12 Weird And Wild Jeeps From 2016 Moab Easter Jeep Safari #EJS2016Posted in Moab Experience: 2016 on March 28, 2016
Easter Jeep Safari is always a gathering of people and metal that is not quite like anything else around. It brings crowds of people into the little town of Moab, UT for the week leading up to Easter Sunday. Most of us are familiar with people watching, or mullet hunting when we are muddling around town or the local mall parking lot. During EJS, if you are in Moab there is more than enough opportunity for Jeep watching. You will find every kind of Jeep imaginable putting through town or out on the trails that cover the entire lifespan of the Jeep. It is amazing to see some of the detail, originality, and driver personality that comes to life as a rig rolls down the dirt. There is a flavor for any taste. If you're into rust, there's plenty of that. If you settle the score for election of President of the 4x4 club based on cumulative inches of light bar, there's plenty of eye candy for you as well. One man's nightmare is another man's fantasy Jeep. Like it, Love it, or hate it, here are 12 Jeeps we found around the 50th annual Easter Jeep Safari 2016, you be the Judge!
This bone stock Willys pick up truck made the long 1900 mile haul from Wisconsin as part of the Epic Willys Adventure to EJS2016, plow mount and all! These guys are serious about their trail spares and made sure they brought a spare transmission and transfercase strapped to the stake bed, you know..... just in case...
This rocking CJ5 is sporting some killer Super Jeep stripes that just whip you back in time. This retro cruiser is sporting a full roll cage, old school BFG mud treads and a monster front winch that's leading the way out in front.... WAY out in front!
There must have been some sort of underground collaboration among the LJ crowd, because we are pretty sure that damn near every LJ that came off the lot made it to EJS 2016, they were littered everywhere! This particular one was making a statement about keeping your hands off of the paint. How does the hood open anyhow? It could be an integrated fold down step ladder for working on the engine, possibly? Maybe we are the crazy ones for not coming up with the idea first!
It may have taken a shoe horn, but Mike from Ogden, Utah managed to stuff a Chevy 350 under the hood of this Cj3a about 20 years ago. The big boy gets a big breath of fresh air through the custom hood scoop that was graphed into the hood. Dual front shocks help keep the extra weight of the V8 stable. While the offset Dana 44 out back and a narrow track Dana 30 up front.
Ward from Colorado Springs, CO was cleaning up around his show when he realized he had most of the parts to put another whole jeep back together just laying around the shop, almost.... The parts he was lacking he simply left out, and when it was all said and done he ended up with a sweet Willys Jeep hot rod! Even the front axle is dana 27 outers knuckles and brakes. The pumpkin was cut out of axle assembly and then sleeved back together with a piece of tube to make the 2wd front end out of what was laying around the shop. The odd fire Buick 225 under the hood scoots it around town.
This oddball right here is a military edition of the Wrangler JK are put together by Jankel Armouring, offering and a number of different varieties. This one is sporting some serious front end protection that includes crane lifting points, ginormous fenders, and running boards big enough for snowshoes. Getting milk and eggs just got very serious!
Bruiser conversions put together this Wrangler JK with a little bit of Willys pick-up in mind. Notice the straight work box, and step side fenders give this truck the mean look it needs to live up to the Corvette LS3 stuffed under the hood. That's enough grunt to turn the 42 BFG's with ease, and with the wheelbase and soft top, what more could you want?
This early version of the Jeepster Commando was a refreshing sight to see during the vintage Jeep photoshoot. It's not often you find a collector that has put in the time and effort it takes to bring a classic back to its prime. In this particular case, the builder put this Jeepster together for his wife, as the fancy town cruiser.
If it still has the grill, then we'll still call it a jeep. A TJ inspired buggy that is no stranger to danger on the trail with its one ton drive train and healthy V8 pushing things along. This jungle gym buggy has a bad case of minion madness ever since the grand kids were let loose to paint the yellow buggy for EJS 2016. Minions made the menu, and there are even Easter bunny Minions on the hood in the spirit of the season. One thing is for sure, this Jeep went anywhere it was pointed!
XJ guys are awesome. Just like little brothers, trying to follow in big brother Wrangler's shoes with no doors. Unibody guys... it all has to work together to be structurally sound. Remove one piece, and the whole structure becomes more vulnerable. Unless you are going to do some serious reinforcement of the body with a roll cage, leave the doors on.
The only thing to make a cool jeep cooler is a cool story to go with it. Cole used to hit golf balls as a kid at the local driving rage where they used a modified old DJ3a 2wd Jeep as the ball sweeper. One day it went up for sale cheap, and after quite a while this sweet stretched 3a is what emerged. Its got Dana 44s out of a Wagoneer and a Chevy 4.3 powering it down the road. The homemade top kind of makes it look like something straight out of the Munsters.
This was by far the most unique JK of Easter Jeep Safari. One of a kind original effort at mixing personality into reality. Art from Alberta, Canada drive his 2009 JK to EJS as well as ever Jeep event in North America that he could, judging by the map on the window and the 287,000 Km on the clock. The grill is a fabricated addition to the factory JK grill using material made from the local home depot, and then of course the paint scheme and rear decals to wrap up the Willys Wagon spirit trapped in this JK body.