Off Roading Forums banner
1 - 20 of 21 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,893 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
maybe some of you can relate...i remember driving my jeep to school on warm summer mornings with the top down... through the countryside..the freedom was unbelievable.when i rolled that jeep, i had to get a car from the junkyard and make it run so i had wheels..eventually, i worked hard and had a little cash, and found a good deal on a 68 firebird..the car was beautiful, but not a jeep. eventually i traded the car for a jeep..that feeling was back.. everytime i would start it, i'd get excited a bit. i just loved driving it. well.. i wore that jeep out..completely.i drove it to school every day(20 miles each way) and drove it off road all day on saturday and sunday. i didn't have the $$$ to fix it right, so I sold my baby...funny thing is, it wasn't even a very nice jeep. then i Joined the Marine Corps, and, after boot camp, i went home on leave for a bit and saw an old cj-7 that hadn't moved since i could remember..so i knocked on the door and 2 hours later, i drove home a 76 cj-7 with 42000 original miles on it! it was the lady's husbands jeep and he had died years earlier and the jeep just sat. i put many many miles on that jeep, i learned the hard way about hydrolocking the engine and put a 360 in it, i learned how to replace quadratrack chains, i tried my first spring over, and didn't like it and changed it back. I learned every part and turned every bolt, and that feeling was still there..every morning i looked forward to driving my jeep to work. i sold that old jeep after i broke the frame 3 times and the floor pans i put in were falling through the bottom. i made some teenager happy cause i saw it years later and he still had it. now i built my jeep using 10 years of knowledge, but my wife and I still love taking rides(with our daughter now) in the jeep, i still love to drive it, i know why i have a little bumpsteer, and i know how to fix it, but then it might get done....now, however, the boggers and detroits just don't like the road much and i have found that i have been driving my tow rig to work a lot.i miss driving the jeep.. i think I'll trade the wifes car in on a TJ

~~Elusive~~
it's sort of still a cj thingy....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,435 Posts
Sounds like the advanced stages of the "Jeep Thing" syndrome! I've got it too. Started with a beat-up postal Jeep, then found a good CJ-5, next a CJ-7, then finally my Scrambler. I've been driving it to work every day (50 mi. round trip), and wheeling as much as possible. Just can't beat the feeling of the drive! Toyota says "Oh what a feeling", but you never hear of a "toyota thing" - - - nothing compares to a Jeep!

Keep on Jeepin'
Scott
 
G

·
Amen to that! I was just thinking about posting an "Ah, spring" note. I just swapped my hardtop for the vinyl, and year after year it never ceases to suprise me; the feeling of openess and freedom after months of having the jeep "closed up" for the winter.

I know it's spring when all the jeepers are waving and grinning at each other like we're all in on a secret that those in the cookie-cutter cars aren't aware of. Ain't it cool?

TXJeepr
94YJ w/SOA, 4:11, BFG 33's and a /wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif4-banger
 
G

·
I didn't get into jeeps until about 6 years ago. Bought mine for 600.00, sat in the garage for 3 years till I could afford to do anything with it. When I finally put it on the road and drove it the first time it was like an addiction, I then needed "mo money" to finish it. My son describes the feeling as when you sit in the seat and grab the steering wheel his mind goes blank and you think of nothing else but JEEP. Now I wished I had a jeep back in skool, woulda been alot of fun. My jeep also came off blocks in someones front yard, they were slowly selling parts off it, sad. She's almost 100% now though and a daily driver to boot. I also have a toyota, sits in the driveway until it rains. Nothing beats a jeep.

Bird

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,006 Posts
I used to drive an old blazer thought it was the cats meow,,, I did this while working on Jeeps at a dealership as a heavy line mech. Couldn't see why people liked those little low powered things so much. Then one day I took a nice CJ -7 out for a test drive after rebuilding the motor, (304, no low power there) the top was off and boy was I hooked. Sold the Blazer and bought a 78 CJ, drove it till we needed a bigger vehicle, Then got a 78 Cherokee Cheif. This was good but I still had to have an open Jeep. I picked up an 87 Wrangler, When the wife wanted another car, we picked here up a 92 Cherokee Limited, but hey,, I try not to get rid of Jeeps any more so the Cheif sits on an 8" lift with 35's and is known around here as the War Wagon. Several months back it was looking a little lonsome out back all by it's self so I picked up a 69 Jeepster Commando to keep it company, Now the wife says I will have to get rid of something out there!!!!! Well ,,,,lets see,,,, maybe the Maxima,,, or the motorhome which will not be missed?????
GP'n
87 Wrangler
92 Cherokee Limited
78 Cherokee Cheif
69 Commando
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,143 Posts
I've only owned my Jeep for one year, seven months, and four days. I can honestly say I've been broke for just as long! These machines are truly an extension of each indivudual. Much like Harleys seem to embody their rider and attitude. I keep an eye out for Jeeps while I drive around town. There is a beautiful white CJ-5 that has sat a few blocks down the road from me as long as I've lived here. Its got some swampers and diamond plate on it, the paint is oxidized and turning green, the top looks good though, and I belive its got a 304 under the hood.... Maybe in a year I'll be posting some pictures here of "my new baby" and that will be it....

