Refurbished ’89 YJ
So the first four years of the Jeep Wrangler were plagued with some seriously poopy parts. The computer-controlled Carter carb on the 4.2L engines, the ’87 YJ’s NP207, and the ’87-’89(ish) Peugeot BA-10 are just a few bastard parts that some of these early Wranglers got. The Pacific Blue ’89 YJ owned by Matt Gummersall of Stone Mountain, Georgia, you see here has left that in the past. A Hemi-Orange 4.0L now sits between the front fenders and the Peugeot tranny was dropped for an NV3550. Lift comes from a Rough Country 4-inch suspension system with heavy-duty shackles. Stock axles spin 33X13.50-15LT tires mounted on black steel wheels.
Hailing from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, Dave Anthony sent in pictures of his new-found hobby, a gold ’05 Wrangler Unlimited. Dave tells us that before he owned the Jeep he was mechanically challenged, but he has learned a ton and has had fun spinning wrenches on his LJ. The Jeep sports 33X12.50R15 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws with lift coming from a Rough Country 4-inch X-Series kit with Flex Arms. The Jeep is powered by a stock 4.0L that breathes via an Airaid intake. The tranny is stock, as are the Dana 30 front and Dana 44 rear axles…for now. The NV231 sports a Rough Country slip yoke eliminator too and a Warn winch resides up front. Dave’s plans for the Unlimited include a front Dana 44 and some lockers.
Jp Thanks You! Better Late Than Never
Casey Teague, Major, U.S. Army from El Paso, Texas, sent us this picture of himself in his CJ when he was deployed in Iraq back in 2007. Somehow the picture and email got…temporarily misplaced for a while. Anyway, better late than never we suppose. Casey, thanks for your service. Casey’s ’73 CJ-5 sends power from a 304 AMC V-8 to an NP435 bolted to a Dana 300 T-case and a Dana 30 front axle and Dana 44 rear axle. The axles house 4.56:1 gears which turn 33x12.50-15 Super Swamper TSLs on chrome steel wagon wheels. Lift comes from 21⁄2-inch Pro Comp springs while added traction comes from a Detroit housed in the Dana 44. Looks like fun!
Jp Thanks You, Too!
Craig Boehmer sent us a few pictures of his ’93 YJ in use on the rocks. Unfortunately Craig can’t wheel his rig and is stuck thumbing through photos of it. You see Craig is serving overseas in Afghanistan and spends time dreaming of wheeling and building his rig. The YJ sports a Bestop Supertop, a full rollcage, a Line-X’d interior, a 1-inch polyurethane body lift, stock Dana 30 and Dana 35 with Detroit Lockers and cromemoly axleshafts with Yukon gears. Tires are 35X12.50R15 Goodyear MTRs on TrailReady beadlocks. The body is protected from the trail with custom flat fenders, rock sliders, and some 1⁄4-inch plate armor running from the back of the doors to the tailgate. Lift comes from 4-inch Superlift springs and heavy-duty shackles. The 4.0L sends exhaust out a Magnaflow exhaust while an 8000lb Warn winch deals with recovery if needed.
Newbie in Vintage Sheetmetal
This 53 M38A1 is owned by Andy Record of Marinez, California. OK, so Andy is not really a newbie, he did spend some time wheeling a Ford Explorer in the past, and Andy admits that at the time he thought all of us Jeepers were a little weird. It took this near-stock M38A1 to convert him to our side and he finally gets it. The old military Jeep still runs the F-head 134ci four-banger, T-90, Spicer 18, Dana 25, and Dana 44. Suspension duties fall to the original 12- and 13-leaf packs that the old Willys has always had. Dakota M/T LT265/75R16 tires spin on original 16-inch wheels while put-putting around town and during some light wheeling. Andy, welcome to the sickness. Good luck.
Eric Robertson of Tucson, Arizona, sent us this nice picture of him doing the three-tire-watusi on Arizona’s Charouleau’s Gap trail. Eric’s ’55 is powered by a V-6 from an ’80 Camaro. The engine then spins a “manual three-speed with granny from a ’70 Chevy,” which we assume is an SM420 or SM465 with a doubler and a Dana (we are guessing Dana 300) T-case. Michelin 40-inch military tires spin on 17-inch Outlaw wheels thanks to a locked Dana 44 front and a locked Ford 9-inch rear, both filled with 5.13 gears. The suspension flexes thanks to 4-inch buggy springs, while Fox shocks dampen the ride.
Island Jeepin’ Mon
Dreaming of Island life? We are. Luckily for one reader, Adrian Cornellier, he lives in the sunny (yet flat) state of Florida. Odessa, Florida, to be specific. He also has this great beach and trail rig in the form of an ’89 YJ Islander edition. The Jeep runs the stock 4.2L six-cylinder, AX-15, NP231, Dana 30, and Dana 35. Stock 3.08 gears turn 33x10.50R15 BFGoodrich ATs on stock 15-inch aluminum wheels. A 3-inch body lift and 13⁄4-inch-lift shackles on stock leaf springs provide space for the larger-than-stock tires. Adrian is planning to add a winch front and rear air lockers and some lower axle gears. Adrian, we dig the Islander. Nice blue.
Snooo Bound, Eh?
Rob Lees of Ontario, Canada, thought that we at Jp would like to see his Flattie with an arctic top. In fact, we did like seeing it and thought you might like to see it too. The old M-38 is used year round on Rob’s Ontario property. Rob installed a military heater for when the hard top goes on and the 24-volt electric windshield wipers replaced the originals because the vacuum-operated versions were not cutting it in those Canadian snowstorms. Rob also upgraded the brakes to 11-inch drums and added a dual-pot master cylinder to help with stoppage come Canadian rain, sleet, or snow.
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