I thought you might get a kick out of this ’58 CJ-5. I took it from the junkyard ready to be cut up for scrap and tore it down to make a 10-passenger carrier for our farm to take tours. It’s a ball.
I’m a longtime reader of the Jp here in New Zealand. I thought you guys might be interested in a Jeep that a few Jeep buddies and I put together for the Taupo 1000, the “longest and toughest off-road race in the Southern Hemisphere.” I don’t think I have seen a CJ-5 on a TJ chassis in your mag, so something a little different.
We started the build August 2010 and finished in time for the race in August, 2011. Now, the Jeep in question was more of a collection of parts than a Jeep, including a few remains of an original CJ-5, a new fiberglass body, a pile of assorted TJ parts, front and rear axles, suspension and steering, chassis, and so forth. I also had the mighty 3.8L Buick V-6 under the bench and a CJ-7 T-176 tranny and Dana 300 T-case.
The Jeep performed way past all our expectations, never skipped a beat all weekend, and we completed 975 kilometers out of the possible 1026 in the time available to finish 15th overall!
On June 6, 2012 I married the man of my dreams. We of course couldn’t get married anywhere other than the Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan. This is our favorite vacation destination close to home. What a better getaway vehicle than my ’00 Jeep Wrangler! Yes, it’s mine—not his. But maybe I’ll share it a little bit now that we are married!
Mr. and Mrs. Whip