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Stretched & Streamlined

Posted in Features on March 1, 2005
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This custom '87 Wrangler was a complete frame-off build. The frame was stretched, bringing the wheelbase to 108 inches. Just about every component was stripped and powdercoated, and the original body was replaced with a high-quality JP aluminum tub.

This colorful 'crawler is owned by Stanley Steele and his wife Sandy from Farmington, New Mexico. Stanley has been building race cars, desert trucks, and boats for as long as he can remember. His next obvious step up was building a totally custom rockcrawler.

Stanley's Jeep started life as an '87 Jeep Wrangler YJ, but once the 'crawler conversion was complete, the only resemblance of the original Jeep left was the rectangular headlights. Stanley owns S&S Engine & Machine and S&S Powdercoating in Farmington, so the Jeep buildup wasn't that difficult to undertake; he had the shop, tools, and experience readily available.

The extremely clean and capable machine you see featured before you is the final creation.

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Year/make/model:'87 Jeep {{{Wrangler}}} YJ
Owner/hometown:Stanley and Sandy Steele/Farmington,New Mexico
Engine: GM 355ci
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: Atlas 4.3
Frontend: 9-inch hybrid with {{{F-450}}} knuckles and spindles; ARB Locker
Rearend: 9-inch Currie; ARB Locker
Suspension: Pro Comp coil springs,{{{Fox}}} shocks
Ring-and-pinion: 4.86
Tires/wheels: 37x13.50R17 BFGKrawlers/17x8-inch Walker Evans bead locks

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