Gary and his son John reached out to me to see if we would be interested in restoring a neglected 1967 CJ5 show jeep. My ears immediately perked up. John sent me pics of a super cool vintage show jeep that had been baking in the Arizona sun for 20 years. Gary allowed all three of his sons to drive this jeep to high school!! Whaaa? man what an awesome dad! but once the boys all grew up and moved out, the jeep was left to rot beside the house…. BUT! The boys all decided to have “dads jeep” rebuilt, so their families could enjoy the jeep as they did when they were growing up. nice job guys!!! Once we received the jeep, I drooled over the TONS of vintage goodies on it. 327 Camel hump motor, T-10 4 speed, Warn overdrive, TONS of chrome, Stewart Warner green line gauges, shelby American racing wheels, and more!! Once I came to my senses…. we the torn down the poor old jeep, we began on a two year “nut and bolt” restoration on this jeep. Keeping it to as much of its original “show/hot rod” nature as we could. The jeep was originally ordered red so Gary could paint over top of the red. He wanted the jeep to look just like a factory 67 GTO color, Verduro Green. Pontiac used a red oxide primer under their green. So he purchased a red jeep, so that would be his primer!. When we did the the paint and body, we also used a red oxide primer just like Pontiac did. However we used a modern base/clear system in verduro green, instead of the single stage that it once was. The clear gives it more “POP” and its more durable. The frame was painted, axles rebuilt, we added a disk conversion to the front, rebuilt the T10 and overdrive and had RNR racing rebuild the 327 came hump back to stock specs. We added a Howell fuel injection, an MSD distributor and 6AL box and coil, redid the original exhaust with magnaflow mufflers and reinstalled Garys chrome cut-outs he had on the jeep. The jeep had two gas tanks with a manual selector valve, but with fuel injection we had to install a “ford” electrical selector valve, to make sure the fuel got returned to the correct tank. Once all the chrome parts were all “re-chromed”, we installed them all back on the feshly painted body, restitched the seats, rewired the jeep with a modern fuse box and wire harness. We were lucky that Stewart Warner decided to reproduce the “green line” gauges and those were installed in the custom dash. WOW and WOW. what a awesome jeep. The chrome and color! The 327 moves this jeep down the road in a hurry. Other than the disk brakes, BFG tires, wire harness and fuel injection, I feel like we kept to the jeeps original glory… I am super proud of the work my guys did and a BIG thank you, to Garys boys, who financed the build so that his family could grow up in the jeep, just like he did.
This particular jeep is very dear to my heart. I purchased this jeep for my 45th birthday from the daughter of its original owner. 72K original mile, Silver Arrow grey Renegade, Levis edition. This “special ordered” jeep came with a 304, T-18 manual trans, Posi rear end, tilt steering PS, PB, A/C and hardtop. When I purchased the Jeep it had been painted blue (however the floors and roll bar were still original grey), most of the interior had been replaced other then visors and door panels. I added side pipes and got into tip top mechanical shape and drove the heck outta it. My wife also loved to drive it. Matt reached out and was looking for a CJ7. Being a small business owner and having a few too many jeeps, I told him about this one… I said I will sell as long as we paint it back to original and build it like “X”. I sent him some pics of what I was thinking, and he said “HECK YEA”. so I was excited, and so was Matt. We stripped it down to metal and resprayed the Silver Arrow Grey paint in a modern base/clear combo, did a color matched bedliner on the interior and Correct blue Renegade stripes. We also found NOS levis seat material and upholstered original low back seats I had been hoarding, re-textured the hard top in white and reinstalled all the Olympic Stainless steal accessories that were on the jeep. (old school cool) The motor was in good shape, just had typical AMC valve guide issues. Fresh rebuilt heads were put on a fully detailed engine bay, (I had done clutch and brakes and axles when I owned it), redid the A/C with modern components, a Howell fuel injection unit and Davis Unified Distributor were installed for reliability. Some 33×12.50×15 BFG All Terrains were installed on some “old school” 15×10 chromies to give it that perfect vibe! We leather stitched the original steering wheel and added a Retro Radio for crusin tunes!.. What and Amazing Jeep! I am definitely jealous, It looks just like I envisioned it.. and drives amazing! The side pipes, 33’s and that color combo are just KNOCK OUT SEXY! thanks again Matt, I hope you and your family enjoy it. “IF” you ever ever sell it, I better be the first guy you call!