To Top

Parmley Project Loveland, CO eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Ted share this from eBay. It was for sale this summer, but must have sold. Now it’s being resold. It’s still a project.

“For Sale. 1970 Parmley Jeep Body. THIS AUCTION IS FOR THE BODY, TOP, DOORS, AND ANYTHING ELSE PERTAINING TO THE BODY (Chassis not Included). I will consider selling the Chassis and drivetrain.

This body has had one owner since it was new till recent years. The Jeep was never been finished just stored away since the 70’s. Its in excellent shape. There is no damage at all except a spot where the hood fell and chipped the gel coat. Original Decal on Drivers Side. Door frames are included but have never had upholstery on them. This would make a really cool Old School Jeep.”

View all the information on eBay





Continue reading

To Top

Parmley Bodied Jeep Canton, OH Call for Price

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s • TAGS: , .

John bought this Parmley-bodied jeep in Canton, Ohio, from an elderly couple who have since passed. He purchased it and is interested in reselling it to someone who wants an interesting project. Having the hardtop is very rare.

“It has the 225 Buick Dauntless engine with holley 4 barrel and it runs.
It belonged to an older couple whom has passed on.
There was no title but there was a tag in the glove box for a 1973.
I was going to put it on Ebay. I am not really interested in restoring it.
If you no some one that would be interested in it…Pass it along. Call me at 330-284-3600.”


To Top

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:

1974-02-four-wheeler-parmely1-lores 1974-02-four-wheeler-parmely2-lores 1974-02-four-wheeler-parmely3-lores

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


To Top

A Kaiser-Jeep Bolide XJ-002 Video

• CATEGORIES: Features, videos

I stumbled onto the below video of the Bolide XJ-002 after doing some searches based on the post related to the XJ-001. The video is part of a larger All-Par article (see more photos here).

Now I’m wondering if the Parmely body was based originally on this XJ-002 body design. The Parmley looks like it’s a little more practical, convertible version of the XJ-002.

Unlike the XJ-002, which was designed on a Jeepster Commando chassis, the XJ-001 was atop a CJ-5 chassis. The Parmely was also designed to fit a CJ-5 chassis, so its lines couldn’t be as long nor sleek as the XJ-002.

The video isn’t the most compelling piece of work, but it manages to record some unusual history. As of 2010, this vehicle was reportedly undergoing restoration.

To Top

Parmely Bodied Jeep on Four Wheeler Cover

• CATEGORIES: Features

I was looking through back issues of Four Wheeler Magazine on eBay and spotted this Parmley bodied jeep on the front cover of the May 1978 issue. I didn’t purchase the back issue, but it sounds like there’s a full article on it. I’m guessing that the article is titled “Super Trick Jungle Jeep”.