I began working at a 4x4 Jeep shop just like AV4x4 when I was just 19 years old. I had just purchased my first Jeep; a 1955 Willys Overland station wagon. I immediately needed some hard to find parts. I contacted Scotty Ross at Scotties Four Wheel Drive in Camino, California. I began working for Scotty immediately after that and he began teaching me everything about Jeeps and Jeep parts. The experience changed my life and sparked a passion for four wheel drives that has lasted over 30 years. Since then, I have spent my entire life restoring and building custom Jeeps and many other great American four wheel drives. I have owned over a dozen rigs and I've built dozens more for customers and friends. I worked in the corporate world for almost 15 years. But owning a custom four wheel drive shop was all I ever really wanted to do. I wanted a 4x4 shop that was far more than a place to get parts or have your 4x4 worked on. I wanted a company that stepped up to provide personalized project consulting and guidance on what parts are best for each vehicle and lifestyle. A place people could trust to get their 4x4 built right. A company that strengthens the four wheel community. So, I changed my life and started American Vintage 4x4. And now, I have the best job in the world. I get to do what I love and most of all I get to help make dreams come true.
Hi my name is Cary Reese. I’m 40 years old and enjoy hunting archery, 4 wheel drives and spending time with family and friends. I was born in raised in Placerville, CA. I moved to Boise in 2008 with my wife and 2 kids. My son is 14 and my daughter is 8. After high school I attended American River College in a Toyota specific program while working as technician at Folsom Lake Toyota. During that time I purchased my first jeep. It didn’t take long until I was on the Rubicon! And that’s when the passion started. I began fabricating as a hobby in my garage. I left Toyota after 3 years to work at a local 4WD shop in Placerville. I then sold my jeep and bought my 1972 FJ40 Land Cruiser. I went all out when I built the cruiser as I was working for a land cruiser specific shop and the rig was stock when I got it. I installed a spring over shackle reverse, Chevy power steering, cut and rotated the front housing, SBC/SM465/OE T-Case and Custom CV drivelines. This was my Rubicon Cadillac. Over about 6 six years of working at Toyota and a 4WD shop, I realized it was time to move my family to Boise. It was the best decision I ever made. I started working for Bronco Motors Nissan as line tech while searching for employment with a 4WD shop. When I left Nissan I worked for double A ’beep beep” MCO. That’s right, AAMCO Transmissions. I was diagnosing drivability issues and performing general automotive repair. After 4 years at AAMCO, I realized I was dying to get back to my roots and shortly after met Kevin at AV4x4. It’s been a great experience working with Kevin and the AV4x4 team and sharing our knowledge and passion to build the ultimate off road vehicle for our customers. I’m currently driving a 2003 TJ with a Long Arm kit, 35” tires and Detroits front and rear. - ASE certified - Toyota certified - Nissan certified
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