The first thing we look at from any Jeep Shots submission is the picture. This picture had us wondering. From the Euro-spec turn signals, to the "passenger" hanging way out the side, we were curious. Turns out that the "passenger" is the owner and he is driving the Jeep. Michael Close hails from Salt Ash, NSW, Australia, and this '78 CJ-7 is a right-hand-drive model. Specs include a 360ci AMC V-8, T-18, and Dana 20 T-case. A front Dana 30 with an ARB Air Locker handles guidance and an AMC 20 with a Detroit Locker handles the push. A Rubicon Express 4-inch lift makes way for 33x12.50R15 BFG MTs.
Rub It In
We don't know where Robert Van Overmeiren hails from, but this picture was shot at the Badlands Off Road Park in Attica, Indiana. Robert's '05 TJ is the subject of some spousal disdain and features a Rubicon Express 31/2-inch Super Flex lift that clears 33-inch Nitto Mud Grapplers. Put another way, Robert's wife hates his Jeep, although we can't see why. The Sniper Fabworks front bumper and fenders give it a unique look while protecting the nose, the Rock Hard 4x4 rear bumper/tire carrier is one of the best bolt-on tire carriers out there, and the Top Five Roof Rack and Safari baskets make space for all of the couple's gear.
This '65 Kaiser J-200 is Eli Hill's first Jeep. He bought it on eBay where the seller stated it would only go to 45 mph. When he brought it home, he found that was because it was stuck in low range. The stock 230ci overhead cam inline-six was on broken engine mounts and bolted to the stock T-90, also on a broken mount. The mounts are fixed now, and power goes out to the front and rear Dana 44s with 4.27s via a Dana 20 T-case. Other features are a "custom hillbilly bondo job (varying thicknesses up to 3/4-inch), craptastic original door handles that work on select occasions", stock gauges that no longer function, and a custom brushed-on green paint job. Eli has big plans for this truck which include keeping the original engine, supercharging it, and bolting an NV4500 in behind it.
Aaron Snyder of Raleigh, North Carolina, built this '03 Wrangler between deployments in the U.S. Navy. He is out now, and this picture is from the Jeep's first wheeling trip to Uwharrie, North Carolina. A 4-inch ProComp lift with MX6 shocks ride above a set of 35x12.50R15 Goodyear MT/Rs on Black Rock rims. Up front a Warn M8000 winch sits on a Rugged Ridge bull bar and 3/4-inch coil spring spacers help level the Jeep out. The tub was Herculined and four 55-watt lights are mounted to the Garvin rack. A to Z rockers keep the tub clean and an LOD bumper keep things under control out back.
This '83 CJ-7 is a transplant from the East Coast. Paul DaCruz now lives in Santa Rosa, California, and cruises the beaches with this Jeep. Years ago, while still living in New York City, Paul kept the Jeep outside with no top and only a full Jeep cover. Imagine his surprise upon finding a homeless guy living in his Jeep after it sat for a month. The Jeep is largely stock with the 258ci inline-six, five-speed manual transmission, Dana 300 T-case and front Dana 30 with AMC model 20 rear axle. The original steel wheels have been painted black and wrapped with 31-inch BFG ATs.
Scott Strudwick of Esko, Minnesota, doesn't have much to say about this '57 FC-150, as he'd bought it not long before sending us some pictures. Aside from the orange grill, it looks like a stock FC-150, but under the engine cover is a 151ci GM Iron Duke four-cylinder mated to a T-90 transmission. The tried-and-true Spicer 18 splits power out to a Dana 25 front axle and a Dana 44 rear axle, both of which are still on the stock leaf springs. Grabber MTs put the power to the ground.
When Matthew McCowan of Arizona bought this '76 CJ-7 back in 2005, it was a gutted shell of a Jeep with a Ford 5.0L engine between the framerails. A Hughes-built C4 was bolted to the hopefully-good engine. The stock Dana 20 was adapted to the slushbox. Fortunately the engine proved to be good, so Currie Enterprises was tapped for 9-inch axles front and rear. The axles were stuffed with 4.88 gears and Detroit Lockers with 31-spline Dutchman shafts up front and 31-spline Currie shafts out back. The aluminum gas tank is custom-made and an aluminum Ron Davis radiator keeps the Ford V-8 cool. A Warn M8000 provides recovery and Poison Spyder rocker guards protect the cool gray paint.