We run across killer Jeeps all the time; it's sorta in the job description. But lots of times they're black or white or silver in color, which looks great, but doesn't always show up so well in magazine pages. Notice how many black trucks appear on the cover every year? You'll be lucky to see one, but a bright yellow Commando with a fluorescent orange exoskeleton you'll see even less of. Blair Fredrickson's '72 Jeep Commando is what you can definitely call one-of-a-kind, with a build rarely seen on a Jeep of this vintage and model, and colors that will make your bare eyes bleed.
Part of the charm of Blair's rig is that he started with a 4x4 that had very small production numbers. We're betting there are a fair amount of you who haven't even seen a Commando of this vintage (the earlier ones having CJ-style front clips), and that, besides its awesome build and outrageous look, is why we shot it.
We ran across Blair's Jeep out in Moab earlier this year, flexing its coilover suspension on the 39-inch competition Krawlers on the Rusty Nail trail. If you were around during Easter Jeep Safari, we're betting you didn't miss seeing this cool Commando in action.
The front of this Commando is a model example of the way the rest of this Jeep was built.
The rear of this Jeep almost deserves to be out in front, since the back is a masterpiece
Underneath you can see the extensive amount of protection provided for this Jeep. A center
This Jeep really is a work of art, from the top of the roof, past the Super Duty fender flares, down to the spotless undercarriage and fully boxed frame. Just don't stare too long; you'll get a headache. The well-thought-out contoured orange bends of the exo stand out easily against its yellow backdrop. Mt. Logan Off-Road took the time to fab the cage so it would disconnect at the rocker and rear quarter-panel guards so the fiberglass top could be removed. On our day out in Moab with Nate Williams, engineer at Mt. Logan Off-Road, it was not a topless day, as the wind had picked up and a storm that would bring enough snowfall to get our ankles wet was hanging just on the outskirts of town. Instead we rode in comfort in the restified cab of the Commando, planted in Corbeau seats and held in with five-point harnesses.
|Vehicle:||'72 Jeep Commando|
|Engine:||Turn Key Engine Supply LS1 V-8|
|Transmission:||700R4 with shift kit, Corvette servo, Art Carr torque converter and shifter|
|Front Axle:||Tera 60 CRD, chromoly axleshafts, ARB locker, 5.38 gears, Dedenbear knuckles|
|Rear Axle:||Tera 60 CRD, gun-drilled chromoly axleshafts, Detroit Locker, 5.38 gears|
|Tires & Wheels:||39-inch Krawlers on 17-inch Walker Evans wheels|
|Suspension:||14-inch-stroke Fox coilovers, Fox hydraulic bumpstops, five-link front, four-link rear|