Garage Built GPW

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

Make: Ford

Model: GPW

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.