Featured Member of the Week: Eddie Johnson

1966 CJ5

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Well, I’m 34 and have been working in electronic circuit production and design for the past 18 years.  I’ve never taken any automotive courses and everything has been self taught by reading and research.  Wheels and a motor is purely a hobby for me and I always have at least one “under construction”.  I’m looking forward to someday building a 1920’s 5-seater touring convertible into a hot rod.

How did you first get interested in this hobby/passion?

I’ve always been a car nut.  I’ve been tinkering and customizing all my vehicles since I was 16.  The modifications have become increasing more difficult and expensive over the years but my taste has also circled back to a more mellow style.  If I can’t distinctly pick out my vehicle in a crowd, it needs to change.

Jeep Wrangler CJ5

What Rides do you currently own?

I currently own two daily drivers, a 2003 Cadillac CTS and a 2012 Dodge Journey R/T.  My toys are my 66 CJ5 and my Harley XL1200 Chopper.

Harley 2009 XL1200N

What do you like most about your Cool Rides?

To me, a Jeep is the ultimate ride, especially in the Northwest.  You have the versatility of an amazing 4×4 in the bad weather and the ultimate convertible in the summer.  The Harley is a whole other world.  There is nothing better than your knees in the wind on a summer day.

2009 Harley

What is the best memory you have with your favorite ride?

When I was 22, I bought a 1992 Nissan 300ZX.  After some engine tweaks, I had just over 400RWHP coming out.  A buddy and I hopped in and took a 1300 mile road trip from Spokane, Washington to Edmonton, Alberta.  Definitely a road trip neither of us will ever forget.

Jeep Wrangler CJ5

How do you store your ride(s) during infrequent use, and what maintenance tips can you provide for readers?

I am fortunate enough to have a heated garage to store my off season vehicles.  Biggest things I have learned is to get them off the ground to reduce stress on joints, trickle charge that battery and properly treat your fuel.

What was the first car you ever owned?

My first vehicle was a 1981 Datsun Pickup.  2 wheel drive, white, standard cab with fat tires and baby moons.

Jeep Wrangler CJ5

What is/was the BEST car ever made?

I don’t know if it’s necessarily the “best” car ever made but certainly my favorite, the Third Generation Series 62 Cadillac.  I’ll take a 1949 2-door convertible, please.

What is/was the WORST car ever made?

The US released Renault Le Car has to be one of the worst cars ever.


How did you first hear about the Cool Rides Online website?

A friend of mine on Facebook had commented on some photos.

Jeep Wrangler CJ5

Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?

I love learning new things and being involved in technical discussions.  Some of the most knowledgeable people are there are the ones you least expect.