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This '64 CJ-6 was a replacement for the '66 CJ-5 that had been in Michael Boyink's hands for 18 years. This Michigan-based family just needed something bigger. The CJ-6 has a 4.3L Chevy V-6 under the hood bolted to a T-18 and a Dana 18 T-case. The stock Dana 27 front axle and Dana 44 rear axle are stuffed with 4.27 gears and Power-Loks. A 1-inch spring lift coupled with a 1-inch shackle lift provide enough space for the 32-inch BFG MTs A Saginaw power-steering conversion makes steering easier and all the seats were moved rearward about 2 inches to make fitting in the Jeep that much more comfortable. The gas tank was sourced from a '78 and hangs out back behind the rear axle rather than under the driver's seat.
Bryan Maloney didn't tell us all that much about his '08 Unlimited Rubicon, but we did get a series of pictures that show it virtually running through the gatekeeper obstacle in Calico, California. Bryan built the custom suspension using 16-inch coilovers on front and rear Dana 60 axles and clearing 37-inch BFG tires. From the looks of things, we'd say he's got himself a very capable JK.
We've all had wheeling buddies, but John Trepl and Bill Luce of Spring, Texas, take it to a new level. They are best friends and both have Rubicon TJs. John's is the blue one and has a 4-inch Rough Country X-Series Lift, onboard air, Hellbent tube fenders and rollcage, and Shrockworks sliders. Meanwhile Bill's silver Jeep has a Rubicon Express Superflex lift, Currie Antirock sway bar, 33 Engineering belly pan skidplate, and Poison Spyder Crusher Corners.
For Pete's Sake
Our Associate Editor, Pete Trasborg, has a bug up his butt about Jeep Shots submissions taken in a driveway, so we're running this one just to see that little vein in his forehead pop out. Our thanks to Robert Starkey for obliging our cruel nature by submitting the shot of his '48 CJ-2A in front of his house in Payette, Idaho. Robert's '48 is pretty much stock with the exception of the General Lee-esque turbine wheels, 31x10.50R15 Yokohama muddies, and Bestop soft top.
Truck That Should Have Been
Crew Cab, Quad Cab, call it what you want. Jeep should have built one, and this custom "J4X" by Matt Wallischeck of Gillette, Wyoming is one sweet truck. He lists the year as '76-'79, and really, when you pull parts from all over, who is to say what year anything really is? The engine is a warmed-up 401ci V-8 with the smog crap removed, TRW forged pistons, Edlebrock "goodies," a custom dual-feed air intake, and Hedman headers. The stock TH400 takes all the abuse the engine can dish out and the BW1339 was rebuilt with a Morse HyVo chain. Stock leaf packs front and rear locate the stock Dana 44 front axle and Dana 60 rear axle and spin 285/75R16 Maxxis Bravo tires.
Roadster? Jeepster? Why not both? At least, that's what Michael Norris of Indianapolis, Indiana, calls his '70 C101. Well-appointed with the factory Buick 225 V-6, T-14 tranny, and Dana 20 T-case, Michael simply added some custom springs for a little more height, a Warn XD9000 winch, and 235/75R15s to some white steel spoke wheels. The results are simple, yet effective. Take your choice: a ragtop street cruiser or a pretty darn capable off-road wheeler.
While there are Jeeps in Brazil, things are a little bit different than what we are used to. For example, Rodolfo Ourique of Rio de Janeiro tells us that in 1977, when his Jeep was built, there was no AMC 304ci V-8 option. Instead, his Jeep has a 2.3L OHC Ford engine, which was a factory-original piece. Not so original are the owner-added Warn winch, Cobra CB radio, and Continental 31x10.50 all terrain tires.
This "green" "CJ-5" was sent in by James Kelley of Aurora, Indiana, and while we think it's a cool-looking Jeep, we wish we could tell you what shade of green it is, or what year the Jeep is. What we can tell you is that the 258ci inline-six is bolted to a T-18A and a Dana 300. From there it goes back into the realm of vagueness. Since we don't know what year this Jeep is, when James tells us that the front and rear axles are stock, well, that's all we can tell you. This Jeep was built to be a daily driver and runs on American Racing AR-23 rims wrapped by some 31x10.50 BFG ATs.
This picture was taken somewhere in Mexico by Alejandro Portugal of Lakeside, California, on an uphill trail named Simpson, which was part of a Baja 500 track. Alejandro's '81 CJ-5 is still mostly stock featuring the T-176 four-speed backed 258ci inline-six. Warn hubs were swapped-in after a stocker grenaded in the dunes. A custom front push bar, rear tubular bumper, and heavy-duty shackles rounds out the list of modifications.
What has a Howell-injected 258 six, a T-150 three-speed, a Dana 20 T-case, and 4.88 gears in the Dana 30 and Model 20 axles? Need more? Okay, how about a 4-inch Superlift suspension, 33-inch Formula A/T tires, and an AGR steering system? If you said a new Liberty, you need to lay off the model airplane glue. Russell Stephens from Decatur, Texas, built the above rig and reports he puts more than 1,000 miles under the tires every year, all off-road.
