Don Campbell's Jeep Wrangler is something that most of us dream of. It has all the time and money put into it that we've all wanted to put into our own visions. The difference is that his has actuallybeen completed and proven its worth off-road, whereas most of ours are still half-cocked dreams bragged about around a campfire somewhere late at night. Well, some guys just dream and some guys just do....
Don, a TIG welder by trade, did most of this work himself with the help of his father, Chuck, a machinist, and the patience of his wife, Susan. No one will ever do as good of a job as you would on your own vehicle, and Don knew this, so he went to town on it until he couldn't find anything else to do.
Wow, it makes us want another Jeep project (like we don't have enough already). Quick! Someone send us a pic of a hopeless, dilapidated pile so we stop being so inspired. We don't have time for inspiration.
Up front, Don's YJ sports a Dana 60 that would make any wheeler jealous. It's been packed with an ARB Air Locker and 4.11 gears and rides under 12-inch King coilovers. A three-link suspension system works in conjunction with a Panhard rod to help keep those Kings traveling in the correct arc, while hydraulic bumpstops keep that art piece of an axle from touching the frame. A custom antisway bar keeps the Jeep up straight, while crossover steering keeps it pointing in the right direction. Countless hours were put into building this Jeep. Small touches abound such as the small aluminum roller/guard in the bottom middle of the frame for the winch rope to drop down and around the axle without fraying or rubbing anything on the frame.
Once most of the rig was complete, it went to see another familiar father and son team by
Under the hood sits a Chevy 355ci Vortec V-8 with fast-burn heads, forged pistons, and pin
That is a very hard white plastic that is covering the bottom of the Jeep. It tends to sli
Luxury! Custom tweed seats keep the passengers comfy while sitting behind the custom alumi
In the back a Tera 60R high-pinion axle keeps things running strong. It's been packed with
The body was dipped in DuPont Flame Red and kept in immaculate condition even though it se
Vehicle: '87 Jeep YJ Wrangler
Owner: Don Campbell, Loveland, CO
Engine: 355ci Vortec V-8
Tranny: Hughes TH400 tranny
Transfer Case: 4.2:1 low-range Atlas
Front Axle: Dana 60 high-pinion, ARB Air Locker, 4.11 gears
Rear Axle: Dana 60 high-pinion, Detroit Locker, 4.11 gears
Front Suspension: 12-inch King coilovers, three-link with Panhard bar
Rear Suspension: 16-inch King coilovers
Winch: Warn 8,000-pound
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50R17 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrains on 17-inch Alcoa wheels with bead locks