YJ To JK
Ken Woomer sent us this driveway shot from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to purchasing the ’14 Wrangler Sport shown here, Woomer was the proud owner of a ’95 YJ. While there are plenty of things this Iraq War veteran would like to do to his late-model JK, he is working on the build as time allows. For now, he has equipped it with 265/70R17 BFG all-terrain tires mounted on 17-inch KMC wheels.
Jay McMillan of Wilmington, Delaware, had these photos snapped of him wheeling his ’83 CJ-7 at Rausch Creek Off-Road Park in Pennsylvania. The classic Jeep is modified with a 5.0L V-8 engine from a ’00 Ford Explorer, which is backed by a NP435 transmission and clocked Dana 300 transfer case. Out back, the stock rear axle was replaced with a Ford 8.8 from East Coast Gear Supply, and both differential housings were equipped with Eaton ELockers. The 2 1/2-inch Rubicon Express leaf springs work with the M.O.R.E. shackle reversal to produce plenty of lift for the 33-inch-tall Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ tires. GenRight tube fenders and mini-boatside rocker panels help protect the exterior of the CJ, while a cage from Extreme Custom Fabrication keeps the occupants safe. Except for the exhaust, all work was done by McMillan. However, he credits his wife Karen for the great photos she takes of him off-road.
The participants at the 4th annual La Isla Jeep Bash at South Padre Island, Texas, were having a little fun with parking during the festivities. They call this the Jeep Mountain.
License Plate Spotting
Jeep owners tend to have some interesting license plates, so we put a call to action to see just what kind of plate your seven-slot machine runs. Here’s what we’ve seen so far.
… Or Not
This ’06 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon is adorned with the license plate “MOAB RDY.” The 4.0L engine has a Banks turbocharger and is backed up by a stock six-speed manual. A Currie/Savvy 4-inch hybrid suspension kit controls the stock Dana 44 axles. The differentials were given 4.88 gears to help roll the 37-inch-tall General Grabber tires. Other upgrades include an AEV Highline kit, Gobi roof rack, 1 1/4-inch JKS body lift, Poison Spyder Customs’ rocker guards, Rock Hard 4x4 aluminum corner guards, and 17-inch TrailReady beadlocks.
We think the “ITSA 46” plate on Mike Bullied’s ’46 Willys CJ-2A should clear up any confusion anyone in the Douglas, Massachusetts, area may have about the vintage of this flatfender. The plate came after his drive from Michigan last year where he went to pick the Willys up. On his way back, he found at every stop someone would ask him the year.
75 Years Young
Frank Hillman is all about his Jeep heritage as evidenced by his “EST1941” plate. Either that or Hillman is now 75. Kudos either way.
This “ZJBLACK” plate belongs to Alex and Julie Rosas from Waterford, Michigan. As you can see, the plate stems from the couple’s all-black ’96 Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ.
Joseph Pemberton either hates rain or really likes western wheeling. We’ll let you decide.