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March 1999 Jeep Shots

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Modified Cherokee
Paul McBride of Winder, Georgia, has added performance to his '88 Cherokee from the inside out and everywhere in between. The HO 4.0L breathes easier, thanks to a K&N Filtercharger, and a Jacobs ignition improves the fuel burn. A set of custom Flowmasters and dual exhaust are tucked underneath, along with a 4-inch Dick Cepek modified suspension. Rhino nerfs and grilleguard protect the sheetmetal, and a set of 150-watt beams light up the trails. Inside, Paul can dial his favorite off-roading tunes on Alpine and JL audio.

Big, Bright Red
This Fire Engine Red '79 Cherokee sticks out like a sore thumb when Wally Vance is piloting it through the woods around Richmond, Virginia. The '79 still gets around with the original inline-six and three-speed trans, while a set of Goodyear Wranglers rotate on the stock wheels through a Model 20 transfer case, but an earlier grille graces the front. Wally likes the suspension at the stock height, but he did add a front and rear cradle to accommodate a Ramsey 9,000-pound winch.

Short and Sweet
Jamie Howard of New Philadelphia, Illinois, must be having fun with his '90 Comanche Eliminator. We deduced this from his not having the time to give us any details on his truck besides the fact that it has a 4.0L powerplant. Oh yeah, it's red and the Jeep looks well kept, clean, and straight. Don't stop wheelin' on our account Jamie.

Dirty Pictures
This '97 Wrangler Sport just came through some trails around Batavia, Ohio, and you can tell that there was plenty of mud-slinging fun going on. William Logan is the proud owner and he plans to add a 3-inch lift, 32s, and a Warn winch in the near future. So far, the 4.0L-powered Jeep remains stock except for a set of Black Diamond shocks and 30-inch Goodyears.

Preserving History
Don Schimmel came across this '48 while driving the backroads of Crossville, Tennessee, three years ago. He pulled in to take a look at the worn and abused Jeep, and before he knew it, he had himself a project. Don decided that the Jeep deserved to be restored to its original splendor and he performed a complete restoration. He credits Walck's Four Wheel Drive for their extensive inventory that made the resto go quicker. The Jeep is now back on the Crossville roads with an L-head engine, 6-volt electrical system, and even the original-style wheels and tires.

Waiting for the Trails
This '64 CJ-5 is just waiting to be driven. The Jeep has just over 42,000 original miles and Tom and Ruth Ralls of Newcastle, Wyoming, have a lot of miles to make up in it. The CJ still features its original driveline with the 134 Hurricane engine, three-speed trans, and a posi in the rear differential. The Ralls have the comfort of a 1/3-2/3 seat and accessories such as vacuum-operated wipers. The mustard yellow Jeep is a rare find, but we're just itching to hit a few trails with it.

First Timers
Even though they live in a town called Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, this '91 Wrangler is the Pfeiffers' first Jeep! Erik and Toni learned quickly that personalizing your Jeep was just one of the cool things you get to do with one. So far, they've added Dick Cepek shocks along with a set of 29x11.50 Mickey Thompsons wrapped around American rims. Accessories include stainless hood latches, a bugshield, and a CD player with subs and a Bazooka tucked neatly in the back.

Lifestyle Change
The first 10 years of this '84 CJ-7's life were relaxing but dull, since it only saw about 5,000 miles of use a year. Then Chad Lambert came along and racked up another 51,000 miles in just three years and had fun all the way. In that time, Chad, of Greeley, Colorado, kept the Jeep in excellent condition and has only had to replace the water pump and ignition module. Chad kept the suspension and engine modifications to a minimum, but has added accessories like a Bestop Supertop, a CB, and a Sony sound system, along with a set of 31x10.50 Peerless Force 4 All-Terrains.

Baby Ray
Raising a baby is tough. Just ask Ray Fraley of Rochester, New York, and he'll tell you about the endless amount of time, and the sweat and occasional tears that are involved in modifying a Jeep. Ray has treated his '86 CJ-7 as his child throughout its restoration. The Jeep glows with a candy apple red paint and features a 258 updated with a Holley TBI EFI system backed by a T5 trans. BF Goodrich 30x10.5 All-Terrain T/As grab the ground via twin lockers while a set of Warn shocks soften the ride. We guarantee that if you ask Ray if it was all worth it, he'd just smile and nod.

Texas CJ
This '76 CJ-5 is just one of the thousands of Jeeps scattered across Texas. The near-antique Jeep is driven daily by Kirk Hurst or his wife Kathy, both of Kingsville, Texas. The CJ sports its original hue- burnt orange-and is powered by a stock 258 with a three-speed trans getting the torque to 3.54 gears at both ends. Kirk added a set of Rancho RS 5000 shocks and a steering stabilizer to absorb the bumps that get through the 31x11.50 Futura A/T tires.

