Mostly stock with original running gear and body panels. Clarence was a true barn find but, barn finds are usually not the pristine jewels of legend. This one was bought new in Clackamas, Oregon in 1966. He was parked in the barn in 1980 for reasons that at the time were unknown. When the owner passed away poor Clarence was auctioned off and bought by a local kid. The jeep was completely dismantled and sat in another leaky barn until I rescued him in 2012. I brought him home on a trailer. The body was attached to the frame with bungee cords and all his guts (which were stored in rotten cardboard boxes) were loaded in the back of the pickup. When I got home I discovered that the transmission was totally destroyed (now I knew why it was originally parked) and the engine was seized. My easy restoration (like most restorations) took on a life of it’s own. Clarence got lots of love and new parts as the budget allowed and finally got to the point he is now, frame off rebuild and sporting a new coat of PPG brilliant orange. He is going to be in the family for a long time.
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