The Jeep Wrangler 'Tomahauk' Is a Dune-Crushing Tribute to WWII Fighter Planes

This thing is ace.
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This thing is ace.
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The original Jeep was born to carry soldiers in World War II, so building a custom Wrangler as a visual tribute to WWII fighter planes is a natural choice for Pennsylvania custom shop Hauk Designs, whose outrageous Jeep work we're appreciated previously.

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Those Gatlin guns on the hood? They are actually the Tailgunner air intakes for the Turbonetics twin turbochargers that pump up the 5.3-liter General Motors LM7 truck engine far beyond the modest 285 horsepower it originally produced.

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That is a custom-built riveted aluminum body that channels the warbird vibe and the nose art details are hand painted in the authentic style of the 1940s.

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The cabin is just as insanely authentic to the warbird vibe, though hopefully the right-side control yoke isn't functional.

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Beneath the outrageous sheetmetal is some suitably ridiculous hardware, starting with Icon 16-inch coilover shock absorbers, Redneck Ram hydraulic power steering assist, Artec high-steer arms and truss and J.E. Reel 1350 driveshafts.

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Those are monster 44-inch Pit Bull Rocker tires mounted on 17-inch beadlock wheels.

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The bomb-shaped tanks on the rear fenders are actually oxygen tanks salvaged from WWII bombers and repurposed as auxiliary fuel tanks for Tomahauk.

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Some tribute vehicles are just copies of earlier machines, but Tomahauk is a uniquely creative interpretation of WWII design, translated onto a modern canvas, which makes it stand apart from most such projects.