Check Out This Homebuilt Mini Jeep That a Creative Dad Built for His Son!
Reader’s Ride: Parts from an old lawnmower served as the building blocks for this one-of-a-kind mini Jeep.
We love when you send us photos and info on your rig! Young Jack Long says, "My dad built me a Jeep. I like rockcrawling shows. I love watching Dirt Every Day. They build awesome things and do awesome things with them, then destroy them." We couldn't have said it better ourselves, Jack. Here's a look at Jack's mini Jeep and commentary by mini Jeep-builder dad, Nick.
Vehicle: 2015 Mini Jeep
Owner: Jack Long, Wichita, Kansas
Tires & Wheels: Front 15x6.00-6, rear 18x8.50-8 steel wheels
Honda 6.5-hp vertical shaft engine with centrifugal belt drive
Peerless 639 three-speed transaxle with Reverse
Other Mods: Mooneyes Barefoot gas pedal
Four Wheeler: Does it work the way you want?
Jack Long: Works well and is geared very low, barely above walking pace. (Keeps the kids safe!)
FW: Anything you would change?
JL: Add suspension to allow some flex for uneven surfaces.
FW: Anything to add?
JL: After ruining multiple Power Wheels Jeeps, we decided to build a metal Jeep using parts from an old lawnmower. Our second son is now driving this Jeep, and it has provided hours or smiles and entertainment.