Robert Bills' Jeep


Robert Bills

Laguna Beach, CA

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Year / Model

1983 CJ-7 Laredo


258 with Mopar multiport fuel injection, Clifford header, MSD ignition, upgraded cooling system, 2 1/2" stainless exhaust


T-19 with 6.32:1 1st gear


D-300, twin stick, clocked for increased clearance.

Rear Axle

AMC 20, Summers Bros. 1-piece axles, 4.56 gears, Detroit Gearless locker

Front Axle

Dana 30 with Warn chromoly high-strength Dana 44 sized axles and U-joints, 4.56 gears, Lockright locker, 6-bolt hubs, custom high-strength Tri County Gear over-knuckle tierod.

Wheels / Tires

35x12.50 BFGoodrich MTs on 10" steel wheels

Springs / Shocks

4" lift springs, 1" body lift, Tomken u-bolt plates/skids, Rancho 9000 shocks, Tomken anti-swaybar disconnects

Misc: Warn 8274 winch, Thomas onboard air system, Navaho power brake upgrade with GMC 1/2 ton master cylinder and 2-stage vacuum boost, custom "family" roll cage with Confer trail rack mounted over rear section, custom 3/16" steel gas tank skid plate, custom 1/4" steel high clearance crossmember, custom rocker protection, custom front bumper with tow bar, custom rear bumper with swing-away tire carrier and jerry can rack, Midland 79-290 CB radio, Yaesu FT-90R 2m/70cm Ham radio, really loud air horns.

Current / Future Projects: Build trail box around single rear seat. Restore 1946 Bantam BT3-C trailer and paint to match.

Trails: Rubicon, Dusy-Ershim, Moab, Santiago Canyon, Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, Calico, Truckhaven Hills, Big Bear mountains, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Baja, Pismo Beach, and other local desert and mountain trails

Events Attended: TDS, Offroad for Hope (I & II), High Desert Roundup, Hemet Jeep Cavalcade (10 yrs), Jeep-L Rubicon II

Clubs: West Coast 4 Wheel Drive Club, California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs

Previous or Other Jeeps owned: 1949 Willys wagon, 1954 Willys CJ-3B, 1966 Kaiser CJ-5 V6

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