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Four of Our Favorite Jeeps From Hell’s Revenge…Plus a Few More From Easter Jeep Safaris Past

Some of our favorite Jeeps from EJSs past.

Moab is like a second home to Jeepers and off-roaders alike. Heck, this author even eloped to Moab when it was time to get married. And of course, Easter Jeep Safari is one of the best times to make your way to this magical and mystical town in Southeastern Utah. The reasons should be obvious but basically revolve around seeing tons of old friends and meeting new folks with shared interests in Jeeping the red sandstone hills. We get the reasons why Moab er, EJS was canceled for 2020, but that doesn't make it any easier to be missing out on our favorite trails, meeting friends, and seeing all the cool rigs.

Hell's Revenge May Be the Best!

Hell's Revenge trail is the quintessential Moab Jeep trail, and there is no better place to see cool rigs during Easter Jeep Safari than Hell's. We, as a group or as individual magazine types, generally run Hell's Revenge multiple times during EJS because it's close to town and always entertains. From the ridges, to the hill climbs, Colorado Overlook, Hell's Gate, Hot Tubs, Escalator, Tip Over Challenge, and more, there's tons of fun to be had. Here is a group of cool rigs we've bumped into while out on this, our favorite Moab trail during EJS trips past.

Corby Philip's LJ-8

Everyone loves a long Jeep. Starting with the CJ-6, moving to the CJ-8, LJ, JKU, and JLU, not to mention the thousands of custom stretched short Jeeps many have built. This Jeep, which we've had the pleasure to see on the trail a few different times, including during UA 2018 and EJS 2019, is a combination of a LJ and a CJ-8. The grille and hood are custom parts from Chris Durham Motorsports that retain the look of the CJ while using the radiator and tub of a LJ. From there the Jeep was massaged by none other than Chris Durham himself to retain a low center of gravity and big tires. Add in the "screaming chicken" graphics, and you've really got a head turner. It looks like a CJ-8, but it works, on-road, and off- like a well-built LJ. We love it. We want it we may build one just like it someday.

Stan Prueitt's Six-Wheel-Drive TJ

Stan Prueitt is pretty well known for his involvement with Top Truck Challenge both as the host for many of the videos and a competitor in 2004. We know Stan pretty well and can authoritatively say that he is a hell of a nice guy, willing to help almost anyone anytime, he likes green rigs, and he also likes six-wheel-drive rigs. Several years back we spent some time with Stan and his green six-wheel-drive 1997 TJ on Hell's Revenge. It was a blast watching the machine creep all over like a caterpillar. During down times we got to chat with Stan. Win-win!

Todd Daines' 1956 Willys Truck

We have a soft spot for anything built by Jeep during one of its several different iterations. Todd Daines is our friend and UA 2018 alumnus (he is the father-in-law and co-driver with Rick Prater in another Willys Jeep), but years before UA we bumped into Todd and his 1956 Willys Truck. The truck is powered by a venerable old Chevy 350 bolted ahead of a GM TH350, and when we shot these pics back in 2014 it had dual Toyota T-cases that have since been dropped in favor of a 203/205 doubler. The Jeep also rides on 40s and has one-ton GM axles!

Two Cronies in Moab

Two of our favorite Alabamians (if that's a word) are none other than Ultimate Adventure Cronies Keith Bailey and Sam Gillis. And while we've wheeled with these guys and leaned on them for help all over the U.S., Keith and Sam aren't usually in Moab for EJS (it's a bit of a commute from Alabama)—but they were in Moab for EJS 2016 after serving as staff on Jp Dirt and Drive 2016. Whatever the reason, these two got to drive our very own Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road double-ended 2013 JK. None of that really matters, except we all got to go four-wheeling and hang out on one of our favorite trails with some of our very best buddies. Here they are in their high-end rental car near the start of the trail and emerging from Mickey's Hot tub. And Keith, don't worry, we've added the rental bill to Sam's ORC tab. Thanks!

One ton XJ

XJs are without doubt one of the first (of many) black sheep of the Jeep family. Many love them; others ignore their Jeepness. We love them. They are incredibly capable especially when well built like this one. We don't know who owns this Jeep because we didn't get a chance to ask. And here's what we see in its "wheels-up" climb up the Hell's Revenge obstacle known as Escalator. That would be a Ford King-Pin Dana 60, full hydraulic steering, front long arms, a triangulated rear four-link, a shaved GM Corporate full-float 14-bolt (now a 13-bolt), and a ton more. We like what we see!

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