Shannon Griffin of Gananoque, Ontario, Canada, sent photos of what his '76 CJ-5 looked like before he pulled a complete restoration on its ass. He also included a small novel outlining the build which we were too lazy to read. Hey, dig that yellow. Are those tires? Yup, sure look like it. Boy, are we earning our money! Actually, since no hard specs were provided, we can deduce from the partially-opened hood that Shannon's CJ sports an inline-six and from the rear nut caps the Model 20 rear axle still sports the factory two-piece shafts. The Dana 30 front is likely wearing drum brakes judging by the six-bolt hubs. Other than that, if you're at a car show up in the frozen north and you spot a yellow and black CJ, take a closer look for yourself.
Neil Webster hails from Whittier, California, but don't hold that against him. Unlike most of the wacky, granola-huffing Californians, Neil isn't afraid to take his SUV off-road. His '01 XJ is well set up, with a 5.5-inch Rubicon Express long-arm suspension clearing 33x12.50R15 BFG ATs mounted on 15x8 American Racing wheels. Some 4.56 gears and a pair of ARB Air Lockers bolster the factory Dana 30 and Chrysler 8.25 rear axles, while the factory 4.0L, AW4, and NP231 serve reliability in spades.
There's nothing like a bright orange CJ in the mountains. Robert Stevens of Ft. Collins, Colorado, sent in a photo of his '80 CJ-7 posed at Heart Attack Hill, which we assume is a location and not a description. Robert swapped in an AMC 360 in place of the 258 and added the 4-inch lift and 33-inch BFG MTs for better wheeling in the Colorado mountains. The tranny is the factory T-176 backed by the stock Dana 300. The Dana 30 front and Model 20 rear are stock, and although the rear sports a factory Trac-Loc it probably aids little in the way of traction.
At least we're hoping the camera person was hopped up only on caffeine. Either that or something made 'em pretty jittery while clicking the shutter. Aside from the slightly blurry focus, Brandon Shirk of Luray, Virginia, sent a photo showing a lot of modifications to his '05 Willys Edition TJ. The rig sports 33x12.50R15 Pro Comp Xterrains on 15x8 Cragar wheels, a 4-inch Trailmaster lift, and a Smittybilt 8,000lb winch. The tub is lined with Herculiner, but everything else is stock, including the 4.0L engine, NV3550 tranny, and NP231 T-case.
Greg Dalton of Ceres, California, was pretty proud when his 19-year-old nephew, Ryan, piloted his '89 YJ cleanly over the Rubicon trail. Not to take anything away from an eager young Jeeper, but with Greg's list of modifications we're betting the trail seemed a little easier than in a stocker. The 4.2L six benefits from a Howell fuel-injection conversion and the 4:1 gears in the NP231 certainly help finesse. A spring-over with Rubicon Express springs and a M.O.R.E. shackle reversal clear room for the large and in-charge 35-inch Pro Comp Xterrains. Up front, the Dana 30 axle runs an ARB Air Locker, 4.10 gears, and Warn alloy shafts, while the rear was wisely ditched in favor of a Currie high-pinion 9-inch loaded with matching 4.10 gears and a Detroit Locker. Crossover steering with rod ends, lotsa body armor, and pearly orange paint round out the package.
Mr. Big Shocks
At least we assume the shocks are big. We mean, with 13-inches of total lift ya can't just run stock shocks. Or can you? Maybe that's fodder for future tech articles. But in the meantime, check out Clint Ward's '93 Wrangler out of Palm Bay, Florida. Fresh from the mud circuit, the big lift amply clears the 38x12.50-15 Swampers mounted on 15x10 rims. We assume the axles are stock since Clint doesn't mention them, and we're gonna guess the engine is a 4.0L six since Clint says he runs an aftermarket throttle body with an Airaid intake, a Borla header, and a Borla Cat-Back exhaust. And at that lift height, the front shackle reversal and T-case slip yoke eliminator seem like good ideas to us.
This '73 CJ-5 has been in the family since late 1971 when Pete Dunkel, then stationed in Okinawa, placed the order for it and began making payments. Upon coming back to the states, he picked it up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and drove it across the country to Loring AFB in Maine. The Jeep served as a daily driver until 1978 when it became a second vehicle. Pete started the frame-off restoration in 1996 and finished in 1998. Among the more unique options Pete checked off when he ordered this Jeep are a Meyers full steel hard top, a Ramsey DCB200R-609 electric winch, a 304 V-8, and a swing-away spare tire carrier. The Jeep now resides in Westerville, Ohio, and looks even better than new.
Valley of Fire
Jeff Jorgeson of Las Vegas, Nevada, sent in a few pictures of his '03 Jeep Wrangler Sport wheeling at the Valley of Fire State Park outside of his home town. The list of modifications could fill out at least three Jeep Shots submissions. The nitty-gritty of it is a Rubicon Express 31/2-inch lift, front Dana 30 and rear Dana 44 stuffed with 4.88 gears and ARB Air Lockers, and 33x12.50 Mickey Thompson MTZs get the job done. The headlights have been converted to HIDs, there are HID driving lights on the stinger with four 55-watt rock lights inside the bumper and the frame with LED rock light strips, but that doesn't even dent the lighting list. A Cobra 75 CB Sony head unit, and Sirius Satellite Radio keep the entertainment going.
