2002 FORD F-350: A ROCKCRAWLER AND OVERLANDER IN ONE – Four Wheeler Magazine

john-mears-rocklander-super-duty-leadWhen you think of a work truck, generally the image of an older, all-white standard or extended cab truck decked out with tools and equipment specific to a job comes to mind. With “Betsy’s Regret,” an ’02 Ford F-350, you’d be pretty close, though this truck isn’t your typical construction site work truck. Read More…

Written For: Four Wheeler Magazine
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online 09/06/2017 – Print January issue 2018

RAVILLE’S EXCURSION MEANS ADVENTURE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY – Four Wheeler Magazine

2001-ford-excursion-moab-2017Off-road adventures are often a family affair, though many of the vehicles on the market just aren’t big enough for the whole family, plus their friends and all the mandatory gear. To solve that issue, Travis Raville of Thousand Oaks, California, decided to break away from his GM love and seek out a Ford. Read More…

Written For: Four Wheeler Magazine
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online 08/10/2017 – Print December issue 2017

FABTECH FLAGSHIP: BATTLESHIP JEEP – Driving Line

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As a high-profile business in the off-road aftermarket, it is important to walk the walk that you are talking about. Fancy parts on display and gorgeous show vehicles aren’t enough, especially when the parts you’re slinging are top-quality suspension parts. Here’s where a flagship vehicle is needed. Read More…

Written For: Driving Line
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography/Video By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online 07/28/2017

FABTECH MOTORSPORTS’ OFF-ROAD-READY RAM 2500

003-fabtech-ram-2500-front-3quarterFullsize trucks usually don’t take center stage when it comes to off-road. Typically, the big trucks are relegated to towing duties — a mere tool to get the job done. They pull the trailer that has the show rig, race car or off-road beast to the event and then sit in waiting until it is needed again. It doesn’t have to be that way, however. Read More…

Written For: Driving Line
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography/Video By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online 07/18/2017

HOMEMADE JEEP TJ PICKUP TRUCK – Jp Magazine

2017-moab-dnd-99-tan-tj-truck-clint-malburg-leadThere are millions of different ways to build a Jeep. When the end of the MJ Comanche came about for the 1992 model year, a hole was left in the Jeep market. FCA has teased us with Jeep trucks for years and we may finally have a Wrangler-based Jeep truck on the way in the next few years. What can you do if you just can’t wait and want a body-on-frame Jeep pickup truck now? You do what Clint Malburg did and build your own. Read More…

Written For: Jp Magazine
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online 07/14/2017 – Print March issue 2018

CONCEPTUALIZE THIS: THE 2017 COLLECTION OF INCREDIBLE CONCEPT JEEPS FROM THE EASTER JEEP SAFARI – Four Wheeler Magazine

001-2017-moab-jeep-conceptsEvery year, the Jeep and off-road community holds their breath around the beginning of spring for a glimpse at the amazing concept vehicles to be debuted at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab. The tradition of these concepts is engrained into the Jeep culture, and we are all better for it. Read More…

Written For: Four Wheeler Magazine
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online 05/22/2017 – Print September issue 2017

CROSS-COUNTRY AND BACK IN A DIESEL FLATFENDER – Jp Magazine

001-1946-willys-cj2a-kubota-dieselDaniel Buck picked up his ’46 flatfender as a project. Through the years, there was no specific plan during the build, but Daniel recounts that it was more like going through phases. Two things didn’t change though, he wanted it to be a comfortable daily driver and a mild wheeler. A cross-country trip, and back again, is nothing to scoff at for any driver and even a brand-new vehicle. Thousands of miles to drive, adverse weather to endure, and mental preparedness are only some of the hurdles. For Daniel, a Long Beach, California, resident, the end of that journey was his cousin’s wedding in North Carolina. He had driven cross-country before and enjoyed it, so the wedding was a great reason to do it again. Read More…

Written For: Jp Magazine
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Daniel Buck
Published: Online 10/12/2016 – Print (expected) March issue 2017

Ram Rebel TRX Concept Unveiled At Texas State Fair – Off Road Xtreme

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With the continued runaway success of the Ford Raptor, other manufacturers are left to scramble for their own performance trucks so they aren’t left in the cold. After quite a few years, Chevrolet and Ram finally entered the market with the Chevrolet Reaper and Ram Rebel. Both of which are lackluster, to say the least, compared to the Raptor. Ram decided they needed to up their game and test out the market with a new concept. Unveiled at the Texas State Fair, the Ram Rebel TRX concept could be a true Raptor fighter. Read More…

 

Written For: Off Road Xtreme
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Provided by FCAUS
Published: 9/30/2016

IT’S NOT A JEEP: IT’S A GPW – Jp Magazine

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When it comes to building a project, there are many ways to skin the cat…ahem, Jeep. With so many paths, that generally makes each Jeep pretty unique, even if it doesn’t appear to be that different at first glance. Gary Ammon’s flatfender stood out at the 2016 Hi Desert Roundup held near Barstow, California, because it was moderately built, had clean lines, featured unique half doors, and it got the job done off-road. Now, the Jeep isn’t actually a Jeep. It’s a jeep. More specifically, it is a ’44 Ford GPW. Ammon is a life-long Jeep enthusiast, and he picked up this GPW because of its historical significance, and he wanted something to use for camping in the Sierras and to explore the deserts. Read More…

Written For: Jp Magazine / Four Wheeler Network
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online – September 15, 2016 Print – TBD

THIS FARMER’S 1975 JEEP CJ-5 IS HIS LUCKY CHARM – Jp Magazine

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When thinking of California, farming may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Most people from any of the other 49 states think of Los Angeles/Hollywood, San Francisco, sports teams, or smog laws when the word California comes up in conversation. In fact, the Golden State is the country’s agricultural production leader, and offers plenty of wide-open space and fertile ground. However, this isn’t a story about California, it’s about a 1975 Jeep CJ-5 owned by a California farmer named Vince Orgon.

Written For: Jp Magazine / Four Wheeler Network
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: Online – August 22, 2016 Print – TBD