Off Road Jeep Shots - Readers 4x4 Jeeps - July 2006Posted in Features on August 23, 2006 0) (
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It isn't too often we get stock Jeeps to put in here, but Keith Shera of Wilmington, North Carolina, sent in his '64 CJ-5 and we had to run it. The stock 134ci F-head I-4 still powers the T-90 three-speed, which then turns the Spider 18, stock front and rear axles with drum brakes, and manual everything. The only aftermarket parts are a set of 31x10.5R15 Goodyear tires on white steel wagon wheels and a Koenig hardtop and steel doors. We are just amazed that Keith's Jeep has lasted so long without rusting out or getting chopped up.
All the way from Farmington, New Mexico, comes this clean looking but hugely modified '85 CJ-7. Brandon Bontrager sent this picture of his Jeep in to us, and with it, an interesting list of modifications. The interior is stock, with only the addition of a cage, but for the drivetrain, he swiped parts from quite a few Chevys. The front and rear axles are full-floating 10-bolts with ARB Air Lockers, 3.73 gears, and disc brakes. They are shod with 33-inch BFG MTs, and clearance is provided by a spring-over conversion. The engine is a Corvette TPI 350 mated to a Turbo 350 transmission and a Dana 300 transfer case. Most amazing of all is the stock paint and graphics surviving all of this.
At least that's what Trahan Poirier of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, tells his wife, Christine, when he's adding parts onto his '03 Sahara. This black TJ has the stock inline-six, automatic transmission, and transfer case, but the 4-inch Pro Comp lift with MX6 shocks clears the 33x12.5R15 Pro Comp MTs with no problems. This photo is what the Jeep was really built for, although Trahan claimed it was for getting to isolated fishing and camping areas -- we know the truth. He also mentions that once stuck, one should check that the tree being used as a winch anchor is actually alive. Otherwise, the wife may vomit from the stress and fear of seeing the aforementioned dead tree falling toward the stuck Jeep.