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1953 M-38A1 Race Jeep Plains, Mt $4500

• CATEGORIES: M-38A1, Racing

1953_racejeep_plainsUPDATE:  Price dropped to $4500

(06/10/09) I’m unfamiliar with the types of 4×4 or jeep racing in Montana.

“RACE READY!– 1953 willys CJ5 race jeep, powered by Chevy small block stroked to 388, approx. 450 hp, turbo 400 tranny, buckshot mudders on front, Super Swampers on back, 8 point roll cage, 2 seats w/covers and 5 point safety harnesses, races in sportsman class, mud bogs, sand drags, obstacle, tuff trucks, this jeep has won countless races and its ready to go! $6000 OBO”

http://montana.craigslist.org/cto/1412097159.html

 
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Dually Drag Racer from OffRoadAction.ca

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Racing • TAGS: , , .

Speaking of duallies, here’s an flashback to the 80s Drag Racing scene with an old racer courtesy of OffRoadAction.ca:

 
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Our Gang Ice Racing in Georgetown Colorado

• CATEGORIES: Racing, videos • TAGS: .

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For reasons only the Our Gang 4Wheeler folks know, they prefer their racing chilled, literally on ice. It appears to be a family fun affair with a season that varies with the thickness of ice.

Our Gang 4 Wheelers is an ice racing club whose volunteers have been organizing ice races in Colorado for 34 years.  You’ll find them out on Georgetown Lake in the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Colorado.  Their season spans 6 weekends through January and February.

For those of you who want to try this sport, but don’t have tires, it appears they’ll rent you some.  You’ll have to check out their website to learn more.

There’s many more videos and pictures here:  http://www.ourgangiceracing.com/Media.html

 
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PNW Race Jeep for Sale Graham, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $15,000

Troy’s race jeep is for sale.  It’s a very nice,  fun looking rig.

“PNW RACE JEEP..SHORT COURSE OR SAND DRAGS..HAS ONE RACE ON REBUILT MOTOR, TRANNY AND TRANSFER CASE…355 SBC..TH350 WITH NEW 3500 STALL CONVERTER..DANA 20 TRANSFER CASE..JEEP J-10 44 FRONT END..SCOUT 44 REAR WITH LOCKER..427 GEARS..4 WHEEL DISK BRAKES .PURPLE CRANIUM DIFF COVERS …ART CARR SHIFTER…AUTO METER GAUGES..BEARD ULTRA SEATS WITH COVERS…$600 PERFORMENCE RADAITOR..MSD SOFT TOUCH REV LIMITER….BLACK FIBER GLASS BODY WITH CAMELEON GHOST FLAMES..FRONT AND REAR PADDLES AVAILABLE .I AM SURE I FORGOT SOMETHING..THIS JEEP IS VERY FAST AND A KICK TO DRIVE. ”

 

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Drag Racing: Tyler runs the drag strip

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing • TAGS: .

Troy forwarded me this great pic of his son Tyler dragging at the PNW Summer Convention.  Tyler is 18 now and Troy writes, “I HAVEN’T HAD TO RIDE WITH HIM AT THE RACES SINCE HE TURNED 16…. I MADE A BIG MISTAKE THIS YEAR AND RODE WITH HIM ON THE X-CROUNTRY…..THE KIDS GOT IT, BUT @#!%&##@ HE SCARES THE HELL OUT ME…LOL.”   You can see both the race jeep and troy’s other jeep here.  Looks fun!

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2008 PNW4DA Racing

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing, videos • TAGS: , .

I was searching to see if anyone posted videos from the PNW4WDA 2009 Convention, but haven’t seen any yet.  I did find this nicely organized collection of racing images from 2008 that I hadn’t seen.  So, I thought I’d share them.  Note the audio has been disabled.  I have to wonder exactly how they track down audio like that given the millions of videos uploaded vs. the relatively low number of hits on this video.

 
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Very unusual Flat Fender Ottawa, Ontario, Canada **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Features, Racing, Unusual • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  The status of this is unknown.

