This CJ Jeep has been in the family for the last 7 years. My son conned me into buying it with him. I was extremely hesitant at first, but it has become a true family center piece.
We tore it down to the frame 4 years ago and just got it back on the road a few weeks ago. It has been nice getting to know the guys at Kaiser Willys, and a great place to donate my paycheck to every week. The Jeep has a front and rear pro and was believed to have originally served the forestry department. We tried to keep it all original, and we drive it on a regular basis. It has been a blast to own… but don’t tell my son.
Our second Willys is 1 of 52 reported civilian CJ-5’s purchased by the US Navy for non-combat operations. Most if not all were stationed on the west coast. We are only the 3rd owner on this Jeep since it was auctioned by the US government in 1983.
It underwent a 10 year restoration by the previous owner who has become a friend since we acquired it. This Jeep is frequently driven and maintained by myself and my father who also has a Jeep Willys. This Jeep is from North Island Naval Air Station and we have met a few veterans over the last couple months that remember it on the air base. Most reports say it was used as a maintenance truck, but others say that it was more often used to transport pilots from there plane to the bar at the end of the run way after their shift that still exists. We plan on taking the Jeep back there this spring.
Kaiser Willys Jeep Blog Story – Stanley Wurzburger
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