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June 2012 Jeep Shots Readers Jeeps

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Verne’s Neighbor
Doug Crosby of Glendale, Arizona, has owned this beautiful orange sleeper of an ’83 CJ-7 for 16 or 17 years now. Here we see Doug and the CJ on the Poison Spyder Mesa trail in Moab. Doug loves wheeling the CJ-7 and apparently it has quite a reputation as a “point-and-shoot” vehicle amongst Doug’s friends. A 258 I-6 with a 4.0L head and fuel injection turns the stock T-5 tranny and a twin-sticked Dana 300. The Lock-Righted stock Dana 30 and AMC 20 are held in place by 2½-inch Pro Comp springs. Luggy 32x11.50R15 BFG KM2s on 15x9 steel wheels get the power to the rocks all over the Southwest. The Jeep and Doug have traveled through four Southwest states and from sea level to 13,112 feet, all while making bigger rigs look silly.

Chili Verde Muy Espicyoso
We are not sure where or when we first saw pictures of Sebastián Varas’-built ’42 Willys MB from Chile on the interwebs, but this thing is hot as a habañero! The flattie sports a fully fabricated rectangular-tube frame (that’s a great idea … that we may have borrowed for Project Ground-Up!), stout cage, lots of OD green vintage parts, a pair of Wagoneer Dana 44s each housing ARB Air Lockers, custom-hung Wagoneer leaf springs up front and a four-link rear, Allied Beadlocks, and 36-inch Interco IROKS. Power is ample, thanks to a 6.0L GM Gen III motor turning a TH350 and a Dana 300. Nice Jeep, wanna go wheeling some time?

So-Cal Trail Pro
Brett Henderson of Hermosa Beach, California, built this ’94 YJ for trail work in Southern California. The stock 4.0L engine sends torque to the factory AX15 five-speed transmission and NP231 transfer case. The stock axles are loaded with 4.88 gears to help spin the huge 37-inch Goodyear MT/R tires. Brett plans to swap in a Dana 20 transfer case and a Klune-V underdrive setup soon for some more finesse in the rocks.

Verne’s Other Neighbor
Rob Hewitt and his wife of Phoenix, Arizona, love taking their ’07 two-door JK Rubicon camping throughout the Southwest and up to the Rubicon Trail. The Wrangler sports a 4-inch Teraflex long-arm lift and 35x12.50R16 Goodyear MT/R tires. The Jeep also sports a Warn Powerplant winch with synthetic rope on a Warn bumper, Skyjacker dual steering stabilizers, a Yakima cargo carrier, and some additional body armor. The Hewitt’s love their JK, but may soon be upgrading it to a four-door, since camping for a week with the kitchen sink takes up the entire inside space of the smaller Rubicon.

Girls Just Want To Have Fun!
You know it’s true! Karen Coleman and her daughter Michelle sent in this picture of the two of them playing in Karen’s two-door ’09 JK. The Wrangler is basically stock, with the addition of some Dunlop Rover Maxx Tractions. Both girls love making the boys look bad all over Canada. So far, they have wheeled with the Edmonton Jeep Community (EJC) and Northern Alberta 4 Wheel Drive Association (NA4WDA), just to name a few. You go, girls!

New Bumper
This ’74 CJ-5 belongs to CJ Seitz of San Antonio, Texas, but apparently it gets around. He tells us that he was at an MDR race in Plaster City, California, helping get people unstuck from a wash when a 3500 Chevy Cargo van got stuck. It took him a couple of hours, but he got the van out. With the Jeep running a bored 350ci Chevy V-8 with an Edelbrock Air Gap intake, an RV cam, and a 650cfm Holley carb pushing an SM465 and a Dana 20, it’s no wonder the bumper bent. A front Dana 30 and rear Dana 44 put power to the ground thanks to a set of 35x12.50R15 Dick Cepek Fun Country II tires on 15x10 Dick Cepek wheels.

GI Joe
Yannick Lévesque of Coaticook, Québec, built this ’84 CJ-7 for rockcrawling on the weekends. It took Yannick over one year to complete the build. The engine is a stock 258 inline-six with a Weber carburetor. A Borg Warner five-speed and Dana 300 handle gearing duties. The front Dana 30 axle is fortified with a Detroit Locker and Superior shafts. The rear axle is an AMC 20 with a Detroit Locker and one-piece Superior axleshafts. Both differentials were fitted with Superior 4.88:1 gearing to handle 36-inch Interco IROK tires.

Superwunderbar, Ausgezeichnet!
Dies ist ein Jeep frominze Germany! Is nice, yes? This super YJ is owned by Ingo Weissenburger from Germany. The ’90 four-popper Wrangler sports some lift springs from Ingo’s old YJ, a winch for those “au scheisse” moments, and a custom camo paintjob to cover up the tired factory paint. Ingo also pulled the track bars and sway bars off the Jeep to improve flex and general fahrvergnugen. Here we see the YJ on a set of Goodyear MT/Rs climbing a hill at the off-road track of the Gelaendewagenverein in Gevenich, Germany. Man, our tongue is tired!

If You Can Roll Me Over, Read This!
This clean LJ is owned by Sandra Donaldson of Bradenton, Florida. Sandra has owned the Unlimited since it was new, and as soon as the factory warranty expired, she and her doting hubby Charles started modifying it. Chuck says he had to get things right the first time, so he slapped on a 4½-inch AEV long-arm suspension, Bilstein shocks, G2 4.88 gears, G2 chromoly axels for the front, and front and rear G2 diff covers. Stock rims are wrapped with 315/75R16 Toyo Open Country MT tires. A Warn winch serves up front, while Rock Bar, side bars protect the lines of the Jeep, and a M.O.R.E. rear bumper with tire carrier hauls the spare. Charles also is a Jeeper, not just a wrencher, and while his CJ-5 is red too, it sadly lacks A/C while Sandra’s LJ blows cold.

Arrrrgh! A Jeep Pirate’s Booty
Aye, ye scallywags this Jeep be the booty of Ryan Trela of Windsor, Massachusetts, who fancies himself a bit of a Jeep Pirate! Ryan’s XJ is a ’95 and was completely stock when he first commandeered her as a daily driver. The Cherokee is powered through rough seas and doldrums by the stock 4.0L and AX15. Ryan has added a 6 ½-inch Rough Country lift, custom rock bumpers front and rear, a 8,000lb MileMarker winch, rear Lock-Right locker, custom skidplates and 33x12.50-15 Super Swamper TSLs. The Black Pearl (we just made up that nickname for your Jeep, Ryan—you’re welcome!) has been a trusty vessel fer treadin’ the vast, dark, muddy waters of Massachusetts, despite occasional axleshafts cleavin’ in twain on rocks in the murky deep!

Down Unda’ TJ-6
We reckon this here CJ-6 is fairly unique, as it’s really a combination of a CJ-6 and a TJ. The CJ-6 was built by Jason Caruana of Jimboomba, Queensland, Australia. Jason mated the ’74 CJ-6 to a TJ chassis like a koala in a gum tree. The old iron derives power from an Australian redesigned and built Buick 3.8L V-6 with fuel injection. Power is then sent to an AX15 on its way to a NP231. The front axle is a Dana 30 out of a ’99 XJ spinning 4.27 gears. The rear axle is a narrowed Dana 44A out of a ‘99 WJ. The TJ’s rear suspension was modified with custom rear long arms to move the rear axle back about 10 inches so that the 33x12.5R15 Cooper Discoverer ST would line up with the factory wheel openings. The old rig was built for family camping and exploring the outback.

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

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