1946 WILLYS JEEP (CJ-2A)
OWNER JOEL TAN
HOMETOWN MANILA, PHILIPPINES
OCCUPATION HVAC TECHNICIAN
ENGINE Nissan SR20DET swap; Datsun 240Z radiator; 610cc injectors; intercooler retrofitted from rotary-powered ’72 Toyota Corolla; custom engine and transmission mounts
DRIVETRAIN Five-speed manual transmission swap; ’82 Toyota Corolla eightbolt rear-end with limited-slip differential
ENGINE MANAGEMENT ECU flash
FOOTWORK & CHASSIS Ford Mustang front suspension; K Bros Fabrication custom rollbar
WHEELS & TIRES 14x8 front, 14x10 rear Colin Project Longchamp XR4 wheels; 165/55R14 front Federal, 225/50R14 rear Toyo R888 tires
EXTERIOR Vinyl wrap
INTERIOR JEGS seats; Takata Racing seatbelts; Tom’s Racing steering wheel
THANKS JDM California, @denzmechanic, @johnfobmovement, Takata Racing, @raystoys, @modjunkies, K Bros Fabrication, Colin Project, Toyo Tires, Tanginamo Lifestyle, Norman, Allen, and my wife and family
Underneath is the front suspension from a Ford Mustang, complete with coilovers and paired with an eight-bolt limited-slip rear-end from a Corolla. Joel's Jeep is extremely dumped. In fact, during our shoot, we were surprised he was able to get over little speed bumps and curbs.
The wheels are 14-inch Longchamp XR4 wheels built by Colin Project in Japan. Joel added that he’d love to rock 13s if they’d clear the brake calipers.
Joel did 99 percent of the labor in his garage, minus the alignment, making this a true built-not-bought ride—much like the Jeep he’d street raced back in the Philippines. He even mentioned that the vinyl wrap was a family project. “My mom was holding the wrap while I was stretching it out,” he laughed.