The '74 CJ-5 of Ken Speltz hails from Altura, Minnesota. There's no doubt that the harsh salty winters lead Ken into swapping on a 4WD Hardware fiberglass tub and one-piece front clip. Scout Dana 44 axles stuffed with 4.88 gears and lockers spin cut 15/38.5-15 Ground Hawg tires in the rear and 10/37.50/15 Buckshot Mudders up front. A spring-over with 4-inch Skyjacker leafs clears the meats and full hydro steering steers 'em. The healthy AMC 401 V-8 lays down the power and cranks into a TH400 tranny and Dana 20 T-case mated with a heavy-duty billet aluminum 4x4 Unlimited adapter. Other features of this home-built Jeep include a custom aluminum dash, RCI seats, five-point harnesses, a six-point cage, and an RCI fuel cell.
Don MacKenzie opened his letter to us with, "Dear Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road." Now that doesn't make us feel all warm and fuzzy. Normally we'd just make fun of Don's Jeep in retaliation, but seeing as how the '74 CJ-5 is actually very nice, we'll share the sordid details instead. The factory 304 has been rebuilt with a 0.030-over bore, RV cam, and a Cagel vacuum-operated fuel regulator. The factory T-18 four-speed sits in front of the Dana 20 T-case, but a Currie Enterprises Dana 44 front with a Detroit Locker and 4.27 gears replaces the factory drum brake Dana 30. Out back, the stock Dana 44 remains, still wearing its 4.27 gears and enjoys twin spin via a Lock-Right locker. Oh, and a 4-inch lift clears room for 33x12.50R15 Wild Country mud tires.
We guess if you've got to own the ugliest Jeep that Jeep ever made, it may as well sport a cool green paint job and nostalgic white wagon wheel rims wrapped with retread tires. And if you add on a factory AMC 304 V-8, TH400 tranny, and Dana 20 T-case, we may even admit we know you. Go the extra mile and convert the suspension to spring-over on the Dana 30 front and Dana 44 rear axles and we may just run a photo of you in a magazine. Don't believe us? Just ask Trinity, North Carolina's Travis Short. He'll vouch for us.
Maybe we are easily amused, but when we get a picture of a Jeep, such as this '95 YJ, and the title of the email is "Sunshine State" while the picture is taken on an overcast and rainy day, we can't help but chuckle. Rob Boggus of St. Petersburg, Florida, bought this Jeep in stock dress, but by the time we got these pictures a few things were added. The lift consists of 21/2-inch Skyjacker springs, 11/4-inch-lift Daystar greaseable shackles and a 1-inch body lift. It all conspires to clear a set of 33x12.50 BFG ATs bolted to some Yukon shafts stuffed in the Ford Explorer-sourced rearend and Dana 30 front stuffed with a Detroit Trutrac and Alloy USA chromoly shafts.
Really, that's what we think of whenever we see a photo of a Jeep on less than three tires, but Dave Vattani of Jacksonville, Oregon, didn't provide many good photos from which to pick. Despite the less-than-horizontal stance, Dave's '61 CJ-5 is very well set up for vintage wheeling, with a '76 231-cube Buick V-6 fronting a SM420 transmission and a Dana 20 T-case. Dave claims a Dana 44 front and a Dana 60 rear on his spec sheet, but it sure looks like the factory Dana 25 or maybe a later Dana 30 front axle to us. But who are we to call Dave a liar? Mr. Liar Pants also runs 11-inch brakes, and a Rancho suspension, but that's about all the facts we were provided with.
At first glance, we thought that John Cooper, Jr's '07 Wrangler Unlimited X was shod with racing slicks. The tires are actually 35-inch Mickey Thompson ATZs bolted to the stock Dana 30 front and Dana 44 rear. A 3 1/2-inch Teraflex lift with a heavy-duty front track bar provide plenty of clearance. Since October of '06, John has racked up 104,000 miles thanks to his surveying work that often takes both John and Jeep off-road. Highrock front and rear bumpers take up guard duty, a 9,000lb-rated Warn winch gets him out of any tight spots, and some Hella off-road lights light the way for those late-night journeys.
This '05 Wrangler was shot on a trail called Smiley Rock in Arizona. Owner James Bramble of Prescott Valley, Arizona, has added a bunch of parts to make it the Jeep you see here. Currie Currectlync steering, JKS Quicker disconnects, an Advance Adapters slip yoke eliminator kit, and a 31/2-inch Rubicon Express Lift are but a few of the things underneath that you can't see here. Inside, a CB and Raptor spray-in bedliner make the cockpit more trail-friendly, while a front Fabtech bumper with Superwinch EPi9.0 wrapped with Viking synthetic rope and a rear Rock Hard 4x4 bumper and tire carrier combo hold the 33-inch BFG AT spare tire.
Chuck Smith of Wesson, Missouri, completed a full frame-off restoration on this '65 CJ-5 about 10 years ago, back when aftermarket parts just weren't as available, and eBay was yet to come. The Jeep was bought new in '65, and the drivetrain was in great shape, so all that was needed was some gaskets. Like all good Jeep restorations where the Jeep isn't going to be a concourse competitor, Chuck upgraded a few things. The generator was tossed in favor of a more modern alternator, the old points got the heave-ho too and an electronic ignition was swapped in, an electronic fuel pump replaced the rubber-diaphragm-on-a-lever stock unit, and a polyethylene gas tank replaces the stock steel unit.
