Prater’s Willys Wagon
DRIVER: Rick Prater CO-DRIVER: Todd Daines HOMETOWN: Uintah, UT
Rick Prater and his father-inlaw, Todd Daines, were off to a rough start when they broke a front axleshaft 50 feet into the first trail on Day 1. Everyone started to wonder whether inviting a guy rocking a 10-bolt had been a good idea, but they got the ’shaft changed in short order and never had another issue all week long. These guys wheel in Moab all the time, and it showed in their preparation, driving prowess, and ability to work together as a well-oiled machine.
ENGINE: TBI 350ci V-8 TRANSMISSION: SM465 4-speed manual
TRANSFER CASE: NP205
FRONT AXLE: Corporate 10-bolt with 4.10 gears and Spartan Locker REAR AXLE: Corporate 14-bolt with 4.10 gears and spool >SUSPENSION
SPRINGS & SUCH: Leaf springs front and rear with twin-tube shocks TIRES & WHEELS: 37x12.50R17 Falken Wildpeak M/T on 17x8.5 Allied beadlock
STEERING: Crossover steering with TJ steering box
WINCH: Warn Zeon 10-S
OTHER: Floorboards made from old license plates, clearcoat over the original patina, plaid flannel headliner
WHAT BROKE?: Long side inner axleshaft, cracked side window HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU
APPLIED FOR UA?: 2
WHY DID YOU WANT TO ATTEND?:
I have always dreamed of going to a new place, on a long trip in my Jeep. Getting to go with the caliber of people that are involved in UA was icing on the cake. It was much more amazing than I ever imagined.
MODIFICATIONS AFTER BEING SELECTED: Beefed up the transmission crossmember and built a rollcage.
ADVICE FOR NEXT YEAR’S READERS: Don’t overthink it, and don’t over complicate it. Bring spare axleshafts and driveshafts.