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January 2005 Jeep Shots

Posted in Features on January 1, 2005
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Contributors: Jeff Dahlin

Home Built
Along with having a big, chicken-shaped Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, Marietta, Georgia, is world renowned for Brent Nelson's '91 Cherokee. Maybe not, but the big chicken is still a fact. Brent and his brother built the Jeep up in the garage during weekends one fall. The rig stats are as follows: 4.0L engine, five-speed tranny, 5.5-inch Rubicon Express lift with new control arms, Advanced Adapters Slip Yoke Eliminator, Tom Wood's rear shaft, Dana 44 rear, 4.56 gears, 35-inch BFG MTs and plenty of fender trimming.

Stretch Armstrong
This '81 CJ-7 looks like it has more flex than Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's owned by Ken Phasey of Rogers, Arkansas. The CJ-7 has everything you might expect: a Dana 60 up front, a Dana 70 in the rear, Detroit lockers, 6.17 gears, a turbo 350 tranny, an NP 203 doubled to a Dana 300 T-case and full-hydraulic steering. Big 44-inch Swampers and coil springs can be found at each corner. Ken tells us that the Jeep, among other things, is a pretty good "kid hauler."

Chip Off The 'Ol...
Barry G. James of Miamisburg, Ohio, e-mailed us a picture of his '79 Jeep CJ-5 and his son, Michael's, '97 Mini CJ-5. The big CJ was rebuilt in 2000 after it was brought home from Phoenix, Arizona, in a box. The body was rust free and original, so Barry decided to keep it mostly stock with the exception of a 4-inch lift and 33-inch BFGs. It's powered by the original 304 and shifted via the factory T-150 three-speed. Looks like Michael's tiny CJ-5 is sporting the latest in top-secret rockcrawl-competition technology, with solid tires, electric motor drive and a super-lightweight composite body and rollcage.

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