This weekend my Buddy, Mike, and I headed up to visit friend Scott Roberts in NJ. The purposes of the trip were multiple. I wanted to see how Scott’s WW2 Weapons Carrier restoration was coming along, and I wanted to pick up sheetmetal that Army Jeep Parts had ordered for us. When Scott picked up the metal from AJP he and George Baxter (owner of AJP) chatted for a bit and realised that George and I had never met in person. Thus George offered for us to come and visit on Saturday.
I use AJP as my primary parts dealer because of George’s in depth knowledge, and because he truly believes in doing projects correctly. To do a project correctly one must have the right parts. George seems to search the world making sure he has the best reproduction or N.O.S. parts available for his customers. Sheet metal is mostly produced in the U.S. to exacting standards.
I have heard some folks complain that AJP is a bit pricier, but this is a world of you get what you pay for. If you want to purchase a Philippine made part which does not fit right, save a few bucks, and spend hours cursing the god of Jeeps because the part does not fit right, then that is your prerogative. (By the way, it is not the god of Jeeps fault! His name is Willys and he splits his time between Toledo, OH and Butler, PA)
George let us wander his well organised scrapyard, and then showed us his 1960 Austin Healey which he has around 2300 hours into at this point. This is an amazing car which will be lovely to see on the road. The AJP workshop and warehouse are well organised, and host a wide array of rebuilt original parts, restorable original parts and more. Jeep Heaven honestly. A few of my favorite items were the Wall of Jeeps pictured below, George’s 1941 Willys which he purchased in 1984, and an original crated WW2 engine.
Enjoy the photos below (the first is of George and I). There are more to come. Many thanks to George for his help, humor, and hospitality.
George, an original WW2 crated engine, and myself