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Joe in PA 01-04-2010 07:24 PM

1965 Willys CJ-5A
The one that started it all for me way back in the late 70s. Look closely and you can just make out the Tuxedo Park badge on the hood in one of the pics. My dad and I basically restored the thing from a pile of rusted scrap and it served me well from the time I was 15 till about 20 yrs old.

The Jeep was sold in the early 80s when I headed off to college and is still missed today. These old pics were taken in my parent's "backyard" in the Pocono Mtn region of PA. I had nearly 200 acres of mountain land as my own personal offroad playground during my teens and would give just about anything to return those carefree days.

Scottina06 01-04-2010 07:59 PM

Re: 1965 Willys CJ-5A had better taste in color back then....LOL

Joe in PA 01-04-2010 08:09 PM

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Not only better taste but far better painting skills too. I wouldn't even know where to begin with today;s auto paints. As I recall we painted it "candy apple red" which included a gold metal flake under the translucent red topcoat. Granted it wouldn't get a 2nd look today but back then that was cutting edge work. :D

Scottina06 01-04-2010 08:43 PM

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^^^^gotta love being able to do it yourself

jeepnjeep 01-04-2010 10:12 PM

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I love the old Jeeps! Nice!

Scottina06 01-05-2010 09:46 AM

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Im the same way....I like the old Jeeps without the huge tires and lifts. One of my co-workers has a jeep similar to this that he rebuilt. Its red too

1 GRAND 01-05-2010 12:29 PM

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Cool pictures.

My first Jeep was a 1958 Willys CJ-5.

Then I bought a 47 Willys CJ-2A, then a 52 Willys M-38, next a 2000 Grand Cherokee Limited V8 4x4, and then a 1994 Grand Cherokee Limited V8 4x4, and last the 07 Grand Cherokee Overland Hemi 4x4. I have had a few Jeeps.

White WK Swagga 01-05-2010 12:33 PM

Re: 1965 Willys CJ-5A
Cool. Wish my pops had a cool car or jeep like that.

Chaoul1 01-05-2010 03:02 PM

Re: 1965 Willys CJ-5A
That's really cool that you have owned one. A True Jeep owner right there.

Joe in PA 01-05-2010 03:08 PM

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At he time my dad was driving an old ford f150 and some sort of Austin something or other from England. The old Jeep was all mine and taught me a lot about auto repair and maintenance. Also started a life long passion for the brand despite its ups and downs over the years.

Thing had a 90hp flathead 4cyl engine, a 3spd on the column, a part-time tcase on the floor and a 3rd shifter for direct/overdrive. This was before the development of synchronized gears and power steering so it was a real bear to drive. Was kind of neat to shift while in reverse though. Gas tank was under the driver's seat, wipers were powered by vacuum and would really slow down if you were lugging the engine up a hill. Had an 8-track player with two, count them two speakers. It was all a teenage boy could ask for back in the day. :D

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