Long story........ I read this ad: In my minds eye I could envision all of the Jeeps details...... This jeep should have large front parking lamps, the late type taillights, a two speed windshield wiper, arched windshield glass........ My imajination began actively searching the corners of my mind to extract every minute detail thats normal for a 1969 CJ-5. I called the seller up to get his input and in almost no time I was on my way to his domain.. Driving through the countryside I envisioned lots of potential parts for plunder. Components I might utilize here or there on one of my favorite projects. Besides that I needed to test if my mental picture of a 1969 CJ-5 for accuracy. I was soon about to see this jeep and put my imajination to a serious test. After locating the garage in a back alley I pulled in. Introductions were short, I went straight to it. Well almost, I thought my garage was a mess. After wading past everything from baby diapers to chop saws and old pizza boxes, I made it over to the rolling chassis. Moving the boxes of clothing about I could now see some detail. My first impressions were somewhat muted. The components seemed substantially different from my awareness of the typical 1969 componentry. Something very strange about the rear axle.... It was way too heavily built. I saw no indication it was even a model 44. Then noticed it was a flanged axle. What is this thing I wondered ? Was this an IH Scout axle ?. I measured across its width. I tried to find the axle tags but they were missing. The owner stated that he removed them and cleaned them on the wire wheel but they were currently misplaced. I asked 4.88 ? and he says no 4.89. No time to linger it was getting dark outside and the light was poor. I noticed the front carrier cover was loose, barely hanging on. He tells me the gears look real good. They have no rust. Then he tells me how this jeep sat for 14 years in the woods before he bought it. I'm thinking this jeep is 40 years old now and he has already accounted for about half its life. That's 14 years sitting outdoors plus 5 in his garage. I kept on mentally noting the details I saw. I noticed the frame overall has a very light coat of rust and appears perfectly straight except for the front bumper that was obviously tugged on many, many times before. But wait just a minute I never once in my life saw a frame like this one. This frame had gussets under every spring pivot bracket. And even the front frame channel was factory boxed all the wat to the bumper. Now I am immediately starting to think...Major find ? Something Special ? Except for an oil pan/skid plate the engine was a normal D-225. It was nearly complete, missing only the air pump and air filter. He said he pop started it before tearing into it and it ran good. I reserved my serious doubts about that manuver. I noticed this rig has the cable type clutch control. I was surprized but not floored. I had once before seen factory cable control clutch on a 1968 CJ-5. Well it was getting dark already so we go over to the next garage to see the body and top. I went straight to the serial number plate and wrote the number down. Luckily the build date tag was intact and clearly stated SEPT. 1969. Immediately I realize this should be a 1970 Jeep shouldn't it ? I seriously begin thinking this jeep is something very special. I get this weak sick tremble in my knees. He said outloud "the whole jeep was repainted this God awful puke color". That was a fact indeed ! I was now determined to find its original shade but alas the trim tag is missing. After inspecting the grille I see its original paint was definately a bright orange. I had no flash light with me and so its time to go home. I didn't sleep much that night. I stayed awake pondering over and over just what it was that I saw. I came to the estimation he might not know the correct year of the title and was only repeating the build date seen on the dash. By now I'm starting to think RENEGADE I .No that's way too rare. Wake up and go to sleep. Next day same problem I could not get it off my mind. So I tempered my thoughts . Not knowing anything about the 1969 model 462 I fantasized perhaps it could be that. Or was this the 1969 CAMPER SPECIAL ? I realized I had to rule out the 1969 Camper Special because this Jeep originally sported a Meyers full cab. So I pondered over the possability of the unknown 462 and the rarely seen Renegade I. I logged onto the ECJ-5 for facts but the site had just gone down a couple days before. No help and that only added to the quessy feeling I could not shake everytime that jeep entered my mind. That very next afternoon I could bear it no more I just had to know what I saw. Luckily for me he says he was working in his garage that day so I should come on over again. Another hour drive time. Time to line up all my ducks in a row. I knew I had to rule out RENEGADE I if possible. So when I got there I was ready for more detail. First back to the frame for posative ID of the components. The axle I estimated it must be a model 44 with flanged shafts A special heavy duty version. One well rusted tag still remaioned in original location on the rear axle. I surmized from this tags specific location that this jeep is likely equipped with Trac Lok. I pulled the cover of the front and numbers 8 ~ 39 confirmed its a 4.88 ratio. Then It dawned on me the matching rear would be a 44 ~ 9 or 4.89 ratio Next I scoured the unusual power train. The transfer case had a very unusual factory system of mounting. The transmission support and TC snubber insulators were not typical. What's up I thought I never ever saw that before. Anyway I knew the frame to be special Heavy Duty. By the way did I mention the 12 leaf springs on the front and 13 leaf springs on the rear ? From reading parts catalogs I new those werre Eaton HD springs. And of all things this jeep sported 4 of the original 15" x 8" steel wheels. He tells me the 10 X 15 " tires were purported to be the originals by the previous owner. One look at those worn out agressive lug tires says yes they certainly could be the original rubber.. Now its time for me to check the body for Renegade I details. Apparently when it was thoroughly painted 20 some years ago a bit of light body work was involved. I could find no evidence that RENEGADE I decals had ever been installed. Scars indicated that the hood was worked over somewhat. On to the amperes and oil gauges. The unique amp gauge was there in its correct location as was the oil pressure gauge. The oil gauge was the original. So far this jeep looks as I imasgined a Renegade I should look. I made him an offer and left thinking he was wanting to sell. On the ride home I recalled that the rear of this jeep sported swing out tire brackets. Perhaps the remainder of the carrier was somewere in that pile called a garage. Now I am convinced this is just too much coincidence. This must be an original very early built Renegade I. I have begun to scour my W 1195 - R 2 for Renegade details I find several items specific to Renegade I and II. Two items in particular that catch my attention. Of particulart interest is the swing away rear tire carrier that according to the 1971 parts catalog was only for the Renegade I. Also I notice that the Renegade jeeps are credited with a distinct wiring harnesses. More on this Renegade specific info later.