My Jeep is just a leaky submarine in disquise
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,618 Posts
i too have not been into jeeps for that long.. just alittle over 4 years now. but most of my vehiclular motions have been a product of extensive building on my part. the first vehicle i owned was a 78 cutlass supreme i bought when i was 15, built the engine my senior year with the help of our shop teacher. spent 2 years on her before getting it on the road. what a beautiful car that was. then i went thru a 76 firebird, 76 trans am, and moved onto a 88 toyota..well i loved having a truck and going off road.. so from then on i have been hooked on the wheeling part of this addiction. had the truck 6 years.. 6" lift the whole nine yards.. was about to put a solid axle under the front end and bob the bed.. damn thing kept getting hung up on the rocks... until a friend of mine gave me his jeep to watch while he was at sea for 2 weeks.. and i will say.. i took her to work for the first time.. sitting there in the california sun.. cool ocean breeze blowing thru the hair.. i had found heaven.. we just seemed to fit together.. my happy go lucky spirit.. hawaiian shirts.. flip flops.. and a jeep.. wide open!!! i bought an 84 cj7 several weeks later.. and the toyota became a dust collector.. i can honestly say.. i will always own a jeep.. one that is open.. and free..
jeep on!!!!

survival is instinct, but living takes guts
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,958 Posts
Hey GP'n, try this, it worked on JEEPNCHICK. Find her an old Willys to build. Mine kept saying the same thing, until I found the '47, but she wouldn't let me get it. "But honey" says I, "it's not for me, it's for you". That made it all OK.

My addiction actually started in the early 80's with Scouts. I couldn't get enough of them, wheeling all the time, repairing, wheeling, you get the idea. The the rust started to take it's toll. I vowed I'd never give up the fight and repaired it 3 times, one a frame off (which isn't easy on a Scout). Well, we had an old VW Jetta that was giving us a lot of problems and we were looking for a trade, not having a lot of money. A guy in NH was looking for a VW and had a rusted out jeep for sale, so we traded even. The rust I determined was too much, so I gave it to my older brother, who fixed it up and still drives it today, despite having totalled it once. http://www.midcoast.com/~mlc/accident.html

I was still hooked on wheeling, so I gave the jeeps a try. Before we knew it, we had a Scrambler, a Commando, and a new TJ in the yard. Soon to follow were the '47 CJ-2A and the '51 CJ-3A. The wife cut me off after that, but I'm still amassing parts in the barn. We bought an old farmhouse, built in 1815 (before Maine was a state), and it's wall to wall jeep stuff inside. The Willys are in the pasture grazing and I'm looking into a tax abatement for a JEEP FARM. Hey, they don't eat much, if people can have Turkey and Cow farms, why not jeeps? They make quite a mess of the pasture and can cause a ruckus after hours, but all in all they're good jeeps. Each even has it's own personality.

We're hooked. I even have a small toy jeep collection in the house (124 little jeeps) amongst the pictures on the wall. I wonder why no one ever comes over...

JEEPN
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled!
GM151/SM465/NP205 twinstick/7"Lift/33"TSL's/IHC D44's 4.10's Lock'd
 
G

·
I have that same feeling. My first car is a Jeep and I drive it to school everyday. The hood has two large rust circles, the sides are dented and rusty, there is about a 1" lean to the driver's side from rusty body supports, and the driver's seat leans to the left and back. It is perhaps the worst car in the lot, but I like it. There are fourteen Jeeps at my school, but only a guy with a Scrambler and I know what Jeepin' is about. I am hooked. I just can't wait to build the hardtop hoist and go topless!

Ed

I live, I breath, I Jeep
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,566 Posts
I bought my first Jeep in 95 right off the lot. It was a 95 YJ. I had little idea what wheeling was about and no idea what the "Jeep thing" was. After I bought that YJ I started getting these strange waves from people. I kinda scratched my head and kept on moving but I did return those little waves. The girls I would date at that time thought I knew alot of people. Well as time went by I discovered the "Jeep thing" and went on from there. I would play around on the trails in central Louisiana and dream of building my YJ up, then I met a woman that would slow me down a bit (not in a bad way). We got married and we wanted something bigger than her Geo Prizm so I recommended a Cherokee. We ended up getting a 96 XJ Sport. Well I fell in love with that XJ and wanted one too. So we got me one, a matching set, both 96 XJ Sport's that were red 4x4's. I traded my YJ in on mine and took the only modification that I had done to it with me, the 30" tires. Well they didn't fit so good on a stock suspension so I lifted the XJ 3" and left it at that. Right before my 6th deployment my wife wanted to get out from under her payment so she sold her XJ and we were left with mine. After I got back from the Med I bought a little Honda to get around with and dreamed of getting me another open topped Jeep. Well I finally did, a 95 YJ Sahara. Now my wife is very supportive of what I want to do to my Jeep so I can build it like I want to (it'll just take time and fundage and I know jeepgod and elusive will help me out,RIGHT!) Sorry it was so long, sometimes I just ramble.

