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March 1999 Jeep Shots

1988 Jeep Cherokee
Todd Ryden | Writer
Posted March 1, 1999

20 Rad Rides!

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.

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