10-Year Time Warp
We found Bruce Coleman's '80 CJ-7 entry hidden behind Trasborg's desk dated September 1999. Bruce originally found this rotting Jeep behind a machine shop in his hometown of Rochester, New York. He purchased the Jeep for $300 in 1994! Five years later he ended up with the show-stopper you see here. We have no idea if it's still rolling on the 4-inch Trail Master lift and 3-inch body lift, or if the 35x15.50-15 Super Swamper SX tires on 15x10 American Eagle wheels still have tread left. But, we dig the '69 Chevy Hugger Orange paint with ghost flames, healthy '70 GM V-8, TH350 tranny, Dana 20 T-case, and the fact that Bruce did everything but the paint in his 2-car garage with his boys Kyle and Tyler.
CJ in Disguise
It sure looks for all the world like a military jeep, but Darren Ayles's '48 CJ-2A is all civvy under the skin. Despite the cool black-out light and bumper shackles, Darren's Jeep still runs the stock civilian 134-cube Go Devil four-banger, T-90 three-speed, and Spicer 18 T-case. The Dana 25 front and Dana 44 rear still have the stock 5.38s and offer up enough gearing to cope with the 29x10.50-15 Swamper SX tires. Darren uses the Jeep off-road around his hometown of Nashville, Michigan, including the Silver Lake sand dunes and trail runs around Yankee Springs, Michigan.
Bruno Sbraccia has added everything but the kitchen sink to this Sicklerville, New Jersey, '85 CJ-7. Having owned it since 1985, Bruno has put it through several builds. Today it rolls on a 4-inch Skyjacker lift with a shackle reversal and 33-inch Super Swamper SSRs mounted to 15x8 aluminum wheels. A built 4.2L inline-six mated to a Hurst-shifted T-5 torque into a stock Dana 300. The stock Dana 30 front axle hosts 4.56 gears, and a Detroit Locker. Out back, the AMC 20 holds its own thanks to 4.56 gears, an ARB Air Locker, and one-piece axle shafts. Nearly two pages of other bolt-ons adorn the Jeep and it's no doubt that at least a few of them were needed to extract Bruno from the bog pictured.
Similar but Different
Lance Van Buskirk of Kenton, Ohio, may have started out with only a spring-over lift on his CJ-5, but he later added a 360 bored .060-over which was hidden under a fiberglass 4WD Hardware tub and one-piece front clip. The stock three-speed whimpers into a '70 Scout T-case and 4-inch-narrowed Dana 44 axles from the same rig. A limited slip in the rear helps in the traction department and four-wheel disc brakes bring the whoa. The engine, tranny, and T-case were lowered 4 inches to improve driveshaft angle and the rear of the frame was modified to accept a 40-gallon fuel tank. The whole shebang rolls on 38-inch Ground Hawgs on 12-inch-wide American Racing wheels.
What started out as a daily driver and weekend fun runner quickly evolved into a hardcore trail toy. Funny how that happens. Mark Crosier hails from Roanoke, Virginia, and bought the '99 TJ at the request of his wife. He left the 4.0L, AX-15, and NP231 factory drivetrain alone, but has loaded the stock Dana 30 front and Dana 35 rear with 4.10 gears and a limited slip out back to better spin the 35-inch Dick Cepek Fun Country II tires mounted on 15x10 rims. A 2-inch Skyjacker suspension and a 2-inch Skyjacker body lift keep the fenders out of the rubber while this Jeep does its thing in the mud.
Devon Androes hails from Mountain Home, Arkansas. With a name like that we assume there are some pretty cool trails around for his '81 CJ-5 to tackle. And with one-piece shafts going in the rear Model 20 axle and the front Dana 30 already sporting disc brakes, we're sure the rig us up to the task of spinning the 33x12.50-15 Thornbirds. And considering the swapped-in Chevy 350 has been treated to some go-fast goodies and the TH350 tranny sports a loose TCI Saturday Night Special torque convertor, we're sure the stock Dana 300 will be begging for mercy on a regular basis.
Okay, we admit it. Sometimes we just lock in on one aspect of a vehicle and it triggers something in our memories. Remember early '90s metal hair, purple and pink ski suits (on men), and stick-on, multi-hue graphics? We do, and it still haunts us. The late '80s and early '90s were a dark time filled with the mixed scent of Aqua Net and Stetson. And although the graphics on Cindy Ash's '94 Wrangler evoke that bygone era, a quick glance at the date on the submission form explains why. Sent in almost 13-years ago, this could quite possibly qualify as the longest-waiting Jeep Shots submission ever. We assume Cindy is no longer stationed in Mannjeim, Germany, with the US Army and we hope she's long-been reunited with her beloved Jeep that she had to leave behind during her deployment. Thanks, Cindy, and happy trails.
Dave Evans sent in this photo of his Havertown, Pennsylvania-based CJ-7 way back in '03. Well, Dave, hope it was worth the wait. Dave's little red wagon runs popular 33x12.50R15 BFG AT tires wrapped around 15x10 American Racing AR-767 wheels. There is no lift, but a Clifford intake and Pacesetter header bolster the 258 six-banger to the tune of 250hp and 300lb-ft torque. A TH400 slushbox and Quadra-Trac T-case send grunt to the 3.73-geared Dana 30 front and Model 20 rear with one-piece shafts. Dave cites his worst blunder as keeping the Quadra-Trac T-case, but he still plans on adding a lift, different tires, a winch, and a better stereo before swapping it out.
