I had a great 46Willys 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 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 that saved my arse and froze it off in
the same winter. Haven't had one since
but, 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 ha 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 a whole week of driving it through
our deep snow and nasty mountain winter
weather in the boonies of Idaho.
then sold the 96 ZJ to a friend after I
bought a new 08 Dodge Nitro. However, over
that winter I went a it Cherokee Crazee
and bought all the "I don't want to
mess with it anymore" cheepjeeps I
could find on Craigslist. I have had 9 in
10 years now I think, and I haven't paid
over 350 for any of them.
The best one
is a nice white 88 Pioneer USA Olympic
Super Duper 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
another 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. Gets AWESOME fuel
mileage and has better power than the 96
OK, so now I am 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 stabilizer.
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!
I 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 and
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 offroad