049: Keith Rofinot’s 1958 Willys CJ-5
This is my 1958 Willy’s CJ-5. It’s been in my family since at least 1960 and was primarily used as a hunting jeep in eastern oregon where we own a cabin. It had a Kronig PTO on it, which was a big deal then because most people did not have winches (still debating on whether to rebuild and reinstall). At some point my grandfather dropped a buick V6 (I believe from a 1964 car) and it has been running strong ever since. It has less than 50,000 miles on it, due to it being towed to and from where we hunted for so many years.
My father gave me the jeep a little over a year ago and ever since it has been my project. I’m keeping the stock look which has been helped by a lot of your parts so far…..and more to come I’m sure. I had a gentleman reinforce the side tire mount with 1/4″ steel plates so I could keep that look which I am surpised most jeeps on the road do not have anymore.
As you can see I’m in the final stages of getting it looking road ready, so thanks for all your guys help.
- Keith Rofinot
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