While still in high school, Spade began working at a Jeep dealership, eventually making his way up the ladder to running and franchising a Fortec Jeep location in Atlanta. This was where he would learn the ins and outs of the 4x4 legend and use the knowledge gained to proactively build the car himself. Even though Spade has an obvious knack for tinkering with Jeeps, his real hobby has always been riding motorcycles, which is why there are certain cues on the Willys that hark back to motorcycle simplicity.
In order to get the proportions correct and visually appealing, Spade took two Omix-Ada CJ2A fenders and combined them to extend further versus stock. It offers the Jeep a lower, more grounded appearance. Along with the bumpers, he also cut and capped a CJ7 front bumper to fit the shortened front wheelbase.
Aside from the rear shock configuration, the bare-bones approach is apparent when you notice the raw aluminum, flat-black metal flake exterior encapsulating a tub that houses only the essentials. Visually speaking, you get what you see: a couple of reproduction CJ-2A seats, a Lokar shifter and a grab handle for the passenger. Even the “trunk” is only outfitted with a fuel cell. It’s a naked approach that makes it easy to visually understand what’s going on. There’s no innuendo with this ride.