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Jesse’s Custom 1950 CJ-3A Jeeprod

This custom CJ-3A is a project that Jesse over at Fortec Atlanta had worked on for well over a year. Using a bunch of Omix-ADA, Rugged Ridge, and Alloy USA parts, as well as some custom fabrication – the build finally came to completion just before the 2012 SEMA Show! Be sure to check out the gallery at the bottom of the post.

1950 CJ-3A
 

Body:
-Omix-ADA fenders stretched 8”
-Omix grill
-Omix “WILLYS” branded tailgate
-Original windshield frame chopped 12” and 1” added to opening to accommodate bigger glass
-All Omix lights
-Original headlamp bucket assemblies
-Aluminum tub
-Omix stainless steel front OE style bumper shortened
-Omix stainless steel OE style rear bumperettes
-Omix side view mirror 

Frame:
-72-75 CJ-5 frame, boxed and fitted with custom cross members
-Custom tubular trans mount
-Custom motor mounts 

Suspension, Brakes, and Steering:
-Independent front suspension with adjustable coilovers
-Parallel 4 link rear with adjustable coilovers on custom mounts
-Custom rear track bar and mounts
-103” wheelbase
-Manual rack and pinion steering
-Under dash master cylinder and booster
-4 piston front brake calipers
-Disc brakes on rear
-All hand bent stainless steel brake lines with braided stainless hoses 

Engine:
-5.7 Hemi form 2008 Dodge Ram
-426 Hemi intake
-6.1 Hemi fuel rail and injectors
-6.4 Hemi front accessories and oil pan
- 224 / 228 @ .50” lift Cam
-High Flow Electric Fuel Pump
-15 Gallon Aluminum Fuel Cell
-Custom Headers with Gibson Sand Rail Mufflers
-Custom Aluminum Radiator
-Omix Dipstick handles and oil filler cap 

Transmission:
-Built 545RFE from 2008 Dodge truck
-3000 Stall 

Rear End:
-Dana 44 from 72-75 CJ-5
- Limited slip
-Precision Gear 4.10 Ring and Pinion, and rebuild kit
-Alloy USA replacement shafts
-Alloy USA diff cover 

Wheel and Tires:
-Front: 26 x 4.5 / 17 M&H Racemaster tires on 17 x 4 Aluminum Wheels
-Rear: 28 x 12.50 / 15 M&H Racemaster tires on 15 x 12 American Racing Outlaws 

Interior:
-Omix OE style CJ-3A seats
-Omix Leather wrapped steering wheel re-wrapped in brown leather
-Omix glove box door and grab handle
-Stainless steering column
-Custom Aluminum Console

Crush Recovery Build: SEMA Ready

Well, just it’s just about complete! At the time of this shoot the paint matched seats and hood mentioned on the previous post hadn’t been installed yet. Everything else is good to go, and everything has come together very well! You’ll notice some the great details in the paint matched accents in the gallery below. The build features more than 60 of the latest products from the Omix-ADA family of brands; some of the newest products from Rugged Ridge such as the new Aluminum Hood Latches and Aluminum XHD bumpers, and Alloy USA’s high-strength axle shafts.

The final outcome of this Rubicon has definitely met the original goal of the build. Crush Recovery is designed to be the ultimate off road vehicles to recover 4x4s stuck in the toughest terrain. Inspiration stems from both Jeep’s trusted reputation and and unmatched versatility. Additionally, the new for 2012 Jeep color, Orange Crush, provides added utility and safety to Crush Recovery. The vibrant color stands out amongst the green and brown hues of the outdoors, making rescuers easily visible to those in need. Make sure to follow the coverage of the SEMA Show 2012 from Rugged Ridge to Crush Recover completely finished, as well as all of the other vehicles featured this year!

Crush Recovery Build: Custom Painted Seats and Hood

We’re less than a week away from the 2012 SEMA Show, and the Crush Recovery build is coming to completion. The custom painted ProCar Evolution seats and Truck Master Designs hood are a couple of the last finishing touches. Drew Brothers Customs did an awesome job on these! Check out the photos below:

Crush Recovery Build: October Update

A lot of work has been put into Crush Recovery recently, and since the last update I’ve also started working on a second JK dubbed Crimson Sol! Within the past few weeks I’ve finished installed the following:

- Rugged Ridge XHD Aluminum Rear Bumper, Tire Carrier, and spare tire
- Rugged Ridge JK Flat Flares
- Rugged Ridge Cowl Armor
- Procar by SCAT seats with custom rear bucket seat mounts
- Daystar™ Can Cam System
- Recon fog lights and marker lights
- Custom gauge cluster and custom paint matched Rugged Ridge HID lights
- Doetsch Offroad Headrest Covers
- Rugged Ridge Half Doors

We’ll continue to keep you all updated as the build progresses to The SEMA Show 2012 – along with Crimson Sol!

Crush Recovery Build: Rugged Ridge Aluminum XHD Bumpers


Finally got the Rugged Ridge Aluminum XHD front and rear bumpers installed, along with the tire carrier, and winch as well. The build is really starting to come together and is looking more and more like the rendering every day!

Crush Recovery Build: Rhino Lined Interior

Took Crush Recovery to

Rhino Linings Unlimited to have the entire interior floor Rhino Lined. Rhino Lining offers better protection and is more rugged than the stock carpet. I stripped out all of the carpet myself, and prepped everything for them to do the lining job. Check out the before and after!

 

Crush Recovery Build: JK Exhaust and Receiver Hitch Install

Today I’ve installed the exhaust and receiver hitch, both from Rugged Ridge. No issues with the install process on either part, but removing the factory exhaust… well, that’s another story. One of the hangers on the muffler seemed to be really seized up, so I had to resort to cutting it to remove it, which you’ll see in the photos. The new exhaust definitely gives a good power increase, and has a nice sound from the dual exit exhaust.

 

 

Crush Recovery Build: Wheels and Tires

In the past I’ve run 40″ and up sized tires, but this time around decided to go with something a little less aggressive in size. I chose to go with 37″ Nitto Trail Grapplers, they have great reviews for off road and on road use. They are extremely capable off road, but still give a nice and quiet ride on the road.

I’ve mounted the tires on a set of 17×9 Rugged Ridge Satin Black Alloy JK Wheels. These wheels have a great design, and Rugged Ridge also offers trim rings to help protect the wheels. I’ve matched the trim rings to the color of the Jeep. Check out the before and after pics below:

Crush Recovery Build: Tail Lights and Euro Guards

The last update was pretty hefty, so from now on I’ll try to update with one part of the build at a time. This next part of the exterior changes includes upgrading the tail lights and adding some tail light euro guards. I’ve swapped out the stock tail lights with some Bermuda Black LED lights from IPCW. LED’s are great because they are much brighter and last longer than normal lights, and these also look awesome with the black finish!

Now on to the Rugged Ridge Tail Light Euro Guards. These are great accessories for tail light protection and they look really good too. They fit on stock lights and same size aftermarket lights, like the IPCW LED’s I’ve installed. They’re also offered in a stainless/chrome finish.

Everything was very easy to install, more or less just a few screws and I was done!

Crush Recovery Build: Beginnings

Hey guys! It’s been a while since the last update, but we are finally reaching some stages where the build is really starting to take place! The parts are in, and we are all now working to get everything painted and installed.

Besides a few minor exterior accessories, we are building from the ground up, literally! We have started by installing new suspension, Alloy USA axles and ring & pinion and much more. We’ll let the photos do most of the talking this time around: