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05024wd 01z+1972 Jeep CJ5+Front Drivers Side View Slanted On Rocks

Some Jeeps never die. No matter how much they're beat on, rusted, ignored, or abandoned, some Jeeps just don't have the word quit in their vocabulary. Such is the case with Jason Scherer's '72 CJ-5. Starting its life before Jason's, the Jeep fell into his hands when he was 16, and he hasn't let it go since. Surviving endless runs through the Rubicon trail and even a brief stint on the other side of the law after it was stolen and eventually recovered, the Jeep went on to become a leading contender in professional rockcrawling competitions. During those times, Jason's CJ experienced multiple rebuilds, as he made tweaks to increase its competitive prowess and the rocks made tweaks in an effort to hold it back. After a stunning season running CalRocs, Jason eventually retired the old rig and set out to restore it to its original glory.

When all was said and done, Jason realized that the CJ was a better daily driver and trail Jeep than ever before. Jason 'wheels the CJ every chance he gets, confident enough in its abilities that he drives it to the trailhead. By mating the suspension and steering refinements applied to the CJ as a competition rig with a spunky new mill and smooth-shifting tranny, the old rig handles and performs with a rejuvenated spirit, proving once and for all that old Jeeps don't die -- they just get better.

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Specifications
Year/make/model:'72 {{{Jeep CJ}}}-5
Owner/hometown:Jason Scherer/Danville, California
Engine: '02 4.3L Vortec V-6
Induction:TBI
Transmission: NV4500 five-speed
Transfer case: Advance Adapters Atlas 4.3
Frontend: Dana 30, ARB Air Locker, Dana 44 knuckles
Rearend: Dana 44, ARB Air Locker, Warn full-floating kit
Ring-and-pinion: 4.27
Suspension: SOA Skyjacker springs, {{{Fox}}} Racing Shox
Tires/wheels: 35x12.50R17 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain/17x10-inch Walker Evans Racing bead locks

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