Behind the Scenes – Jeep JL Rubicon Build

For the past week, we had a first in a long time: a Jeep. This time, though, it was a Rubicon that already had a lift and the wheels/tires already installed. We installed new parts from Fab Fours all the way around, which was very fitting for the specific wheel and tire setup that the Jeep’s owner had gone with. Fab Fours is known for their “in your face” design with the idea of “it’s not for you,” so with the extremely aggressive street-style, the old-school offroader types will definitely throw shade at the build. Overall, I kinda like it. No, it’s probably not best for the trails of Moab or some extreme rock crawling, but it’s still a Jeep, and it’s still on 40-inch tires, making it very capable on most Florida trails, regardless of how big the wheels might be.

Anyhow, during the build process, I captured these images of the team’s progress as there was a lot of work to do, and with the time crunch, it was great to see everyone come together to make sure that everything got done.

All photos were shot on the Fujifilm X-T2 with the 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. Also, most of them were shot for Instagram Stories in mind, so don’t hate me for having so many portrait-oriented photos.

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Coming Up: A Trip to Las Vegas

This will be my fourth time not only going to Las Vegas, but also my fourth time going to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (or SEMA) Show. For those outside the know, the SEMA Show is, effectively, one of the largest autoshows in the US, and is considered the largest single event in Las Vegas.

I was actually thinking about the first time I ever went to Las Vegas the other day. It seemed all so fast. As if it was an overnight decision that I would go. I hadn’t even really told anyone even in my family!

This year’s trip has been talked over and planned out for a while, now, so I’m definitely ready. Minus all the packing and such, of course.

With that said, as always, I have media credentials, so I’ll be able to post photos and videos from the actual event, so here’s a list of places to follow me if you want to see more of the show, or just want to tag along for my adventures. I’m starting to think that I’m getting pretty good at Las Vegas, so maybe I know some cool places to go? We’ll see.

Anyway, the list:

For those who aren’t big on automotive things, I will try to keep my posting to a minimum, so no worries on that. I also don’t know how much I’ll be posting on YouTube, I’m meant to be working out there, so that will take priority over filming anything. Between being able to shoot on my phone and my camera, we’ll see what I can pull off.

August 9th, 2017

My mind is relaxed. My mind is relaxed. My mind is COMPLETELY relaxed. 

Today marked the sixth year that I’ve been driving a Civic. I’ve driven over 115,000 miles in it, which adds up to about 19,000 miles every year, or about 52 miles every day. Which is fairly accurate, except when I solely worked from home, and wouldn’t leave for weeks at a time, but driving about 100 miles every day, now, is balancing it out. 

It’s almost silly thinking about it now, but my first instinct when I got it home was to bring out some work lights and photograph it. It’s almost as if I’ve always loved photographing automobiles, even when I wasn’t as good at it as I am now. Overall, though, this car means a lot to me. 

The purchasing of this car signifies a massive turn in my life. I had been out of what my close friends call the worst relationship (to be fair: both parties were equally awful… kids, am I right?) I’ve ever been in for a while, and had just about to swear off ever trying to date ever again. Shortly after making my mind up on that, of course, Sarah and I started dating. I guess you could say that my buying the Civic symbolized me moving into adulthood. 

Over the years, of course, this simple car has been run ragged. It’s the fastest car I’ve ever had, and it is driven as such, on and off road. I can count on one hand the number of times it’s been airborne. It’s gotten high-centered on a mid trail. And it’s been bounced around enough to the point where the front skid plate started to fall off and needed to be ripped off the car on the side of the road. 

We’ve driven to Atlanta on a whim and have been all the way to North Carolina, and that will definitely not be the last trip for it. 

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again and again. This Civic is more than a car, more than a friend. I love it, and wouldn’t give it up for anything. Except maybe a blue F-150…