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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May 10th 2017

Today… okay… today was a basket of wild and craziness. Well, one part of today was. I’m really trying to not dwell too much on it, because that’s even worse of me, but hey, screw it. 

Today, like yesterday, we got kicked off a location that we like using for photographing and shooting video of vehicles. We’re never doing anything more than parking, shooting, and leaving. And I get it, 90% of the time we don’t have permission, mostly because they’re open and public places or seemingly abandoned. However, suddenly, people are getting hyper-protective of their property. Which is strange, but I said I wouldn’t talk politics, so I’ll leave it at that. 

Also, I’ve got sunburns on my sunburns, and I’m fairly certain we almost had a dehydration issue had I not had a giant tumbler of water. So… summer is here, yeah? I’m thinking of just working until noon and then hiding from the sun for the rest of life. The crazy part is, obviously, I’m a Floridian… how is the sun/heat just NOW bothering me? Not sure. Maybe I’m just becoming old and complainy. Which would explain why I love trains. Which we saw another one today, and I was so excited. I always am. 

After I was done with all my shooting for the day, we picked up Oreo shakes for the whole team because we’ve been crushing it lately, and it was hot, and I was craving a sugary drink and I like including my whole team, well, the ones who were present, but still. I absolutely loved the look on the cashier’s face when I asked for seven shakes. The person in the back making the shakes had to ask twice. 

Anyway… PHOTOS: 

May 9th 2017

Today, we got more accomplished with this Ford Superduty we’ve been working on. At this point, we have probably one video left before I take the photos for it to be sold. 

The truck itself is ridiculously large; twelve inch suspension lift, 24″ wheels, and 40″ tires. Nuts. I have to say, though, you do feel a command of the road as you drive it. Even though it costs $70-ish to fill the tank (with a 400 mile range). 

Near the end of the day (speaking of selling trucks) we saw the truck that we sold that once was our studio truck pulling into Sonny’s. It was neat to see it again, since we usually don’t see any of these vehicles after they’ve been sold.