Jay’s Jeep AdventuresMay 12th, 2010 by admin
Just wanted to make ya’ll aware I am not just a “Jeep JK” Jeep Bastard. My first Jeep experience was a 1978 Jeep CJ5 that I have no picture record of. Next was a 1979 Jeep J20 pickup that I still own, but it’s in storage.
My first hardcore experience was Sledge Hammer in Johnson Valley, CA around 18 years ago. The CJ7 I ran that day ran a lot of trails over a 20-year span. My last experience in that Jeep was the Jeepers Jamboree 2003. That run was marred with a broken right rear axle, no rear brakes, and a severely broken frame. I am a part of the tail gunner mechanics crew and we know how to get you through the trail and back to the road. So I limped home with a patched up frame (we used anything we could find to weld the frame together again, even u-bolts), a stock right rear axle shaft, 3 of the 4 brake calipers working, and a BIG SMILE. Even a bad day on a trail, is better than a good day at the office! May my blue CJ rest in Jeep heaven.
In 2004 I started using my TJ Rubicon. I ran Moab the first year I had it. The only upgrades I did to it were a 2” suspension lift with an adjustable track bar and Pro Comp Xterrain tires on stock Rubicon wheels. Later I added WARN front and rear bumpers. This Jeep was very reliable, trail-worthy, and fun to drive.
Currently, I am working on a new CJ7 monster rig that I will update progress on monthly. It started with a Matkins frame, Black Diamond coil over suspension, and DynaTrac 35 spline Pro Rock Dana 60 axles with ARBs and 4:88 gears front and rear. It will run my AMC 360 V8 and a Turbo 400 trans with a Dana 300 Transfer case and a 4 to 1 gear upgrade. Next up is body work. Pictures to follow soon