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1942 GPW - Trail Rigs

Posted in Features on August 1, 2003
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'42 FlattyFor as long as he can remember, Lance Capener from Plain City, Utah, has been a Jeep enthusiast, and he's created some fantastic Jeeps over the years. His newest creation is this '42 GPW, "at least that's what it was when it began its life," says Lance. This little project 'wheeler took Lance and his wife Nancy five years to make it just the way they wanted it. They began modifying the Jeep by stretching it 17 inches and installing early Ford Bronco leaf springs front and rear, arched for a 4-1/2-inch lift. A Ford 289ci engine, a C4 automatic transmission, and a Dana 20 transfer case were also installed. The front axle is a Dana 44 with 4.88 gears and a Detroit locker, and the rear axle is a Ford 9-inch also with 4.88 gears and a Detroit locker. Numerous other modifications make this dependable '42 flat fender the pride of Lance's garage.

Ideal TJVal DeSantis has spent quite a few years building this '97 TJ into the ideal Jeep. Over the years, Val completed this awesome trail toy with hard work and dedication. For 'crawling, he added an Atlas II transfer case with 3.8 gearing. Dependable Tom Wood custom driveshafts transfer power to a Currie 9-inch Ford axle in the rear and to the Dana 30 up front with Warn alloy axles; both front and rear axles are geared at 4.56 and have ARB lockers. The suspension was built up with Teraflex 4-inch springs and a Rubicon Express long arm kit. Body armor includes Bulletproof bumpers front and rear. Other modifications include a K&N FIPK kit, Mastercraft seats, a Wilderness roof rack, a Jeep Box, a Drycell battery, and KC Highlites.

Pride in OwnershipRoss Adam's of Tigard, Oregon, loves his '99 TJ, taking it out on the trail as often as possible. The modifications on this TJ include a 1-inch body lift and 2-inch coil spacers, FourXDoctor rocker panels, a Poweraid throttle-body spacer, a Rock-it Parts air tube, a K&N air filter, and 15x10s wrapped with 15x10.5R15 BFG Mud-Terrain tires.

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