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Grill Guards... Homemade Or Company?

Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by ElkRiverMafia, Jul 19, 2019.

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  1. Jul 19, 2019
    ElkRiverMafia

    ElkRiverMafia New Member

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    I have a 1965 CJ5 that has what looks like a homemade grill guard on the front. At first I wasn’t crazy about it but it has really grown on me. Not to mention it’s welded to the frame so it’s not like I can just take it off. That being said, my son and I were watching Smokey and the Bandit, and I noticed a Jeep in the film that has a very similar set up. It just has me curious if there was a company back in the 70s that made customized grill guards or is it just a coincidence? It’s crazy that I’ve seen this movie a million times and just now realized the bumper on this Jeep. Does anyone know anything about these? Anyone have a similar setup on their CJ? If so I would love to see some pics!

    Thanks!
    - Jake

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    My 65 CJ5
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    CJ from the film
     
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    Hellion

    Hellion Rust covered & junky

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    Not sure but it reminds me of the massive grilles they put on semi's in Australia. More like cattle guards which is what they are.

    Show us more pics of your Jeep.
     
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    PeteL

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    "Roo Bars..." for high speed impacts with kangaroos.

    This reminds me of the brush-guards used by hunters in Texas and similar territory. Might have been a regional aftermarket supplier?
     
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    TIm E

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    I'm not sure about the brush guards, but now you got me needing to watch Smokey and the Bandit again...likely followed by looking for Trans Ams on Craigslist :cool:
     
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    mike starck

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    Grill guard on a '71 renegade II seen in east Oregon. This is a ranch jeep that probably benefited from the extra protection. Aftermarket item more than likely installed at dealership 1971 renegade and 2014 deer hunt 001.JPG
     
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    Alan28

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    Something to push cattle probably... try it!
     
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    Alan28

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    Or to push trolleys in a factory, something industrial. But you don't need it.
     
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    ElkRiverMafia

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    Haha even though I live next to a cattle farm that might be frowned upon!
     
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    ElkRiverMafia

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    Yeah that’s what I was wondering. Just never have seen anymore like it. Thanks for the reply!
     
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    ElkRiverMafia

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    mike starck

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    They are useful for slow moving cows,deer,elk,horses,sage brush,tree limbs, etc. Only limited to the imagination. I think that one is cool.I would consider one on my renegade if I ever found one like that.
     
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    Alan28

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    But, is it allowed to drive with this on open roads ?
     
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    mike starck

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    Are you asking about the brush guard ? They are common item on trucks . Not kosher in your country?
     
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    Alan28

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    I believe that it is forbidden. the idea is to protect people walking.Years ago these safari protection against buffalos were in fashion. You cannot add anything except when agreed before. Probably same in US A.
     
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    mike starck

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    NO not the same. No restriction on grill guards. I would rather hit a deer with the grill guard than have it come thru my windshield.
     
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    ITLKSEZ

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    I used to do some work at a horse farm in NJ. The owner had an old CJ7 with a huge guard out front to protect it from horse kicks.
     
  17. Jul 23, 2019
    Dave B

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    Not like the OP, but works in the woods and brush of northern Minnesota. Also pushes pedestrians--lol. Homeshop-built on my CJ7.
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