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September 2019 YJOTM Winner - letitloose06

Thank you to everyone who participated...was a cool line up including some new rigs to keep things fresh!

Congratulations to @letitloose06 ...you are the September 2019 YJOTM elect!

Without further adieu - LET IT LOOSE!

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post #2 of 16 Old 10-01-2019, 11:47 AM
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Thanks guys!
I've had the "Warhawk YJ" for a little over 13 years now. So it's got a long story. Will post some details and photos later today!

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A I said above, I’ve owned my YJ for a little over 13 years and put well over 130k miles on the clock. So it has a long history. A whole lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into making the old girl what it is today. Here is the how the “Warhawk YJ” came to be.

The story goes back to the 1980’s when my dad bought a 1941 Ford GP prototype Jeep. He partially restored it and it sat in our garage for many years due to lack of funds as he had 3 kids to support. However, I have fun memories of playing in the old Jeep before he sold it in April 1997. So the Jeep bug was started at an early age. I'm on the far right in the photo.



Fast forward to late June 2006, fresh out of high school, I bought a beat up 1992 Islander, mostly stock, 4.0, 5spd, that needed a lot of TLC.



In college, I joined the schools off road club and never looked back. Started with a 4” lift kit and some used 33’s. As things wore out or broke they got upgraded. By the time I graduated it was on 35’s, locked front and rear with a 8.8 and HP44 swapped in, 4.10 gears.



By 2013, 21 years of abuse, daily driving duties and Midwest salt took its toll. So, it was time to rebuild the Jeep. With the help of a couple of donor Jeeps for a frame and tub, the rebuild started. In a period of about 3 months, the rebuild was completed. I spent most nights after work and weekends getting it done out in the driveway (No garage to work in at the time). I went with the WWII OD green paint and P40 theme as a throwback to my dad’s GP and I’ve always thought the “Flying Tigers” P40’s were cool.



Since then, I haven’t changed much. I added the corner armor and rocker guards and the Super 8.8 kit, and Grizzly locker. Next on the list is to finally take down the tired 4.0 and build a stroker. I have a 133k mile 4.0 to swap in while I build the original block over the winter and spring (pending funding).
I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of this Jeep. It’s become a part of the family. I’m even getting my 3 year old niece started with the Jeep sickness with a smaller version I made this summer for her





Will post some wheeling pics next...

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Now for some actions shots.

1st wheeling trip - Turtle Ridge - Drummond Island, MI Nov 2006



Badlands - Attica, IN Aug 2010



Carnage a few minutes after that photo was taken....



Bundy Hill Off Road Park - Jerome, MI Nov 2010



Badlands Fall 2012



Random 2014





Badlands July 2016



Rocks and Valleys Off Road Park - Harrison, MI Oct 2018




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I want to know what the rising sun decals are for? Did you kill 5 yota's somehow!

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I want to know what the rising sun decals are for? Did you kill 5 yota's somehow!
I haven't killed any Toyota's, but I've pulled a few of them out of the mud before

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Wicked victory lap.

Well done

Stop whining about the 'ride' - If your YJ ain't wrangling your soul free, then might I suggest you buy a stationwagon... at least you can fit all your bull**** in the back.
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Congrats man! Awesome Jeep.

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Very cool! Congrats
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Congrats. It is cool that you got to get a pic with a p40.

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Congrats. It is cool that you got to get a pic with a p40.
Thanks! There is group called the Collings Foundation that travels around the country that does static displays and flights at each stop with a few vintage warplanes. For a donation they let me have a few minutes to take some photos with the their P-40. Although I saw that the B-17 they had along with the P-40 crashed today in Connecticut during one of their flights &#x2639;&#xfe0f;.

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Thanks! There is group called the Collings Foundation that travels around the country that does static displays and flights at each stop with a few vintage warplanes. For a donation they let me have a few minutes to take some photos with the their P-40. Although I saw that the B-17 they had along with the P-40 crashed today in Connecticut during one of their flights &#x2639;&#xfe0f;.
Don't want to derail, but was that the B-17 that you could buy a 30-minute flight in for $1000? My dad almost did it 10 or 15 years ago.


I like your Jeep. I was a big WWII airplane buff at one point.

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Don't want to derail, but was that the B-17 that you could buy a 30-minute flight in for $1000? My dad almost did it 10 or 15 years ago.


I like your Jeep. I was a big WWII airplane buff at one point.
Yeah. It was called the "Nine-O-Nine". It was $400 for a 30 min flight. The crash yesterday looks like it was a total loss . The other one that runs around the country is owned by the EAA called "Aluminum Overcast". It's about the same price I think.

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The picture of the jeep with the plane is super cool!
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