Garage Built GPW
- Working on the rollcage.
- Dropping in the drivetrain.
- The 33x15.50-15 Super Swamper SX tires mounted to 15x9 ATX Slab wheels.
- Front suspension at full compression. It's a tight fit.
- The Land Rover control arms almost meet in the middle.
- RCV 'shafts in the front Dana 44 housing.
- Mocking up the suspension.
- Advance Adapters weld-in motor mounts.
- Mounting up PRP Premier Series low back seats.
This is my flatfender Jeep project. I basically started with a Willys CJ-2A frame, a Ford GPW body tub, a pair of Dana 44 axles, and four Land Rover radius arms.
Stomping Ground: So far, only the garage floor. But, it is being built for Moab, Johnson Valley, Ocotillo Wells, and Glamis among other places.
Vehicle Year: 1945
Engine: 2003 GM 4.3L V-6
Transmission: GM SM420
Transfer case(s): Spicer 18
Front axle/differential: '74-'79 FSJ Dana 44/Eaton ELocker
Rear axle/differential: '73 FSJ Dana 44/Eaton ELocker
Axle ratio: 5.38:1
Front suspension: '99-'04 Land Rover front radius arms with 2.0-inch Fox coilover shocks
Rear suspension: '99-'04 Land Rover front radius arms with 2.0-inch Fox coilover shocks
Tires: Super Swamper SX 33x15.50-15
Wheels: 15x9 ATX Slab beadlocks
Bumpers and armor: Custom front bumper
Other cool stuff: Warn 8274 winch, smooth belly skidplate, 17-gallon RCI fuel cell, 1.75-inch 0.120-wall DOM rollcage, PRP Premier Series lowback seats, Quicktime 360-degree belhousing, Centerforce clutch and flywheel
Why you built it: I needed another trail rig that I could beat on. I needed something that I could tip on its side and keep going if need be.
What you would do differently: I think I should have gone with a T-18 transmission with the 6.23:1 First gear. The SM420 is awesome, but it makes for a pretty short rear driveshaft. The T-18 would give me a lot more room to work with.