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Re: 1981 cj7 hood, will it fit on a 1975 cj-5??
Oh yes, definitely worth $300 for all the parts. I paid $200 for a '79 Cherokee that the only thing I managed to salvage was the engine (less than 7k on a rebuilt 360) and axles--the tcase went kablewie on the PO and the front axle came loose at speed and broke through the tranny case in a couple spots!
As an FYI on the hood, the "short hood" CJs were CJ5 and CJ6s from '55-71. (Not sure about CJ6s after 71 or if they were built after 71--I don't know much about them). In 1972 they redesigned the CJ5 and went to a longer hood/front fenders. This length hood/fenders stayed the same from 72 on till the end of the CJ series. The major difference after that being in a change in the marker lights on the fenders in the late seventies. The change was made in 72 to accomodate I-6 and V-8 engines.
I'd definitely scarf the disc brakes and everything else I could. You mighte even be able to sell some of the parts like the frame and such to other folks to pay for your parts! Also, if you have a worn out 304 in your '75 and the CJ7 has a good 258 you might think about a swap. I'm convinced that the 258 in the CJ7 we just picked up is as potent as the 304 in my 74. It's also lighter. However, like I mentioned we are dropping a 360 in place of the 304 on the CJ5 and that is a whole nother ballgame!
Good luck and let us know what you decide to do with this! (and of course what all parts you manage to score!