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Two adventurous Jeep lovers are helping fellow enthusiasts create a Jeep of their dreams. Jeff Roberts and Dan Zeigler, first cousins and Montgomery County residents, own the Harleysville business, which customizes only - and all - Jeep vehicles.
"The Jeep is probably the most modified vehicle on the road," Roberts said. "You rarely see a Jeep, primarily Wranglers and CJs, going down the road that are completely stock."
Roberts said suspension, accessories, exhaust systems, engine performance, tires and rims are the most popular changes.
Zeigler said customers come mainly from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, but the shop also attracts customers from New York, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Massachusetts, among other states.
What else: Restorations are also a big part of what they do. Roberts said people request a restoration typically because they like the look of older Jeeps or because their Jeeps have some sentimental value.
One interesting recent project was a red 1982 CJ-8 Scrambler that the team worked on for nearly 10 months.
"We took the body off this Jeep down to the frame and completely built it back," Roberts said. "Everything . . . is new, down to the last bolt."
Roberts said the business performs nearly 15 frame-up restorations a year. He said such projects can take two to 10 months, depending on the scope of the work.
"It just simply comes down to preference and individual wants and needs," he said. "It is like a work of art, and everyone wants something different."
The shop also offers general service for all Jeeps, including oil changes, state inspections, transmission work, and even engine swaps.
There's more: After the work is done, customers can test their Jeeps on an off-roading course that features various obstacles: small logs, mud pits, a log bridge, a steep incline, a rock crawl and more.
Background: The cousins first worked together in a family business, Zeigler's Apple Cider in Lansdale. Their grandfather Maurice H. Zeigler founded the company in 1932. He died in 1979.
Upon leaving the cider business, the men wanted to follow their grandfather's entrepreneurial spirit and own a business. They opened the Jeep shop six years ago.
Where: 495 Indian Creek Rd., Harleysville. Phone: 215-256-8090. Web: www.jeffdanielsjeeps.com.
Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Sunday.
- Erica Lamberg