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November 2004 Trail Rigs

Posted in Features on December 27, 2006
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'Wheeling Patriot
Luke Hauf sent us this image of his '82 CJ-7 just before his deployment to Okinawa, Japan. The fighting Seabee is attached to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 out of Gulfport, Mississippi. Luke's second passion, right behind serving this great country, is 'wheeling out on the trail. This is a shot of him 'wheeling his CJ in Alabama at this year's Freedom Off-Roads Memorial Day Run.

The First Sport Utility
John Omartian from La Crescentia, California, sent us this image of his '52 Willys four-wheel-drive station wagon. Some would say this is America's first sport utility vehicle. John did an awesome job restoring and building the Willys, which included a Chevy 350 V-8. Other modifications included installing a Dana 60 in the rear and Dana 44 up front, and fitting both axles with Detroit Lockers.

Lil' Indian
After building his '93 Cherokee from bone-stock to trail extreme completely by himself, Steve Atkinson from Conway, Arkansas, is very proud of his '93 Jeep Cherokee. Steve installed the 5-1/2-inch Rubicon Express Extreme Duty lift and completed an array of custom-fabbed modifications to get him where he wants to go out on the trail.

First Jeep
Having never owned an off-road vehicle before, Carey Chitwood of Stillwater, Oklahoma, was introduced to the sport and soon thereafter bought a '98 Jeep Wrangler. As no surprise to us, her favorite pastime is now four-wheeling. She jokingly calls her TJ the Chrome Queen, but is very proud of the fact that she takes it out on the trail and uses it. Have fun, Carey.

Capable Cherokee
Grant Dixon's versatile '87 is equally at home as a daily driver in Denver plowing through the snow as it is climbing every obstacle in Moab. Grant has completed quite a buildup on his XJ, including a Token 5-inch suspension system. The old Jeep's odometer turned over to 215,000 miles last October, with no end in sight of its trail career.

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