Chris Nelson of Jamestown, California, built his ’93 XJ for trail rides and carting the family around, so he calls it the Family Truckster (just don’t tell him that Magic Mountain has closed down Colossus). The Cherokee Sport has a lot of custom work, including homemade front and rear bumpers, roof rack, and rear tire carrier. It got the satin green paint from a bunch of rattle cans. The front of the Jeep gets 5.5 inches of lift from an Iron Rock Off Road Critical Path long-arm kit with Rubicon Express coil springs. In the rear are Rough Country 2-inch lift springs, 2-inch Summit Racing shackles, and Rusty’s Off-Road 1-inch lift blocks. The 4.0L HO engine has a cold-air intake and is backed by an AW4 transmission, NP231 transfer case, Dana 30 front axle, and Chrysler 8.25 rear axle. The XJ rides on 15-inch black steel wheels with 33x12.50R15 Goodyear MT/R Kevlar tires and has an onboard air system to keep them full.
Mike just completed a year-long frame-off restoration on his ’80 CJ-5. Mike states that he, along some help from his wife, did all of the work in his home carport. Included with the resto-mod was a paint shift from tan to orange. The Jeep is equipped with a 304ci V-8, T-15 transmission, and a Dana 20 T-case. It even has some late-model Jeep goodies by way of a TJ rear bumper.
Jeff Johnson heard we were looking for a CJ-6, so he decided to show us his. Johnson’s modified ’73 features a list of upgrades that starts out with a 5.7L V-8 from an ’88 GMC. The V-8 is attached to an SM465 manual transmission, which is paired with a Dana 300 T-case. The AMC 20 rear axle and Dana 44 front were plucked from a Wagoneer and fit with Detroit Lockers and 4.88 gears. For recovery gear, Johnson uses a classic Warn 8274 winch.
Upland, California, resident Pablo Scheibe’s ’84 CJ-7 can been seen here wheeling Lytle Creek. The Chevy-sourced 350ci V-8 engine uses a Rochester Quadrajet carburetor and churns a T-4 transmission and Dana 300 T-case. The custom spring-over-axle conversion makes room for 35-inch BFG KM2 tires and works with Bilstein shocks to dampen the ride. Fit inside the AMC 20 rear axle are Superior axleshafts, along with an Aussie automatic locker. The stock Dana 30 remains untouched up front. Scheibe notes that he’s used Jpmagazine as a guide to build the Jeep and absolutely loves how it’s turned out.
Jim Polatty says he sourced some of the inspiration for his ’67 Jeep Gladiator from Jp’s own project, Piggy (July ’12). The classic J-2000 still sports the original 327ci Vigilante engine and only has 42,000 original miles. Polatty states that he just finished the bodywork and paint, along with a few upgrades to the suspension. Rounding out the J-truck changes are new tires, wheels, fuel tank, and brakes.
Red Barn Find
Chris Schutte of Edgewood, Kentucky, named his ’47 CJ-2A Scarlett. He found her in a barn in 1999, offered the owner a mere $400 (not in the condition you see here), and he accepted. Schutte says the 2A didn’t run when he first found her, and he really didn’t know much about old Jeeps. After the purchase, he got a subscription to Jp magazine and took to learning as much as he could. He states that it took him eight years to finish the complete frame-off restoration, and the best part was that his three young sons helped him complete the project. The original color was Normandy Blue, which he was going to go with until he saw this red on a small fire truck and thought it would look good (hence the name Scarlett).
New Zealand 5
John Campbell is an avid Jp reader and happens to live a world away in Auckland, New Zealand, with his wife and two sons. The ’68 CJ-5 pictured here was purchased in 1987 and is still a fixture in his garage today. The Jeep was made for the export market, so it is a factory right-hand-drive CJ. It is running a ’70 304ci AMC V-8 through the original T-90 transmission and a Dana 18 transfer case. The stock Dana 27 front and Dana 44 rear are still present with 4.27 gears. For wheels and tires, 33-inch Mud-Terrains do the trick mounted on 15x8 wheels. Eventually, Campbell would like to swap in a TF727 transmission, along with an open-knuckle Dana 30, and an offset AMC 20 rear axle.
Jill Olsen writes that her daughter Mikayla loves to wheel the family’s ’79 Jeep CJ-7. Typically, Mikayla’s little sister Abby is along for the ride and sometimes gets behind the wheel of the 304ci-powered Jeep. Backing the AMC V-8 is a transplanted TH400 transmission, while the stock Dana 30 front and AMC 20 rear remain intact. For a little off-road prowess, the Jeep was fitted with a 4-inch Rough Country Suspension lift, along with 33-inch mud-terrain tires mounted on 15x10 wheels. A pair of DIY bumpers, along with an Extreme Custom Fabrication ‘cage rounds out the mod list.
Brent Flowers of Cleveland, Tennessee, says his ’99 TJ was “built to dominate Tellico,” and now it takes his family everywhere from Windrock Park, to Adventure Off Road Park, to Jeep Week in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Jeep uses TeraFlex springs for a 4-inch lift, along with 3⁄4-inch spacers, a 1-inch body lift, Rubicon Express adjustable control arms, and Old Man Emu shocks in the front and rear. The front axle is a Dana 30 with Warn locking hubs and Warn driveshafts, and the rear axle is a Dana 44 with Yukon Gear axleshafts, 4.88 gears, and Lock-Right lockers in front and back. Everything rides on 37x12.50R15 Interco Irok tires on 15x8-inch American Racing 767 wheels. Other upgrades include a custom rollcage built by Brent and his brother Cody, Carolina Rock Shop rocker guards, a Skid Row skidplate, and a Warn winch.
We didn’t get much info about this JK submission, but we’re guessing since it was titled “A great day on the rocks with my grandsons,” grandpa might not be too computer savvy. Either way, it looks like nicely modified JK that isn’t afraid to go crawling. Grandpa (no name provided), states that they were wheeling in the Sierra foothills, and the two boys learned a good lesson that no ride is free!
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