Well I finally realized that I should have started a build thread for my JK a long time ago. So I will try to start at the beginning and show the progress to date. Then I will continue to keep the thread going as more progress is made on the rig
I moved on from my 1989 Toyota LandCruiser which I had modified extensively, and drove some fun places as well. Like most LandCruiser that age, I was constantly fighting losing battle with cancerous rust. I stayed ahead of it for a while, but it just became too time consuming.
I decided it was time to trade-up for something better. I had really considered a Land Rover 110, but most of the ones available were in rough shape, and I didn’t want to have the same issues that I was dealing with on the LandCruiser at the time. I liked everything about the Land Rover 110 though, so I was searching for an American version of that vehicle, which I basically found in Overland Jeep JK which was in a number of magazines at the time. The Overland JK was the inspiration for my build and I was obsessed with the vehicle.
My build story starts with a previously loved 2009 Jeep JKU Rubicon, that I had literally been searching for over the course of a year or so. I had very specific criteria, JKU Rubicon, White, 6-spd, hardtop, nav, under 15k mi. At the time I thought it was like searching for sasquatch, a myth, but after the long wait I finally found it in upstate NY. I drove up in one car and came home in a JKU Rubicon.
Here is a picture of it sitting on the lot while I filled out the paperwork:
And here I am grinning ear to ear the day I picked it up:
Now I have grown up working on cars all my life, starting with British sportscars (Triumph TR3's, MGA's, Jaguar XKE's & MKII's) then moving to German sportscars (i.e. Porsche), VW's (I built one of the first 2.0L turbo cars) American V8 hotrods, race cars (which I race), and Overland Vehicles (LandCruiser, Jeep). I have even rebuilt some motorcycles as well. So taking this all into account, there was no way that this Jeep of mine was going to stay in stock form. So let the mods begin!