You ever let your laundry pile up? I’m not talking about a little pile in the corner of your bedroom. I’m talking about all the way up to the ceiling. Eventually, what happens? You wash it, right? I mean, you don’t go out and buy more dirty laundry and start a second, third, or fourth pile that reaches the ceiling, do you? Well, you do if you’re me. Only instead of dirty laundry it’s junky old 4x4 projects. Call it distraction, deflection, or just plain duty to my job, but when I get really jammed up with several buildups that seem to be going nowhere, instead of digging in my heels and grinding out tasks, I buy more junk. Must be my coping mechanism.
So right now I’m still in project rig transition land between my current positions here at Four Wheeler and my former post at TEN’s all-Jeep magazine, Jp. I know the prudent thing to do is to sell off my herd of unfinished Jeep projects and dive headlong back into fullsize 4x4s. But for some annoying reason, quitting just isn’t in my nature—even if a huge dose of free time comes with it. So here I am with several Jeep projects jamming up my mental and physical bandwidth. And regardless of how much there is to do on each of them, while I’m physically lying on my back removing the Ross cam and lever steering of my Rockwell-shod CJ-6 to make way for a full-hydro steering setup, mentally I’m on the iPad browsing cheap 6.2L diesel Suburbans. Or when I’m fixing a fubar fuel system on my Cherokee Chief, I’m sussing out the best place to find a ’50s factory 4x4 IH pickup. The T-case swap in my flattie, the leaking axle seals in my YJ, and all the stuff wrong with the JK formerly known as Con Artist equals vintage diesel-powered FJ-60 Land Cruiser, ’70s Ford Highboy F-250, and late ’80s Range Rover with a swapped-in Corvette 6.2L. It’s like I’ve got vehicular Tourette syndrome—Bronco, Ramcharger, 4Runner Runner!
Thankfully, I’m back on the hobby horse after falling off it for a few months to sort out the new Four Wheeler workflow. Now that things are ship-shape here, I’m starting in on some of my Jeep builds again, beginning with the one I thought I’d be leaving for last: the Double Dualie ’71 CJ-6. After having it on display at the Lucas Oil Off Road Expo in Pomona, California, I was floored by the outpouring of enthusiasm over this one. I really need to finish it. I’m doing my best to keep my nose to the grindstone and get the project far enough along that I can start the buildup series in the pages of Four Wheeler, but you’ll need to forgive me if I fall victim to the occasional vehicular daydream along the way. Gotta go now. I just got an eBay notification about a 235ci-powered ’55 NAPCO Suburban I’ve been eyeballing.