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Well guys the day finally came. I just went and bought the 80 cj-5 (41k original miles) that I have been ranting and raving about for the last 3 months. I love this little Jeep. So far in the 4 days that I have owned her I have put on a new water pump,changed all the hoses,broke the fan shroud, :) (sorry CjDave) and am getting ready to replace the fuel pump. Oh did I mention that 2 of the bolts broke off in the block when I was changing the pump (I love this stuff). But thankfully they left enough threads where I could still get a good ol pair of vice grips on em. I am so happy to have a Cj. Its what I grew up around and in my whole life. I have owned all together now 7 Jeeps. But I never knew how owning my own cj would make me feel. I know im in for alot of work, but I am actually looking forward to it. I was just so excited I had to let everyone know. I will be selling my 97 Tj on Friday which I hate to see go, but then again im kind of glad cause I will be rid of those nasty payments. Its nice to actually have the title in your hands. And the best part of this whole thing is I let my wife drive the Cj and she loves it. She even came in and got out a little notebook and wrote project cj-5 at the top of the page, got out a calculator, and told me to get out my catalogs. WHOOHOOO!!! She even said I could have my very own monthly Jeep allowance of $250.00 bones. Man, did I go to heaven or what. A new Jeep and my wife has this whole new attitude towards em. Before I got the Cj, she kept sayin I cant beleive you wanna get rid of your Tj and get an old piece of junk. I think the Cj has put some kind of curse on her. Anyways, im just ramblin now. You guys take it easy.
Steve

 
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WOW !! one question,does she have a sister?! LOL sure looks like someone has found heaven on earth,have fun!

 

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I had to wait 30 years.....wife,kids,house,......They'll take my Jeep away when they pry my cold dead fingers away from the steering wheel! hehehe Good Luck with it. This BBS and the people that contribute are the very best in the world.

 

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/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif Er.....ah....Steve...../wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif....Take CARE of that Jeepchick! Jeepchicks like her do NOT come along very often. Treat her like royalty/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif You know....upgrades DO cost money, but you'd be surprised what six months of payments add up to/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif.....even reasonably low payments......and they just keep coming/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif....whereas you only buy the upgrade one time./wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif

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Steve,
Congradulations...on both the jeep and your wife. The best thing you did was letting her drive it. I too feel lucky in having a jeepchick....who do you think paid for my locker, solid axles and gears at Xmas? In fact, she wants to trade in her conv for a Cherokee....of course it has to be her color.....purple. She wants it so we can take the little ones with us on Jeep Jamboree's when we have kids.....Kids?...arg...am I doing that again?...I already have 2 in college.......oh well, she is worth it/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif.

FYI...given the age of your jeep, more things are going to break because of age than wear...age and heat will take its toll on rubber and wiring. Just remember, we all learn by our mistakes...which means there are a lot of REALLY smart guys here....right CJDave?

John......southern CA
84CJ7, 3"lift, 32"BFG, 4.10's, ARB Locker, Solid Axle's, Durabak
 
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Ive got a mission from this day on....MY WIFE NEEDS TO DRIVE MY CJ!!!
(Shes never driven it yet..its the clutch)
I think I got this whole JEEP/wife THING figured out!!

Thanks for the light...Ill let everyone know how it goes!!

WOW a Jeep allowance......Heaven!!!

That which does not kill me only makes me stronger (or dumber).
 
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man maybe your wife needs to put on a jeepchicks class how to treet a man who loves jeeps


Low Riders are for boys who can't get it UP...
 

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Having a Jeepchick that loves to wheel with you is an awsome thing in dead. My gal loves to use the Jeep for camping and exploring, so she tollerated the Rock crawling at 1st due to the awsome upgrades that came with it. And because of her fondness for the just getting out and driving anywhere, she learned to really like the Rocks, and in the process she has become a great spotter, field mechanic and Co Driver. BUT thats where the problems can start now I cant get her out from behind the wheel. I get excuses like this.
"I really cant see a good line through that chute, why dont I drive and you can point out what I should be looking for","OH and grab the camera and get some good photos of me driving". "Great", back when she was affraid of the rocks it used to be more like this.
"That looks very tricky through that chute, I better get out and spot for you""Oh and I can also take the camera and get some good photos of you driving".
My how shes evovled, but I am not complaining its great to be able enjoy the sport together. And it allows us to spend a lot of time(and money) together.
I included a picture of her driving through some pretty tough terrain.
Jeff (& Kathy)
89 Wrangler

 

