Will A 1976 Cj 5 Roll Bar Work In A 1966 Cj 5

Discussion in 'Early CJ-5 and CJ-6 Tech' started by zootin, Jun 18, 2017 at 9:56 AM.

  1. Jun 18, 2017 at 9:56 AM
    zootin

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    I did a search on roll bars in this thread and really couldn't come up with an answer to my question. Will a factory stock 1976 CJ 5 roll bar work/fit in a 1966 CJ 5 ? This is the rear mounted design, not the later full cage style.

    There is 76 roll bar for sale about five hours from me in SW Oregon and I wanted in inquire before I spent the fuel in driving down to pick it up in CA.

    Thanks in advance and Happy Father's Day to all,

    Frank
     
  2. Jun 18, 2017 at 9:59 AM
    Twin2

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    short answer no . but if you cut off bottom of 76 bar . and weld 2" angle iron to it . that would work . early bars only mount to top of rear fender wells
    upload_2017-6-18_10-4-49.jpeg
    but if it looks like this . this will work
     
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  3. Jun 18, 2017 at 10:36 AM
    Framer Mike P

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    If it is a 1976 bar you should be good. Sometime around 1979-1980 they changed the rollbar so that the main hoop mounted to the floor behind the front seats - this style bar would need to be modified as Ron suggests. I had the 1976-79 style in my 55 cj5.
     
  4. Jun 18, 2017 at 10:46 AM
    Daryl

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    Cj5 bar yes
    Cj7 bar no
     
  5. Jun 18, 2017 at 1:26 PM
    zootin

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    Ron,Mike and Daryl,

    Thanks for the replies. I will give the seller a call and go from there.

    Frank
     
  6. Jun 18, 2017 at 8:07 PM
    PeteL

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    Ten hours round trip? I wouldn't drive that far for a whole jeep. But that's me.:)

    It had better fit!

    Have you checked the cost of getting one made locally?
     
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  7. Jun 19, 2017 at 2:05 AM
    Focker

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  8. Jun 19, 2017 at 9:26 AM
    zootin

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    Pete L and Focker,

    Thank you for your advice and the CL ad up in Idaho.
    I think I will put a ad on the local CL and see if there are any around this neck of the woods.
    Have a great upcoming week,

    Frank
     
  9. Jun 19, 2017 at 9:59 AM
    Focker

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    I know the Idaho drive wouldn't be much better, but I just wanted to point out how cheap they can be found.
     
  10. Jun 19, 2017 at 10:44 AM
    Walt Couch

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    The rollbar on my 66 Tux was made by a company in Grants Pass but that was back in the late 60's. The company's name was Walt's (something or other) can't remember the last name.
     
  11. Jun 19, 2017 at 3:21 PM
    zootin

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    Focker and Walt,

    Thanks for the information. I posted an add on the CL for a roll bar. Will see what happens and go from there. Walt, I am not familiar with that company, but in the 60's, I had other things that were occupying my time. I will asked around if any of the locals would know about it.

    Frank
     
  12. Jun 19, 2017 at 7:40 PM
    Unkel Dale

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    Couch PERHAPS, Walt?
     
  13. Jun 20, 2017 at 8:23 AM
    colojeepguy

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    Didn't the 76 rollbars angle back to match the angled windshield that started that year?
    That would look odd in an early CJ...
     
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  14. Jun 20, 2017 at 11:08 AM
    Daryl

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    I don't believe any CJ ever came with a factory front bar.
     
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    Walt Couch

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    No it was the first names like maybe brothers. There sticker was still on the rollbar until I repainted it about 6 years ago.
     
  16. Jun 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM
    colojeepguy

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    I meant the main hoop of the roll bar, like this one...

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  17. Jun 22, 2017 at 9:40 AM
    zootin

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    I put an ad in the auto parts section on the Medford CL for the roll bar.
    Will see if there is any response.
    Thanks,
    Frank
     

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