This is an extremely unusual flattie. The seller provides a great deal of info about it. It’s been featured in various magazines.

“1946 “Willys” Jeep CJ-2. The “Jeepilac” as it is known (Jeep with a Cadillac engine) was professionally built by Johnson Welding Works. They are a local shop and are very well known in the area for building high quality street rods using top quality parts with attention to detail and safety. It has 2,700 miles since the build …. ”

This vehicle was also featured in the movie “Smash Cut“.

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1953 CJ-3B Drag Jeep Yuma, AZ **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Racing • TAGS: , , .

1953_cj3b_dragjeep_yumaUPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $16,500.

This jeep is part of a package that includes a travel trailer and jet skis.  I haven’t seen too many CJ-3B drag jeeps.

“53 willy drag jeep original hard body 350 small block 355 cubic inch 327 corvette heads 205 valves, solid steal competion craink, 310 solid competition cam, Roller rockers 12 to 1 compression MSD ignition ,mollory ignition coil, aluminum 4 core radiator ,electric fan .400 turbo trans. manual velve body, trans brake, hurst shifter, 9 inch ford rear end, 31 spline full spool axel ,620 gears, 500 + horse power,$10,000 invested. very very dependable … .”

 
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Wayback Machine: Old Jeeping Photos from late 70s

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing • TAGS: , , .

Here’s some great old photographs from the 1970s.  They document some of the events attended by the Good Time Four Wheelers.  The image below was from the 3rd Annual Green River Valley Jeepers in 1976.  I attended one of their playdays in 1981 (I think).  It was located between Black Diamond and Enumclaw;  I wouldn’t be surprised if the area is full of homes now.

I’m suprised that as late as ’76 they weren’t requiring cages to race.  It wouldn’t be too long before they were required.  View all the pics (lots of desert dogs) at the pnw4wda forum.

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Sand Drag Jeep Kalispell, Mt **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was priced at $1700. It appears complete.

“Call for specs & details.”

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1947 CJ-2A Race Jeep Montana $2000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Racing

1947_cj2a_racejeep_montanaUPDATE:  Price dropped to $2000

This includes a set of 4 terra tires.  Is this a race jeep for PNW racing or mud bogs?  The tires look great.

“1947 cj2a race jeep. the jeep body is a 47 cj2a that is on 83 jeep commando frame has a chevy 350 in just went through the motor has all new gasket,timing chain cam lifters oil pump new edlebrock carb new accel dist that was 350 bucks alone accel super coil fuel cell jump straps new purple horenys mufflers new radiator, electric fans. has a aluminum power glide with a stall converter in it mated up to the jeep transfer case with a shield around it has a set of 4 tera tires and a set of 2 tractor it also has a brake lock with a slap shifter, tach all newer gauges bucket seats tires for the back of it. this quiet fast runs sweet wanted to play in the montains but its alittle to much for that is more for racing willing to trade or sell looking for a wrangler jeep or something on that line”

http://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/1210639220.html

 
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Mud Racer Flat Fender Warrensburg, Ks $500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, CJ-3A, Racing

mud_flattie_warrensburgProbably not much value here, but I’m sure it was fun in it’s day.

“For Sale: Willy’s Jeep, Built for mud run, does not run, 289 slant plug heads, nitrous bottle, Call Jordan at (660) 238 1173”

http://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/1155220355.html

 
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Sand Jeep Timber, Or Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

sandjeep_timberNot much info.  The body doesn’t look like it’s been modified too much.

“Sand Jeep, 2WD, SB Chevy, 9″ Ford, turbo 350 auto. Make offer.”

http://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/cto/1125358172.html

 
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Sand Jeep Odgen, Ut Make Offer

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

sandjeep_odgenThis ad expired Jan 09, 2009, but I suspect this jeep (aka Wild Oats) may still be available (I only saw it for the first time today).  I haven’t seen many of these in Utah.