New Old CJ-5
Where are we when deals like this come up? Mike Gaston of Ruidosa, New Mexico, claims he and his son Hayden found this cherry '81 CJ-5 back in '98 with only 8,800 miles on the ticker. Still sporting the original tires, the original owner parked it in a barn and only used it to feed the cows when he was at the farm. Since taking over ownership, Mike has added the 31x10.50R15 BFG MT tires, 15x8 steel wheels, a Tuffy Security console, and a swing-away tire carrier and bumper assembly. Mike plans on adding power steering to the 258 six, upgrading the front bumper, and adding a ski rack, but otherwise he's pretty happy with his purchase.
David Leasure of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, calls his $6,000 '50 Willys truck a hybrid. Not because it's all green and annoyingly environmentally friendly, but because it was built with '78 Chevy Blazer parts among other vehicles. A propane-powered Chevy 283 V-8 from a Chevelle feeds into a T-90 transmission and Spicer 18 T-case. The GM Dana 44 front axle is directed with Massey Ferguson hydraulic steering pilfered from a combine. A GM 12-bolt rearend features a mini spool. Both axles transmit power to 36-inch Super Swamper tires on 15x8 steel spoke wheels. The entire chassis sits on '78 Blazer leaf springs, but the real twist comes from the articulating center that offers 80 degrees of motion. David plans to add hydraulics to the articulating center, a snorkel, and 5.13 gears when cash flow allows.
We swear, that's how Michael Dodd of Pt. Lincoln, S.A., Australia, opened his letter to us. Michael's '70 CJ-5 is driven every day, which must be difficult for him seeing as how the steering wheel is mounted in front of the passenger seat. The early CJ has an Australian Ford 250 straight-six, which had a much better cylinder head than those offered on the American 250 engines. Backing the 155hp mill is a T-14 three-speed tranny and the stock Spicer 18 T-case, so Michael should have little difficulty reaching his favorite fishing holes when he's not commuting into work.
Rich Richter or Orange Grove, Texas, claims that he didn't steal this Jeep out from under his friend, but we know better. It's okay, Rich, your secret is safe with us. Er, that is to say, it was. The clean '78 CJ-5 was purchased by Rich back in the summer of '98 with only 68K miles on the clock. Rich still runs the factory 304 V-8, T-150 tranny, and Dana 20 T-case, but a 401 is waiting in the wings. Until then, Rich busies himself with modifications like the 2.5-inch Skyjacker spring lift, 33x12.50R15 BFG AT tires on 15x10 chrome rims, and a power steering install.
It's not often you see a 20-year old enthusiast vehicle that's largely stock, but Robin Boyd of Dillon, Montana, has one such example. The '79 CJ-5 has benefited from a rebuild of the factory 304 engine, but the three-speed tranny, Dana 20 T-case, and disc brake Dana 30 front and Model 20 rear are factory. A set of 31x10.50R15 Michelin LTX R/T tires on the factory chrome spokies ups the bling along with some aftermarket chrome tube bumpers and aluminum diamond plate body panel overlays. With 128,000 original miles, the little CJ gets driven every day and spends weekend duties hauling Robin to the local hunting and fishing spots.
Yeah, we're joking. But it always makes us think of old Vietnam movies when people call a kilometer a "click." However, seeing as Darren Alcombrack is from Barrie, Ontario, Canada, and they use that weird metric thingy to measure stuff, we guess that's why he's proud of his Jeep's 319,000 clicks. Or maybe he just puts baseball cards in the spokes. Either way, the little '88 YJ (do they measure years in metric, too?) sports a 3-inch lift, 31-inch Yokohama tires and some off-road lights, but otherwise the 258 six is original and still running strong. Darren plans on adding lockers and some better bumpers.
Way back in the olden days of 1984, Jeep offered a special Jamboree Edition CJ-7. Today, collectors like Neil Hitz of Beverly Hills, Michigan, think they're pretty special. And with only 14,000 original miles, we'd have to agree Neil's Jamboree makes the grade. He's added a Ramsey winch, off-road lights, and some other little trinkets and brackets, but otherwise the Jeep is largely stock down to the spark plugs. And while it all makes for a nice time capsule, if we were Neil we'd shelve the stock 25-year old tires for some fresher rubber if any extended on-road driving is in this Jeep's future.
Everybody names their dogs, most people name their boats, and some people even name their Jeeps. Gary Schultzman of Yucaipa, California, laid the moniker, Iron Pig, on his little '95 YJ. We don't know why. Maybe the 2.5L, AX-5, NP231-equipped YJ doesn't clean its room. Equipped with a 2.5-inch Skyjacker suspension, 30x9.50R15 BFG AT tires on the stock 15x6 steel wheels, and an Truetrac limited slip in the stock Dana 35 rear, it's way more capable than your average stock-looking Wrangler. Now where have we seen a little red YJ like that on the trails before?
Orange Ya Glad It's A Jeep
Ha! Do you get it? 'Cause we're friggin' brilliant comics. I mean, it's not every story monkey that can come up with a witty title to a photo caption like that. Boy, do we deserve a raise. And speaking of deserving a raise (that's called a segway, kids), Chip Whittamore of beautiful Savannah, Georgia, has one pretty killer-looking '84 CJ-7. Aside from the orange paint that looks silkier than Natalie Portman, it's powered by a Chevy 350 V-8, spins 36-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claws, and shoves the body in the air via a 3-inch lift.
