Finding parts and accessories for a Fullsize Jeep, or FSJ, can be a nightmare. You walk into your local discount store and ask for a backup light bulb, and the counterman just stares blankly. "For what kind of car, my friend?" he asks. Even after you explain that it's a Jeep, not a car, your '69 Wagoneer still won't pop up on his computer screen. It's either too old for his system or he's looking under DaimlerChrysler, not Kaiser.
Any Jeep can be a pain to find parts for, and the FSJs can be even harder. But there is an answer to this dilemma. Many parts are available through your local Jeep or 4x4 store if the salespeople there know where to get the goodies.
Crown Automotive is a wholesale distributor of replacement Jeep parts. It carries lots of stuff you may have thought you'd never find. Though Crown doesn't sell directly to the public, any of its distributors can source its inventory, and many distributors keep a wide range of stock.
We contacted a Crown distributor, Specialty Parts of San Carlos, California, and sure enough, the goodies we needed were on the shelf. Naturally, no one store has everything, but a good store like Specialty Parts can find many things it doesn't stock and you never thought were available. These are just a few of the common items we needed for a '79 Cherokee. Stuff like this isn't found at the corner parts store but can really improve the vehicle.