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I like the idea of the jeep notebook, I started to do that when we got our first CJ7, a '78. Here is the story, even though it is somewhat long. My husband & I had a '92 Cherokee (We both love trucks, in fact the first car I bought (& Im the wife) new was a '94 Ranger 4x4), we had signed up for a Jeep Jamboree & they said it was full, I wanted a really nice car for the long business trips I took & we still needed a truck so we decided to get rid of the Cherokee for a new '99 300M. (This was back in '98 when they just first came out) Wouldn't you know that 2 days after we sold the cherokee, the Jamboreers called & said they had room. My husband was really bummed & I understood 'cause we really wanted to get into Off-roading & saw it as a gateway to it, sooooo, I felt guilty for getting what I wanted & he was sad so I said "Well, how 'bout you go out & get a beater jeep just to do off-roading with, but it had to be street legal also". I went on a trip for about a week after that & he bought this '78 CJ7 with a 304 & Ford Tranny & 2 1/2" lift for $2900 (more than I anticipated at first) & said that all it needed was new U-joints. Welllll.......... We trailered it home & he started picking at it, that is when I got the paper out & started keeping track of the things we needed to fix. It was staggering, a whole new brake system, new tires & tons of other stuff (I remember going to 4wd hardware & spending $700). We got it all fixed & PA inspected 2 days before the Jamboree. Well, we have found a new hobby & something that my husband & I really enjoy spending time on. We still have that '78, the frame broke off-roading last year. Last fall we bought a '85 CJ7 with 35,000 original miles, we are totally frame-up restoring it (with tons of mods), Together (am I making you guys sick from the sappy crap yet). We bought a donor jeep & will use a lot for the '85 & the good frame for the '78 when we get to it. You can check out our website at
http://my.treeway.com/rickmelwest

I quit making the list a long time ago because I didn't want to realize where all my commission checks go.
Good luck!

And by the way, this is my user name, my husbands is Rick W, if you see something stupid written under his name, it was probably me, not him
 

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/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif Our CJ7 SNOJEEP is being SPECIALLY constructed for Vickie to drive. She wanted a Jeep SO BAD....and we almost bought one in 1996 for her.......but with the 231 transfer case up here on steep, snowy roads, you are in nowheresville....can't steer....can't keep it from switching ends../wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif Then by accident we found the CJ 304 Automatic QUADRA-TRAC and it was perfect for Vickie.....no levers at all. Vickie does not like to make engineering decisions about gearing. She only wants to DRIVE Jeeps. So we are in the final stages of a huge re-work-upgrade to make this Jeep snoworthy....in a superior way....Vickie's way. I have resisted putting in extra gauge panels, complex, lever systems for the lock-up...and boy did I ever WANT to/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif I HAVE put in nice warning lamp/buzzer systems for all kinds of stuff from QT engagement to anti-theft "enable". AND....we duplicated the dimensions of our Grand Cherokee in the new Jeep interior so Vickie can hop out of the CJ and her right hand is automatically in the right spot to grab the shifter in the grand. The seats, the console, and the shifter are set identical. We used that B&M light truck shifter and partially grafted the shifter base into the front of the console. So this Jeep project is totally "Jeepchick" in origin. It has taken a lot longer and cost twenty times more than we planned, but when those catalogs come out......well...you've heard of "Retail Therapy" haven't you? Well this is "Premium" retail therapy because first the Jeep gal gets a high from ORDERING the stuff, then when it finally shows up UPS that's another big lift!/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif

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Jeepchicks rock..

I was thinking of registering jeepchicks.com. We can all post tributes to our jeepchicks, just to say THANKS for being a /wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif jeepchick! /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif

Best of luck with the CJ... I love my YJ, but there's just something about a CJ... /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif

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Boy, you guys are lucky. My wife hates everything about Jeeping except the driving part. She's very good at it and she looks like a kid in a candy store. I think when I'm done with my CJ-7 I'll have to get her one so I can drive. I tried to explain to her that working on them is just part of Jeeping, (sort of like older snowmobiles) no dice. I do consider myself very lucky that she like it at all. Besides that she puts up with me, and that's not easy.
$250 a month for upgrades, wow, talk about heaven. I get $1000 a year for fixes and mods. I started a Excel spread sheet to keep track of all the expenses and notes. I'll attach it, you guys might get a kick. As some of you might know, I just started getting in to fixing things my self a year or so ago.

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When I first got my CJ, I knew Darn well that I was going to dump a LOT of money into it... But I could rationalse it to my GF. WELL, AFter the lift (cuz the spring were sagging) and a soft top, and my GF's eyes bulging at the bills, she set me on a strict allowance... $400 a month... yeah, right. That didn't last long. She tried to enforce it, but most of the time it became : the jeep will sit there until next month because I don't have anything left to buy a radiator cap for it... And then tires came, gears, locker, hubs, then came the engine re-build and the allowance went out the window... As for being a jeepchick, I can answer that rethorically. Now mind you I'm only 21, so I saw this on 'Nick-at-night' but if you remember the show Green Acers, that's us. We're both from Nj, but she's a New Yorker at heart. One time she pointed at a field and asked what kind of plant that was (this is 5 mins from her favorite mall in Nj) "That's corn hon"

She has no interest in driving, or getting greasy, but will occasionally help. But she loves driving on the beach, and seeing everybody gawk as this mean looking jeep rolls by.

Florida Mud CJ-5
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