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Part Two, Buying Verne’s 1946 CJ-2A

Stills from the day we bought it

Last time we introduced you to our 1946 CJ-2a, with the nickname Tink. After showing a video of the Jeep on the day when we bought it and shooting a few videos about the state that it's in today, we decided to look back at our photo archives and find a few dozen or so more still images from the day that we bought the Jeep. We thought you all might enjoy seeing these pictures of Tink from before Tink was Tink.

Here's what we bought that fateful day

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It was a rainy day in August, perfect for a road trip to pick up a new toy. After getting the Jeep and all the parts we could find loaded on the trailer, we walked around our new purchase to check things out a little bit. Here is what we got. As said, the only major components missing were the engine and radiator, which were nowhere in sight. We even checked with the seller to make sure there was no possibility of the engine being stashed in a garage or other outbuilding on the property. The lack of an engine and a little more rust than would be ideal made for good bargaining points. Also the Jeep lacked a title, but that's not a huge deal-breaker in Arizona when a vehicle has a VIN plate and comes with a bill of sale as long as it's not stolen, that is. We were pretty sure Tink wasn't hot.

Detail shots on the CJ-2a we'd just bought

A closer inspection revealed mostly surface rust and a few cool parts. The Jeep had a Koenig hard top and parts for the PTO in the back. The grille had headlight buckets still in place but lacked the trim rings. Also in the grille were a pair of the early front running lights. Outback, the tailgate sure looked original and straight with factory or at least old retaining chains and hooks. The back of the Jeep also had one taillight as it would have had from the factory. Also hanging off the back of the Jeep was a stack of non-commercial license plates, with the newest one from 1965. The hat channels on the sides of the tub and rear of the tub were remarkably rust free, but the floors did have some rust holes from being parked under a juniper tree. The seat frames with springs were there; the transmission and transfer case were in the Jeep somewhat rusted but enough to supply a good case and some usable internals. The pedal assemblies and clutch/brake pivot parts were mostly there. There was even a steering column and Ross steering box. Many of the original footman loops and soft top bow storage pockets were on the jeep and roughly intact, as well.

Also spotted on our trip, a Patinaed 1972 Chevy C-20

When you are hurtling down the highway with a trailer full of rusty gold, you can't help but notice all the other nice pieces of history along the way. This 1972 Chevy taunted us at some former roadside attraction. It is/was a thing of beauty but a bit outside of our price range, especially after having drained the coffers earlier in the day for the Jeep. It was a 3/4-ton 4x4 (note that the emblem on the side says C-20, not K-20, even though it was clearly a factory 4x4). The body on the truck was pretty darn good, but a bunch of leaf litter and wood in the bed means the bed floor was probably Swiss cheese.

The end for now

After our multihour Jeep rescue mission, we finally made it home and parked the trailer. The plan was to unload, clean, and sort all the parts we had acquired when we next got the opportunity. In the next installment, we'll show you what we found and what we started to fix.