Tom sent us this cool old 59 CJ5 from Alaska. He was having a hard time finding someone up there that could do the work. He had had a “local” guy rebuild the engine, but still had issues. Once we had Toms jeep, we knew he didn’t want to mess with the original look of the jeep. I couldn’t agree more!! So we set on with a mechanical only restoration. We started by putting in a new clutch, pressure plate and resurface flywheel. We cleaned and freshened/resealed the transmission, transfer case and PTO unit. After all the was done, we rebuilt both front and rear axles, all the brakes, all the hard and soft lines, master cyl and more. The CJ is so heavy with the hardtop, PTO and plow, the springs were shot!!! We installed 4 new HD springs and shackles, all new bushings and more. One of the biggest issues with the old girl, was the body mounts were all broken off…. We rebuilt all the rear body mounts (tub side) and the mounts at the bottom of the cowl area were just gone! The Jeeps body was sitting on the bottom of the fenders. Not unusual for a jeep that’s worked for a living. After rebuilding all that, new body mounts, a set of fresh Coker tires makes her sit up proud! We also installed a new gas tank, did a LOT of wiring to make all his lights, fan, heater all work and some new seats round out this cool old jeep.
“Geronimo” contacted me and wanted help finding a early J10 or J2000/4000 pickup. We looked at some options and ended up finding this cool orange truck in California. The story gets Interesting here. So the truck came from a small ski town that was very hard to get a transport truck to. After the third or fourth attempt (different carrier companies giving up), a driver finally got his truck up there. Once he was there, the previous owner started the jeep, somehow the motor started revving at full throttle, caught fire, and they put out the fire with a garden hose…. ooops. That locked up the motor! Well….all the engine compartment was a burnt melted mess. So the truck was declined for transport, and well then it sat again. Finally finding another driver to go up there and pick it up, it made its way to Arizona. Once we received the basket case truck, we pulled the stuck motor, removed all the burnt wiring and proceeded to do rust repairs on the floor. We sold Geronimo a new hood, painted it orange (I weathered the edges to make it look older) and painted the inside of the cab at the same time. We sourced a new 401, installed that with a new clutch and pressure plate, added a Howell FI, Davis HEI distributor and headers. The owner found some cool old valve covers and Offy breathers off ebay, and those too were installed along with Modern A/C, complete rewire, new hoses, radiator and more. There are no lift kits made for the early J-trucks, so we custom made a shackle reversal, had custom springs made for the front, a lift block in the rear and added some Rancho RS7000 shocks. A disk brake kit was added to the original axles when they were rebuilt and a power brake booster to give her some killer stopping power. We turned our attention to the interior. Geronimo wanted buckets instead of the factory bench seat. We sourced some wagoneer buckets and upholstered them, the door panels, and roof panel in Military tan canvas for a durable and cool look. We had custom paint made to match the canvas, painted the dash and steering wheel once we built a cover for the stereo and dash speaker. Mounted hidden gauges and fuses for the Fuel injection in the glovebox. One of the hardest things to find was a “sorta” strait tailgate, but after a LONG search and many months we found one!. It too was painted orange, I painted the white jeep letters, and then weathered the edges like it did the hood, so it looked like a older paint. Finally we built him a 90’s style pre-runner light bar for the front that he wanted to hold his Euro spec 10″ vintage Cibie Oscars. Those will be installed once its in Germany. What a cool J2000!! the 401 is a tire spinning fool, and all the suspension work, custom made steering, make it drive great! The too cool aluminum camper shell and bright orange paint is going to STAND OUT in Germany!!! I love it!
Micah sent us his grandfathers 1981 Cherokee he inherited from The Chicago area. It was an amazing 26k mile original Jeep. However being from the Chicago area living in a damp garage, she had some rust issues on the frame and under body. His grandfather had coated the whole engine bay and under neath in a Tar like coating that actually kept the body rust free. The first task was removing all the tar like goo from everything, cleaning and sanding the frame, cleaning up and rebuilding the axles, and brakes, repainting the engine compartment in the original blue, we also fixed some “snow berm” dents in the lower rockers and repaint those. The Jeep still wears 90% of its original paint, we added a 2.5″ lift with some 31×10.50×15 BFG All terrains to the repainted factory wheels. We installed a Magnaflow exhaust, matching spare and we used most of the original interior because it was in such good shape, but tons of sound deaden-er everywhere. We added a Retro radio, 4 Polk Audi speaks and power sub woofer in the back. The motor got removed and complete reseal with new AMC blue paint, a Howell Fuel Injection, Davis Unified Distributor, modern AC components and more. What a sweet Low mileage Jeep!!! Micah flew into AZ with some buddies and road tripped the Jeep back to New Orleans where its new home is.
