This is the team of dedicated specialists you want working on your Jeep. We spend every day studying, designing, engineering and building some of the best four wheel drives available today. Our experience is diverse and comprehensive.
For us, four wheel drives are a way of life!
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 Thomas 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
I have lived in Meridian since 2006 with my wife and two children. I grew up in the 4x4 industry where my father owned 4x4 shops in Illinois and Montana. I have always loved the great outdoors, hunting, fishing and hanging out with my family and friends. My first experience with a Jeep was in the 70’s when my dad brought home a Willys CJ2a that he had built. It had a Chevy 327, power steering, disc brakes and 31” tires. This was unheard of in those days! After that, I was hooked on Jeeps. Over the years, I have been involved in many Jeep clubs, raced sand drags, mud bogs, and built a lot of very cool rigs, including a few street rods. I have been working in the automotive/4x4 repair industry for over 35 years. I owned my own repair shop for 7 years here in the Boise valley before joining the team at AV4x4.
You will like Kevin before you finish shaking hands with him the first time. Check out his shop, it is immaculate. He is the consummate perfectionist. I had Kevin replace the anemic 2.73 gears with 4.88's and E-lockers front and rear in my 1986 CJ7. He also worked his magic on my steering system, which is now bullet proof with his custom touches. If you want someone working on your rig who cares as much about it as you do, then choose American Vintage 4x4 to do the work. I could not be happier!Eric C.