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Jeep Hemi - Dreams Of Grandeur

Posted in Features on April 1, 2005 Comment (0)
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"From the ground up." How many times have you heard this phrase in connection to a buddy's Jeep? Or even your own? It takes a certain measure of doing to even contemplate such a large project, to say nothing of the commitment of time and the inevitable pitfalls and delays. That's why this Jeep is such a unique accomplishment. In about three months, it went from being a sketch on a piece of paper to a genuine trail-ready rig.

As the brainchild of Detroit Locker rep Scott Frary, a long-time four-wheeler himself, this vehicle was designed not only to be a head-turner that would help promote the company's products, but one that Scott could take on virtually any trail, anywhere.

At first glance, this vehicle has all the appearances of a flatfender with an aluminum tub. The longer you gaze at it, though, the more you come to realize that this rig is completely custom from front to back. In fact, the only actual stock part on it is the '45 MB nine-slot grille. Everything else came via the aftermarket and impeccable craftsmanship of the boys at Advanced Frame Works in Montana. Jared Prindle, owner of AFW, undertook the project and ensured that every detail was correct. The results speak for themselves.

Because this Jeep was to make its debut at the SEMA convention, the time constraints were tight, and both Scott and Jared were under a lot of pressure to get everything done. Between parts not showing up on time, some items not fitting correctly, and the vehicle actually getting lost for a few days in the backwoods of New Mexico (ask Scott), it was a challenging three months.

Having spent a day in the California desert watching Scott take this rig through its paces, we can honestly say that the effort was well worth it. This is a great little vehicle and a lot of fun to drive.

SPECIFICATIONS
Year/make/model: Hemi Jeep
Owner/hometown: Scott Frary/Renton, Washington
Engine: 5.7L Hemi
Transmission: 5-45RFE five-speed automatic
Transfer case: Atlas {{{Highlander}}} 3:1
Frontend: Dynatrac ProRock 60 with 40-spline shafts
Rearend: Dynatrac ProRock 60 with 40-spline shafts
Ring-and-pinion: 4.88
Suspension: Currie J-arm
Tires/wheels: 37x12.5R17 BFG Krawler T/As/17-inch Boyd Coddington Mercenarys with Trail Ready bead-lock rings

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