This '46 Willys CJ-2A belongs to Dusty Eller of Kamiah, Idaho. Under the hood you'll find a Chevy-sourced 355ci V-8, which is laced with parts from Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Weiand, and Block Hugger. A Muncie SM-465 manual transmission works with a Dana 20 T-case to transmit the eight-cylinder grunt. To clear the 391⁄2-inch IROK tires, 21⁄2-inch leaf springs were set atop the Dana 44 axlehousings. Traction aids come in the form of selectable ARB Air Lockers and 4.56 differential gearing provide additional gearing. Originally purchased as a parts rig, the Willys has come a long way in a short period of time.
Ryan Trela from Windsor, Massachusetts, has a few military Jeeps of a different kind. He writes the "first photo is of my '71 M35A2 21⁄2-ton Kaiser/jeep cargo truck that I purchased from a government auction last fall. The truck had been sitting for over 15 years when I got it, and only after some minor repairs, I got it running and driving again." Trela is planning a semi-restoration over the next year. The second rig pictured is a '68 M51A2 5-ton dump truck, which was also picked up on government auction site.
Steve Hendrick's '86 CJ-10A hits all the right cues. Starting off as a two-wheel-drive military tug truck, Hendricks spliced in a frame from a '88 Chevy S-10 just behind the cab of the truck. The body of the Jeep has been narrowed and the front bumper modified. The custom interior 'cage can just be made out from behind the windshield frame, borrowed from a '94 Wrangler. Inside, seat brackets from a CJ-7 secure TJ seats, which work nicely in the completely Line-X covered cabin. The original six-cylinder diesel engine remains under the hood, while a 727 transmission sends power to the NP 208 T-case. Dana 44 axles make up the remainder of this ex-tug's running gear.
Bruce Rose purchased this '04 Wrangler Rubicon brand new. Over the years, he's upgraded the TJ with a 4-inch Fabtech suspension lift and 315/75R16 Toyo Open Country Mud Terrains. Other goodies include a Quadratec winch, KC lights, rocker guards, and a few minor interior upgrades. Rose uses the Jeep as his daily driver and as a search-and-rescue platform. This photo was taken in the Cascade Mountains on his annual hunting trip.
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Jerry Roberts of Deltona, Florida, has one clean-looking '89 Wrangler. In place of the original powertrain is a high-output 4.0L inline-six from a '94 Cherokee. Along with the transplanted engine was the XJ's AW4 transmission and NP231 that was outfitted with a slip-yoke eliminator. A custom spring-over axle conversion uses TeraFlex Revolver shackles, along with Rubicon Express springs. Strapped underneath is a Dana 30 front and Dana 44 rear, both of which got a helping of 4.10 gears and Lock-Right lockers. Mickey Thompson MTZs of the 35-inch variety were mounted on 15x10 Eagle Alloy wheels, while a custom 'cage, bumper set, and sliders were all crafted by Roberts.
Josh Moyer and his 5.9L Magnum V-8 powered '00 Wrangler are frequent customers at the Hard Rock Off-Road Park in Ocala, Florida. The TJ sports a 3-inch suspension lift, 11⁄2-inch body lift, and 35x12.50 BFG KM2 tires. A custom bumper holds a 10,000-pound Smittybilt winch and is just one of the many accessories that make this Jeep standout from the pack.
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