This is a tribute to Blue, one of my six favorite jeeps (we have six CJs, all 1982-1983, I would have rated Blue in the top three). She was a good jeep, but sadly she’s no more. It’s hard to see a beauty like this go out.
Actually I was the last one to drive Blue, and something in the engine compartment caught fire as I was taking a group down Rampart Range Rd. just above Balanced Rock, exactly a year ago today. You can see in some of the pictures where the fire fed off the paint on the top of the hood. I wish we had spent the money to put her back in commission but sadly it’s not to be, it seems. She’s just sitting at the lot now, there for whenever we need a part to keep the other five CJs running and so far has donated a windshield and a gas tank to other jeeps.
Personally I’d rather drive one of the old carbureted jeeps any day but I’m in the minority. I had many drivers (tired old guys) congratulate me on killing Blue off and asking if I could do the same for Bulldog and the others. Ugh…
I didn’t have my camera with me that day (it’s become a bit of a superstition for me since), but evidently one of my passengers took a pic with her iphone, and one of my fellow jeep drivers got a hold of it. I post it below, but do not own the image: