This is a section of my site all about my 1965 CJ5 Jeep®. If you don’t understand why one would have a Jeep section in their website, suffice it to say it’s a Jeep thing, you wouldn’t understand! My dad would have loved this Jeep if he were still alive today. He wouldn’t understand why I got one, but he would’ve loved it anyway just like he loved his ’65 Chevy station-wagon. When I think about my Jeep, and when I work on my Jeep, I think about my dad. This one’s for you, Pop.
It took a year to get it to the point you see above. It originally had a 1965 Koenig hardtop on it when I first got it, and it looked just like a mail truck. Man, did I hate that:
I got Binky through a local ad in the newspaper. The first time I went to see it, I took one look and basically saw a mail truck sitting there, so I turned around and left without even driving it. It was back in the paper a few weeks later at a lower price, so I thought I’d better take a closer look. Once I really looked at it and realized the top could be jettisoned later and how untouched the thing was (i.e., no gaping holes for switches or huge openings in the dash for a no-longer-installed radio), I bought the Jeep. According to the seller, he got it from the original owner down in southern New Mexico, which is why there was so little rust to deal with.
And a quick note here. This Jeep is a rebuild/restoration project, not a trail or performance build up. I do not plan to replace the little 4 cylinder engine, or to install 6″ lifts, or to put on big tires etc. There are a lot of restored military Jeeps out there, but very few restored older CJs, and I wanted one that was as close to original as I could get.
Another note on rust. The old top’s hardware was where all the rust was, the Jeep underneath was basically rust free (it’s a New Mexico Jeep for sure!). Took a long time to get some of the hardware apart on that old top, it was like someone had welded the thing together. And you think today’s fiberglass tops are heavy? Just the roof off that old top was almost more than I could lift, and the rear liftgate was so heavy it took 2 of us to get it off safely. I bagged and marked all the hardware and small pieces as I took them off. At least the next person will have a chance at getting it back together. Note: I have received a number of inquiries on the old top but it’s now gone…I sold it in January of 2002. Thanks to everyone who asked about it.