This project was divided into 4 phases. Jeff stopped by the shop late one evening and we talked about his ideas and goals for a totally custom build. The very next day, we met Jeff at his shop and loaded up the Jeep along with dozens of boxes and crates full of miscellaneous parts that he had been collecting.
Once we got it back to the shop, we went through everything to see what we had and what we still needed to bring this dream Jeep to fruition. Jeff had big ideas about what he wanted and we were excited to make it happen. We discussed options and possibilities and began documenting a solid build plan and budget. Project Silver Fox was officially underway.
Over the next year, we re-engineered and built up one seriously capable Jeep. We used only the very best components available. Those we didn't buy, we either modified or built new. Dozens of CAD files were drawn up for custom brackets, tabs and mounts ready to be cut out on the CNC Plasma Table. There are over 100 custom AV4x4 parts on this 2 door JK. Most of the items we build were powder coated with silver metallic or textured black.
The Motech kit provided us with the CAN Bus integration module and electrical harnesses so everything plays nicely together. A huge shout out to Robbie! Thanks for all your guidance and excellent customer service. You totally get it!
A totally custom AV4x4 built roll cage and rear cargo area were critical to the build. After phase 1, when we didn't have the cage built yet, Jeff attended Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. He rolled it in one of the hot tubs on Hell's Revenge and did some pretty serious structure damage to the rear cargo area and OEM roll cage. We carefully rebuilt it all with precision framework and sheet metal. Then we removed the damaged areas. Rebuilding the cargo area allowed us to build a suspension truss tunnel that also covers the battery box with a removable panel. It also has a removable spare tire stanchion that's built specifically for a 40" spare tire.
We built a totally custom 6 point roll cage that has some real nice artistic lines that add so much to this beautiful Jeep. Jeff is very tall. So he asked us to build a removable upper cage to provide some more headroom during the summer months. So, that's what we did. Whenever it's removed, the original hardtop fits over everything perfectly. The A pillars were very challenging. But we successfully bent them up to fit perfectly within the sides of the dash, so there's no loss of leg room.
There are hundreds of custom things done to this "one of a kind" JK and it all came together in such an amazing way.
Rhino Lining of Boise took care of the interior with a matching gray texture. Primo Powder Coating in Meridian took care of all our powder coating needs.
Check out the huge gallery of photos that we have compiled from the build.
Kevin and his staff at American Vintage 4x4 are amazing! Doesn't matter if it is a complete restoration or simply just fixing a seal; they will get it done right and quick. All employees are extremely helpful, honest, and very knowledgeable. These guys will always be my first stop for anything jeep related!Chad M
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