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We Slice and Dice a Grille for the Ultimate Adventure Long Range Jeep #UA2020

Part 22, A reproduction vintage grille

Verne SimonsAuthor, Photography

We can't deny that we like both grills and grilles. Grills make delicious cooked foods that we slather down with glee at every opportunity—especially smoked meats and foods prepped with plenty of caramelized onions and spicy peppers. Also, grilles, those items that adorn the front of various (mostly vintage) 4x4s, are something we love. They allow us to identify the make, model, and sometimes year of a 4x4. Likewise, the plan for the 2020 UA long Range Jeep has always been to attach a historic and symbolic grille.

We've hinted at the fact that the WWII Jeeps that the SAS used in North Africa would play a large role in the inspiration for this Jeep. Thus, we talked our friends over at Omix Ada out of one of their reproduction MB/GPW grilles. Those of you in the know will recognize those two names as the Willys and Ford Jeep models that served in WWII. Our Jeep, the UA LRJ, is a nod to those jeeps that helped win the war for the Allies.

Still, a stock grille won't fit on a highly modified Jeep Wrangler TJ frame, so we knew from the get-go that we would need a custom hood (more on that later) and we'd need to make some modifications to the reproduction MB/GPW grille. Here is what we did to slice and dice a perfectly good, albeit reproduction grille, in lieu of MB/GPW reproduction headlights and black out running lamps.

For the hood, you will have to wait (as we have had to wait) for the final details, but let's just say that the hood the UA LRJ will adorn will make a TJ cowl match an MB, GPW, CJ-2a, and CJ-3a grille. Thanks, Chris Durham!

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Omix-Ada, 800.328.9512, www.omix-ada.com
Chris Durham Motorsports, 864.420.1274 , cdmracing.com