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October 2011 Jeep Shots

Posted in Features on October 1, 2011
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This two-for-one Jeep Shots submission was shot in Blue Canyon, California, and was sent in by Jack Buchanan of Fresno, California. On the right is Jack’s 2005 Wrangler Unlimited which sports 4½ inches of lift and running 33x12.50R15 Mickey Thompson MTZs. The aftermarket front bumper houses a Warn winch. On the left is a 1962 M38A1 with 31-inch Mickey Thompson MTZs on black steel rims. The old-school chrome front bumper with “speed holes” has been modified to accept a winch, and there is a custom Hi-Lift jack holder as well.

Lucky Thirteen
Casey Plombon of Chisholm, Minnesota, had his eyes on this 1981 Scrambler for 13 years before he finally got a chance to buy it. The chance came thanks to some work he did for the owner’s son and it has taken him 3 years to get it to the condition you see here. The Jeep is powered by a 351ci Ford Windsor V-8 backed by a T-18 transmission. The Dana 300 is still there as are the front Dana 30 and rear AMC 20 axles. Some 35-inch-tall Kuhmo Road Ventures are cleared thanks to a 4-inch Rough Country lift.

Dive Deep
This 1998 Wrangler’s 4.0L ran great up until about 40 minutes after this picture was taken when Joseph Cacciola of Galveston, Texas, misjudged the depth of a mud hole. After pulling the Jeep out of the 4-foot-deep pit and a complete fluid change, removal of carpeting, a salvaged Cherokee engine, and a new clutch, the Jeep runs great again despite its 223,000 miles. A dealer-installed 3-inch body lift clears the Goodyear Duratrac tires.

Trailer Shots
Greg Pasqua wrote in to follow up on our “Camping in Luxury” article from the June ’11 issue of Jp magazine. He doesn’t tell us much about his TJ Wrangler Sahara, but we learned a bunch about his Little Guy teardrop trailer. The trailer is manufactured by Little Guy Worldwide in Massilon, Ohio. The fenders are brushed stainless steel and the birch cabinetry features a stainless steel sink with a hand-pump for water. It has A/C hidden in the rear bumper area to make those desert outings comfortable and also has a marine battery and 2000-watt inverter onboard. The trailer is attached to the Jeep via a Kilby Max Coupler trailer hitch that provides more articulation than a regular pintle hitch.

There really is nothing else to say about this picture of Alexi Santorineos’ 1998 Wrangler climbing a ledge on Dishpan Springs trail in Big Bear, California. About the Jeep itself we can say a few things though. Goodies include a 4½-inch Rubicon Express short arm lift with 33-inch BFG Mud Terrain tires. Warn protects both front and rear with a pair of bumpers and an Optima Red Top battery gets things going. A Live Wires ignition, Banks intake system, and Banks exhaust “all the way back” get a little more oomph out of the powerplant.

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Jp Magazine, Jeep Shots
831 S. Douglas St.
El Segundo, CA 90245

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