1975 Jeep CJ-6 Full of Hardcore Parts & Custom Touches Is One of a Kind

    Retro Wheeler

    Harry WagnerPhotographer, Writer

    As Jeep owners look for ways to customize their vehicles and make them stand out from the crowd, the aftermarket has answered with custom grilles. But long before there were angry-eyed grilles, Kirt Stassi grafted a Willys grille onto the front of his CJ-6. When he first built the Jeep in 2002, he had a YJ grille on it (the origin of the CJ WHUH nickname found on the roof rack). Remember that 15 years ago, 3-inch-tube rollcages with speakers in them and Centerline wheels were pretty much standard issue on the trails of Northern California.

    Kirt worked with a small shop called WFO Concepts, and as the shop grew so did his Jeep. He wanted the Willys grille for years, but WFO head honcho Trevor Huiskens told him that it would be too much work. Logic be damned, Kirt eventually got a Willys front end on his CJ-6. To mate the 1951 Willys grille to the CJ, the hood, front fenders, and inner fenders had to be fabricated from scratch. The sheetmetal work is amazing. Even looking at the inside of the hood you cannot tell that it was cut into three sections (by Ben Starr), combining the front quarter of the Willys hood to the rear half of the CJ hood and creating the rest from scratch. Your move, angry-eyed grille owners!

    Tech Specs

    1975 Jeep CJ-6
    >Drivetrain
    Engine: 350ci Ram Jet V-8
    Transmission: TH400 3-speed automatic
    Transfer Case: Offroad Design Doubler (NP203 to NP205)
    Front Axle: High pinion Dana 44 with 4.56 gears, ARB Air Locker, CTM U-joints, and chromoly axleshafts
    Rear Axle: High-pinion Rockcrusher Dana 60 with 4.56 gears, ARB Air Locker, and Dutchman chromoly axleshafts
    >Suspension
    Springs & Such: Ford F-150 leaf springs and Pro Comp MX6 shocks (front and rear)
    Tires & Wheels: 38.5x13.00-15LT Maxxis Creepy Crawler on 15x10 Centerline
    Steering: Inverted T with Saginaw steering box and WFO Concepts high steer arms
    Lighting: Stock
    Other Stuff: Ron Davis radiator, WFO Concepts custom 25-gallon fuel tank, ARB air compressor, dual Odyssey batteries, ARB Extreme fridge-freezer, PRP ostrich-skin seats with heaters