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1966 Kaiser Jeep CJ5 - 2008 Top Truck Challenge Finalist

Posted in Project Vehicles on November 1, 2008
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There is a gob of custom body work on the CJ. Some of the work, like the pinched tail, front stinger, rear bumper, and rollcage was fabbed by Wood. He also fabbed the rig's frame in his driveway from 2x33/16-wall steel. The other body work was courtesy of Moab, Las Cruces, and other trails that Wood has explored. Yup, those are 20-inch wheels and they're pressed into 49-inch IROKs. A Warn 9.5xp winch is mounted up front.

Jeff Wood says that it took him one year and "one trainload of beers" to complete the build on his '66 Kaiser/Jeep CJ-5. Apparently you were impressed by the outcome, because you made this New Mexico CJ the 4th biggest vote-getter for TTC '08. It's clear that the rig was built with virtually no fat that would get in the way of off-highway performance. It must've been light beer.

Owner name/city: Jeff Wood/Fairacres, New Mexico
Occupation: Owner of fire-truck repair company
Vehicle model: 1966 Kaiser/Jeep CJ-5
Estimated value: N/A
Engine/aspiration: Propane-injected Cummins 4BT direct-injection turbodiesel
Transmission(s): TH400
Transfer case: Jed's Machining-doubled NP203/205
Suspension (f/r): Three-link, coil springs, Rancho RSX shocks, '70 Wagoneer sway bar with custom links/Four-link, coil springs, Rancho RSX shocks
Axles (f/r): Rockwell 2 1/2-ton, Detroit Locker/Rockwell 2 1/2-ton, Ouverson Engineering Ultra Locker
Axle ratio: 6.72:1
Wheels: 20x14
Tires: 49x21.0-20 Super Swamper IROKs

All the springs under this CJ are of the round variety. Up front a homebuilt three-link coil-spring front suspension with Rancho RSX shocks and a '70 Wagoneer sway bar with custom end links locates a Rockwell 2 1/2-ton axle. This axle features an owner-built pinion brake with Wilwood calipers and discs. The big 49s are pointed down the trail via a unique steering system that utilizes a TRW steering box and pump from a semi truck. Wood says this system gives the street-legal CJ very good road manners. The beefy drag link and tie rod are fabbed from 1.5-inch-diameter 0.250-wall DOM tubing.

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