'84 Custom-Built Toy'
Daniel Benoit of Auburn, California, converted his '84 Toyota 2WD to a custom 4x4 with some really trick work. Beginning with the engine, Daniel installed an LC Engineering stroker motor that generates 185 hp, a Toyota turbo transmission, and a Marlin dual transfer case for Low-gear 'crawling. The stock Toy' frontend was torn and replaced with a Dana 44. The front and rear differentials were geared to 5:29, an ARB locker was installed for traction, and chrome-moly axleshafts were installed for unbreakable dependability. The rear axlehousing was converted to a GM 12-bolt with full floater axles and a spool for locked traction. On the exterior, he added a flatbed with a six-point rollcage, an 8,000-pound winch on a custom front bumper, and 38X12.50R15 TSL Super Swampers with 15X12-inch Rockcrawler wheels.
Raymond Holland of Immokalee, Florida, is a true enthusiast if only because he just had to have two Jeeps. He purchased this '99 TJ to complement his '03 Rubicon. The Jeep was stock when he bought it, but with the help of TAPS Automotive, he modified the TJ to keep up with his Rubicon. His modifications included installing ARB Lockers front and rear with 4:88 differential gears, a Skyjacker 4-inch lift, a Rock Ready automatic transmission oil pan, and skidplates from Essentials. Other modifications include a Go There Engineering front bumper, Rock Crawler wheels with 35x12.5R15 BFG Mud-Terrains, Turbo City rock rails, a Cobra CB radio, a Jeep Box, a tie rod from Tri County Gear, a Mims rear bumper with tire carrier, a K&N Air Filter, a 9500i Warn winch, and a rubber duck from Toys 'R' Us.
We guess there was nothing on the market unique enough for Paul Foster, so he had to create a 'crawler of his own. It took three years of hard work and a total of $20,000 for Paul to complete this masterpiece. He began by using Dana 44s front and rear donated from a Jeep Cherokee, ARB Air Lockers were added for traction, the differentials were geared to 5:89, and Mosure axles were installed. The axles have CTM U-joints on all four corners, and for braking power the rig features four-wheel disk brakes and stainless steel brake lines. The differentials were cut and flipped upside down for additional ground clearance - and to fit the motor in its proper place. The CJ-5 leaf springs are from Rancho and give the vehicle 1-1/2 inches of lift. The tires are 44-inch Super Swampers mounted on 15X12-inch Rockcrawler wheels. The engine is a 2.5L Chevy with custom headers and a Rochester two-barrel carburetor. The transmission is an SM 420, and the transfer case is a Spicer 18 with a 3:15 Low-gear ratio. The amphibious vehicle is watertight and travels through the wet stuff with a 10-inch propeller. A Warn winch was mounted up front for recovery, and the rig is street legal - at least that's what Paul tells us.
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