'53 3B by Drag Nasty Creek


On the Trail
This customized 1953 CJ-3B Jeep with small-block Chevy 400 V-8, was built by Drag Nasty Creek Custom Fabrication and Off Road Gear in Georgetown, Georgia.

The tires are 16/35-LT15 Boggers on Eagle Alloy 15x10 rims, with Trail Ready bead locks. The custom-fabricated front push bar and bumper includes integral winch mount and D-ring shackles.

The Chevy small-block is bored .030 over for 406 cu in., and the Holley Truck Avenger Carb moves 650 cfm. Other details include a Proform Billet HEI distributor, custom-fabricated serpentine belt drive system, and aluminum radiator and shroud with 16" Proform fan.

Hard to believe what this Jeep looked like in 1999.

The 2"x4" tube steel frame has 2" diameter cross braces, integral front shackle reversal and 1" over stock body-mount points. Extended front frame horns accept the longer 4" Rough Country leaf springs.

The transmission is GM's SM420 transmission with Novak adapter to Dana 300 with JB Conversions 32-spline outputs, and LoMax 4:1 gears.

The 1-5/8" tube steel roll cage has six point tie-in to the frame.

Hand-fabricated 12 ga. sheet metal includes the firewall, transmission tunnel, floor system and fender wells.

Frame paint
2" diameter rocker slide rails are welded into the frame. Scout Dana 44 front axle has Dutchman alloy axles, Detroit Locker, and 4:10 gear ratios. Ford 9" rear axle with narrowed housing has Currie high pinion case, 35-spline alloy axles, Detroit Locker and disc brakes.

Tub paint
See also the paint job on the hood (50K JPEG). The original hood has been fully braced for strength.

Other features include a custom-fabricated fuel cell, EZ-Wiring 21-circuit electrical harness, and Autometer gages. This picture shows the original rear fender configuration which was later trimmed (right).

This photo shows the Jeep in action at Morris Mountain in Alabama.

Thanks to Wes Kibble for the pointer, and Drag Nasty Creek for documenting their project. -- Derek Redmond

See also Radical 3B's On the Rocks on CJ3B.info.

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Last updated 19 November 2006 by Derek Redmond redmond@cj3b.info
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