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FourWheeler 1.5: The Custom Jeep LJ Buggy Lives!

From a pile of parts to a day on the trail...

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FourWheeler Show Description: If it has wheels and goes off road, Ian Johnson will work on it! In FourWheeler we work on everything from upgrading your daily driving Jeep, to building a custom tube chassis rock crawler. Ian takes you along for the "do it yourself" ride as we tackle everything from simple "bolt-ons" to full on fabrication. Find it here!

Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson fits the interior panels on the custom Jeep Buggy.

Season 1, Episode 5: The buggy is nearly finished. It's back from paint and all that remains is wiring, plumbing, install the body panels, and the interior. When he's done, we are ready to hit the trails in our custom Jeep LJ.

Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson installs the interior panels on the custom Jeep Buggy.

Ian Johnson has spent three episodes of FourWheeler (Part 1, frame; Part 2, drivetrain; and Part 3, mockup) working on a cool custom Jeep LJ buggy. This is no off-the-shelf bolt-on project. Rather, the whole thing started as a literal pile of metal that Ian welded together to form the custom chassis onto which he mounted all the cool bits necessary to form the Jeep.

Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson installs brackets for the rear seats on the custom Jeep Buggy.

Episode 4 opens with the whole project completely stripped down and the tube chassis freshly coated in bright yellow. Johnson commences final assembly, and by final assembly, we mean literally every component has to be attached and perfected: engine, body panels, suspension, interior, and so on. It's a giant task, but by the end of the episode Ian has the custom Jeep LJ buggy tidied up and road-worthy. To celebrate, he goes wheeling with some friends.

Word has it Ian's working on a side-by-side next.

Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson installs brackets for the rear seats on the custom Jeep Buggy.

Check out all the episodes of FourWheeler on MotorTrend's app:

Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson grinds the front seat bracket for the custom Jeep Buggy
Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson welds bolts to the front seat bracket for the custom Jeep Buggy.
Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson installs the front seats into the custom Jeep Buggy
Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson checks out the mod shifter for the custom Jeep Buggy
Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson prepares the body panel for installation on the chassis of the custom Jeep Buggy.
Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson prepares the body panel for installation on the chassis of the custom Jeep Buggy.
Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson installs the rocker panel on the custom Jeep Buggy.
Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson installs the rocker panel on the custom Jeep Buggy.
Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson shows off the new gauge cluster to be installed on the custom Jeep Buggy.
Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson begins installation of the wiring harness on the custom Jeep Buggy.
Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson installs the sway bar on the custom Jeep Buggy.
Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson attaches the shocks to the front axle on the custom Jeep Buggy.
Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson attaches the shocks to the front axle on the custom Jeep Buggy.
Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson prepares the engine compartment for installation of the engine into the custom Jeep Buggy.
Four Wheeler host Ian Johnson preps the radiator for installation into the custom Jeep Buggy.

 

 

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