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!