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Week to Wheeling Coming Dec. 10-14

Posted in Project Vehicles on November 29, 2018
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Photographers: Stuart A. Bourdon

It’s coming this December. Not a Christmas eggnog coma or an early New Year’s hangover. We’re talking about another edition of Week to Wheeling, in which we take a boring, ordinary, completely stock vehicle and throw insults, wrenches, and high-quality parts at it until it’s an off-road killing machine. What’s the catch? We only have a week to do it, and there’s no wiggle room because at the end of each build day we upload a photo gallery and video of the day’s work.

Last year we did a fancy-pantsy 2007 JK Wrangler for Jp magazine, but this year the torch has been passed to Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road. We’re keeping it old-school and gritty with a 21-year-old 1997 Wrangler TJ. We love TJs because they’re light and nimble, and still enjoy a huge amount of aftermarket support. Best of all, they’re an affordable platform on which to start an off-road buildup.

As this is being written, the Wrangler waits in the wings and parts are starting to flow into our shop. Come December 10, we’ll hoist the TJ up on the lift, roll cameras, and the 4-Wheel & Off-Road crew will begin the transformation by gutting the undercarriage in anticipation of a top-quality MetalCloak long-arm suspension. Be sure to check back here at each day beginning Monday, December 10, to see the video wrap-up of the day’s work, with new update stories and videos each following day until Friday, December 14, deadline!

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