A Holbrook Hauler
Gary Holbrook and "Juan Mean Jose"
A very mighty V6 indeed!
Here is a club rig that many of us will remember being immortalized on the 1995 rally "T" shirt (the purple one). Gary Holbrook's Fruehauf Yellow 1952 CJ3A (re-titled as a 1973 Willis CJ3A) is one of the "really built" rigs in the Jolly Jeepers. The push is generated by a Paxton Supercharged 225 cu. in. Buick V6, an Iski Hydraulic cam and a Holly 650 CFM double pumper mounted on an Offy 360 aluminum intake manifold. Finned aluminum Offy valve covers add to the glitter. This high output setup is primarily used when Gary and company ventures to the Oregon Dunes. The power is put to the sand via 16.50 x 15 Paddla Trac paddle tires in the rear and cross grooved slicks for the front. When its time for off camber "Rock Crawling" the 4 barrel carb is replaced with a Motorcraft 2 barrel from a '75 Jeep 304 that is mounted to a custom fabricated 3/8" aluminum plate that bolts directly to the Offy Intake. The swap can be done in a little under 20 minutes. A 10 1/2" Borg & Beck (409 Chev) clutch in a Lakewood scatter shield bellhousing puts the torque to a Top Loader wide ratio 4 speed with Hurst Competition Plus linkage. The transfercase is a large hole Dana 18 with factory 2.46 reduction. The front axle is an open knuckle "44" with Spicer Power Lock and 4.09 gears. Bringing up the rear is a full floating "44" with the same Power Lock and 4.09 combination. Gary upgraded the suspension to the new LONGLEAF springs which made the ride more forgiving and at the same time improved the articulation of the axles allowing the tires to stay in contact with the ground. Speaking of tires being in contact with the ground, on his birthday in '75 Gary did lay his Jeep on its side. Two Gabriel silver "E" shocks are used up front while a pair of Gabriel Hijackers mounted vertically (for additional paddle tire clearance) are employed at the rear.Gary runs Armstrong 31x10.50x15's on 8.5" slotted mags.