Re: FC-170 DRW purchase!
Posted by Bill Reiss on 7/2/2012, 14:56:02, in reply to "Re: FC-170 DRW purchase!"
Glad to hear you are into the Tux's too!
There are no sources that I know of for specific Tuxedo Park trim, most of the pieces are the same as CJ-5 except they are chromed. The emblems can sometimes be found on ebay, but I haven't seen any in years. The rear license plate holder/light is worth its weight in unobtanium.
The springs are special to the vehicle, they are dual rate (really soft/then very hard if pushed beyond their limit) and not being commercially reproduced. Spring material is grooved, and very visually different than CJ-5. I think the FC might have used grooved springs too on some models. My springs are somewhere in North Dakota right now being "replicated" by someone who says they can do it. I am NOT looking forward to the bill from that guy. I may have to market the Tux springs in the future if there is enough demand.
www.earlycj5.com has the info on the Tux. I also bought tons of original brochures that detail the differences. They marketed the hell outta the Tux, but they just didn't sell them. btw, the Tuxedo Park is also identified as CJ-5A in factory literature.
Very late 65 and 1966/7 Dauntless V6 models are the best. My '65 is a Hurricane unfortunately.... and the VIN is specific to the Tux and to the engine, so you cant fake one.
Here is my gallery of my Tuxedo Park rebuild in progress now. The springs are holding me up, but the assembly will hopefully soon get moving once they arrive. We just started rebuilding the body.
LINK TO CJ-5A pics
Call or email me any time,
Inspirational pic on left, my Jeep as I found it on right.....
: Bill, I'm planning on trading a Jeepster for a
: Tuxedo Park soon (one wreck for another.)
: It's pretty stripped, meaning there's not
: much of the trim on it, though the emblem
: holes are in the hood. Do you have any
: Tuxedo Park parts for sale? Do you know who
: reproduces the trim pieces. I want to learn
: what makes a Jeep a Tuxedo Park Mark IV.
: **Steve E.**
: --Previous Message--
: Hi guys,
: I am not new to Willys, but just bought my
: first FC... it is a '59 FC-170 DRW 4-speed.
: I am very happy to have this FC, I have ben
: searching for a DRW truck for a while. The
: last one to come for sale (within reason)
: was 3 miles from my house, but the ad I
: found was 2 years old and the owner had it
: crushed by the time I called him. Bummer.
: My new truck's pic is attached below (if it
: Some interesting discoveries already:
: 1. This is a 4-speed truck and the GVWR on
: the tag (pass seat area) shows 8000 lbs.
: Shouldn't it be 9k?
: 2. The wheels are painted blue like the body
: and appear to be the original paint. I
: thought these were all black or white.
: Most seem to be white.
: 3. My truck is missing the passenger seat,
: so I am in the market for one of those.
: I hope to restore this thing as soon as my
: '65 Tuxedo Park CJ-5A is completed, but I
: will probably start tearing this one down in
: advance since the p.o. removed and
: disassembled the motor already.
: If the pic doesn't work, you can see my
: project pic and updates here:
: Talk soon,
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