I had just put my phone down after engaging in a bit of discourse with a former colleague of mine, Sam McEachern, via Twitter, when I stumbled across this Jalopnik article that highlighted this Cummins-swapped Jeep Wrangler TJ. It was somewhat ironic, because Sam and I were just discussing our design preferences. Sam’s a fan of 80’s design, and enjoys the designs that came in the ’90s. I, on the other hand, think the 90’s were the worst years for American auto design, specifically the fourth-generation Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang.
That said, I think both Sam and I would agree that this might just be the ugliest Jeep Wrangler we’ve ever seen.
From the front and rear it looks like any other Jeep Wrangler, save for the massive, heavy-weight bumpers. The extension of the hood and fenders in conjunction with how high the Wrangler body sits on the Ram 2500 frame makes for an odd looking vehicle with awkward proportions. The thing is, it doesn’t have to look this way. The 2007 Jeep Wrangler ‘Rattletrap’ follows a similar formula, and it’s a rather aesthetically appealing creation.
So, the ‘JAM’ Wrangler may not be our cup of tea cosmetically speaking, but you bet we’d love to get behind the wheel and give it a go.