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pman 05-04-2013 11:34 AM

My 75 yr old Dad is now a Jeep owner...
 
I'm totally to blame. I found this 1974 CJ5 w/304 in Hoboken, Ga. I "was" thinking about buying it, and my pops decided he wanted it worse. He went and took a look at it this morning and snagged it for 2,500.00. From what I understand, it's in great shape with next to no rust. I'll give it a good look since I'm always suspect of diamond plate.

Poor man; he's going to disown me when he finds out what he's gotten himself in to. Looks like I'll be making the 3 1/2 hour drive down there to do some wrenching. :cheers:

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h1...ps7f9bcf43.jpg

Jim1611 05-04-2013 11:54 AM

Well at 75 buying an old CJ will no doubt be great for your dad. He's either old enough to have lots of patience or old enough to have lost all he ever had so either way he's well equipped for Jeep ownership.

pman 05-04-2013 12:59 PM

Jim, he's an old pilot and retired from the FAA about 12 yrs ago. He needed something new to fiddle with (and spend his money on). He's extremely patient (he builds incredible model boats and R/C planes from scratch). He restored a Triumph TR3 about 35 yrs ago, and that may be one of the most finicky cars I know of, so I've got confidence in him!!

Matt1981CJ7 05-04-2013 01:26 PM

Simply awesome!!

My father bought his last of 3 CJs, new, in 1981 at age 70. It was still his prize when he passed 13 years later. I swear I can feel him in the passenger seat every time I drive it, now. God I miss him.

I hope that old CJ provides you and your father the same connection.

Matt

pman 05-04-2013 01:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Matt1981CJ7 (Post 15388562)
Simply awesome!!

My father bought his last of 3 CJs, new, in 1981 at age 70. It was still his prize when he passed 13 years later. I swear I can feel him in passenger seat every time I drive it, now. God I miss him.

I hope that old CJ provides you and your father the same connection.

Matt

Matt, that is a great story. I'm sure he's smiling down on you with everything you've done with your 81!!!

Jim1611 05-04-2013 01:31 PM

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Originally Posted by pman (Post 15388489)
Jim, he's an old pilot and retired from the FAA about 12 yrs ago. He needed something to new to fiddle with (and spend his money on). He's extremely patient (he builds incredible model boats and R/C planes from scratch). He restored a Triumph TR3 about 35 yrs ago, and that may be one of the most finicky cars I know of, so I've got confidence in him!!

Likely what will happen is he'll have a CJ we all envy! You will need to post pictures of the progress so we can follow along? I have a feeling he's going to enjoy himself. :thumbsup:

pman 05-04-2013 01:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Jim1611 (Post 15388572)
Likely what will happen is he'll have a CJ we all envy! You will need to post pictures of the progress so we can follow along? I have a feeling he's going to enjoy himself. :thumbsup:

Jim, will do! This will probably take one of two paths:
1) He'll turn it into a new penny
Or
2) He'll sound like Si Robertson off Duck Dynasty by saying "This things a piece of junk!!!" and push it over to me or my brother-in-law. :rofl:

He had been talking about buying a golf kart, but really likes the old CJs and wanted something he could take in to town (he lives in Folkston, Ga, which is basically in the Okefenokee Swamp, so "going to town" consists of a place with a couple of stop lights). If its a reliable runner, he may just tinker with minor things and leave it as is. At any rate, it will be a good excuse for me to visit and do some good bonding.

Fins 05-04-2013 03:07 PM

You're never too old to buy an old Jeep! And you'll always know where to find him: Either in the garage or on the trails!

pman 05-04-2013 08:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Fins (Post 15388858)
You're never too old to buy an old Jeep! And you'll always know where to find him: Either in the garage or on the trails!

Good point, Fins!

I think I've been more excited about it than he is. Can't wait to crawl around it and see what he's got.

82JeepCJ7 05-05-2013 03:27 AM

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Congrats to your father!

My Dad is 72 in a couple months and just bought this 1972 CJ5.

pman 05-05-2013 06:58 AM

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Originally Posted by 82JeepCJ7 (Post 15390802)
Congrats to your father!

My Dad is 72 in a couple months and just bought this 1972 CJ5.

That's awesome!! Maybe we should get them together and they can become new "BFF's"....:D

Matt1981CJ7 05-05-2013 07:30 AM

A "CJs for Seniors Club", perhaps?

They could all roll to Bingo night together, and impress the ladies in the parking lot. :D

Matt

pman 05-05-2013 07:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Matt1981CJ7 (Post 15391086)
A "CJs for Seniors Club", perhaps?

They could all roll to Bingo night together, and impress the ladies in the parking lot. :D

Matt

Just spit out my coffee! I'm envisioning a movie...grease, cussing and Depends undergarments.

82JeepCJ7 05-05-2013 10:38 AM

I am cleaning my monitor and keyboard as well... :rofl::rofl::rofl:

pman 06-26-2013 04:55 PM

Sitting in an airport killing time, so thought I'd give an update on "Pops" Jeep. Well, he got so excited about getting it "up to snuff" that he essentially has farmed out all of the work. Engine was pulled and repainted, exhaust replumbed (new headers also), new clutch and he just had the T-15 rebuilt. I was working down in Florida last week and found out that he had it in a transmission shop in Jax, so I swung on by to see it. Note the VERY nice 7 that greeted me as I walked into the work area:
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h1...ps0f9ed1ce.jpg
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h1...psee36113c.jpg
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h1...ps2ff969b2.jpg

Next up, he's taking it to a good paint/body guy. He also has new wheels/tires. It's costing him a small fortune but he says his goal is to spend all of his money before he kicks the bucket. I'm just having fun watching him enjoy this thing.


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