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.”
This Parmley Engineering ad appeared on the back of January 1974 issue of Four Wheeler Magazine.
Bob wasn’t sure what this vehicle was when he photographed it in 2008, but now we know. Here’s a Parmley bodied jeep in the wild.
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 issue of Four Wheeler:
This image shows the Parmley with a top and is from Popular Mechanics. Note the top example sports Desert Dogs …