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Darrell Mac Kay

before restoration

after restoration at 2015 JJ Rally

In the mid 1960's I was a salesman and used car manager at Melody Oldsmobile in Gladstone. Next door was a Jeep dealership owned by Walt Boone, club member number, late teens? He sold the Jeep franchise to us at the Oldsmobile dealership and along with that we got Jim Neill as Jeep Service Manager and Ed Holbrook as head Jeep mechanic. I became very interested and successful in selling Jeeps and had a CJ5 as a demonstrator. Jim Neill also had one, so I was invited to go on a few monthly Jeep runs. Jim already was a member and he invited me to join the club. I wasn't sure if I'd be accepted because I didn't really own a Jeep and who knows how long I'd be selling Jeeps. So 50 years ago, when I was 24 I joined the Jolly Jeepers, so much for my longevity. In 1969 the dealership sold and I moved on to a couple other dealerships, but I needed a Jeep to stay in the club, so in 1970 I bought my CJ3A. It was rough similar to the picture of it here in green. I pulled the 4 banger out and Ed put the 225 C.I. Buick V-6 in. He also added the Warn Overdrive, locked front end, full cage roll bar, scatter shield bell housing, one piece tie rod, Holbrook Springs and many hours of tinkering. I think it's had at least 4 tops, and 3 complete paint jobs. I neglected it for 2-3 years in the early 2000's, hence the picture of it here in green. Both of my kids learned to drive in it, and my wife was quite successful in drag racing it at 4Wheel Drive racing events in the 70's and 80's.

Darrell Mac Kay, #38, Since 1968