Hello everyone. I've had my '66 CJ5 for 10 years now after I bought it in 2008 from the "second owner" who used it for hunting in Idaho, and sold it to me for a reasonably low amount of money in good working order. For many years it was my daily driver, and for some years she only saw dirt once or twice a summer. I've decided after many happy days on the mellow trails around Truckee, it's time to give the old girl some TLC and tear her apart and address whatever issues I may find, and refurbish her to a high level of safety and reliability, while still being able to enjoy the dirt roads around me. I'm aware that she is somewhat rare, however I'd like to keep using her and not turn her into a Garage Queen by doing a full restore. My goal is to end up with a vehicle that is safe to drive at highway speeds around the Tahoe / Lakes Basin / Reno area to access backcountry trails. I don't want to make a rock crawler, and I'd like to put whatever I can back to stock where reasonable. To my (very) untrained eye, the previous owner(s) have made a great deal of mods, but the main drivetrain and front/rear end components are still original. She still currently fires right up and drives well, but with some issues that need immediate attention. I've been poring over her, making a to-do list, reading threads in this forum, and scouring the 'Net for pics of similar vehicles, so I can chart out a plan of what to address, and in what order. I thought it might be a good idea to share some pictures for the experts in here to point out anything they see that I should attend to, and to perhaps let me know what items they see that are not stock. I also have some specific questions that I'd love help with, which I will post in a list below. VIN: 8322 A 16450 Tuxedo Park Mark IV left hand drive with Buick 225 V6 1966 Model year vehicle #450 Front end: Dana 27 Rear End: Dana 44 Axle= 9 - 275B3-2297-10, Gears 941866, 73, 41-11 Transmission: Borg-Warner T-86 Bellhousing #9774035, Gear Ratios 1st – 2.79 2nd – 1.68 3rd – 1.00 Transfer Case: Dana Spicer T-18 Pics of vehicle "as-is" here on Dropbox: Pre-Teardown PIcs A word about myself - I am somewhat mechanically inclined, but I am NOT a mechanic. I know and expect that a great deal of this project will require my taking components to Reno or Sacramento to be rebuilt by professionals. I know it's going to take at least a year and cost a lot of money. The only engine I've ever completely rebuilt was on a Harley Davidson Golf Cart...and I don't have a sandblasting / paint booth. But I do have the FSM, and several highly talented professional mechanic friends nearby for help and guidance. I want to have fun, learn a LOT, and end up with a safe, fun vehicle to enjoy. Anyway, please have a look at the pics above and I'd love to hear some opinions on what you guys think is stock, and what needs to be done to partially restore this vehicle. To my knowledge, these items are not stock: 6" (?) Shackle lift Tires/Wheel size far larger than stock Heater core replaced with a late-model Dodge RAM core Missing air-bath oil cleaner Missing radiator Fan shroud Exhaust looks non-stock Front-end hubs are WARN and thus not stock (?) Steering wheel Tailights Here is my ever-growing to-do list: Remove tub and assess whether it cam be repaired or needs to be replaced Strip frame to metal, address bend, missing / damaged crossmembers, paint and rust-proof Bad exhaust leaks at manifold (Driver side) Remove, inspect, repair engine and mounts (valve and piston wear, condition of heads and head gasket) Rebuild steering gear box Rebuild front-end knuckles Inspect front and rear differentials, gaskets Alignment Remove, inspect and repair transmission/clutch Replace 100% of wiring at end of project with Painless Kit (chose this to have fuses) Re-install parking brake on driveline Rebuild original speedometer (if possible) Have seats re-upholstered Rebuild brakes Get rid of awful rattle-can black paint and determine original vehicle color, replace with authentic '66 color (already found some great info here on this site for options) Questions: Should I do a compression test before removing the engine? Should I flush and save the radiator, which looks OEM, or replace? Can I have the tub repaired or is the rust bad enough that it should be replaced with an OEM from Kaiser Willys? Should I try and grind/paint the frame myself or take it to a professional body and frame shop? Is an after-market disc brake conversion worth it (I know, heresy in this forum, but love to have some opinions) From the factory, this vehicle did not come with a roll bar, correct? Thanks for having a look! And lastly, apologies to the moderators if this is in the wrong place, it's kind of 50% research on what's stock and 50% technical...happy to move if needed!