David sent us, this way awesome 73 CJ Renegade to build for him. He was the original owner of this CJ, lost it for a while and was able to buy it back. This complete nut and bolt, high performance Hot Rod CJ build was a blast! Starting with a clean 73 with a small block chevy conversion, we tore it down to the frame. Knowing he wanted a healthy motor in it, we Boxed the frame with dimple died panels and plated the outside of the frame with panels. We then converted the front axle to disk brakes using a 83 cj axle as a donor, used a SSBC disk brake kit for the rear Dana 44. Pulled the bearings and gears and freshened the original 4:10’s with new parts. David and I had talked about motors here and there. But when it came time to pull the trigger, boy he did! We purchased a Blue Print Racing Engines built, alum headed 383 small block. 400 HP and 420 FT LB monster goes into a Super T-10 4 spd (that was in the jeep) and the original dana 20 transfer case. Controlling this monster is a FiTech fuel injection with a “tanks, Inc” in tank pump. Edelbrock valve covers and air cleaner, with a “near chrome” powder coated intake and fan give it that show car gleam. The Hooker fender well headers were reused and powder coated in black with custom Magnaflow side pipes. The light weight Enkei wheels he had purchased in his youth were still on the Jeep, so we polished them and mounted a set of 33×12.50×15 BFG All Terrains. Around back we custom made a tire carrier/rear bumper combo with another BFG and not having a 5th Enkie, we used an American racing wheel to finish it off. The body was for the most part clean and nice. We had to re-do the front body mounts on the tub as they had collapsed like most CJ’s from that era. The tub was sent off to have it sprayed in 2005 Dodge Patriot Blue. We did a color matched bed-liner on the bottom of the tub and on the floors. The old dash had been cut up for radios and speakers, so we filled all the holes with metal and had it sprayed at the same time. A custom polished tilt column with a LeCarra wheel is hooked to custom linkage and a rebuilt variable ratio steering box. Power disk brake booster controls the 4 wheels disk brakes with all custom bent lines and a Wilwood proportioning valve. The interior had older Steel Horse seats and the original rear seat that we recovered in modern JK materials. We also covered the rollcage and the original Renegade dash pad in the same material. Rounding out this build is a complete new wire harness, custom center console with a round marine radio and Autometer gauges. This was a FUN build, and this Jeep is a hand full. It is Sooooo Fast and sounds rowdy!… and a BEAUTIFUL CJ.
This super cool 43 MB came to us from California. Doug purchased this Jeep and it was titled as a CJ3a (I think). Once we got it here I quickly realized that it was in fact an original military MB. The body was a replaced with a re-pop tub at some point in its life. Doug was thrilled to find this out (he loves military paraphernalia). He had us do a number of things to make it mostly “correct” without going to crazy. He did not want us to paint it, He did that himself once it got back to California. The project scope was to get her running, driving and stopping like it should. We also fully detailed the engine compartment, Painting the motor firewall and more. We re-loomed existing wires and did as much as we could without going over the top on budget. Its kinda a mix of military and civilian. We also installed new gauges, switches and more. One of the bigger tasks was to cut the side out of the jeep and replace the side panels with the correct style that has the shovel and axe cut outs. This kinda snowballed into removing part of the flat floor and putting in the correct style floor with the cut out and correct low sump style tank. You can see what we di by the NEW paint. We installed the shovel and axe, gas tank, sending unit, and added the missing tool box under the passenger seat. Going with the military theme, we cut and installed the correct black out lights but re-wired them to use standard 12v bulbs. We also rebuilt the brakes, resealed the axles and completely painted the under side in OD green. This was a fun build. and The owner finished up the OD green paint with, correct hood numbers and more. Doug now proudly Drives his Willys in parades and on the streats of LA much to the discomfort of the LAPD.
I found this wagoneer and purchased it off of its original owner in Northern Arizona. After owning it for a while Tim and Alicia contacted me and were looking for a first gen Wagoneer to add to their collection of Jeeps. They purchased this from me and we began a year long restoration. The Jeep had not been on the road or ran since 1989. Due to rust, It needed most of the floors and rear quarters. We installed all new sheet metal, then treated the rest of the Jeep to a rust dissolver . Once this was done, we sent it in to the paint shop to be completely sprayed inside and out in Modern base/clear PPG paint mixed to match the “prairie gold” factory color. Since there are no after market lift kits available for the first Gen wags and the owner had some concern about the “post style” spring mounts, we welded on all new spring hangers along with late model Wagoneer springs. We used a Superlift 2.5″ front lift spring and late model rear springs with a nice overload and a hanging (shackle flip style) rear shackle. Old Man Emu shocks round out the suspension with a set of 31×10.5×15 BFG’s on stock wheels with stock hubcaps. While underneath the Jeep we built a custom 38 gal fuel tank and skid plate, added a original “jeep” class 3 receiver hitch, All new brake lines and a all new Magnaflow Muffler and exhaust system. With the body freshly painted we installed a new windshield, all new window felts and tracks, new rear quarter rubber, door seal rubber, body mounts and more. The interior was originally a pewter color, The owner wanted that changed to black. So we repainted the Dash board, Converted the front from bench to bucket by using set of 70’s Wagoneer buckets seats, and upholstering them to look older. Using mostly marine grade vinyl with modern yet old looking insert material we made it durable yet stylish with a 60’s vibe interior. Not quite done yet, we added custom matching door panels, a custom headliner .and new carpet kit with a rubber rear cargo area matt. Mass amounts of sound deadener and custom rear quarter inserts with a light, 12V outlet and hidden compartment. finish up the interior. We also installed a Retro Radio and modern A/C parts to work with the vintage under dash unit. A complete new Wire harness and modern fuse box was installed, re-using all the original switches and plugs, and a 180amp 1 wire alternator. I am sure there is more that I am forgetting, This was a year long major build. BUT MAN AINT SHE PURTY! Tim and Alicia did not have us do anything to the original Buck 350, axles or the 3 on the tree trans. Tim is a Diesel guy and does his own swaps, so he will be putting a 4BT Cummins, ZF 6 spd trans and JK axles. He is planning on some 17″ wheels with dog dish hub caps to round out the build. Man she is gonna be sweet when he is done.