Sure, it is painted school bus yellow, but this Wagon looks like it’s seen its fair share of abuse. Given that it is a ’54 and has survived 57 years of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, winters might have something to do with it. A 283ci Chevy V-8 passes power off to a TH400 transmission and a Spicer 18 T-case. Jonathan Riel tells us that after a new carburetor, new battery, and some 33-inch-tall Boggers it runs great. He pulled the seats out of a ’90s Yukon to make it a bit more comfortable and has a Warn 8274 for the front bumper sitting on the shelf.
Jerry Bain hails from Elizabeth, West Virginia, and is proud of how little he spent on his Jeep for how capable it ended up. We even got an itemized tally that rings up to a grand total of $2,009 (including $1,100 for the new 35x12.50R15 Dick Cepek Crushers). A lot of fender trimming and some pre-’96 fender flares relocated higher up the body made room for the tires along with about 4 inches of bastard lift. A C-ROK steering brace was used to help the puny factory XJ steering setup and a Chrysler 8.25 with 4.10 gears was yanked from the local junkyard for $125 to regear the rear end. The front axle got matching used gears and a $120 AutoZone rebuild. The cold air intake you see was made with PVC from Home Depot after hydrolocking the old 4.0L engine.
This ’91 Wrangler belongs to Charlie and Jamie Stavro of Harker Heights, Texas; Charlie is currently serving a third tour of duty in Iraq. Thanks for serving, Charlie. The Jeep has an unknown 4-inch lift on it that was on the Jeep when he bought it. That paves the way for a set of 33x12.50 Mickey Thompson MTZs on Pro Comp rims. The 4.0L inline-six still pushes power through the AX15 and NP231 out to the front Dana 30 and rear Dana 35. Jamie has a Ford 8.8 and a regear to 4.10s coming up just as soon as Charlie is back stateside.
Jeremy Lischak of Stephentown, New York, sent in this picture of his ’05 Wrangler X playing in the snow. A 4-inch Rough Country lift provides clearance for a set of 33-inch TreadWright retreads that put the power to the ground. Engine modifications include a throttle body spacer, Fitch Fuel Catalyst, and an Airaid Intake system. Jeremy also has a trailer built from a wrecked ’99 TJ. With both rigs are running 33-inch tires that look like Jeep itself could have built it. When the two are hooked together, Jeremy refers to the two as his Jeep Caddy.
Aaron Bjorklund of Alden, Minnesota, originally contacted the general mailbox on our website to talk about winches. That was a good read, but Trasborg was more interested in the CJ-7 for Jeep Shots. A custom front bumper with quad KC Highlights resides out front with tow hooks off a pickup truck for snatch duties. A fiberglass front clip and body tub replace what the nasty Minnesota winters got rid of. Bjorklund is sporting old-school tubular nerf bars, but don’t hold that against him since they protect his mufflers from trail damage. A set of Pro Comp Xtreme MTs are wrapped around 15x10 aluminum wheels to put the power to the ground.
This ’93 Wrangler belongs to Dave Beck. Dave doesn’t tell us where he lives, but the picture was taken at the Mounds Off-Road park in Mount Morris, Michigan, so we imagine he lives somewhere near there. The Jeep is equipped with the 2.5L four-cylinder that Dave has hopped up with 19 lb/hr Ford injectors and a six-cylinder throttle body. A 4-inch Rough Country lift clears a set of 33-inch-tall Wild Spirit tires. The Dana 30 and Dana 35 axles are still under the Jeep, with the front axle benefitting from an Aussie Locker. A Smittybilt 8,000-pound winch is on hand for any needed recovery duties.
Mr. Walker of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, bought this ’03 Wrangler for his 15-year-old daughter Peyton to learn to drive in. He figured that Jeeps are pretty much tanks compared to the rest of the cars on the road and she should be pretty safe. The front Dana 30 is still there, but out back a high-pinion Dana 60 was swapped in with 4.56 gears. A 4-inch Superlift kit teams with Currie Enterprises Currectlync steering to clear and control the 35-inch BFG ATs on Mickey Thompson wheels.
This ’94 Wrangler belongs to Neil Gunn who doesn’t tell us where he is from. He has, however, used a lot of TJ styling cues to come up with an interesting half-breed of sorts. TJ front marker lights, fender flares, late TJ mirrors, and TJ rear tailgate hinges all make you take another look. Then you might notice things like the Poison Spyder Customs rocker guards or the Hanson front bumper. GenRight corner guards combine with a home-built rear bumper for rear end protection. The factory 2.5L four-cylinder, AX5, NP231, front Dana 30, and rear Dana 35 are all still there serving faithfully. Thanks to the TJ flares, a set of 31x10.50R15 Goodyear MT/Rs with Kevlar wrapped around Black Rock rims clear with no problems.
Despite the IFS, we do like the WK Grand Cherokee, and Jacob Ahlborn, of Houghton, Michigan, caught our attention with this picture. The ’06 Grand has a 4-inch Superlift suspension front and rear to clear 285/70R17 Goodyear MT/Rs with Kevlar mounted on AEV Pintler wheels. The 5.7L Hemi still passes power off to the Quadra-Drive II system so we’d imagine this Jeep is pretty capable off-road. Ahlborn built it to be a light-duty wheeler and daily driver and we’d say he hit his mark.
It is weird seeing a military Jeep in non-military colors, but this ’57 M38A1 looks good wearing red. Scott Gravatt of Auburn, California, rebuilt it from the sand-blasted frame up. A ’67 Mustang 289ci V-8 is mated to a T-18 transmission and Spicer 18 T-case with a Warn overdrive. The front Dana 25 and rear Dana 44 axles still spin 5.38s and put power to the ground through the 33x12.50R15s. Inside is a Tuffy console and an overhead console to keep things secure. A Bestop Supertop protects the occupants if the weather turns nasty.
This ’90 Comanche belongs to Chuck Longwell. He has added a 3-inch Rough Country lift and Walmart all-terrain tires. We are not sure where he hails from, but it must be up north, judging by his mentioning the big rust holes in the floor. Longwell actually sent this way back in 2004, but it’s a neat look back at was common then. Other highlights we’d now call retro are the old-skool brush guard with factory driving lights and a factory bed-mounted roll bar with a pair of KC lights. We hope the running boards have rusted away by now and that Longwell really got to do the full restoration he was planning for the Jeep way back when.
Wheelin’ With Mom
Kevin Hughes of Scottsdale, Arizona, was out wheeling with his 74-year-old mother when this picture was snapped in Payson, Arizona. This ’08 Rubicon Unlimited has 2½ inches of lift courtesy of TeraFlex. The Pro Comp Xtreme Terrain ATs are wrapped around some Dick Cepek DC-1 wheels and the Jeep gets a shot in the power department from a Magnaflow exhaust and a Mopar cold air intake. Kevin tells us that is a Cannondale mountain bike holding on for dear life out back and that he still owns his first Jeep; a ’77 CJ-5.
John Snyder hails from Allegany, New York, and has wheeled his ’04 TJ Rubicon in two Canadian Jeepers Jamborees, Paragon Adventure Park in Hazelton, Pennsylvania, and countless trails around Western New York. Snyder bought it brand new on Christmas Eve 2003 and has since added a 3-inch BDS lift with a 1¼-inch JKS body lift. That is enough to clear the current 225/85R16 BFG KM2s on the stock Rubicon wheels. The winch on the front bumper is a Superwinch 9.0 and an LOD rear bumper/tire carrier handles duties out back. After messing around with the locker when the Jeep was still new, Snyder busted a stock rear axleshaft, which lead to a set of Alloy USA shafts.
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