Years ago, our own Verne Simons built a TJ in Jp magazine called “Shrink Ray TJ”. Instead of stretching the wheelbase out to the end of the sheetmetal, Verne instead left the axles where they were and chopped the nose and tub rear to gain approach and departure angle. If you’re studying Mark Allen’s latest Mopar Underground creation, Shortcut, and wondering exactly where he got the inspiration to lend the feel of short-nosed CJ-5 body atop a JK chassis, now you know. Look for more coverage on this sweet little retro-themed trail machine very soon at