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July 2013 Jeep Shots - Reader's Jeeps

Posted in Features on July 1, 2013
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Italian Wedding Renegade
Giacomo and Letizia Marchini Parissi of Castelvecchio di Pescia, Tuscany, Italy, (try saying that five times fast), tell us that their wedding couldn’t have happened without this ’84 CJ-7 Renegade. Giacomo has owned it for eight years and says that when his wife met him for the first time, the Jeep was “a reason to let her fall in love more easily!” He says they enjoy taking it on trips to beautiful places in Italy during the summers and that it had to be part of their wedding day…even though its top was off and there was some rain—they parked it right outside the church. Their “Wedding Jeep” is equipped with the 258 ci inline-six engine with Hedman header and a Webber carburetor, Tremec T-176 four-speed manual transmission, Dana 300 T-case, Dana 30 front axle, AMC 20 rear axle, 3-inch Black Diamond suspension lift, and stock 15-inch wheels with 31x10.50-inch General Grabber AT tires.

All By Myself
Adam VanSlyke of Washington Court House, Ohio, is proud to say that he did every bit of work upgrading his ’94 Jeep YJ into the trail twister you see here, and this is his very first Jeep build. Adam built this Jeep in his garage, where he used tools bought for the project and learned how to set up his own gears. His long list of upgrades include a 4.0L I-6 engine with an ’02 intake swap and TIG-welded custom header, a slip yoke eliminator, custom Tom Wood’s driveshafts, a 31-spline Ford 8.8-inch rear axle with an Aussie locker, a Dana 30 front axle with a 760X U-joints, 4.88 gears, spring-over suspension conversion using rear spring packs and add-a-leafs, Skyjacker shocks all around, JB high-steer conversion, custom DOM drag link and tie rod, one-ton tie rod ends, 15x8 Cragar D-window wheels, 35x12.50-inch BFGoodrich KM2 tires (33-inchers in the photo), Smittybilt center console, CB radio, custom 6-point rollcage, 10,000-pound Viper winch, AC compressor converted to onboard air, Hi Lift jack with hood mount, and custom bumpers with a rear swing-down tire carrier and a camera mounted on the front stinger. Pfhew! That must have been one busy garage.

Zach Allen of Redmond, Washington, is just 18 years old and so is his ’95 YJ project, (and yes, that makes some of us feel old for having a high school diploma from that same year—go Foothill Trojans!). Just to rub it in, Zach says this isn’t even the first Jeep he’s built, which is why we resorted to calling him a whippersnapper. While this YJ is his first vehicle, he also built a CJ-7 with his dad. The ancient ’95 YJ was stock when Zach bought it and now has 220,000 miles on the 4.0L engine, AX15 five-speed manual, and stock axles, which he says have had “no problems yet, crossing my fingers.” The build started with hand-me-down 33-inch Mastercraft tires from the CJ-7, and now includes a 4-inch Rough Country suspension lift, Currie HD shackles, custom rear bumper, narrowed front bumper with a Warn VR8000 winch on a Smittybilt mount, inset LED lamps, White Knuckle Off-Road rock rails, Smittybilt center console, CB radio, and a woodgrain steering wheel “to keep it classy.” Great job, youngster!

Horsepower Trader
Wayne James of Bellville, Michigan, sure knows how to trade up. He started with an excavator that he traded for a Big Dog Husky motorcycle. Then he traded the chopper for a completely built Jeep with 450 horsepower. Although he rolled it a week later, the ’84 CJ-7 is up and running with its Chevy 383 stroker fueled by a 750 cfm Holley Avenger carb plumbed for nitrous and aided by a large ram-air scoop. Headman headers feed a Flowmaster exhaust. A TH400 with a 3,500-rpm stall converter and Dana 300 T-case feed the Dana 30 front and Ford 9-inch rear axles with 4.88 gears. The CJ-7 rides on a 4-inch Rancho lift with rear ladder bars and 15-inch Mickey Thompson Classic II wheels with 33x12.50R15 Dick Cepek FC II tires. The go-fast goodies, along with a wild multi-color paint job, help the Jeep accomplish its missions of looking good at car shows and drag racing at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes.

Death Machine
In the submission form, under “What was this vehicle built to do?” Andrew Paul of Grove Hill, Alabama, wrote: “Haul dead animals.” We assume he meant the result of hunting trips. At least we hope that’s what he meant. He says his “Dead Grass Green” ’76 CJ-7 has “a classic found in an old man’s barn covered in dust” back story, and we’re not going to argue and end up stacked with the other “animals” on his trailer. In fact, we’re not going to risk ticking him off any more than we already have, so we’ll just tell you about his Jeep. Under the scalp…um, hood, is an AMC 304 V-8 connected to a TH400 auto and converted Spicer 18 T-case. The Dana 30 front and AMC 20 rear ride on 4-inch Skyjacker Softride leaf springs with 2 ¼-inch shackles. The wheels are 15-inch Willys steel with 35x9.50-15 Q78 Super Swamper TSL tires. The CJ is also fitted with winches front and rear, diamond plate body armor, and a trailer for, um, cargo. Now, please take us off your list, Andrew.

Emergency XJ
U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Sam Bowman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, alerted us to a severe shortage of XJs in Jeep Shots and offered to help with a photo of his truck. What a nice guy! Sam learned how to drive and had his first off-road experience in a Cherokee and has been addicted to Jeeping ever since then. This was good news for some other folks during his first off-road trip with his ’00 XJ, because he was able to yank a high-centered Honda Element from a wash out on a trail in Medano Pass, Colorado. Then later on the same trip, he managed to pull out a stuck Chevy Silverado and Jeep TJ from the Great Sand Dunes National Monument. The XJ is a work-in-progress, but already has a Safari snorkel kit, K&N air filter, Borla exhaust, Skidrow gas skid plate, 2.5-inch Pro Comp lift front and rear, and TJ wheels with BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires.

Rubicon Relativity
Jeeping can bring out the best in people, and Robert Casebeer of South Lake Tahoe, California, is proving that on a regular basis with the help of his ’89 Jeep YJ. It was built to take him and his dog on the Rubicon Trail, which is practically in his back yard, but the YJ does more than just get from Point A to Point B along one of America’s most beautiful and challenging off-road destinations. Robert says his Jeep is “priceless” and has helped him make a difference on the trails and connect with people who knew his dad “back in the day.” The YJ has a carbureted 4.2L engine under the hood backed by an AX15 five-speed. It will soon have a TeraLow 4.0:1 in the T-case. The suspension has been lifted with a Rubicon Express Extreme Duty 4.5-inch spring-under system and axles are an open Dana 30 axle in front and a Currie Dana 44 with an ARB and disc brakes in the rear. A Smittybilt XRC-8 winch, tube doors, and steel 15x8-inch ProComps clad with 35x12.50R15 Goodyear MT/Rs all help Robert travel the Rubicon Trail.

Zombie Killer
The ’10 Rubicon seen here, owned by J.C. Ross of Kelso, Washington, was built to be a daily driver and a “Zombie Outbreak Response Vehicle.” The Jeep will probably see more snowmen than reanimated dead bodies, but J.C. is prepared. His JK has all the capability of a factory Rubicon, along with a suspension that’s been lifted 2-inches for zombie body clearance, 32-inch BFG KM tires for traction on gross slippery surfaces, high-output spotter’s lamps to temporarily blind the undead, and a Smittybilt XRC 10 winch to pull the Jeep to safety or remove the heads of those pesky “walkers.”

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