I had a great 46 Willys pickup when I was
in my teens in the early 70s. I could
point it up or down a scary steep hill
with all my stuff in the back, plus a
possible deer or elk, and it would idle to
the top or bottom with no trouble. I could
climb pretty much anything with that
little beast. At 17, I also had a 65
Wagoneer with the Hurricane 6 and it saved
my arse and froze it off in the same
winter. Haven't had one for a very long
time but I needed a good all-around
vehicle and, after driving both a friend's
and my boss's Grand Cherokees, I was
hooked again. I found a pristine 1-owner
BLACK/Black/black 96 ZJ with the 4.0 and
many bells and whistles. I did a little
dealing and got it for a sweet price of
$5k. It had only 79K miles on it and most
were towed behind a MH. It even came with
a folder containing every record and
receipt from the day it rolled off the
assembly line. I was quite a happy camper
after the first week of driving it through
our deep snow and nasty mountain winter
weather in the boonies of Idaho.
after a while I sold the 96 ZJ to a friend
after I bought a new 08 Dodge Nitro.
However, over that winter I went a bit
Cherokee Crazee and bought all the "I
don't want to mess with it anymore"
cheepjeeps I could find on Craigslist. I
have had 12 in 10 years now I think, and I
haven't paid much for any of them.
best one was a nice white 88 Pioneer USA
Olympic Special. The hood and fenders
were crunched so I picked up a white 93
Sport that had rear damage and made one
decent Cherokee. Just traded that in on my
wife's new Subaru and tripled my
Theeeen...I couldn't live without
ZJ so I bought a 98 for 2300. It was a
Canadian model with metric gauges and a
BIG exhaust system. It also preferred
premium fuel at lower elevations. However,
it wasn't needed at 5000 feet where I was.
Geot AWESOME fuel mileage and had better
power than the 96 did.
OK, so then I
became single and moved to Southern Utah.
Gave away all the project Jeeps except a
90 Cherokee Laredo with an electrical
issue. It died and won't start. I now have
a nice 90 Pioneer XJ that I traded for, so
no cash outlay..., and already have plans
to lift it with parts I already have.
JEEPS ARE ADDICTIVE! Runs sweet, it is
clean, and only needs a steering
Update: I put a small lift
and 31s on it. Looked great! Then I hit a
fence and tore up the right side. Replaced
the door and mirror and it is fully
functional now but not quite as nice.
Latest update: I moved to Oregon and had
to leave my Pioneer at a friend's and
missed it so much that I started watching
craigslist for a deal. I GOT ONE!
just bought a 91 Cherokee Limited with
nice leather, power everything, etc.
Engine/tranny, interior AND exterior is
great but there is an injector issue to
deal with. However....I ONLY PAID $400
BUCKS FOR IT!!! WOO HOO!!!!!
Oh yeah, it
has an AWESOME roof rack with a flat
toolbox built into the back and there is
also a receiver mounted step to access it
easily. I am SOOOO happy!
I ordered a set of
"upgrade" Bosch injectors for 75
bucks. Hopefully all will be wonderful
when I get them installed.
sold it for 1500 bucks!
Jump ahead a
few jeeps.... Bought another ZJ 4.0.
Budget boosted now and runs smooth and
sweet, even with 205K miles on it.
Still have the ZJ but had to get a XJ
so I picked up an 86 with 2.8, Auto, funky
228 TC w/SelectTrac and factory 4.10
gears! Has a premium (not BB) 3"
lift, a nice pre-runner winch bumper up
front, and a $400 Weber carb upgrade. Runs
very nice. Can't wait to do some
Update. Traded in the
tired wobbling ZJ for a 2013 Compass North
Edition (Canadian!) and it drives like a
Porsche and gets great MPG.
Got the 86
XJ running smooth and put some traction
31s on it and now it looks great too. I'll
be crawling around in the mountains soon.