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August 2012 Jeep Shots

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

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The Jersey Devil
Way before Shnookie and The Situation helped to prove that being really stupid is perfectly legal and can apparently make you rich, Pete Maynard from the Jersey Shore was rolling down the beach in this bright red and super-clean ’83 CJ-7. The rig, aptly nicknamed the Jersey Devil, has a fiberglass tub that is coated in GM Super Red paint. American Racing Outlaw II wheels are wrapped with ProComp 33x12.50R15 Xterrain tires and are kept out of the body via a 4-inch lift. Advance Adapters provided the parts to connect a Chevy 350 to the stock T-5 transmission and the stock axles via a Dana 300. Pete fabricated both front and rear bumpers, winch mount, shackles, tire carrier and dash extension instead of doing his hair, going to the spray tan place, and making the rest of us dumber. Thanks, Pete.

Mean Green Escape Pod
This ’78 CJ-7 belongs to Jason and Theresa Lafferty of Tucumcari, New Mexico. Here they enjoy an issue of Jp magazine while wheeling Moab on the Green Jeep’s shakedown trip. The old Seven is powered by a small-block Chevy 350 that turns a TH400 trans in route to a Dana 20 transfer case and Dana 30 front and Dana 44 rear. Front and rear axles house 3.73:1 ring-and-pinions turning ARB Air Lockers while weld-on beadlocks grab and hold 35x12.50R15 Dunlop Radial Mud Rovers. Homemade corners armor and flairs, built with help from dad, provide body protection. Other amenities include dash-mounted winch controls, flat front fenders, and a stout rollcage. Nice rig, wonderful reading spot!

The Nova Scotia Sasquatch
This awesome picture is of the “Luv Jeep,” an ’04 Jeep TJ Sport owned by Cindy Creighton of Spring Hill, Nova Scotia, although we want to call this TJ “The Nova Scotia Sasquatch.” Cindy’s Wrangler is decked out with all kinds of goodies including a 4-inch Rough Country long-arm system supplemented with a 1-inch body lift. The under carriage of the TJ is protected by a custom center skid plate. Power from the 4.0L hits the ground via a Rubicon Dana 44 rearend with a factory air locker, while a Dana 30 front with RCV Performance CV axleshafts spins up front. ARB differential covers front and rear protect 4.10 gears. A Currie Currectlync steering keeps the BFG KM2s rolling on the right path on- or off-road, while a Warn 8274 with synthetic rope helps out in a pinch.

Secret CJ-7 Submission
Have you ever dreamed of loading up in your Jeep and driving it to Moab, wheeling it on some of the best trails in the world, and then heading back home? We have, and apparently so has Curtis McNeil of North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Curtis’ buddy, Craig Brown, submitted this picture and info on the clean ’84 CJ-7. Curtis drove nearly 5,000 miles to and from Moab, including trail time. The frame-off rebuilt CJ runs a Jasper 258 inline-six breathing through a Weber carb, a 4.0 head conversion, and a 4.0L header. An NV3550 five-speed spins via a Centerforce II clutch bolted to a rebuilt Dana 300 via a Novak Adapter. The front Dana 30 spins 4.56 gears and a limited-slip diff, while the rear AMC 20 turns like gears and a Detroit Locker. A 4-inch Superlift suspension supplemented with a 1-inch Daystar body lift and 1.25-inch-lift Daystar shackles provide clearance and flex for 35x13.50-15 Baja Claws on 15x8 Mickey Thompson wheels.

Four Banging
It’s true that just about any Jeep with a few simple modifications and a well-tuned engine can be tons of fun. You don’t have to tell that to Wes Teseniar of Lincolnton, North Carolina. His ’55 CJ-5 still sports most of the stock drivetrain in the form of an original 134-cube F-head engine, T-90 transmission, Spicer 18 T-case, and Dana 25 front and Dana 44 rear axles. Despite the vintage parts, this little Jeep “gets it” on the trail for sure. One well-planned modification comes in the form of 2.5-inch-lift YJ springs on all four corners. Other trick parts include a front shackle reversal, a Caddy alternator that has been modified to power a welder, home-built rock sliders and ’cage, and an 8000lb winch. Traction comes from 32x9.50-15 Super Swamper TSLs on 15x8 inch steel wheels.

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