by Blaine Schacher
Mike found his jeep in Texas and purchased it. Once he got it to us, we found the tub was in great condition. But to meet Mike’s standards this Jeep was going to need a big batch of upgrades. You see Mike doesn’t plan to use the Jeep for wheeling; it is a 100% pavement pounder. From racing it at 100 ft shoot outs and dyno day events, to making the long haul from Camrose, AB to his summer place on the lake in Kelowna, BC. We pulled out the 401 AMC engine and rebuilt it top to bottom; added Edelbrock fuel injection, MSD ignition & headers. Then we installed a BE Cool radiator & fans to ‘keep it cool’.
While the motor was out, she was repainted with BMW blue paint which just pops in the sun. We added a NP435 transmission and center force clutch, upgraded the drive shafts, installed Strange axle shafts & an Auburn posi-trac. There’s no point in cranking your rig up though if you can’t stop - so slotted rotors and Hawk pads were added to the front and a rear disk brake conversion kit was added to the back.
The interior was completely redone with custom embroidered seats and Dakota Digital gauges to top it off. To finish off the exterior, Smittybilt XRC Bumpers & a winch were added then KMC XD wheels wrapped in 33x12.50 Kumho Road venture tires. In the end, the license plate says it all - WAY2KOOL.