Gerald Wuzella of Feistritz im Rosental, Austria, is a world-class Jeeper. One of his American friends, Don Allen, conspired with Gerald’s wife to get a photo in Jp as a birthday surprise. Gerald has loved Jeeps ever since he was a kid, and in addition to the ’79 CJ-6 you see here, he’s amassed a collection that includes a CJ-7, a CJ-5, and a TJ that his wife drives daily. He’s also owned a CJ-2A, a ’57 CJ-5, a Cherokee Chief, and several other CJs and YJs. Gerald only counts the Jeeps he owned for more than a year, so that list doesn’t include the CJ-5 he bought when he came stateside to run the Rubicon Trail, then sold before going back to Europe – one of his 15 trips to the US since 1999! The CJ-6 project shown here has a 11⁄2-inch shackle lift, 33-inch tires, front and rear ARBs, and will be getting a 304ci V-8 engine transplant from a donor CJ-5 that’s being shipped from Florida. Happy birthday, Gerald!
Cross Country Cruiser
Would you be willing to hop in your Jeep and take a 3,000-mile road trip? Travis Kruse of Denver, Colorado, has a lot of faith in his ’04 Grand Cherokee and has taken it all the way to Florida along with wheeling trips all over Colorado and Utah. The Grand is Travis’s fifth Jeep build, and it has the 4.7L V-8 under the hood, an NV242 T-case upgrade, a 4-inch Rough Country X-Series lift, and Wrangler Rubicon wheels with 255/75R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires. The winch was added after Travis got stuck in three feet of snow on top of a mountain and had to hike two miles for help. At least it doesn’t get cold in Colorado, right Travis? Brrr.
When he’s not terrorizing piles of jagged rocks with howling tires, Ruskin Dellinger of Lincolnton, North Carolina, actually uses his Jeep XJ for driving around town. Not a bad looking cruiser, if you ask us. The ’96 Cherokee has a menacing appearance thanks to 40x14.50R17-inch BFGoodrich KM2 tires on 17-inch steel wheels, 5 inches of lift from a 3-link in front and Rough Country packs in back with home-built shackle boxes and trimmed fenders. The front axle is a Dana 60 and the rear is a Ford Sterling, both with 5.38s and welded diffs.