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Tag Archives: Jeep

  • Off-Roading Crash Course For Dummies: What you Need to Know Before you go Wheeling

    With Off-Roading becoming more and more popular and parts suppliers being readily available "Wheeling" has become a weekend warrior type hobby that you can do with your daily driver. Whether you plan to just go out on the trail to camp for the night or an intensive rock climbing weekend out into the great beyond there's some things you should do to prepare yourself. We decided to put together a small list of things a beginner should consider before hopping the white lines of the road into the rocks and dirt. Check it out below and feel free to comment below if you have some advice for beginners as well!
  • What Makes Us Tick- Andy B. Eastwood Product Manager

    I came from the Automotive Aftermarket where I developed OEM replacement parts for the better part of a decade. As a kid my addiction to cars started with building a go-cart with my father who is a pipe fitter by trade. I then graduated to British sports cars, which broke the bank for a high school student trying to build off of a part time budget. Eventually, I found myself working on Jeeps and other off-road vehicles. Little did I know, a cheap Jeep Cherokee project would shape my automotive future.
  • Essential Items you Need To Start Off-Roading

    With more and more companies offering parts and supplies to upgrade your vehicle and get it trail-ready, we thought we'd put together our list of necessary items you should invest in when entering the Off-Road hobby. Some of these can be used at home and on the trail as well!
  • What welder is best for Off-Road Fabrication?

    What you need to first start with is what, when, and where you'll be using your welder. Unfortunately there's downsides to every type of welder out there, it's just finding one that checks as many boxes as possible for you. I put together some pros and cons on each type of welding in regards to off-road and 4x4 vehicles below. Hopefully it helps you choose a welder that fits your needs the best.
  • Cars of SEMA 2015 – Friday Wrap Up

    And as quick as that, another SEMA show is over. All the show cars that were the least bit drivable got fired up and took a lap of the strip, headed from the Convention Center to the SEMA Ignited public after party down the street.It was another great show and thanks to everyone who stopped into our booth to visit and see our newest products. It will take days, maybe weeks, to wrap our heads around all the neat new ideas and trends we saw at the show, but when we do we'll post them here for you. For now, here are some of the cars that jumped out at us even after 2 full days of looking at amazing cars.

    Just to prove that guys will hot rod anything, here is a souped up Allis-Chalmers Model B tractor. They started making these in the late 1930s and kept making them for a while, so no telling exactly what this is. It goes to show you that nearly the same principles can be applied to any wheeled vehicle, just make them lower and wider and they will look meaner even if they aren't really any faster. The flat head 4 must sound great as it spits fire out of the short tube exhausts.

    SEMA 2015 1938 Allis Chalmers Model B

    This may seem like a strange jump, from tractor to Porsche, but one of the first things the German car maker put their name on was a tractor. These air-cooled 911s, in candy colors, all in a row, look like what all of us adult children dream of seeing when we look under the tree at Christmas.

    SEMA 2015 Porsche 911

    If you instead dream of playing in a pile of dirt,maybe you'd prefer this Jeep Chief concept. Look close and you can see how much 4 door Wrangler is still there. But the retro front end look, and the custom hard top make it look like a completely different vehicle. Jeep sure can turn out some sweet concepts, now lets see if they can put some more interesting trucks in the showrooms.

    SEMA 2015 Jeep Chief Concept

    Wagons have a great big open space to practice custom paint on, even compacts like this Mercury Comet. The asymmetrical, flaked and striped, super glossy green, over a suede black body really pops. As you can see there is a custom stitched interior in matching colors too, and it continues all the way to the back cargo hold. SEMA 2015 1963 Mercury Comet Wagon

    It is hard to imagine this 1968 Mustang shares most of its chassis with the Comet wagon above, which never had any performance goals at all. This tricked out pro-touring/road race/track day fastback has plenty of scoops and air dams to keep the air flowing where it needs to to cool the brakes and rear end, as well as keep the car stuck tot eh pavement. It is kind of akin to the Elenore "Gone in 60 Seconds" Mustang, only more purposeful looking.

    SEMA 2015 1968 Ford Mustang

    We'll also have some more posts later detailing the cars and builders who won this year's Eastwood Hands-on Awards. For now here is a recap of some of the standouts that went on to the Customer Choice category.

    SEMA 2015 1960 Oldsmobile 88

    SEMA 2015 1940 Mercury 4

     

    SEMA 2015 1953 Ford COE Truck 1

    SEMA 2015 1952 Chevy Gene Winfield Desert Sunset 3

    SEMA 2015 1927 Ford T-bucket

    SEMA 2015 1949 Cadillac

    SEMA 2015 1950 Metro Ice Cream Truck 1

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