Although Dennis Decklever of Milton, Florida, claims his favorite Jeep type is his two CJ-3B project Jeeps, his '97 Wrangler runs and drives, so he tools around in that until the others are finished. He's done a Warn hub conversion, added 4.88 gears to the front Dana 30 and installed a Rubicon Dana 44 rear with matching gears, a Warn HS9500i winch, a JB Conversions slip yoke eliminator, and a Pro Comp 4-inch lift. Phew. That's a lot of parts for a vehicle that's not your primary project rig. We can't wait to see what the 3Bs turn out like.
Jay Behr sent in this photo of his '93 Wrangler over 10 years ago in June of '99. We know it's been a while because Jay included his RTI score on his spec sheet. Aside from the 983 RTI, Jay's 2.5L YJ sports (or sported) an AX-5, NP231 with a slip yoke eliminator, Lock-Right lockers in the diffs, 2.5-inch Skyjacker springs, and a 2-inch body lift. The wheel and tire package consists (or consisted) of 32x11.50R15 BFG ATs on 15x8 American Racing AR757 steelies. They were the hot ticket back in the day. Man, we feel old now.
This '76 CJ-5 started life as a Levi's edition. The AMC V-8 got the normal intake, 4-bbl carburetor, DUI distributor, Headman headers, and Flowmaster mufflers. A T-18 and Dana 20 hand off power to a Dana 30 front axle and AMC 20 which spin a set of 35-inch Super Swamper SSRs. A 51/2-inch lift with a M.O.R.E. shackle reversal provide altitude and a decent ride. Stacey Picker of Umatilla, Oregon, then Herculined the interior, added TJ fender flares, and an on-board-air setup with a tank.
Ironic name, we know considering Dan Stidham's '00 Sahara appears to be one of the cleanest Jeeps to ever grace the pages of Jp magazine. Dan's machine features Superior shafts in the factory Dana 30 front and Dana 44 rear axles. Gearing is stock at 3.73:1. The 4.0L engine is also stock, as is the NV3550 transmission. A 4-inch Rough Country suspension allows 33x12.50R15 BFG MT tires on 15x10 Dick Cepek wheels. Dan uses the Jeep to wheel the trails around his hometown of Springfield, Illinois, and as far down as southeastern Kentucky.
Andy Munger's spec sheet was short, sweet, and to the point, just the way we like it. His '87 Cherokee Chief runs the stock 4.0L Renix-injected engine, although the radiator has been upgraded to a three-core design. An NV4500 transmission was swapped in place of the crappy Peugeot grenade box and a Tom Wood's Custom Drive Shafts slip yoke eliminator and driveshafts reach the pinions despite the 9-inch custom lift. The front Dana 30 is filled with a limited-slip and 4.56 gears, while the factory Dana 44 rear has an Ox locker and 33-spline Superior alloy shafts. Nice, although we doubt the 33x12.50-15 Thornbirds can generate enough grip to bust even a 30-spline stock Dana 44 shaft.
When he's not hiding himself and his Jeep behind the trail foliage, Bob Ginger of Mattoon, Illinios, is busy finding new and exciting ways of improving his '93 YJ. Built on budget, the Jeep sports a spring-over using the factory springs, a slip yoke eliminator, and a Ford 8.8 rear axle from an Explorer that was loaded with 4.88s, Yukon axleshafts, and a Detroit Locker. The stock Dana 30 front was loaded with 4.88s to match, which should really help the little 2.5L push the big 35x12.50R15 Cooper tires through the woods.
We would be hard-pressed to pick Austria off of a map of Europe, but we do seem to have plenty of Austrian readers. This '94 Grand Cherokee lives and breathes the Austrian air at the hands of Peter Jedlicka. Peter bought the Jeep with no modifications, save from every gasket (including the headgasket) of the 4.0L engine leaking. Once the engine was squared away, a 3-inch Rancho lift was installed over some 31x10.50R15 Cooper Discoverer STTs. An aftermarket roof rack with some aftermarket lights and a swapped-in NP242 complete the list of modifications.
We ran a Liberty in Jeep Shots not long ago, and it must have been the day the magazine hit the newsstands we got about 10 Jeep Shots submissions from Liberty owners. So, we picked our favorite KJ picture and here we are. This '02 Liberty belongs to Troy Young of Draper, Utah, and it still has the 3.7L V-6 and 42RFE automatic transmission, but it got some beef in the way of an NVG241OR. An All J Products 21/2-inch Frankenlift provides clearance for the 31-inch BFG MTs which are spun by 3.73 gears in the otherwise stock axles, with the rear getting a Powertrax Locker.
Dustin Katsilas of Centerville, Utah, is of the school of thought that the less said the better. So, we were left with not much information and some cool pictures of a '99 Cherokee wheeling somewhere (presumably) in Utah. The 4.0L inline-six benefitted from a K&N air filter and a Flowmaster exhaust. Lift comes in the form of 51/2-inch Rubicon Express coils out front and 41/2-inch Rubicon Express leafs in the back coupled to a pair of 1-inch lift shackles while a set of Mickey Thompson Baja Claws round out the package.
