Jeep CJ-5

South America Off Road Racing

Actually, I do not know if the videos below are of off road racing in South America. I just saw Ecuador in there somewhere. Is your spanish better than mine? Where are these races? No matter where the location, they look like a lot of fun! They remind me of the obstacle races and wheel to wheel races that I used to attend with my parents in the 70’s and 80’s. There is no big suspension travel…just a lot of people out having fun! I see Jeeps, Toyota Land Cruisers, a 66-77 Ford Bronco and even the odd full size truck.

From The Archives #101

How about these moss covered Willys Wagon and Jeep CJ-5? Are they worth saving? As a photographer, they are a dream. As a Jeep enthusiast, it saddens me.

From The Archives #96

Best off-road vehicle I ever owned. 1956 CJ5 3spd, 134 with an oil bath air cleaner, twin stick, 5.38 axle ratio, drums all the way around, manual everything, heater and defroster were worthless, totally stock except for wheels, tires and custom roll cage.

Action, Out Of Sight: Video Produced By Jeep In The 70’s

We recently came across a little known off road racing video that was produced by Jeep in the 70’s. Action, Out Of Sight covers a variety of off road racing across the country. Everything from desert races to family play days featuring obstacle course races. Remember the powder puff races, terra tires and 3 inches of wheel travel? This video is for you! What do you think of it?

From The Archives #90

1956 Willys – Jeep CJ5 playing on the coal refuse banks at Blackwood in the 80’s. Facebook users, does this photo look familiar?

Life Magazine Goes On A Colorado Jeep Trip

In 1959, Life magazine photographer JR Eyerman tagged along with a Colorado Jeep club. The following photos appeared in the December 1959 issue of Life magazine.

Vintage Great Lakes 4×4 Photos

Members of the Great Lakes 4×4 forum have posted some awesome photos from their four wheeling adventures in the 80’s. l find it interesting to go back in time…do you have any photos that you would like to share?

Barn Find Jeep CJ-5 Camper For Sale On Ebay!

Well, it is not really a barn find Jeep CJ-5 camper, but it might as well be! Off Road Action reader Jeep Looker found this factory camperized 1969 Jeep CJ-5 on Ebay and posted on the Jeep CJ-5 Camper restoration article. This is probably the most rare Jeep as only 336 of these were made in 1969 only. I have never seen one in person and have seen very few photos of camperized Jeeps. Of course, this one needs a complete rebuild, but is has so much potential! The problem is that if I purchased and restored it, I would not want to take it off road and go camping. Knowing my luck, I would end up putting over a cliff like this driver almost did in these vintage Jeep CJ-5 camper photos. Imagine restoring one of the most rare jeeps, then driving it off a cliff….

Vintage Photos Jeep CJ-5 Camper Almost Rolling Off Cliff!

We had lots of interest in our recent article about the restoration of a CJ-5 with a factory installed camper. Leo, one of our readers, directed us to Mike Leavensworth’s Flickr page. There we found photos of a camperized Jeep CJ-5 about to roll off a cliff! These photos were taken in 1969. Does anyone know more about this incident?

From The Archives #59

How about this Canada based United Nations Jeep M38A1?

1953 Willys Jeep Bobcat-Another Jeep Prototype

A few weeks ago, we featured the prototype 1969 Jeep XJ001 4×4 sports car. Today we have another Jeep prototype, but we are going back to the companies army roots. Being that the Bobcat was designed to be an air drop vehicle, it weighed only 1475lbs. The tiny Willys Jeep shared a lot of parts with the M-38 and M38-A1, although the frame was from the MB tooling. Sadly, the Willys Jeep Bobcat never made the production line. However, we are still looking for more information about it. Does know more?

Have You Ever Seen A Jeep CJ-5 Camper?

The popularity of our Ford Bronco Camper articles here , here and here proves that people are interested in seeing camperized SUV’s. Even to this day, these articles are some of the most read posts on this website. Even the International Scout camper article and Chevrolet Blazer Chalet articles are extremely popular. So, when you combine the popularity of the camperized vehicle articles and the popularity of our Jeep CJ-5 articles, I think there will be a lot of people interested in seeing the restoration of this 1973 Jeep CJ5 with a camper that was an option in 1969. As you can see, the reader is has pretty much finished the restoration of the CJ and is starting to work on the camper. I will be doing another feature article with more history about the Jeep camper, but in the mean time, does anyone have information about them or photos?

From The Archives #52

What a great shot of a M38A1 in the desert! Via Vintage Military Trucks.com

1969 Jeep XJ001 Prototype-A Jeep Sports Car?

You have to admit that the Kaiser Jeep Corporation gave us some very interesting vehicles in the 60’s. The Forward Control Jeep truck, the fullsize Wagoneer SUV, the Jeepster Commando and more. So, why is it such a surprise when you see photos of the 1969 Jeep XJ001 prototype, which is in reality a Jeep off road sports car. The whole concept was the brain storm of Jim Anger and the group of Jeep designers. Since outback adventures were starting to gain popularity at the time, the idea behind the concept was to develop a vehicle that would be fun to drive on the street as well as off road.

Vintage 1960’s Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari Videos!

The Tierra Del Sol 4×4 Club Desert Safari rally started in 1967 and continues to this day! Below we have some awesome videos from the early years of the annual event, which takes place in the California desert. The Tierra Del Sol rally is easily one of the largest and most popular events in the southwest, if not for all of the USA. We hope that you enjoy the videos below. Watch them on full screen view if you can! It is really neat to see how much technology has changed over the years. Long gone are the days of manual steering, 3″ of wheel travel and bellbottoms. We are happy to see that the family aspect and friendships gained through four wheeling has not changed over the years. Not to mention bikini’s. What do you think of the videos? Do you have some old videos or photos that you would like to share?

Jeep Factory Assembly Line Archives

Jeep had originally dated this photo as 1964, but as commentors noted on the Hemmings Blog, it has to be around 1968 or 1969. That style market lights on the Wagoneers were not used until 1968. Perhaps even more interesting to me is the weird marker lights on the CJ-5 Jeep. Was it built for foreign export?

1958 IKA Jeep JA-3AB For Sale In Argentina

This Jeep JA-3AB for sale on Ebay is totally different than what I am used to seeing! If not for the $15,000 price tag and the cost of shipping from Argentina, I would consider buying it. It is just so different! It is obviously patterned after the Jeep CJ-5, but I have never seen some of the wierd things like the steps. I love the pop out windshield, though! Have you ever seen a Jeep like this? Do you have any more information?

A Jeep CJ-5 Backhoe?

Have you ever seen a Jeep CJ-5 with a bucket on the front? I have seen them with the backhoe on the rear, like the Go Fer Digger, but I have never seen one with the front bucket. Honestly, I am thinking at this point, you might as well just buy a tractor. Via…

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