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Jeep Shots - May 2015

Posted in News on May 5, 2015
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Suns Out, Guns Out
We were torn whether or not to run this photo. Clearly, we have an un-belted driver, and a random guy standing on the back bumper with an iPhone in his hand. However, we did notice that the driver’s shirt has a sign printed on the front that appears to state something along the lines of “Warning, I do dumb things.” The owner of the ’94 Wrangler is Brett Musser from Aiken, South Carolina. Musser states the YJ has over 300,000 miles on the original 4.0L HO engine and is still running as strong as ever. The inline-six is fit with a cold-air intake and straight-pipe exhaust but is otherwise untouched. He states the YJ is mostly stock but did get upgraded with a set of 33x12.5R15 Dunlop Mud Rovers on black 15-inch Mickey Thompson wheels. Musser and friends are regulars at South Carolina’s Gulches Offroad Vehicle Park and also use the Jeep for exploring off-road.

Too Wicked?
Bryan Swan of Alice, Colorado, calls his ’92 YJ Wicked Sunshine. For some reason, this made us think of the show Wicked Tuna, which made us think of sushi. That reminded us that we hadn’t eaten lunch, and now we’re wicked hungry. While Swan admits he purchased the Jeep mostly built, he’s fine-tuned it to fit his needs. The tub of the Jeep is actually comprised of fiberglass with a helping of Rhino Lining. Powering the Wrangler is a LT1 V-8 that sends power to a 4L60e transmission and NV231 T-case. A high-pinion Dana 44 front and custom high-pinion Dana 60 rear use 4.88 gears to easily spin the 37-inch Nitto Mud Grapplers. Bestop seats and soft top were installed, along with a GenRight ’cage.

Shop Truck
Mike Iacovelli’s shop truck is definitely something to drool over. The cab is from a ’47 Willys pickup, while the chassis and drivetrain were robbed from a ’99 Dodge Ram 1500. It has 1-ton axles from a Ram 2500, a fuel-injected 5.9L V-8, and an automatic transmission. Meaty 42-inch TSLs on 15x12 Bart wheels give it the impressive footprint, while a mostly stock interior keeps the nostalgia intact.

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Like Father, Like Son
Rodney Meyer Jr. and his Dad, Rodney Meyer Sr., are life-long Jeep enthusiasts. Sr.’s ’85 CJ-7 has been in the family for 15 years. Located near Collins Brothers Jeeps, spare parts have been easy to come by when needed. The CJ is fit with the 4.2L inline-six engine and five-speed manual transmission and retains the stock axles and T-case. A 2-inch suspension lift was added to make more room for 31-inch BFG All-Terrain tires. Jr. has followed in his dad’s footsteps in a more modern way with the purchase of a ’03 Wrangler Rubicon. Jr.’s Rubicon gets a little more lift via a 41⁄2-inch Rubicon Express suspension and 35-inch BFG KM2 tires. The two photos were taken on a recent family wheeling outing at the Bridgeport OHV in Texas.

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