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Jay Lawhon's "Barney-Mobile"



Jay's DJ-3A in Moab, Utah

Jay Lawhon is in the final (yah-right) stages of the rebuild of this rare 1963 DJ-3A. If you haven't seen this machine lately, stand by, it's ready to rumble. It has a 2300cc Pinto engine for power driving a T-18 transmission and a custon dana 20 transfer case. Both axles are Dana 44's with Lock-Right lockers running 5.38 gears. The rear axle also has a Warn full floater kit installed. The suspension is spring-over (a-la Terry Irwin) using Wrangler springs, custom shock towers and Rancho remote adjustable shocks for awsome wheel travel. All this turns 33X12.50X15 Super Swampers on 8.5" rims. There is on-board air and a Warn 8000 winch that can be used front or rear. Other options include tilt wheel, power steering, heater/defroster, racing seats, racing seat belts, fire extinguisher, and CB radio.

This setup works extremely well. Jay says "It works better than I drive". The rig is painted blue with purple roll-cage and nerf bars. You won't miss it on the trail. Also thanks go to for the Dana 44 axles, T18 transmission, transfer case, etc.

More items of interest:
* complete rewire of engine and chassis thanks to Steve Regula
* frame mounted radiator and brackets thanks to Bill Winters
* custom dash paint thanks to Wayne Phillips
* diamond liner custom lizard skin paint thanks to Shawn Graybeal
* 350 watt cassette and cd stereo system

After a recent roll-over (Jay's new carnival ride) Jay is redoing the front end. A tilt fiberglass one piece frontend is in the works.