More Than Cheese
Ted and Lesa Polzer of Racine, Wisconsin, sent us pictures of their nicely built ’79 CJ-7. Power comes from a healthy ’71 360 V-8. The engine was bored 0.030-over and runs about 9:1 compression. Other mods come in the form of a Comp Cams 268H cam, an Edelbrock Intake, an Edelbrock 600 cfm carb, an MSD ignition, and an oiling system from Bulltear Industries. The engine sends power to a TH400 built with a shift kit and a Novak Conversions adapter to fit the twin-sticked Dana 300. Lift comes from 2.5-inch springs. The front Dana 30 turns 3.54 gears, a Lock-Right, and some MileMarker hubs. The rear axle is a Model 20 with welded tubes, a homemade truss, Moser shafts, 3.54s and a Lock-Right locker. The 33x12.50R15 Goodyear Wrangler MT/Rs turn on 15x10 Ultra 164s while cruising dunes and mild trails.
Wheelin’ in Misery…er Missouri
This big ol’ teal YJ was built for wheeling in the deep mud and rocks by Austin Hatcher of Excelsior Springs, Missouri. The ’92 Wrangler spins a NV231 and NV4500, come what may, thanks to the venerable 4.0L engine. Suspension is a spring-over with Rubicon Express reverse-eye spring-over springs and Skyjacker shocks. The axles are on permanent loan from an early Bronco. Up front a high-pinion Dana 44 turns 4.56 Yukon gears and shafts with a Detroit Locker. Steering is high and tight thanks to high-steer arms from Blue Torch Fab. The rear axle is a 9-inch Ford with a True-Hi 9 third member, a Detroit Locker, Yukon shafts, and 4.56s. Tires are bias-ply 38.5X14.50-15 TSL/SXs on 15x10 black steelies.
It’s a fact, Jeeps and other cars and light-duty trucks are female and always have been. Sorry, manufacturer of Truck-Spuds and the dummies who install them on your poor hermaphrodite trucks you’ve created. Mackenzie Clark from Kingston, Washington, knows this, and as an 18-year-old high school senior she rebuilt a wrecked ’05 LJ Unlimited “Girl Jeep” she picked up from a junkyard in 2011. Mackenzie did all the work herself on weekends and turned her Jeep we’ll call Ruby into a great wheelin’ rig. Ruby now sports a Rubicon Express 3.5-inch lift kit and 33x12.50R15 Goodyear Duratracs on factory Jeep Ravine 15x8-inch wheels. Ruby sports the 4.0L, auto tranny, NP231, Dana 30, and Dana 44 rear turning a Eaton Truetrac. Awesome job rebuilding the Wrangler, Makenzie. Well done!
Yard Wheelin’ Canadia Style
Oh, Canada, my home and native land! In you, I will wheel with my nice grey XJ! Ahem…Karl Teghtmeyer of Bragg Creeek, Alberta, Canada, sent in these pictures of his ’99 Cherokee yard wheeling. The XJ runs a 4.0L engine, AW4 tranny, a 3.8:1 Atlas T-case, and 3.55 gears with a Lock Right in the rear. Both ends of the Jeep are protected by custom bumpers, with the rear bumper sporting a tire carrier. So far a 4-inch lift has cleared 33-inch tires, but Karl can’t wait for more lift, bigger tires, and some lower axle gears. Karl also asked that we mention Bragg Creek 4WD Association. Karl be representin’ his Jeepin’ homies, werd!
Jeep Powered by 502ci
Hmm 502ci, let me check, yep that ought to do it. This Jeep, owned by Louis Marin who lives near Tucson, Arizona, is a combination he put together of a gutted Wrangler body and chassis and Louis’ wrecked ’77 3⁄4-ton Chevy long bed. Louis slung the Dana 60 and 14-bolt under the Jeep along with a 502ci V-8, SM465, and an NP205 with a twin-stick conversion. Other tricks include a front shackle reversal on Wagoneer springs, a Warn 12,000lb winch, dual Optimas, Bilstein shocks, and a full ’cage built by Louis himself. Nice rig, Louis, and nice looking wheeling spot.
Check out this super clean and super nice ’82 CJ-8 owned by Kyle Davis of Olympia, Washington. Kyle submitted the photo of his Scrambler powered by a 258ci engine that was bored 0.030-over and sparked with a billet HEI distributor. The straight-six then sends power to a T-5 tranny, a Dana 300, and the stock Dana 30, and Model 20 axles. The stock springs are boosted with 1½-inch lift heavy-duty shackles. Tires are 32x11.50R15 Mud Kings mounted on chrome 15x8 wheels. That’s one nice brown collectible Scrambler.
More Island Jeepin’
Is that another blue ’89 Islander-edition YJ? Well,it is for sure another Pacific Blue ’89 YJ with some Island-editionesque side markings. This Wrangler is owned by Matt Gummersall of Stone Mountain, Georgia. Matt has also modified his Jeep for the road and trail. He dropped the 4.2L and BA-10 tranny in favor of a Hemi orange powdercoated HO 4.0L and an NV3550. Stock axles front and rear are held away from the frame and body with Rough Country 4-inch springs and Crown heavy-duty shackles. Matt’s 33x13.50/15 Super Swamper LTBs are wrapped around black steelies for traction and durability on the trail.
Rusty Jebbia of Wheeling, West Virginia, sent in this photo of his restored ’53 M38A1. Rusty did the work on the old warhorse about 10 years back and has been enjoying it ever since. The .50-cal machine gun has a simulator that fires a mixture of propane and oxygen at 7 shots per second. Rusty is also the proud owner of two TJs, and his wife and daughter each drive a Liberty. A true Jeep family.
Okay we admit it. We love to give KJs a hard time here at Jp, but the truth is we love these little bastards of the Jeep world—like the bully loves his punching bags. Anyways, if you love KJs, don’t bother listening to us, go wheel the pee pee out of the thing and send us pictures like John Bellini of Lakewood, Colorado, did. John’s Liberty is an ’05 model running the 3.7L V-6 with a six-speed. John also sent us a laundry list of modifications that we can’t fit here. Highlights include dual ARBs in the stock Dana 30 and Chrysler 8.25, a highly built T-case, onboard air, 245/75R16 Goodyear Wrangler MT/Rs on 16x7 US Wheel 84 Series Black Daytona Wheels. John also fabbed up a home-built 3-inch air intake system and runs a bevy of All J Products Liberty suspension parts and armor. Liberty powers activate!
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