1959 Willys Jeep Fully Restored to Original

1959 Willys CJ-5 Jeep

Condition: Used
Make: Willys
Model: CJ-5
SubModel: Jeep
Type: Convertible
Year: 1959
Mileage: 300
VIN: 57548 84586
Color: Red
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: 4WD
Interior color: Red
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Quakertown, Pennsylvania, United States
4-Wheel Drive, Convertible

Description for Willys CJ-5 1959

Regretfully selling my beloved 1959 Willys Jeep CJ5. This Jeep has been 100% disassembled and restored to original condition. All steel body with absolutely no rust whatsoever. Frame was sandblasted and painted with POR-15, nd every detail has been taken care of.
Here is all the information...
  • Fully restored 100%
  • All steel body. Painted in President Red (the original color) using base coat/clear coat and hand polished to a mirror shine
  • Original engine and drive train -- F-head 4 cyl engine with 3 speed manual transmission, wheel drive with high/low range
  • Beautifully upholstered seats matching the original style, olor, nd stitching
  • Kept as original as possible down to the vacuum wiper motor (passenger wiper is manual)
  • 5 brand new radial tires
  • Completely rewired using reproduction original style wiring harness
  • Everything mechanical has been gone through and rebuilt or replaced
  • Draws a crowd at car shows and parking lots
  • Seat belts were added, lthough not required by law.
  • Kept it as original as I could. The only modernization or customization I did was the use of stainless hardware for appearance, adial tires, nd Petronix electronic ignition conversion.
  • Extensive research went into making this as original as possible. Research revealed the correct color of the paint, he windshield frame (semi-gloss black), he upholstery, nd even the headlight buckets. Every possible attempt was made to make this as perfect an example of an original 1959 Willys CJ5 as humanly possible.
  • It's an old Jeep so needless to say there are a few leaks. Mostly the front differential (which I honestly believe mostly comes from the breather cap) and transfer case. As for the transfer case, think the pinion needs to be removed and some sealant put on the splines.
  • The vacuum wiper motor barely works. It has a leak and parts are not available for them. I have a couple of spare motors but never got around to rebuilding them. Since I never drive it in the rain, was not motivated to spend time on it.
  • It is the original drive train so don't plan on driving down the freeway at 70 MPH. Top speed is about 50. Remember, his has the original manual steering and non-power brakes so wouldn't want to go any faster anyway. That said, he will cruise down a four lane at 50 MPH quite nicely. No shakes, himmies, r pulling.
  • The paint is very nice, ell above average. I'd give it an A- because there are a few blemishes but hardly noticeable. There is one scratch next to the tailgate that is visible in the photos. There is a paint blemish on the driver's side under the JEEP logo -- tried to get a picture but it wouldn't show up, hich tells you how hard it is to spot.
  • The Jeep starts and runs like a top. However, t is slightly cold blooded and takes a while to get warmed up. Once warmed up, hough, t runs like a sewing machine.
  • Gauge cluster was replaced with an original OEM model with zero miles on the odometer. Has about 300 miles on it now. Fuel gauge works fine but the temperature gauge does not seem to work so an aftermarket one was added below the dash along with an oil pressure gauge (originally just had an idiot light for oil pressure, hich works but I don't trust it.)
  • Occasionally has a vibration coming from, think, he clutch. Happens when the clutch is disengaged and the engine is idle. Does not happen all the time and is very random. Goes away when the clutch pedal is released and then pushed in again. Again, ery random.
  • Ripple in the right front fender. I'm not sure when and where this happened but I tried to highlight it in the last photo.

I have receipts, aperwork, nd lots of photos of the restoration process. Please ask me if you have any questions. Jeep is located north of Philadelphia and you are welcome to come check it out before you buy. If buyer wants it shipped, will gladly work with the shipper but buyer will have to make all the arrangements.
I spent two years restoring this Jeep. I truly hate to sell it. Why am I selling? Now that it is done, want another project but do not have room in the garage. I guess I can't have my cake and eat it too :(
I restored this myself and did everything except the upholstery, andblasting, nd transmission rebuild. A machine shop did all the engine block work including boring the cylinders and turning the crank. Head was gone through by the machine shop and had new valve guides installed, ew camshaft, ew valves, tc. Engine is better than new. This was not restored by a professional shop. However, his was not my first build and I take pride in my work. You will not be disappointed.
  • Brand new soft top, till in the box and never installed.
  • Misc parts and accessories. I have the original heater controls. Heater box was reinstalled but without the heater core. Controls were never reinstalled or restored.
This Jeep is not perfect. It is not Concours quality but it is show quality. If you find a more perfect example for the same price then buy it because you would be getting one hell of a deal.
Please do not insult me with low ball offers. I do not need to sell. I have over $20K invested and I am already taking a loss at the buy-it-now price. I am willing to consider reasonable offers.