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Campbell Enterprise Front Engine Buggy - John's Buggy

Posted in Features on April 1, 2012
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As one of the owners of Currie Enterprises, John Currie keeps up with the times when it comes to his off-road vehicles. You've read about his JK Wranglers here. As John likes to 'wheel in Johnson Valley and Hurricane, Utah, with some of the very biggest dogs, he wanted something that was simple, capable, powerful, repairable, and cosmetically appealing.

Currie Enterprises is one of the sponsors of Campbell Enterprises of Chandler, Arizona, so Shannon Campbell was the go-to person for John's buggy chassis and other parts. Campbell Enterprises builds some of the finest buggies in the dirt. You might remember the feature we ran on Walker Evans' latest buggy built by Shannon, Nick, and the rest of the Campbell crew. John wanted a similar chassis to Walker's, with custom changes that made the buggy his own.

Shannon built a 112-inch wheelbase, front engine chassis that would hold the GM LQ9 6.0L V-8 and 4L65E automatic that John had procured. Once the chassis was built, it, along with the Campbell fiberglass hood and cowl that were 6.5 inches narrower than a stock TJ was shipped to Currie Enterprises so John could put it all together.

The GM LQ9 6.0L V-8 fits nicely in the Campbell chassis. About all you can see from this angle is the Uni air filter and Howe Racing power steering reservoir. The LQ9 uses a GM PCM and LS2 oil pan to keep the pan out of harm’s way.

John's Buggy works. I was riding and guiding John during the photo shoot. At one point, I told him to swing wide so we could line up to descend a steep rock drop-off where others had rolled. John just went over the lip diagonally. I gritted my teeth and held on, but was surprised as the buggy descended the drop off and sidehill easily without lifting a tire! Oh – about that Table of Contents photo…No, John's Buggy isn't powered by steam. John had finally found a climb that put the buggy on its side. After righting it, it smoked for a minute. Check out the photos for all the details of this fine machine.

Vehicle: 2010 Campbell Enterprises front engine buggy
Owner/Hometown: John Currie/Anaheim, California
Engine: GM LQ9 6.0L V-8
Induction: MPFI
Transmission: GM 4L65E automatic built by Art Carr
Transfer case/low range ratio: Advance Adapters Atlas/3.8:1
Front end: Currie Enterprises RockJock 60
Rear end: Currie Enterprises RockJock 60
Ring and Pinion: Ford Super 60 10-inch 5.38:1
Front Differential: Eaton Detroit Locker
Rear Differential: ARB Air Locker
Suspension: Custom three link with 14-inch-travel Walker Evans Racing coilovers
Tires: 40x14.50R17 BFG Krawlers and 39x13.50R17LT BFG Red Label Krawlers
Wheels/Backspacing: 17x8.5 Walker Evans Racing beadlocks/6.25 inches

The buggy is kept cool by a Ron Davis aluminum radiator with dual fans and a California Performance Transmission tranny cooler.
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2010 Campbell Enterprise Front Engine Buggy dune Climb Photo 36098338

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