Ultimate Adventure 2015 - Summer Camp Jeep BuildupPosted in Ultimate Adventure: 2015 on June 21, 2015
Ultimate Adventure 2015 is right around the corner, and we are excited about this year’s official project vehicle. We had a plethora of project ideas in the works but realized we had to pick just one—and one that we could hopefully get done fast! We approached the guys at Synergy Manufacturing to see if they wanted to build this year’s rig, and they were happy to oblige. That left just one major question: What were we building?
The UA is our annual weeklong off road trip where we travel to a new part of the country and go wheeling at a variety of locations. We cover about 1,000 miles of dirt and asphalt. It’s like a mobile summer camp road trip, so we decided to build the Ultimate Summer Camp vehicle.
Over the years we have learned a few things we really like for the UA, things that work great and make the trip fun. One of those is the open top rule. It’s not really a rule, but we have found that an open top or convertible 4x4 is a lot of fun on a hot dirty trip like UA. You get dirty and wet, but you also get to live out in the elements and experience every noise and vibration your 4x4 makes. You also need enough room for two people and their gear. We’ve built small vehicles in the past, so we know that a lack of storage isn’t fun for camping gear, tools, and food (a giant cooler) on a weeklong adventure. And finally, you need all the capability as well as highway performance so you can cruise and wheel without too much worry.
While searching for the next project we came back to a jeep, but we had already built a CJ-7 and at least two JKs. We really wanted to build a flatfender Willys, but they are so small. And then we came across a special military jeep that had big tires and a larger body. It was a prototype and never made production, but we decided to build our own, and that was the start of this year’s Ultimate Summer Camp Jeep.
What We Did in the Tub
-24-inch tub stretch from stock (dash to tailgate).
-8-inch longer door opening past the bend.
-6-inches behind the “factory” axle position.
-10 inches at the B-pillar.
-Regular CJ2a/3a height hood.
-Jeep MB grille and windshield.
-Rear floor step raised about 7 inches tall vs. approx. 4 inches stock.
-Wheel tubs raised to the top of the body line.
-Rear floor widened to 41 inches from stock 32 inches.