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Fun In Jeep Never Land

Posted in Events on April 19, 2013
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Despite what you may think, working at Jp is not all glory, fancy Jeep goodies, sexy Jeep groupies, and constant wheeling. We wish. There are Jeep groupies, but they are usually older men with less hair on their heads and more hair on their backs. That is not at all our idea of sexy. Eww! Honestly, we do get to play with cool parts, and occasionally go to various off-road events around the country. But unfortunately for us, we are usually behind the controls of something made by Canon or Nikon rather than our latest project vehicles. Okay, it ain’t a bad gig, and you won’t catch us complaining about our jobs…much. That’s because all of us on the editorial staff of Jp are cuckoo Jeep nuts just like you readers. We love our jobs, we love Jeeps, and one of the true highlights of the job is getting to go wheeling for work.

So it’s not hard to imagine that when Stan Prueitt—he of Four Wheeler magazine’s Top Truck Challenge fame and owner of the big green 6x6 Dodge truck known as T-Rex—asked us if we wanted to be a part of some trail runs in Moab last October, we dropped everything, jumped in the Jeep, and headed for Utah. Stan, along with lots of other Utah locals, likes to hit the trials in Moab in October, and these Utonians, Utahinians, Utah…inhabiting people really know how to have fun. Also, Stan was unveiling his new 6x6 TJ-based Zombie Killer trail rig, and we had to see that for sure! Follow along as we show you the adventure of Moab…not at Easter Jeep Safari and with Moab locals…sort of.

OK, most people don’t like chrome on Jeeps. We feel like it has its applications and is perfectly acceptable if not overdone. Take for example the chrome grille on Kirk Fackrell’s ’86 CJ-7. Kirk, who is from Salt Lake City, wheels the orange Jeep like a pro. It’s powered by a ’95 Chevy 350 with throttle-body injection hooked to a TH700R4, Dana 300, Dana 44 with chromoly axles and CTM U-joints (front) and a Dana 60 (rear). Careful observers will notice that this CJ-7 is not stock CJ-7 length. You are right; Kirk stretched the Jeep about 10 inches and did most of the bodywork himself.
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The Zombie Killer
Hunting zombies has never been an easy job, but Stan Prueitt is as prepared to slay the brain hungry un-dead as anyone on earth. Stan is an efficiency expert and a tactical martial arts trainer in his home town of Ogden, Utah, when he is not building six-wheel-drive trail rigs or serving as a judge at Four Wheeler’s Top Truck Challenge event. We have no idea what the first part of that last sentence means, but you can be sure that we want Stan on our side when the zombies come a calling…or if we are in need of advice on feng shui. Helping him with this job is his customized ’98 6x6 TJ known as the Zombie Killer. Here is some more detail on the awesome six-wheeled Jeep.

Stan’s Zombie Killer is a union of two TJs: a ’98 and the back of a ’97. Stan built the Jeep as a smaller version of his infamous T-Rex 6x6 Dodge truck. The Jeep is also much more family friendly than the Dodge is with seating for six. We love the look of the dual rear axles when the Jeep gets all flexy.
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