Chris­tain Hazel & Verne Si­mons: 1989 Range Rover SWB

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DRIV­ERS: Verne Si­mons, Chris­tian Hazel

This year Verne Si­mons built a 1989 Range Rover as the of­fi­cial ve­hi­cle of the Ul­ti­mate Ad­ven­ture. While he tossed all of the Bri­tish driv­e­train in fa­vor of a Cum­mins R2.8, an Of­froad De­sign Mag­num with a Ford NP205, and Ul­ti­mate Dana 60 crate axles, he did put some Bri­tish fla­vor back in the Derange Rover. Each day of the trip Si­mons and editor/cat herder Chris­tian Hazel donned ever more ridicu­lous Bri­tish out­fits while shar­ing driv­ing du­ties. We re­ally hope that these two are driv­ing a Suzuki next year so we can see them dressed up like geishas and Sa­mu­rais!

HOW MANY UAS HAVE YOU BEEN

ON?: 7 (Si­mons); 6 (Hazel) FA­VORITE PART OF THE TRIP?: “Be­ing able to bring my off-road friends and col­leagues to my old child­hood stomp­ing grounds and shar­ing some of the things I en­joyed as a kid and young adult, es­pe­cially the trip up Mount Wash­ing­ton” (Hazel). “Get­ting to wheel muddy rock trails back east. I grew up with slick East Coast trails and don’t get to wheel on them much these days since I live in Ari­zona now” (Si­mons). >DRIV­E­TRAIN

EN­GINE: Cum­mins R2.8 tur­bod­iesel TRANS­MIS­SION: NV3500 5-speed

man­ual

TRANS­FER CASE: Of­froad De­sign

Mag­num Dou­bler

AXLES: Ul­ti­mate Dana 60 crate axles with 4.88 gears and Ea­ton Elock­ers (front and rear)

>SUS­PEN­SION

SPRINGS & SUCH: Fac­tory Rover ra­dius arms with Sky­jacker Le­Duc Se­ries JK coilovers, Ruff Stuff Spe­cial­ties track bar brack­ets, Rob Bon­ney Fab­ri­ca­tion chro­moly track bar (front); Rover 3-link with cus­tom up­per wish­bone, Sky­jacker

M-95 shocks, and Sky­jacker JKU rear lower con­trol arms (rear) TIRES & WHEELS: 38x13.50R17 Falken Wild­peak M/T on 17x9 Method 101 bead­lock with 106 rings WINCH: Warn XD9000

OTHER: Pre­mier Power Welder;

26-cir­cuit Pain­less Per­for­mance weath­er­proof off-road chas­sis har­ness; 40x55-inch Le­gacy Prod­ucts slid­ing soft top; Axis In­dus­tries R2.8 adapters and mo­tor mounts; Cen­ter­force clutch, pres­sure plate, and fly­wheel; Wil­wood clutch mas­ter cylin­der and pedal as­sem­bly; No­vak clutch slave cylin­der; JE Reel drive­shafts and 32-spline flanges front and rear; ARB front bumper, freez­er­fridge, and roof rack; Stage8 Dana 60 spin­dle lock nuts; re­place­ment Rover ra­di­a­tor from Rock­Auto.com; MasterCraft Baja RS seats; Flex-alite me­chan­i­cal fan

WHAT BROKE: Mag­net failed on

Ea­ton locker ac­tu­a­tor

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