Wednesday, May 30, 2012
1965 Jeep Wagoneer
This past weekend I took a trip to Zebulon, Georgia to pick up some parts off of this 1965 Jeep Wagoneer. Specifically I went for the "rhino" grill to retrofit onto my Wagoneer.
Mr McDonell owns this 1965 Wagoneer, he inherited it from his Dad after he passed away in 1976. A few years after that he drove it around his farm, until parking the Wagoneer in his cow pasture sometime in the 1980's where it sits until today. Now, he is parting the Jeep out as time has taken it's rusty toll on the body.
It was a real pleasure to meet Mr McDonell. He talked of how much his father loved this Jeep and used to try to "make it across the swamp on the back of the property in it." The Jeep is powered by a 230 Tornado, a visually beautiful engine, but often described as underpowered and problematic. Although many argue that bad reputation is not true. Mr McDonell said that, while the engine was not powerful, it ran good and faithfully, and got around 15 miles-per-gallon. This particular engine was parked at only 60,000 original miles, and has been preserved using diesel fuel.