“SAND DRAG JEEP 1946 Ford CJ2 Jeep. Built frame up.4×4*small block chev* B&M blower* alu. heads* 12,000.00 invested in eng* lenco 3speed air shift trans* Center line wheels* paddle tires* Fiberglass body* black exterior* black interior* lots of chrome & some gold anadized parts*”

http://www.jeep-classifieds.com/32160_jeep-ad.html

 
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Fiberglass Racing Body Selah, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, Racing • TAGS: .

flatfender_racebody_selahUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $250

“flat fender race jeep body with fenders,& grill lengthened by 8+” narrowed by 12″ $250 firm call”

 
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Builds — Sand Drag Jeep from Santa Barbara

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

I ran across this great looking Sand Drag Jeep called Impulsive Behavior.  From what I learned off the website, the owner’s name is Tim and he is a member of the Santa Barbara 4WD Jeep Club.

Impulsive Behavior “has a 468 cubic inch BBC generating just under 800Hp with almost 600 lb-ft of torque. This power plant will move the 2100 pound vehicle to 82 mph in 4.04 seconds on a 300 foot long race track.”

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Fiberglass Flat Fender Bobcat Hood Puyallup, Wa **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, Racing • TAGS: , , .

bobcat_hood_fiberglass_portlandI am pretty sure this sold

It looks in excellent shape.  I didn’t see any of these classic hoods at the swap meet (or they had already sold).  Having Don’s old card in the glass is a cool benefit.

“Vintage Aftermarket Jeep Hood for CJ2A CJ3A M38 MB & GPW. This “Bobcat hood” is a real find. The fiberglass has no cracks and the hinge works good. You can tell its vintage because there is a business card in the glass for (Don Prine’s) Prine’s Jeep Service and the phone # is JU 4-6648. So I would guess 60’s or before. The hump can give your air filter more room if you have a V-6 or V-8 under your hood. And it looks good..

 
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Race Jeep Tenino, Wa $9,000

• CATEGORIES: Racing, Unique Jeeps • TAGS: , .

Update: No Recent Update

I like the color mix as well as the overall construction.  Front shackles are reversed and it appears the rear springs are outboarded.

“Custom Race Jeep, narrow fiberglass body. Chevy 355 full roller motor, four speed top loader transmission, Dana 20 twin stick transfer case, custom Dana 44 front w/posi Dana 44 rear. Lots of horsepower. Ready to Race or take to the dunes. “

 
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Videos — The 1977 Yakima Mud Race Yakima, Wa

• CATEGORIES: Racing, videos • TAGS: , .

This is another set of excerpts from an episode of Exploration Northwest called ‘Mud Race’. As I reported in the post about the Meeker, aka Naches, Trail post, Linda McCune from the Don McCune Library kindly has given me permission to provide some clips from the Jeeping1 DVD, a collection of 3 episodes of Exploration Northwest related to pacific northwest jeeping. To order this DVD, you can contact Linda McCune at 206 726-2650 and ask for the Jeeping1 DVD.  It costs $24.95.  I encourage you to purchase is as she has the video for a Jeeping2 DVD, but has not created it yet.

The race was sponsored by the Yakima Jeep Jockeys, a club formed in 1963. They began their 4×4 Championship Racing series in 1971.

The Mud Bowl episode was shown in 1977.  Mostly, it follows Jim Merritt as he prepares for the race, discussing a little about how they silicone various items to keep out water.  Plenty of video showing different stages of the race.  It’s a bit reminiscent of the Florida swamp races, though the water holes aren’t quite as deep or long (If you have never heard of it, you can read about the Florida swamp races at four wheeler’s online magazine and here’s a you tube video from a 1996 race).

From the Mud Race episode, I selected two clips.  Clip one shows Jim getting ready to race and shows the driver’s pre-race meeting.  The second clip shows the final race with Bill Smith from Tacoma taking the win.

Here’s Clip One:

Here’s Clip Two:

 
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1948 CJ-2A Temecula, OR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Racing • TAGS: , .

