Meet Bruiser. Aptly named for the shitty blue paint job he once had and the multiple knuckle-scraping drivetrain swaps that occurred over his lifetime. You may notice throughout my website that I refer to my Jeeps by name. This is because they are a part of me and almost like children. My wife seems to think I have a mistress in the garage...
This is the final product. But to get to this point, Bruiser went through a 4 month transformation. Scroll down below to the links and follow along as Bruiser is stripped down and built back up.
This is what Bruiser looked like before the transformation began.
I acquired Bruiser from a good friend of mine in Colorado. Mechanically, Bruiser is pretty stout. It runs on front and rear Dana 44's, a Chevy 350 mated to a T-18 and twin-sticked low-geared Dana 300 T-case. As with all my projects, I like to sit down and figure out what I want it to be. For me, Bruiser was going to be my ultimate 3B. I planned on doing the project right so I would have no regrets later on.
Striping Bruiser Down
This is when Bruiser gets stripped down to the frame in preparation for a new frame.
CJ-5 Frame & 4" Lift
I clean and coat the new CJ-5 frame with POR-15 and bolt up the 4" lift.
The Chevy 350 gets swapped into the rolling chassis.
The under side of the tub gets cleaned and coated with POR-15.
The CJ-5 frame gets some modifications at the rear.
Welding up some holes in the dash.
Passenger Side Gas Tank
Adding a passenger side gas tank, dual gas tank solenoid, and switch.
Lining The Tub
The interior of the tub gets a coat of Herculiner.
I box the front frame rails, weld in an Advanced Adaptors steering box mount, and install Saginaw power steering.
Front End Work
The front clip gets installed, and I weld in new front shock mounts.
Brakes & Clutch
The clutch gets hooked up and I plumb the brake lines.
Hydroboost braking power courtesy of the power steering pump.
Bruiser gets some BF Goodrich 33/12.50 Mud T/A's.
Rear Tool Box
The passenger side tool box gets moved to the rear.
I install an Optima red top battery and wire up the turn signals and headlights.
Bruiser gets an aluminum racing radiator and electric fan.
Bruiser is prepped for paint.
The original 1963 Willys color Nordic Blue Poly was chosen for Bruiser.
Bruiser gets put back together.
Installing the Willys and 4 Wheel Drive stickers, full roll cage, hood blocks, and other details.
"You're a tiger, grrrrrrrrr!"
Spare Tire Carrier
Adding the spare tire carrier and Hi-Lift jack mount.
Adding Rear Wheel Spacers
Wheel spacers from from Spidertrax.
Installing the Soft Top
Bruiser gets a new Tigertop from Bestop.
Installing the On-Board Air System
York A/C compressor based air system.
Fabricating Rock Sliders
Bruiser Gets Some Custom Fabricated Body Armor.
Fabricating a diamondplate trunk lid NEW!
Protection for Bruiser's cargo.