Reader's Jeeps : Mike Garner's Feep YJ-5
Mike Garner's Feep YJ-5 Short Cuts
Mike getting sideways on the Escalator in Moab

Mike getting sideways on the Escalator in Moab (yes, that's the correct angle)


Owner : Mike Garner (the farmer who likes rocks) Equipment and Modifications:

Vehicle: Started as a 1980 CJ-5
Vehicle name: Feep
Location: Eastern Iowa
Some of the trails in the past two years: Rubicon, Helldorado, Golden Spike, Rusty Nail, Pritchett, and other 4++ Moab trails, Die Trying, Jackhammer (solo while waiting for others to show up), Attica, Silverlake Sand Dunes and many more.
Favorite Trail:

Golden Spike
Golden Spike
Moab, Utah
Photo courtesy of Jason Head
Escalator
Escalator
Moab, Utah
Photo courtesy of Marsha Terry
Escalator
Escalator
Moab, Utah
Photo courtesy of Marsha Terry
Die Trying
Die Trying
Montrose, Colorado
Photo courtesy of Roger Wild
  • Motor--89 fuel injected Ford 302
  • Tranny--T-18 with 6.32 first gear
  • T-case--Dana 300 with Tera Low 4:1 kit
  • Front Axle--Currie 9" 4.57 and Detroit
  • Rear Axle--Currie 9" 4.57 and Detroit
  • Crawl Ratio--115:1
  • Tires--35x12.50x15 BFG MTs
  • Suspension--Spring over axle with stock CJ springs
  • Winch--Warn 8274-50
  • Roll bar--Smittybuilt front cage
  • Front clip--Jeep YJ (because Mike likes it)
  • Bumpers--Custom built Mike Garner specials including tire carrier
  • On Board Air--York, Custom built by Mike
  • On Board Welder--Custom built by Mike (thanks to Dave)
  • Remade body sides--16ga sheet steel, Custom built by Mike
  • Gas tank skid--3/16" to fit 20 gal tank, Custom built by Mike
  • Rocker protection--2"x4"x1/4", Custom built by Mike
  • Winch mount--1/4" single peice plate, Custom built by Mike
  • Custom paint--painted by (guess who??) yep, Mike, including handyman and shocks.
  • Stereo--Yeah, right
Before
Before

Personal Notes from Mike:
Feep YJ-5 History
Basically, I started in 1995 with a $500 midwest rust bomb. I picked the tub off in two pieces without removing any bolts or cutting anything. First go around I rebuilt the 258, reskinned a replacement body, and did a general frame off restoration, with little in the way of modifications. Since then I'm on my 4th set of axles, third tcase, second engine, countless shocks and springs, and so on.... All the while, the only thing I haven't done with my own two hands is bend the dual exhaust for the 302. (I don't have a tubing bender) What I have left of the original Jeep is the frame, dash panel, and seats

Worst Stuck
My worst stuck was some ridiculous mud hole at '600 acres' near Solon, IA. I have since 'retired' from mud.


Golden Crack
Terry Howe riding shotgun
The Crack - Moab, Utah
Photo courtesy of Jason Head
Golden Crack
Stradling the Crack
Moab, Utah
Photo courtesy of Jason Head
Golden Crack
Stradling the Crack
Moab, Utah
Photo courtesy of Jason Head

 


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