I guess we’ve been a Jeep family for a long time–sometimes just at heart, often as owners. My two brothers and I grew up camping with our dad, mostly in Boy Scouts. For years, our ’70 Wagoneer was my dad’s daily driver, often becoming one of the camping vehicles for our troop’s monthly outings. My older brother and I both learned to drive on that Jeep. After my brother bought a new ’83 CJ-7, the Wagoneer became mine until college. When my younger brother opted for a ’63 Impala, the Jeep sadly, was sold. Years later, my older brother sold his ’83 and we became a Jeepless family again.
Then, last year, my older brother and I discussed our families jointly buying a Jeep to restore and drive. Within a few days, my wife had found our ’58 CJ-3B on E-Bay in Flagstaff, AZ. After two phone conversations with the owner, we bought the CJ sight-unseen and the rest is history.
The attached photos are taken on family land in Reeds, NC. This field has been a common campsite for decades. Our goal is to take the CJ back to factory. Thankfully, the engine and drivetrain are original. Our immediate job is bodywork, paint, seats, electrical, but we have an engine rebuild in our future as well. To date, we’ve replaced wheels/tires, rebuilt the carb and starter, added a back seat. Our winter project includes patch-welding the holes cut in the dash for a radio and speakers and a full rewire including new gauges. Working on the jeep has become a family affair that even my 11 year old daughter enjoys.
Many thanks to K-W for providing such great parts and help!