We might not have gotten any hard facts with the submission of this '65 CJ-5, but Derek Baker of Great Falls, Montana sure tells a decent story (the accompanying picture didn't hurt either). First Derek lets buddy Justin drive the Jeep, and he gets it stuck in a mud pit next to a crushed 3rd generation Camaro. Then the two guys park it in a field of flowers and pose for a picture on the roll bar. Finally, after Justin realized how that picture might look, he went ahead and aired the Jeep out- the beginning of the jump is shown here.
Mike Melito sent in this picture. We assume he's from Louisiana somewhere and that this Jeep is a '91 YJ. The old-style roll bar coupled with the 4.0HO sticker and the Louisiana license plate were our main clues. We knew the picture was taken in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and this deduction was supported by Mike writing, "This was on a Sun Country Jeep Club run in Las Cruces, New Mexico."
More to Come
Andy Getz took his Hamilton, Ohio, ZJ to the next level. Starting with a '98 5.2L V-8 Grand Cherokee Limited, Andy added a 7-inch Rock Krawler long arm lift with 11/2-inch coil spacers. The rear features a triangulated four-link. Super Swamper 34x10.50-15 LTBs are mounted on stock wheels and fit thanks to 1-inch wheel spacers. The home-built skidplates, rocker guards, and bumpers protect the Jeep. The front bumper houses a 10,000-pound winch. By now Andy has added the planned high-pinion Dana 30 front axle with an OX Locker, a rear locker, and an NP231D from a Dodge pickup to replace the NP249.
This '43 Willys MB belongs to George and Joyce Weitzel from Apache Junction, Arizona. It features an M38 grille and windshield, a roll bar, locking hubs, a half-top, and a "reworked" backend that give the Weitzel's a little more space.
We don't remember there being a Mint Green color option for the '67 Jeepster Commando, but it would appear that Todd Bucher of Taylorsville, Georgia, found one that was. Todd painted the outside of it in a more normal shade of grey primer, performed a spring-over conversion, swapped in a hydraulic clutch assembly, power steering, and coilover shocks for stability. The welded rear spider gears worked so well that Todd went ahead and welded the front too. As we know, and Todd attests to, it gets great traction, but even with the power steering was a mistake.
Judging by all the images Bill Scheurer sent of him getting stuck or about to get stuck, it's our guess that he's the one his buddies send in to test the waters whenever the mud looks deep. This Polermo, California, '99 TJ sports a stock 4.0L and drivetrain, a 21/2-inch Rock Krawler lift, 31-inch BFG All Terrains, homebuilt front and rear bumpers, plenty of scratches and dings, and a MileMarker 9,000-pound winch. Future mods include 4.10 gears, air lockers front and rear and 33-inch tires.
A Little Help
Kevin Tobias of Sunbury, Pennsylvania, planned on keeping his '03 Wrangler Rubicon stock at least until it was paid off. His friends had other ideas and politely convinced him stock sucked. So on went a 51/2-inch Rubicon Express heavy-duty long-arm lift kit with 1-inch coil spacers and 37x12.50R15 Goodyear MT/Rs on 15x10 Cragar wheels. Inside went a full cage, Beard seats, and five-point Crow harnesses. The drivetrain is still stock but Kevin added a Warn XD9000i winch to pull himself, or maybe his buddies, out.
Gene and Heather Ellsworth (insert corny Blues Brothers joke here) of Vancouver, Washington, are the proud owners of this '90 Jeep Wrangler. A new Jasper-built 258ci inline engine is coupled to a rebuilt Peugeot five-speed and a 4-speed Atlas T-case. Some of the highlights include a Poly Performance four-link rear suspension and three-link front with coilover shocks, ARB Air Lockers front and rear, Yukon gears and chromoly axles, and 37-inch Goodyear MT/R tires. An LOD Off Road rear bumper/tire carrier guard the back with a Poison Spyder rollcage tied into the frame in six places to protect the two gourds in the front adult-sized Mastercraft seats and rear pre-teen Mastercraft in the rear.
Writing a letter to accompany your Jeep submission and talking about the editors crying about stuff is a great way to get your submission either tossed, or picked on. In this case, however, Tony Winston of Eugene, Oregon, sent along some pictures of his '04 TJ wheeling Moab. Tony added a 31/2-inch Rubicon Express Superflex lift, 33x12.50R15 Toyo mud tires on 15x8 Mickey Thompson Classic wheels. Miscellaneous armor, a MileMarker PE8000 winch, and a baby in the back seat (best mod so far, says Tony) round out the riot act.
Sin City TJ
This is one of the last of a great breed. This '06 TJ belongs to Eric Golden of Las Vegas, Nevada. He enjoys taking it out for wheeling in and around Logandale, Nevada. A 41/2-inch Rubicon Express lift clears the way for 35-inch Mickey Thompson tires that are spun by an ARB Air Locker in the rear Dana 44 and an Auburn E-Locker in the front Dana 30. Eric fabricated a custom oil pan skid plate, bolted on an 8,000-lb MileMarker winch, slip yoke eliminator, and PSC 6-inch front and rear tube fenders.
This '93 Wrangler comes to us all the way from Saugus, California, right next door to us. This picture was taken in Moab, Utah, however, and shows off the flex of the 5-inch Pro Comp coil conversion with TJ-style rear sway bar and MX-6 adjustable shocks. The front Dana 30 got 4.10 gears, an ARB Air Locker, Warn hub conversion with Warn chromoly axles, and a custom high-steer setup. A Currie 9-inch with 31-spline axles, 4.10 gears, a Detroit Locker, and 11-inch brakes takes care of the rear. Dual Optima Batteries, a Premier Power Welder, an 8,000lb-rated Warn winch all roll on 33x12.50R15 BFG MTs with American Racing Chrome 15x8 rims.
