Rock and Roll
Mike Lock of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, has a growing collection of Jeeps from the era when rock and roll emerged, and his current projects have plenty of swagger. The ‘48 CJ-2A was purchased by his father when Mike was just six years old and passed down to him at the age of 27. Now, it has a Chevy 305ci V-8 engine, a T-18 transmission, and a Dana 300 transfer case. The front axle is a Dana 44 with a high-steer conversion and a locker, and the rear axle is a Ford 9-inch with a locker. The CJ-2A rides on 37-inch IROK tires and pulls a ’46 Bantam camping trailer. Mike’s other Jeep is a ’50 VJ-3 project that he’s building with an ’87 Ramcharger chassis and an AMC 360ci V-8 engine.
Mike Anderson’s ’87 Jeep Cherokee is all business. Gone are the stock 1⁄4-ton axles, and in their place resides a Dana 60 front and Dana 70 rear. Steering components were sourced from Ballistic Fab, and a long-arm upgrade gives the 1-ton XJ more flex. A custom brake system was added to stop the 37-inch-tall IROKs, and drivelines from Tom Wood’s Custom Drive Shafts propel the Jeep down the trail. Inside, Corbeau seats increase comfort. The Ohio-native reports that the Jeep drives like a dream.
Zach Kemp states that he’s a 22-year-old wheeler from Rochester, New York, and uses his ’89 Jeep Wagoneer shown here as his daily driver. It’s fit with a 4.5-inch Superlift suspension lift, along with 31-inch Goodyear MT/Rs and TJ Rubicon wheels. Kemp states that his father also has a ’91 Grand Wagoneer Final Edition. So, clearly the Kemp family likes their classic Jeep wagons.
Steve King can be seen here wheeling his daily driven ’04 TJ at the Tuttle Creek ORV Park in Randolph, Kansas. Powering the Rubicon-edition is the stock 4.0L, five-speed transmission, and NV241 T-case. A 3-inch BDS Suspension lift gives the Jeep enough altitude to easily clear the 33-inch-tall BFG KM2 tires. King states that he’s often amazed with what the nearly stock Rubicon is capable of.
Jeff Cumpston’s ’80 CJ-7 spends most of its days roaming the scenic town of Collbran, Colorado. The classic CJ is fit with a 355ci Chevy V-8 that’s been loaded with roller rockers, Edelbrock Performer intake, Jet Performance Products Q-Jet carburetor, Advance Adapters fenderwell headers, Flex-a-lite fan and aluminum radiator. A SM465 manual transmission feeds a Dana 300 T-case, which propels a set of Tom Wood’s Custom Drive Shafts. The rear AMC 20 axle was upgraded with one-piece axleshafts and a Detroit Locker, while the Dana 30 front snagged some chromoly axleshafts and a Powertrax Locker. Inside the diffs are 4.10 gears, which work well to churn the 35x12.50 Cooper Discoverer STT tires. A Ramsey winch, Powertank, M.O.R.E. tie rods and steering brace, dual Optima YellowTop batteries, AGR steering box, and a custom ’cage finish out the long list of mods.
Tony Rarey of Winlock, Washington, has owned his ’79 CJ-5 for 25 years. When the Jeep’s original 304ci V-8 bit the dust, Rarey decided to swap in a 350ci V-8 from a Chevy. The conversion took five years, but he said it was worth it. Behind the transplanted GM engine is a TH350 transmission and Dana 20 T-case. A 4-inch Rancho suspension system secures the Dana 30 front and Dana 44 rear and offers plenty of room for his 33-inch-tall Wild Country tires. Rarey reports that other than the painting the body, he has done all the work himself.
T-Lloyd Adams of Henderson, Nevada, credits help from his buddy James Miladelaroca for getting his ’13 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara where it is today. The beauty supply salesman uses the Jeep for both daily driving and off-road exploration. A 31⁄2-inch Rubicon Express suspension system gives the Jeep better wheeling legs and makes room for the 35-inch Nitto Trail Grapplers. OR Fab bumpers, along with Rotopax gas cans, allow Adams to venture even farther off the beaten path. Adams states that his most interesting Jeep experience was on a trip in Idaho where a bear took a bite out of his front bumper. We supposed it’s a good thing he’s good with cosmetic fixes!
Spencer Roche’s ’12 Wrangler JK stood out easily in the freak snowstorm that doused Charlotte, North Carolina. A TeraFlex leveling kit was combined with a set of Rubicon-model take-off shocks to improve the suspension. Other upgrades include a DynoMax exhaust, Rigid Industries D-series lights, KC Apollo lights, LOD Armor, and AEV Pintler wheels. While Roche is looking forward to installing larger tires, for now, he enjoys how well it drives on- and off-road.
Portland, Oregon, native Jeff Lyon says his ’13 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is built for mall crawling and mild wheeling. Equipped with a two-inch lift, the JK has plenty of room to clear the 285/70R17 mud-terrain tires. Tube bumpers, along with sliders, offer even more protection from tweens and trees.
Brian Kessler’s ’84 CJ-7 is currently stock. This includes the factory shocks and 258ci one-barrel inline-six engine. Kessler say’s that, nearly a week after this photo was taken, a wildfire went through the area and burned down the cabin in the photo. The specific location was Muddy Mountain, which is south of Casper, Wyoming.
We don’t normally run driveway photos in Jeep Shots, but we’re giving Wayne Williamson of Lowell, Indiana, a break. The Williamsons are a family of Jeep lovers and off-road enthusiasts. The family has used their ’11 Unlimited Rubicon for many trips, including the French Lick Jeep Jamboree.
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