Jim Tribble of Vacaville, California, spent years looking for the right fullsized Jeep, and it eventually cost him just $400 to buy this ’79 J10 (with its ’69 grille and front bumper). With the sale of a ’76 Cherokee, a new flexplate, and support from his wife, Susie, he was able to turn that small initial investment into a tow rig that’s used for pulling a camping trailer or his’68 CJ-5. Motivation comes from a 360ci V-8 engine that’s hooked to a Turbo 400 transmission and a Quadra-Trac transfer case that sends power to 3⁄4-ton axles from a ’78 with 3.54 gears and Warn locking hubs. The FSJ rides on 4 inches of lift provided by Superlift springs in front and lift blocks in the rear that ride over LT255/85R16 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires that stand 33-inches tall.
Joseph Sidor and his family of Amity Harbor, Long Island, New York, enjoy riding high up in their ’88 YJ with its 8-inch suspension lift. He describes his rig as “an eclectic mess of parts.” That mess includes a 4.2L engine with a two-barrel Weber carburetor, 240,000 miles on the clock, and an AX-15 transmission adapted to a clocked Dana 300 transfer case. The front axle is a GM 10-bolt with a Detroit Locker and Warn locking hubs, and the rear axle is a GM 14-bolt semi-floater. Both axles were sourced from a ’87 GMC 2500 Suburban diesel. The Jeep rides on 36-inch General tires with 8-lug GM wheels, has flat tube fenders, a chopped bumper with a brush bar, and round Hella driving lights.
Under The Rainbow
John Taormina is now living in New York, where his ’92 YJ gets a lot of “cool Jeep” compliments, but this photo was taken on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge between Bradenton and St. Petersburg, Florida. The extra attention shows he got this project right after building “a half dozen or so” other rigs. The Jeep is powered by a 4.0L engine with an AX-15 five-speed manual transmission and has factory air conditioning and “enough rust holes to compensate when the A/C needs a recharge.” The YJ rides on a 6-inch suspension lift over 31-inch ProComp All-Terrain tires on American Racing alloy wheels. Other upgrades include bumpers, spot lamps, a bikini top, and lots of diamond-plate armor on the rocker panels and the rear corners.
Jim Snow of Parker, Arizona, has been wheeling his ’99 XJ throughout western Arizona and California so much that the electric door locks are starting to fail from all of the dust buildup. He says even though the stock 4.0L engine and automatic transmission have racked up 165,000 miles, the truck has done everything he’s asked of it while avoiding any damage … so far. Aussie Lockers in the Dana 30 front axle and the Dana 35 rear axle help the Cherokee crawl and ride underneath a ProComp 3-inch short-arm suspension lift and Air Lift airbags in the rear. Everything rides on Hankook 31x10.50R15 Dynapro All-Terrain tires on 15x8 American Racing alloy wheels inside cut fenders with flares taken from a TJ. Other upgrades include underbody armor, a Currie front trailer hitch receiver, and a scuba bottle adapted for airing-up at the end of the day.
Jerry Bain of West Virginia named his truck Project Plagiarism because he says almost every idea used in the build-up of his ’87 MJ came from someone else’s project, and he hopes other Jpreaders will copy him, too. The Comanche has a 4.0L HO conversion under the hood and springs from a ’98 Jeep. Rubicon Express Extreme Duty Long Arms provide 4.5 inches of lift in front along with a spring-over axle setup in the rear. The bumpers, interior ‘cage, bed ‘cage, and rock rails were all home brewed, the wheelwells were cut and folded, and the fender flares were relocated to make room for 36x12.50-15 Interco Super Swamper TSL SX tires on beadlock wheels. The front axle is a Dana 30 that has been sleeved and braced with a Lock-Right locker inside, and the rear axle is an 8.8-inch with welded tubes, disc brakes, a Spartan locker, and 4.88 gears. Other upgrades include a bobbed bed, JCR 1-ton steering, a Dakota steering box, a triple-power brake booster, Rubicon Express track bar and brace, WJ seats, removable doors, and Lexan rear glass.
Joe Brandt of Lino Lakes, Minnesota, bought this ’96 XJ just before his daughter was born, and now it will be passed down to her. During its life, the family Cherokee survived 17 winters, racked up 181,000 miles, and avoided a close call with the scrapyard during the Cash for Clunkers campaign in 2009. To keep the XJ up and running (and in good enough shape to hand down to a loved one), Joe has made sure to replace everything that wears out using only high-quality parts. He also says he looks forward to reading and using the tips found in the Your Jeep section of Jpeach month.
Damon Psaros of Rancho Santa Margarita, California, traded an Ed Brown Kobra Carry .45 ACP pistol for his ’72 CJ-5, but there was nothing dangerous about that part of the deal. It was on the drive home that he says he was “risking his life” by driving a Jeep with very questionable brakes and a disintegrating leaf spring. While it hasn’t been a frame-off restoration, Damon has repaired or replaced practically everything, and he started by adding disc brakes at all four corners and changing the brake lines. The Jeep has the original AMC 304ci V-8, T-15 transmission, and Dana 20 transfer case, and there’s a Dana 30 in front and a Dana 44 with 4.27 gears in back. The CJ rides on a 4-inch Rugged Ridge suspension with heavy-duty extended shackles, and the tires are 35x12.50R17 Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ Radials on 17x9 Mickey Thompson Classic III wheels. The body and dash were full of holes from previous owners attaching and removing various gadgets. Luckily, the folks at Miracle Design Auto Body cleaned that all up and covered the Jeep in the modern Ford color Dark Side Metallic. Lastly, Damon cut and installed all of the diamond plate himself.
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