Dougs 43 you can see further down on my web page, we Have done LOTS of work to it in the past. Doug sent us his Willys for some more work. He had a heck of a time finding people to do basic repairs in the LA area. He decided that once it was here to go ahead and rebuild both rear springs, Rebuild the transmission, transfercase, new clutch, add a Saturn Overdrive, Complete rewire, new front seats and canvas, add a rear seat (canvas had not shipped by the time I shot the pics), We also replaced the hacked up motor plate (had been cut for a 12volt alternator to fit). and made a custom bracket to mount a Altgen (12volt alternator, that looks like a generator), painted it OD green to match the motor. We also added lights to the dash as well as some other small things. The old girl runs and drives like a dream now.
Anthony reached out to me to help him find a black Cherokee. He really only wanted Black, Not always the easiest color to find in the Full Size Jeep world, after a few months, we were able to track down a good starter. She was all original but had LOTS of rust, We tore it down and began on a long journey of metal work and paint. We replaced most all of the passenger floor board, the front part of the drivers floor, partial pcs by the rear wheel well, couple of spots in rear cargo area, both lower inner and outer quarter panels, some odd spots like inside the tail light housings. Once all the Metal work was finished, we pulled the front clip and painted the inner fenders, resealed and detailed the engine block and all its pieces, Added a Howell Fuel Injection, Modern A/C components, headers and a Magnaflow exhaust. We also installed one of our shackle reversals in the front with a 2.5″ lift spring to fit some 31×10.50×15 tires on original polished wheels. Next was the black paint! close to 300 hours are in that paint job (inside and out), Epoxy coat, primer, sealer, LOTS AND LOTS of sanding, then 5 coats of factory black base coat (but modern) and 5-7 coats of clear then LOTS of wet sanding and buffing. But boy howdy she turned out to be a looker. A new set of repop stickers, repainted badges tie it all together! We also did a new carpet kit, a strait and not cracked dash pad, headliner and detailed the original door panels and seats as best we could. The upholstery was not in the budget after all that paint work. However he will have the seats redone soon. This Jeep has a really cool door panel insert if you look closely at the pics. This turned out to be a REALLY stunning Jeep. The paint is miles deep and runs and drives awesome. Thanks again Anthony, I hope its happy in the garage with the black JK and black suburban!
Catherine sent us her super clean low mileage 77 Renegade Levis edition for us to do a “refresh”, this Jeep belonged to her father and and has been sitting in a dry Arizona barn for years! Man when I saw this jeep I tried to get her to sell it to me….. but NO WAY! LOL and I don’t blame her. Its not often we see Jeeps as original and clean as this one. It came to us with some old lift kit, side pipes, faded orange paint and some gremlins. We cleaned it up, rebuilt the suspension, lowered it back to stock, all new bushings, some HD shackles, Pro Comp shocks, SS brake lines, new 31×10.50×15 BFG’s on just cleaned up factory wheels! wow. Added Howell Fuel injection, a Davis Unified Distributor, new hoses, boiled out radiator, fan shroud and more. We cleaned and painted the under side, freshened up the axles, new brake pads and a Magnaflow exhaust make it sound throaty but not too loud. She wanted to leave the front seats alone, so we did, we replaced the chrome dash center piece with the correct black, new pull knobs and dash lights, fixed some wiring gremlins and buffed and buffed the original orange back to life. I do love a preservation especially when the body is so strait and nice!! Thanks again Catherine, “IF” you ever wanna sell….. she would look great in my garage. ! What a great Jeep and thank you for the business.
1985 Jeep CJ7 Laredo was brought to us by Greg from Alaska. He purchased this Jeep new in 1985, in Alaska, used it while working on the pipe line. A snow plow had hit the the drivers rear quarter and hard door. The jeep was faded and weathered, kinda worn out but only had 63k original miles. So we tore it down, and had to replace the entire drivers quarter panel and hard door, multiple rust spot repairs on the floors (alaska and carpet), Complete repaint inside and out. We added a Howell Fuel Injection, Davis Unified Ignition, new clutch, freshened up the axles and trans and transfer case, brakes, all hoses, belts and more. Once the fresh coat of Copper Brown Metallic was laid down, we got new Laredo stickers, polished the factory wheels and texture coated the top of the hard doors. Had the seats recovered, new carpet, some new gauges and new “Laredo” badge on the glove box. All new poly suspension, Brake lines, shocks and more make this a GREAT driving Jeep. I do love the stock feel of a original Laredo. OH and that color combo is great!