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Custom Homegrown Jeeps - Jeep Shots

Posted in News on May 31, 2015
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Two G’s
Greg Petersen’s ’62 CJ has a build sheet that could fill up half the magazine. With plenty of help from his friend Gary Parks, the two guys have given a fresh breath of life into this classic. Under the hood, you’ll find a 231ci V-6 with high-output heads and a modified 225 intake. Mated to the engine is a TH350 transmission. The tried-and-true three-speed automatic feeds a Dana 20 T-case that was updated with a Lokar twin-stick conversion. The body and frame has undergone major modifications and repair as well. Certain go-to staples were installed, such as the Warn 8274 winch and Saginaw power steering gearbox upgrade. More modern, but budget-wise touches were also added. A great example of this is the salvaged air-ride suspension system that Petersen uses to control air shocks at each corner, in addition to acting as an onboard air system.

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400,000 Miles!
Bob Schaich may get the award for the most miles ever put on a single TJ. At last count, his odometer reading was 401,691! That’s pretty incredible. Schaich states that he is the original owner of the Wrangler, and the only major engine work was a valve job, which was completed at 294,000 miles. Aside from a few fluid changes and an aftermarket transmission cooler, the stock three-speed automatic has never been touched. The T-case was given an upgrade with a TeraLow 4:1 conversion and slip-yoke eliminator, but the original chain is still in place. With the exception of an ARB Air Locker, the Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear, and 3.73 gears are all original. A Currie Enterprises 4-inch lift, along with Rancho 9000 shocks, takes place of the stock components and allows ample clearance for the 33x10.50R15 BFG KM2 tires. Additional modifications include Currie rocker guards, TeraFlex gas-tank and steering-gearbox skidplates, Rock Hard 4x4 bolt-in ’cage, Bulletproof rear bumper with swing-away tire carrier, Smittybilt winch, Optima YellowTop battery, and a Mean Green 200-amp alternator.

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Fresh Paint
Completed just a few months ago, this ’47 Willys is a compilation of parts and pieces from a variety of brands. Owner Barry Weckwerth of Boise, Idaho, states there is a total of 13 inches of stretch in three different spots. The custom frame is fit with a long-arm suspension from a Jeep Wrangler TJ, which controls the Dana 44 axles. The 4.3L Vortec V-6, along with the 4l60e transmission, was sourced from the GM camp and shoots to a NP231J T-case. The 35-inch tires get traction help by ARB Air Lockers and 5.38 gears ensure ample gear reduction. Weckwerth purchased a tubing bender to craft the ’cage and fenders. He also honed his fab skills on the bumpers and tire carrier.

Wes Plet’s ’00 Wrangler Sahara has a handful of upgrades to help him explore the Manitoba, Canada, countryside. An AEM Brute Force intake was added in an effort to corral more horses to spin the 31-inch tires. The Warn 9.5xp winch comes in handy for times like this when he is buried in the snow.

Pac West
Randy Watson of Ridgefield, Washington, is a member of the Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association and the Vancouver 4 Wheelers club. While originally intended as a daily driver for his wife 12 years ago, the ’90 Wrangler is now used to mostly explore the Tillamook State Forest, the Oregon sand dunes, or the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington when it snows. The Laredo-edition Jeep is fit with a rebuilt 258ci inline-six with a Howell TBI conversion, automatic transmission, and a NP231 T-case upgraded with a slip-yoke eliminator. The original A/C compressor has been converted for onboard air, which helps pump up his 33x10.50 BFG Mud-Terrain tires. ARB Air Lockers, along with Yukon chromoly axleshafts, were used in the stock axles. For the suspension, a 21⁄2-inch Old Man Emu spring set was used, and a 2-inch body lift was added for even more height. A classic Warn 8274 winch was placed upfront for a trusty recovery tool.

Clean Seven
Dusty Wooddell states that his ’78 CJ-7 is the Jeep he always wanted. The transplanted 401ci AMC V-8 under the hood was upgraded with a mild cam, roller rockers, headers, Edelbrock Performer intake, Holley Truck Avenger carburetor, Mallory ignition, and a host of other goodies. Other drivetrain mods include a TH400, chromoly axleshafts, Detroit Lockers, and 4.56 gears. To clear the 35-inch tires, a Rubicon Express 41⁄2-inch lift was installed. MasterCraft seats keep occupants safely in place, and a custom ’cage is there just in case.

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