Way back when we were running the Bree column, she said her favorite Jeep was a '79 CJ-5 with a 304ci V-8 and a fiberglass body. Well, Jamie's (last name and location omitted) '80 is the wrong year, but it's got the fiberglass body and the 304ci V-8. The Jeep wears a Virginia license plate and Jamie tells us it got a full frame-off restoration, and a 4-inch suspension lift along with a 2-inch shackle lift to clear the 35-inch BFG MTs on American Racing Outlaw II rims.
Where You at MJ?
This '86 Comanche truck hails from Morgantown, Indiana. It's owned by Richard Binger who wonders why these trucks aren't more popular. His longbed MJ features west coast mirrors, a sport bar in the bed, bucket seats, a 2.5L and a five-speed with 4.10 axle gears. A Clay Smith hydraulic cam, a Clifford header, and .030 off the head pep up the four-popper while a limited slip in the Dana 35 rear axle and some mud tires on stock wheels help get the power to the ground.
This '99 TJ is owned by Ross Adams of Tigard, Oregon. It uses a 1-inch body lift and 2-inch coil spacers to clear 31-inch BFG Mud Terrains mounted on American Racing aluminum wheels. The Four X Doctor rocker guards protect the sides and a throttle-body spacer and Rock-It air tube with a K&N air filter boost engine performance.
TJ in Thailand
Guy Braverman is originally from Israel, but has relocated to the South East end of Asia in Thailand where, he tells us, there is a growing contingent of readers that enjoy wheeling in the forests out there. While we don't know much about the modifications to this TJ, which Guy bought new in 2001, he did tell us it was one of only about 70 Wranglers ever sold in Thailand. We were also invited to go wheeling out there with them, but both the numbers sold and the invite were from 2006 so who knows what's going on now.
Becky Pallucca from Pittsburg, Kansas, couldn't resist the chance at being a Jeep chick in Jp. So she offers up her '80 CJ-5. It sits atop a 4-inch lift and 35x12.50R15 Pro Comp Xterrains on 15x12 Street Lock wheels. The straight-six spins 4.10 axle gears and even though she says there is no scenery in the pic, she claims there are good spots to go wheeling close by.
When Chuck Johnes of Santa Maria, California, told us where he was from, we had this mental image of sun-kissed beaches and tiki huts. Well, maybe it was the fact that he shot his '05 TJ with a four-cylinder engine on the dunes of Pismo near the beach only 20 minutes from his house that got our minds wandering. Whatever the case is, a six-speed manual transmission, a 3-inch Black Diamond lift with heavy-duty 4WD Hardware lower control arms, and 32-inch BFG ATs wrapped around simulated beadlocks complete the look.
We run across a lot of Jeeps in the course of a normal day, and this one stood out for some reason. Maybe because it is an '05 Rubicon Unlimited, or maybe it's because it's riding low on 40-inch Goodyear MT/Rs. Whatever it is, Jason Leaf hit the nail on the head. Fox reservoir shocks out back and Fox coilovers in the front couple with Dynatrac Pro Rock 60s to keep the big rubber rolling. Poison Spyder front and rear tube fenders, Crusher Corners, and rock sliders keep the Jeep's body straight, even on tough runs like this one out in Johnson Valley, California.
Paul Christen of Apache Junction, Arizona sent in a couple pics of his buddies' Jeeps. This is Bob Nelson stuffing his TJ through a tight squeeze. A 5-inch lift clears 33-inch Goodyear MT/R tires. The 4.56 gears and ARB Air Lockers front and rear keep him pushing forward.
This '85 CJ-7 is owned by the wife of Alberta, Canada's, Chris Klassen. The stock six-banger and T-5 were tossed in favor of some American iron in the form of a GM 350 V-8. Behind it is a 700R4 four-speed automatic. The stock Dana 30 and Detroit-locked AMC 20 axles currently reside under the Jeep, but plans are in the works to upgrade. All this sits atop a 6-inch lift and 33-inch mud tires that look as though they have dug a grave.
Chris Atkinson of Oak Harbor, Washington, got this '73 CJ-5 as a gift from his dad at the ripe old age of four. Over time, father and son rebuilt the AMC 304, T-18, and Dana 20 T-case (with added 4:1 gearing). Elevation comes in the form of a 4-inch lift kit that clears a set of 35x12.50R15 Wild Country tires mounted on American Racing rims. The front Dana 30 and rear Dana 44 both got 4.56 gears with the front axle benefitting from Superior Axle axleshafts and the rear axle enjoying a Detroit Truetrac.
The email we received signed by "Michael and Jana Burritt" of Grand Junction, Colorado, stated, "Here is a picture of our little cutie." Jana (we hope it was Jana) was referring to the couple's '69 Kaiser Jeep CJ-5. This is one of those stories that we all like to hear. About 15 to 20 years ago, Michael used the Jeep for hunting and then sold it. About 21/2-months before sending in the picture, they found their old Jeep and bought it back. The stock 225ci V-6 was still under the hood along with the three-speed transmission, Dana 20 T-case, and all the original running gear.