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June 2012 Jeep Shots Readers Jeeps

1983 Jeep Cj 7
Verne Simons
| Senior Editor, Jp
Posted June 1, 2012

11 Homegrown Jeeps!

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.

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