I don’t have any official statistics to back my claim – but I’m pretty confident in saying that the Jeep Wranger has one of the biggest aftermarkets, and is one of the most modified vehicles of recent decades. We see a lot of cookie cutter Jeeps, all lifted the same way, with fancy wheels, and knobby tires that most likely never see mud – but every once in a while you see a gem. A completely crazy, off-the-wall, I-can’t-believe-that’s-a-Jeep Jeep.
I had seen, and nearly been run over, by the CJ7s and Wrangler YJs in Key West before I even realized they were Jeeps. What I thought were just touristy people movers were actually Jeeps in heavy guise. The operators of the Jeep trains weren’t too interested in telling me about them, and seemed a bit bothered that I was even asking, but with I did learn is that they were all 6 cylinder Cj7s and YJ Wranglers that had been converted to run on propane. The steering columns, pedals, and shifters were extended up to the new cab area, and the exhaust re-routed through the train’s stack.
At night, the original round, and square headlights lit the way as they always did, while the other external lighting signaled the wide turns and stopping of the vehicles. Each of the “engines” pulled four rail cars, that would sit about 6 people per car. I’m guessing they didn’t pay too much attention to the original tow rating of the Jeeps.If you’re ever down in Key West – be sure to take a ride on a Conch Tour Train (Tour Jeep) and send me some more pictures!