precision how to do it.

    No problem can't be solved.
     
  5. Oct 4, 2004
    Boyink

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    Howdy from another '64 owner (albeit a bit longer in the wheelbase dept..;)).

    All types of seats have been adapted to work in these old Jeeps. After years of running high backs with armrests I went back to reupholstered original lowbacks.

    Going to the later 60's era seat brackets that attach to the door lip and the floor seem to make adapting seats a bit easier.

    Someone had posted some pictures of Saturn buckets with the headrests removed that look really nice - comfy but not out of scale with the Jeep.

    Besttop sells some "original-ish" lowbacks - but get a good look and "test-sit" if at all possible. I sat in them in another board members Jeep, and they caught my back in a bad spot.

    What other parts are you looking for?
     
  6. Oct 4, 2004
    Glenn

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    Does it not have seats now? If not, myself, Baby John and I know some others have used the Bestop low profile seats. They look reasonably stock and are pretty good seats. All parts are available as stated, my preference for vendors is Walck's 4WD. Names Carl. Ph. 610-852-3110. Not knocking the others of course, he's just the main one I use.
     
  7. Oct 4, 2004
    timgr

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    I found the stock seats in my '73 to be comfortable. The have the same floor brackets as the late-60s Jeeps. I'd say look around until you find a set of seats and brackets from a late 60s-75 Jeep and have them professionally recovered.
     
  8. Oct 4, 2004
    1stjeep

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    Wow, quick response. Thanks everyone.
    Yes, the jeep has low back seats now, but they're cheap and uncomfortable (yes, I know it's a JEEP ;)
    The fuel tank is still under the drivers seat, so putting in brackets for a new seat would require moving the tank I assume. If that's the best thing to do, what do you recommend? Moving the tank to the back?
    I really do appreciate all of the postings. I know absolutely nothing about jeeps, but will be joining a local jeep club, and hopefully will find as many helpful people there as I have here.

    thanks,
     
  9. Oct 4, 2004
    Boyink

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    The driver's side seat bracket will clear the gas tank - one end attached to the body lip by the door (look for some existing holes there). The other end bolts to the floor.
     
  10. Oct 5, 2004
    1stjeep

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    Great!! I was afraid I would need to move the gas tank. Do the brackets also clear the "tool box" under the passenger seat?
     
  11. Oct 5, 2004
    Russell

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    There were a couple ways the seat mounted to the tool box I think. My seat has points on the front that slip into hooks on top of the tool box that allow it to be lifted back-to-front pivoting from the hooks on the front for tool box access.
     
  12. Oct 5, 2004
    CT

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    Both of my jeeps attach just like Russell mentioned above.

    Might watch Ebay for some seats. Or post a wanted item on this forum. I have seen some low back seats on both places before. I have had 64 CJ5 and now just finished a 56 CJ5 and I prefer the original low backs.

    Here is a picture of it. http://www.earlycj5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7125
     
  13. Oct 6, 2004
    Boyink

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    Here's a pic that somewhat shows the later ('66 in this case) passenger side bracket. Note that the toolbox was removed and a heater installed, but the bracket was simply extended to bolt to the floor rather than to the toolbox top.

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    This is the setup that I prefer and am going back to as the fold/tumble arrangement will make both toolbox access and rear seat entry/exit much easier.
     
  14. Oct 6, 2004
    1stjeep

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    Great info. I stumbled onto JP Magazine today and it seems to have lots of good info and ads for early model parts.
    You say a heater under the passenger seat? Where'd you come up w/ that? i assume it's electric, but does it really put out enough heat to keep warm in the winter?
     

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