1948_cj2a_temeculaUPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6000

“350 Hipo small block with corvettte manifolds,Holley 600 cfm carb , electronic dist, 350 turbo hydro transmission with shift kit hurst comp shifter , Hooker super comp headers, Ford 9″ loncoln housing currie axles 457 gears disk breeks, all new paint , guages, interior carpet seat street legal runs FAST and turns Heads”

 
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1948 CJ-2A Polson, Mt $8000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Racing • TAGS: .

racejeep_polsonThis is a highly modified race (drag/mud) jeep.

“Set up for big block Chevy – mid engine. TH-400 transmission with cooler. B&M Pro stick shifter. 3/4 ton Chevy front & rear end. 4 wheel disc brakes. Full roll cage w/ nets. 44″ Boggers rear 39 1/2″ Bogger front. 48 Flat fender fiberglass body. Bassett racing headers. Seat w/ 5-point harness. 12 gallon plastic fuel cell. GT steering wheel. 121″ wheel base. Call Troy 406-261-7820”

http://montana.craigslist.org/cto/1006283735.html

 
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Race Jeep Centralia, Wa **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

race_jeep_centraliaThis is a very good price on a race jeep that looks ready to go.  Get ready for summer!  I think this has reversed springs in the front.  I can’t tell if the back springs are outboarded or not.  I’m gonna guess the body is a fiberglass one piece bobcat body, judging by the thickness of the rim around the back side of the body that either tilts up or you lift off.  The desert dogs look in very good shape as do the rims. The paint job is unique as well.

“Race Jeep, Chev. 350, 4 speed trans. disc brake 44 front end, 44 rear end. Runs and drives. Mount body and its ready to go racing.”

**SOLD**

 
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1947 Drag Jeep Enumclaw, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Racing • TAGS: , .

1947_dragjeep_enumclawUPDATE: Was $1500. **SOLD**

If the paddle tires are in good shape, this could be a good deal.

“willys, has small block currently full of water,moter may or may not be good i beleive its a stroker motor , sat outside for a year after i lost my storage 2wd s10 frame 4 linked kinda cool paid 5g for this 5 yrs ago has paddles roll cage powerglide line lock stall conv. tach dash is tinned w all gauges.fun toy need 1500 firm come get it.”

 
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Reader Builds — Troy’s nicely modified CJ-3A & race jeep

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Racing • TAGS: .

troy_shipman_racejeep1UPDATE:  Troy sent along a couple pics of his race jeep also.  There’s one to the right and one down below.

Below is Troy’s street and trail CJ-3A.  It’s been modified in a variety of ways, including a Dana 60 in the back, a Dana 44 in the front and lockers all around.  Troy buys and sells stainless steel in the Northwest and is trying to decide whether to start adding more stainless steel or not to this jeep.  His biggest concern is if he starts dressing it up too nice, he’ll be too afraid to bring it out to the trails.  If this jeep does start growing stainless steel fenders, I doubt he’ll suffer too much as  Troy will still have an opportunity to get dirty playing in his flat fender racing jeep that he calls “Twisted”.

Also, if you seek any stainless steel parts for your CJ-3A or CJ-3B, Troy assures me he can get them for you.  You can contact him at jeepfrk50@comcast.net

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Barrel Racing in the Tacoma Dome Jan 16 & Jan 17, 2009

• CATEGORIES: News, Racing • TAGS: .

racejeep_tacomadome2008This weekend, Friday January 16 & Saturday January 17th, 2009, members of  the PNW4WDA will be holding barrel races as part of a Monster Truck show at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma Washington.   As you can see from the 2009 schedule, most of the races throughout the year tend to be in fairly remote locations, making them pretty private; This race provides a unique opportunity for the general public to see these unusual jeeps.  To the right is a link to a myspace video shot last year by a spouse of the racer  (I assumed it was from a spouse considering the ‘dumb ass’ comment heard in the accompanying audio).

Here’s a link to a TON of pictures from 2008 Tacoma Dome races on the Moonshiners’ Jeep Club website (though lots of dark and blurry ones too 🙂 ).