This Jeep is an old friend. I first saw it in South Haven, Michigan in 1973. It belonged to the father of a girl I was dating. In the late 1960’s I worked in an automotive parts store and I knew exactly what this Jeep was and what a great vehicle it would be to own. It took me six years (and marrying his daughter) to own this vehicle. After I brought it home with me, I took off the 1962 Michigan license plates.
And no — it wasn’t a wedding gift — I paid $325.00 for it in 1980!
I began the restoration in 2002 and finished it 2005. I completely rebuilt the engine and a local body shop did the bodywork. My friend Bobby – an old time car guy – helped me with the mechanical work. Bobby was one of those guys that knew everything about 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s cars and was happy to share his knowledge. He called this Jeep “Yellow Bird” and I believe he loved it every bit as much as I do. Bobby passed away last year and I can’t look at this Jeep without thinking about him. So Bobby, if there is Internet access in heaven, here’s our “Yellow Bird”.
Kaiser Willys Jeep Blog Story – Timothy Boyer
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