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Parmley Engineering’s Jeep Replacement Body

As many of you know, I am very curious about the fiberglass aftermarket bodies made for the jeep.  While I’ve seen most models for sale over the years, I have yet to run across Parmley Engineering’s fiberglass body, one of the more unique ones ever created.

After wrecking his CJ-5 in the early 1970s, Californian Tom Parmley, a machinist by trade, decided to build himself a better body for his still-good chassis.  He wanted the body to legally accommodate  wider tires, a dash box with more room, a hood that was lower, and other features.  So, he built and tested his dream body with great success.  Along the way, he received so much positive feedback that he created a kit so others could easily install a Parmley body on their CJ-5 Chassis.

So far, I have only located two resources that document this body.  One is the February 1974 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine, which featured a multi-page article about the new body.  Additionally, at least two issues of Four Wheeler Magazine also have ads for the Parmley body kit.  The other resource is a June 1975 Popular Mechanics article.  The Pop-Mech article also shows off the fiberglass top he invented (at least I assume it is fiberglass).

Here are a couple publicity photos taken by Tom Parley and published in the Feb 1974 issue of Four Wheeler:

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This image shows the Parmley with a top and is from Popular Mechanics.  Note the top example sports Desert Dogs …



10 Comments on “Parmley Engineering’s Jeep Replacement Body

  1. mike kern

    I have met the man himself (Tom Parmley) and seen his personal Parmley bodied jeep. Unfortunately he passed four years ago.

  2. Deilers


    I would be very interested to learn more about Tom and the Parmley. Any idea how many bodies were sold? What happened to his personal Parmley?

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  3. Jack

    I have an untouched original Parmley body, had plans to buy a cj 5 but medical issues got in the way. Interested in all offers, remember, UNTOUCHED never assembled
    Jack 619-454-4220

  4. Les Hart

    I remember Tom very well. He was my best friend from 6th grade to graduation from Dominguez high school in 1965. When his father Bill pasted away of a heart attack Tom took over the machine shop. Tom converted it to making the Parmley. He tried to market it with little success. Tom later died of a bad heart like his father. I have always missed him. He was a good person. Thanks, Les Hart

  5. David Eilers

    Thanks for the heart-felt memories Les. The Parmley is one of those little know stories, so it can be hard to dig up details on it.

    – Dave

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