Well I finally gathered a few photos and figured I should post up my build. The name Fire Chief came easy...for years my first XJ was called 'The Chief' (naturally) but that XJ sadly had to come to an end. I started my search for another heep and found this one, it was a red '98 and just so happens to actually be an Ex-fire department truck... so right away it was dubbed The Fire Chief! You can still see the paint fade from the badges and the 9-1-1 stickers if the sunlight hits it right.
Anyways, onto the build!
Here it is stock when I bought it. Just waiting to become what it always has wanted to be...at least that's the way I look at it...
Then I purchased this XJ with a blown motor for the RE 4.5" lift it had in it.
Working on finishing the lift and trimming the fenders out a bit, while also trying to finish the garage.
4.5" and 33" BFG MT's, also added some front hooks.
This hole turned out to be a nightmare! (and the flares and bumper caps slowly got torn off one by one)
Flex shot. Disconnects in the front, deleted swaybar in rear.
Testing out the new intake...
Said intake pictured here, along with the new Air horns
Put on some 33x12.5 Super Swamper radials, and started making the switchover to pre-'97 fender flares. The '97+ flares get ripped off SO easily...
Picked up a used Rugged Ridge steering setup for free, just needed to buy new ends for it. Here it is compared to stock
My buddy workin' on the steering install
Put in a freebie Cobra CB, does the job...most of the time.
Im 6'2 and wanted my seat to be a bit lower, so I cut down and welded the seat brackets. I cut out about 1 5/8"
You can see the difference in height, both seats are fully upright.
Then the time finally came to mount up a winch bumper, made up some brackets and getting them all tacked in place here. Oh yea, and I bought another set of 33" BFG's and sold the swampers.
All mounted up with my new 'Motomaster' 8500lb'er. We'll see how it lasts, used it once and it worked great. Couldn't say no to the price...
Went out snow wheelin' the day after we got the winch mounted up...came in handy!
And theeeeeen.....I just picked this XJ up. Written off from a rear ender, lots of goodies on it. Time to give the Firechief a few gifts
Sanded and painted my rockers and "frame" rails etc today in prep for the Warn slider install.
Done, now to clean up the sliders.
Sanded and scraped
All sprayed up with a textured Krylon
And that pretty much brings the build up to date, I'll be swapping a few goodies over from the new parts rig as time permits... Thanks for looking!!