These days not everyone has the scratch to dump into a high-dollar trail machine, but our lust for four-wheeling forces some of us to dig deep into our lint-laden pockets and dish out the cash. In the early '90s, U.S. military operations in the Middle East increased the demand for the HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, aka Humvee) so greatly that it pushed AM General to create the Hummer for the civilian market. The vehicle was received well by four-wheelers, yet as popular as it became, we just didn't see many modified Hummers on the trail. We suspect that the Hummer's limited numbers in the wild have something to do with its price. Hummers are expensive, but they sure are cool to admire--and it doesn't hurt to drool just a little.
The popularity of the civilian Hummer as a rugged utilitarian vehicle grew after news coverage of the Gulf War showed the military version--its big brother the M998--barreling through the desert sand and combat zones. The Hummer, while still tanklike, is slightly more civilized, yet rugged enough for a serious off-road enthusiast. Additionally, the rig's 16 inches of factory ground clearance can be greatly enhanced by adding aftermarket suspension and oversized tires. Combine the high ground clearance with the exceptionally wide track width, and the vehicle makes a dependable off-highway machine.
Ryan Hagel from Cota De Caza, California, is the lucky owner of this '94 H1, and has been involved in the automotive industry for 20 years. When he ran across a great deal on this Hummer, he snapped it up and started building. It wasn't long before he had a head-turning, military-looking adventure machine out on the trail--every big kid's dream.
1994 Hummer H1
Engine: 6.5L GM diesel V-8
Transmission: GM 4L80-E four-speed
Transfer case: 242 AMG all-wheel-drive
Front/rear Axles: AMC 20 portal gearing
Springs & Such: Front and rear double A-arm independent suspension with portal boxes at each knuckle offering remote gearing, 1.5-inch-lift H.D. coil springs front and rear
Tires & Wheels: 39x13.50x18 Toyo Open Country Mud Terrain tires, 18x10 Spyder Lock beadlock wheels
Other Stuff: PIAA RS800 H.I.D. Shock Lamps, dual Odyssey batteries, Auto Meter and Pro-Lite gauges, Sony portable navigation system, Tuffy Security Products locking glovebox, Off Road Only LED taillights, Magnaflow Performance exhaust, upgraded upper A-arms and ball joints