It All Started When This Owner Almost Rolled Backward Down a Hillclimb....Posted in Project Vehicles on November 1, 1999 Comment (0)
Scramblers seem to be natural candidates for conversions, and Kevin and Donna Kaylin went all out with their big green beast. It all started when they nearly went over backwards on a steep hillclimb. Even though Donna often tells Kevin where to goshes a 911 dispatcher and hes a State Trooper in Gaffney, South CarolinaKevin easily convinced Donna that longer and wider would be the better way to go. Together they worked on the scrambled combo to create a one-of-a-kind mud monster thats still a daily driver and can max out a ramp.
Starting with the front of their 7 and the back of an 8, they stretched the frame and body by 24 inches and slapped fullsize 1-ton running gear underneath. The bare-bones concept meant that super-strong components, like the Chevy running gear and custom spring arrangement, had to be used. The Kaylins even laid the purple tiger stripes over the green painttheir first attempt at paintwork. Coles Welding in Gaffney made sure that all the fab work was strong and right, and the result is a show-stopping rig that can still wheel with the rest.
Kevin says that theres nothing fancy on the dash, just the appropriate gauges and no radio. He prefers the B-52-like hum of the 44-inch Swampers and the sound of motors singing and mud flinging.
Though not built from all Jeep components, The Kaylins Jeep rides as well as it wheels, and without the cost of the high-priced Jeep Rods so common on the trails nowadays. The bunch of awards under the Jeeps belt shows that homegrown engineering can compete with the best and walk away from the rest.