The most important attribute of this Jeep is that it was built in memory of both my parents, who tragically died in a house fire together on New Years Eve. With all of their belongings lost, this Jeep was their only possession that was unaffected by the fire, because it was parked in the driveway. The Jeep started out life as a standard 1999 Jeep Wrangler. After I inherited their Jeep, I quickly decided that in their remembrance I would continue to build off their prized possession and follow a theme that they both enjoyed. “Dogs and off-roading” I was determined to transform their Jeep Wrangler to the more utility based AEV Brute. I chose to design a “Dog Friendly” rear compartment with tool storage and dog rescue supplies, as my wife and I rescue dogs on our spare time. As the AEV Brute project evolved, so did the need to ensure safety. A rear cage was fabricated with 2” DOM steel, and safety webbing to ensure animal safety during transport. The AEV Brute has proven to be a very effective crowd pleaser, as it is a conversation piece almost anywhere I take it. I hope to showcase my AEV Brute and share my parent’s legacy, their love for dogs and off-roading.