1974 Jeep CJ5, "Whitco"


This ol Jeep was a beauty even when we picked it up. The story on this one was the original chrome grill that came off "Ol Blue" during restoration was sold to another gentleman. That guy owned this 74 CJ5 and over a year or so later our phone rang. He was expecting his first child and no longer had the time to fool with the Jeep. He asked if I wanted to take it off his hands. I drove over for a look see and saw it was well cared for. A few days later it was in our garage and ready for a tear down and makeover.

A three owner Jeep, this rig had already undergone a mild frame off restoration by the previous owner who tore out the rotted floor boards and installed new pans and bracing under the Jeep making it even better than when it rolled out of the Jeep factory in Toledo back in 1974. The immediate things to complete at Vintage Jeep Store prior to this guy being ready for sale were the removal of fender flares, stripping and repainting of the rims, removal of diamond plating, new seats and a reinforcement and deep reconditioning of the ultra-rare, factory original Whitco split window soft top.

After all the cosmetic refinishing was complete this CJ was sold within 24 hours of its listing. It was hard to tell what our buyer was more impressed about. The fact that Whitco purred at a steady 600 rpms or the fact that its factory original Trans-Am Red paint gleamed like new with a stance that oozed vintage cool.

This CJ was one of our favorite quick projects and it drove like new. It's off to a new home in North Georgia to track through old mountain roads and mountain towns. A fitting next step for retirement.