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Aaron Miller
Somerset, WI
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Former president of the St. Croix Mudders Four
Wheel Drive Club of New Richmond/Amery/Clear
Lake, WI
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Transfer Case

I got my first Jeep (a 79 CJ-7 Renegade)
in 1991 after my prom date rear ended my
1983 Toyota Tercel 2 dr. hatchback with
her dad's New Yorker (totaled both cars).
It had 60 series car tires on it, 304 with
3 speed. Put in a body lift and 34x9.50
bald Super Swampers for my senior year of
high school. The body was white with blue
Renegade emblems and I scored a white hard
top and green doors before
winter. After high school, my brother
and I turned the CJ into a mudracer to
compete in the Central Mudracing
Association in Wisconsin. We built a 304
engine, put in a TH400 and welded the
axles. We got beat quite a bit so we
bought a pre 75 CJ-5 with a fiberglass
body, built a 470 horsepower 401 (donated
from my brothers 78 Jeep Cherokee), a 3000
stall converter in a TH400 with a manual
valve body, Scout 44 rear axle and Scout
30 front axle with 4.88 gears welded front
and rear. The axles turned 38x11.50 15
Super Swamper Boggers front and rear. The
CJ-5 was called Blew Money and had fists
on the hood (like Samson the Monster
Truck) with wads of cash and dollar bills
flying down the side of the Jeep. We
raced competitively in the Central
Mudracing Association from 1995 to 2000
with Blew Money. Blew Money is sitting in
my brother's pole barn with the hopes of
some day coming to life
again. Meanwhile the 79 CJ-7 body was
put on a Scout frame that was widened to
fit a 500 Cadillac engine. A four link
suspension was built with coil springs
(chevy impala front springs and Ford
Ranchero rear springs) to attach to the
2.5 ton rockwell front axles (4 wheel
steering using a combine orbital valve for
the front axle and a plow pump on 24 volts
for the rear steer). Both rockwells had
detroit lockers and we built disc brakes
at all four corners using rear rotors from
a Ford Expedition. The Caddy motor had a
Cad Company cam and Edelbrock performer
intake that was attached to a propane
carburetor. The tires were 14.9 x 26
Tractor tires (about 47" tall). The
transfer case was made from the gear
driven portion of a 203 and the back had a
triple 60 chain and sprockets to create a
4:1 transfer case. After several years of
abusive trail riding, the frame buckled
and it sits in a heap in a field at my
brothers house. In the mean time we
bought and sold another 1979 CJ-7 and a
1954 Willys Pickup. Somewhere along the
line we picked up a late 60's early 70's
Jeepster Commando with the Buick V-6 that
we did a SOA lift on and put some bald
35" Mickey Thompsons on it to play in
the swamps with the St. Croix Mudders 4
wheel drive club (which I was the
president of for 4 years). The Commando
is sitting full of crap in my brother's
pole barn for the last 10 years. In
2000 I bought a 1978 CJ-7 with a
fiberglass body, 304, 3 speed. I
immediately did a SOA lift and put
33" General Grabbers on it. I
swapped out the axles for a dana 44 rear
and dana 30 front that were filled with
5.38 gears and detroit trutracs. I added
disc brakes to the rear, a full roll cage
tied to the frame, centerforce dual
friction clutch, a brake line lock on the
front brakes, 4 core radiator, DUI
ignition, Hooker fenderwell hedders, and a
rear bumper with a swing out tire carrier.
After destroying several sets of rear
leaf spings, I bought some Rubicon Express
YJ SOA leaves front and rear and I added a
trac bar on the rear axle with a shackle
and a Johnny joint to a custom
crossmember. Along with the added lift I
put 36" Super Swamper Iroks on with
Spidertrax wheel spacers so I wouldn't tip
over as much. My wife, two kids, and I
did quite a bit of trail riding with this
CJ and drove it on the street on warm
summer evenings. Unfortuneately I had to
sell the Jeep this summer due to a
financial hardship in my life. Other
Jeeps that I've owned: 2000 Jeep
Cherokee that I put a 4.5"
Rockcrawler lift in and 31"
Bridgestone Duellers - had to sell it in
2002 cuz our son was born and the big ***
car seats don't fit very well in the back
seat and still give me leg room to
drive. 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle
with a plow - that was our plow truck at
our repair shop for a number of years. It
had the 360 with quadratrac and a really
rotten body and the interior smelled of
mouse piss.


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