Butch Kemp’s 1997 Jeep Wrangler stopped us in our tracks on the thirty ninth Annual O’Reilly Auto Components 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals in Indianapolis. This beautiful Jeep TJ Wrangler will not be solely a looker, it is constructed for the path.
Why Is This Jeep Wrangler Cool?
- V-8 energy
- 1-ton axles
- Twin winches
- 112-inch wheelbase
- Gobs of purposeful customized fabrication
Impressed by the Jeep Gladiator
Butch was impressed by the discharge of Jeep Gladiator pickup. He wished his model of the Jeep truck to serve double responsibility, each as a succesful off-road automobile and in addition as an around-town rig. To perform his targets, Butch swapped in V-8 energy, a confirmed transmission, legendary T-case, flexy suspension, and 1-ton axles, amongst different issues. And to high it off is a multifunctional customized mattress.
Energy & Reliability
The 1997 Jeep Wrangler is powered by a Ford 5.0L V-8 pirated from a late-model Explorer. The V-8 is mated to a beefy Ford C6 three-speed computerized transmission. Energy is routed to the entrance and rear axles by way of a stout NP205 switch case. The engine’s gasoline system consists of an excellent easy Edelbrock 600cfm carburetor. Butch had initially deliberate on putting in an aftermarket gasoline injection system however in the end opted for the simplicity of a carburetor.
Warn 8274 Main the Method
The 1997 Jeep Wrangler’s customized entrance bumper/winch mount is undeniably a murals, and the Warn 8274 winch bolted to it will get loads of use, each on the path and round Butch’s property. The entrance suspension is a four-link setup with F-O-A coilover remote-reservoir shocks. A Currie Antirock sway bar is used to assist preserve the Jeep secure on-road whereas permitting for max flex on the path. The entrance axle is a Dana 60 procured from a Ford F-350 Tremendous Obligation, and it has 4.10 gears. The customized suspension and quite a few physique mods imply there’s loads of room for the meaty 37×12.50R17 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R tires on manufacturing unit Hummer H2 aluminum wheels.
Customized Multifunctional Mattress
The customized mattress on the 1997 Jeep Wrangler is an incredible, multifunctional, spectacular design. It is built-in into the Wrangler’s customized rear body that Butch constructed for the rig. He used sq. tubing from the cab rearward that was joined to the manufacturing unit Jeep body to stretch the wheelbase to 112 inches whereas additionally offering a strong basis for the customized mattress. A few of the mattress’s options embrace an easy-access spare tire provider, winch mount for the rear-mount winch, and LED lighting, amongst different issues. Just like the entrance, the rear suspension is a four-link setup with F-O-A remote-reservoir coilover shocks and a Currie Antirock sway bar. The rear axle is a Sterling 10.5, previously beneath a Ford Tremendous Obligation, and it has 4.10 gears. For now, the axle has an open differential, however Butch has plans to put in some sort of traction help sooner or later. He has no plans to regear the axles as a result of he is happy with how the present gear ratio works mixed with the V-8 engine, C6 transmission, and 37-inch tires.
At A Look
Car: 1997 Jeep Wrangler
Proprietor: Butch Kemp
Engine: Ford 5.0L V-8
Transmission: Ford C6
Switch case: NP205
Entrance axle/differential: Ford Dana 60, 4.10 gears/open
Rear axle/differential: Ford 10.5, 4.10 gears/open
Entrance: 4-link, F-O-A remote-reservoir coilovers, Currie Antirock swaybar
Rear: 4-link, F-O-A remote-reservoir coilovers, Currie Antirock swaybar
Tires: 37×12.50R17 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R
Wheels: 17-in inventory Hummer H2
Armor: Sure, tons
Cool Stuff: Twin winches, customized mattress, customized delicate high
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