New Member
James Dolan was more than eager to get us a picture of the newest member of the Dolan family: a '98 Wrangler Sport. James resides in Stanton, Delaware, and you can bet that there's plenty of four wheeling to break in the Sport. The 4.0L-powered Wrangler is Flame Red and shod with a set of Goodyear Wranglers. Since snapping this photo, James has added nerf bars and a Mile Marker winch and there's more fun things to come.

On Lookout
Everyone knows that a Jeep is never completely finished. There will always be a wish list of accessories and parts and the excitement of with new ideas and technology. Brad Geisel of Brussels, Wisconsin, has already outfitted his '97 TJ with a 2-inch Trail Master lift and SSV shocks, custom skid plates, PIAA lights, and a list of other items. All of this is complemented by a set of ARB lockers, and a dash-mounted GPS is on the way.

Different Strokes
Living in Roselle Park, New Jersey, probably doesn't make it easy for Jose R. Molina to find a lot of hardcore trails. But just dropping the top of his '97 Wrangler and feeling the wind and open air make it all worthwhile. Jose went with a set of Goodyear Wrangler GS-As and has added Euroguards to the front and rear. Anytime is a good time to drive a Jeep and it's fun no matter where you are.

Tonka Beast
This 'glass body '80 CJ sits up high, thanks to a set of 38.5x14 Ground Hogs. The chocolate-brown Golden Eagle is the pride of Ken Hatfield and sees plenty of trail time around the Washington, Pennsylvania, area. A rebuilt 304 delivers plenty of power to the monster-size boots through a Detroit Locker and a Truetrac rearend up front.

Kitchen Sink Needed
This '95 Wrangler owned by Aaron Jessop, of Kelso, Washington, has it all. Aaron sent in two single-spaced pages detailing every add-on, and another half page listing future plans. Just a few of the modifications include ARB Lockers, a Warn XD9000i winch, bumpers from Smittybilt and ARB, Rancho RS9000 shocks and stabilizer, a K&N air filter, a host of Steelhorse accessories, and an Explorer Pro Comp lighting system. All that rolls on a set of Welds and BFGs. So what's left to do? How about a supercharger, rear discs, and a 4-inch lift?

One From the Mitten
Grand Rapids is located on the west coast of Michigan and experiences the best and worst of every season. So you can bet that Rollie Mellberg is never at a loss for four wheeling his '79 CJ-7 around the area. Rollie started with a 'glass body from Shell Valley and coated it with a bright orange paint, then lifted it 2 1/2-inches, using Skyjacker springs, Rough Country Shocks, and a stabilizer. The engine is a healthy 304 that Rollie noted was pushing 325 hp with the help of an Edelbrock induction system and Mallory ignition. A Turbo 400 is responsible for getting all the power to spin the American Racing directionals and 31x10.50 BFGs

Bring It On
This '85 CJ-7 has a lot more to offer than just its intimidating demeanor. It has performance to back it up. Ken Clark is the proud owner, and you'll see him out and about the Cordelia, California, area. An AMC 20 axle with 4.10 gears tugs the rear Super Swampers while a Dana 30 controls the front. The power is transferred between the two by a Dana 300 transfer case, a T-5 trans, and an inline-six. The interior sports a master rack center console, new carpet, super seats, and a mongo stereo. In the rare instance that one is needed, Ken has his choice of a hardtop or a soft top.

Tennessee Emerald
A 4-inch Pro Comp lift, 1.5-inch shackles, and a set of 33x12.50 Swampers give Mark and Cindy Wener's '95 Wrangler an imposing stance. The Weners are from Jackson, Tennessee, and obviously dig their emerald green Jeep. Air and exhaust flow more easily through the 2.5L thanks to a K&N Filtercharger and a Gibson exhaust system. A variety of Steelhorse stainless accessories, nerfs, and 10x15 Eagle rims lend the personal touch. Plans call for a 1-inch body lift and, some day, a 4.3L engine swap.

Lovin' Life
You can tell from this photo that Al Coleman, of Clarksville, Virgina, treats his Jeep well. It has 103,000 miles on the clock and the '88 Laredo still looks like new. Al says that the 258 is still going strong, and the thing is completely stock. We'd have to guess that the Jeep is pretty happy with Al just from the photo site. We all know how much Jeeps enjoy being out in the woods.

More Torque!
Mario Del Rosario recently rebuilt the 258 in his '90 Wrangler to give it a little more tug. Helping out in that department are a rebuilt head, a new carb, and a few internal modifications to the short-block. K&N and Borla help with the breathing, and a set of 32x11.50 BFG All-Terrain put the power to the Ontario, California, terrain. A Rancho 4-inch lift made room for the tires, and a set of Super Seats, new carpet, and a rollbar from a '94 Jeep complete the interior.

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