Greg Henderson grafts a 2001 Cherokee front clip to a 2014 Wrangler for MyTop at the 2016 SEMA show

    Rick PéwéPhotographerTraci ClarkPhotographer, Writer

    Many in the Jeep community know Greg Henderson (Unofficial Use Only) has an extremely creative mind and a slightly twisted sense of humor. When MyTop commissioned Greg to design and build them a Jeep for display purposes at the 2016 SEMA Show we knew it was going to be something over the top (pun intended). Upon seeing it as an entry in the show’s Battle of the Builders competition, we knew he had succeeded. It also made our Top 10 Jeeps of SEMA list. (

    When asked about the complexity of the build and what it took to accomplish it, Greg replied, “698,000 swings of a hammer, 18 cases of carbonated caffeine, wishes on two shooting stars, and one drop of Unicorn blood.” In all seriousness though, this is one awesome Jeep.

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    It has been deemed an “XJK,” as it is the flawless blending of the 2001 Jeep Cherokee front sheet metal and grille to the rear two-thirds of a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. From concept to completion the build took Henderson roughly five months. The Cherokee grille assembly and front clip were ordered from Omix-Ada. Greg stressed numerous times that no XJs were harmed for this build. It was essential for the Jeep to have clean lines and be fully functional on- and off-road. We have watched Pathkiller, as Greg nicknamed it, on the trail, and it is aptly named. It is one heck of a wheeling machine.

    Why This Jeep

    We could say it is because of the Henderson tartan accented interior, but that would only be a small fraction of the truth. From the subdued exterior color with the small pop of color in the grille to the seamless transition from Cherokee to Wrangler, we spent a long time looking for flaws—a slightly misaligned body line, some little something—but there were none. This build is exquisite. Once again, Greg Henderson has exceeded our expectations.

    Hard Facts:

    Vehicle: 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon/2001 Jeep Cherokee front clip graft
    Engine: 3.6 L Penastar V-6
    Transmission: NSG370 6-speed manual
    Transfer Case: NV241OR
    Suspension: Stock 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
    Axles: Rubicon Dana 44, 4.10 gears, OEM Tru-Loc lockers (front and rear)
    Wheels: Quadratec Moab 5 spoke alloy
    Tires: 35x12.50R17 Pitbull PBX All Terrain