Brutus is my Jeep Wrangler. About 8 years ago me and a buddy wanted to do a project. Since he is really into rebuilding, modifying and restoring muscle cars, I wanted to start a project with him but wanted to do a Jeep Wrangler. Now with the size tires I had in mind I needed a Wrangler whose axels could handle the torque. That gave me up to a 1997. I found Brutus not running but not rusted in Atlanta. Me and my buddy drove there and picked him up. He was green.
My buddy and I trailered him back to Birmingham, Alabama where my buddy had a shop in his basement. we spent the next year modifying, rebuilding and adding on. Brutus started out with 33’s for tires. When he was taken a part we trailered the pieces to a company there in Alabama that coated him in 500 lbs of rubber and Kevlar. Not Rhinoline or bedliner like you see now. Brutus is bullet proof minus the windows.We customized and built his exhaust out of stainless steel. Fabricating a great exaust system for a bigger engine later down the road. Brutus’ engine that was fixed was a standard. I drove him all over ATX and back and forth a few times from Birmingham until I blew the engine and broke rear axel. Then the fun really started building him.
I wanted a bigger engine then the 6 cylinder in it. I wanted an 8. After I found the GM vortec v8 I wanted, I realized the standard engine would’nt fit without body modifications. Since he was already covered in the Kevlar and rubber coating, I didnt want to mess that up so I had to change him to a standard. That engine fit better inside the hood with only a little engine modification.
The axel since broke, needed to be stronger. That meant I could go with bigger tires. I wanted 35’s. We took a higer rated axel off a Ford Explorer for the rear and threw some 35’s on.