Instead of writing an eight page report on all of the jeeps, trucks, and SUVs I have owned, I will instead stick to the majors. The major vehicles will include a 1989 XJ Cherokee, 1976 CJ5, 1995 YJ Wrangler, and finally a 1997 TJ Wrangler.

1997 TJ Wrangler

My future trail rig is a 1997 TJ Wrangler. I purchased the Jeep as an unfinished project. The previous owner was being deployed for duty overseas and needed to remove the Jeep from his family’s property. So with no time to act I attached my trailer to the truck and sealed the deal over the phone. Finally, I have found myself elbow deep in a 1 ton TJ project.

1997 TJ Wrangler

List of Modifications in Process for 1997 TJ

  • 5” lift over stock suspension: Rubicon Express 5.5” front coils and factory
    front coils in rear
  • Roughly 104-105” wheel base, front stretched roughly 2” and rear 6+”
  • Suspension brackets from Solid Axle, Ballistic, Blue Torch Fab, and Clayton Off Road
  • 39” to 40” tires
  • 5.7 Liter Vortec Chevy 350
  • TH350 transmission stuffed with some goodies
  • 203/205 Doubler kit from Sumner Machine
  • Ford Dana 60 front axle and Chevy 14 bolt rear
  • Detroit rear locker and 5.38 gear
  • RCI tank with factory sending unit
  • The list will go on for days. Hopefully the build doesn’t

1995 YJ Wrangler

The 1995 Wrangler I currently own started its life as my college roommate’s daily driver. It was a beer delivery vehicle my senior year of college and the car of choice for a half an hour trip into the Appalachian hills of southern Ohio, mostly because it had a convertible top and it was easy to drain the water from leaking bags of ice. After he graduated, he sold me the Jeep and purchased a more gas-efficient vehicle. I have tinkered and tweaked the Jeep over the past three years with multiple lift kits, tires, and too many accessories.

1995 YJ Wrangler

Modifications to 1995 YJ Wrangler

  • 3.5” 4Wheel Drive Hardware Lift
  • Mastercraft Baja RS seats
  • Advanced Adapters SYE and Driveshaft
  • 35” tall tires and Rock Crawler series 52 wheels
  • Hanson Front Bumper
  • Poison Spyder Ricochet Rockers
  • Smittybilt tube fenders
  • Dana 44 rear axle out of XJ Cherokee
  • TJ Dana 30 axle shaft conversion (Vacuum disconnect elimination)
  • Too many modifications to list

1976 Jeep CJ5

My 1976 Jeep CJ5 was my pride and joy all through high school and college. It was the first vehicle I was able to purchase with my own money and the first bad purchase I loved to make. It ran horribly and broke often, but it was amazing when it was working. It is currently getting its second frame-off restoration.

Modifications on 1976 CJ

  • 4” Skyjacker lift kit with Hydro shocks
  • T176 4-speed transmission and Dana 300 swap
  • Centerforce Clutch
  • AMC 304 Bored .30 over
  • Edelbrock intake and Performer Camshaft
  • Headman fenderwell headers
  • 35” BFG AT tires mounted on Pro Comp 8179 series wheels

1989 Jeep Cherokee

My 1989 Jeep Cherokee was acquired when I traded an older Ford Dana 60. It was a straight trade for a Jeep that ran great, looked like crap, and leaked oil, transmission fluid, and coolant. It had many nicknames including “The Rad Racer,” “XJ Valdez,” and, my favorite, “Turdwagon.” Originally, I intended to make it into a tough truck race vehicle that would serve as a daily driver until race season. Unfortunately, it began to spew oil out of a blown rear main, ending its racing career prematurely.

1989 XJ Cherokee

Modifications Completed on ’89 Cherokee

  • 3.5” Rubicon Express Lift
  • 33” Pro Comp Xtreme Mud Terrain tires
  • Body/Fender trimming for tire clearance
  • Dana 30 TJ Shaft conversion (Vacuum disconnect elimination)
  • Aftermarket wheels