SEMPER JEEP!!!

I may not like what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.
Semper Jeep
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,478 Posts
I know that I have that Jeep feeling because my Cherokee is on the shelf for a few days (a defective alternator) and I feel "crappy" about not being able to drive it. I've been working double shifts so I haven't had a chance to work on it yet. /wwwthreads_images/icons/blush.gif/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
213 Posts
I think that I was more excited when my brother decided to buy a Jeep last summer than he was...Well he decided he didn't like it becuase it required more work than he wanted...So I came home one 75 degree afternoon and it was sitting in the yard with the top on it...I decided that this was an evil thing so I went inside, grabbed the keys, took the top off and drove for hours...It was the most awesome feeling I ever had...The next day I took it out and went and played and covered it, my two friends, and myself in mud...Sadly I broke the transmission so I had to get a new one...But that was a fun Jeep adventure in and of itself...I am just glad that I got an intership for this summer so I can afford to keep it...

Josh Lavalleur
'70 CJ5 4.3L V6
D27 & D44 axles
T-14 3-speed, D18 XC, Warn OD
 
G

·
Sure that "Jeep Feeling" /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif. Is is just a feeling or is it an obsession (spelling). I love my jeep in proper order Kids, jeep, and wife. I have found one thing out in the past couple of months.

1. You wait to get your jeep (in my case a long time)
2. On the way home you fall in love.
3. Heard something on the way home that did not sound right.
4. Look for the problem and can not find it
5. Go wheeling

This is a nasty circle that never ends. Over the weeks I have had this "jeep" (another kid)/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif. I have to do this and that. I don't have the money for this or that, well how can I build, make, and or trade for that which the "JEEP" must have.

And the final thing the wife starts saying why haven't you done work to her car. Once upon a time I had her convinced that I could not do work on cars, they hated me. Now I just tell her that I can not find a bulletin boards for a for a Chrystler Sundance.

Lunatic
Home Page
 
G

·
yeah after getting my 88 wrangler about 4 years ago i realized that with the 258, going to school and back on the highway was killing my pocket, and with the rising gas prices it was time to put the jeep away and get something more "econimical" well my dad suggested geting an S-10 and we looked around and i couldn't afford any wranglers and the s-10s where pretty cheap.. so i took a 4 cly 4x2 for a test drive and it was really nice, and i went and almost finished signing all the papers for it and then i realized i couldn't buy it, it wasn't what i wanted..so i drove around with not so good fuel economy, and found in the paper a 95 YJ for $5700! i thought something was major wrong with it, it turned out the person relly need to sell it and it had a bad raditor, so i got a new radiator and now its sitting in my driveway next to my 88 wrangler, they look so cute and everyone i know thinks i'm crazy for owning 2 black wranglers, but hey like everyone says, its a jeep thing, you wouldn't understand!

(\/)ikey
1988 Wrangler Laredo 4.2L w/5spd Manual
1995 Wrangler 2.5L w/ 5spd Manual-dixie horn
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
443 Posts
I'm at school right now. Two more weeks. Then---OFF WITH THE TOP!!!!
Isn't it just the best feeling taking the first drive of the summer without a hardtop on? It's like the first time every time. Although, not looking foward to repairs that have been waiting patiently for school to end. Money goes to Jeep instead of college.

Oh well...

Sean

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,893 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
We've had too many ugly feeling posts lately.. lets recall what its all about.... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif
I posted this almost exactly 5 years ago.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
443 Posts
[ QUOTE ]
"eventually, i worked hard and had a little cash, and found a good deal on a 68 firebird..the car was beautiful, but not a jeep. eventually i traded the car for a jeep.."

[/ QUOTE ] /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/violin.gif

Why is it that I remember this part of the story differently?????????

If I remember about the time you got the Firebird I was all up set about your Jeep and had to go get my own!!!!!

And Now look at me I am going through with drawls about not having my own to drive again. I can not believe I let you talk me into spending hours in your garage hurting you and catching this darn disease!! Shame on you /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/spank.gif

As far as the rest of the story goes I can not vouch for you because you up and left ME /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif and didn't even say goodby.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
443 Posts
"eventually, i worked hard and had a little cash, and found a good deal on a 68 firebird..the car was beautiful, but not a jeep. eventually i traded the car for a jeep.." /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/violin.gif

Why is it that I remember this part of the story differently?????????

If I remember about the time you got the Firebird I was all up set about your Jeep and had to go get my own!!!!!

And Now look at me I am going through with drawls about not having my own to drive again. I can not believe I let you talk me into spending hours in your garage hurting you and catching this darn deases!! Shame on you /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/spank.gif

As for the rest of the story I can not vouch for that because you up and left me with out so much as a good bye even /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,761 Posts
Damn Chris...I started reading this and didn't notice the date first off...Thought you were gonna tell us that you were selling the TJ and going back to 2wd...

I think most of us will have similar stories about how we got into Jeeping. I used my YJ as a car for many years, used it on dirt roads and flat trails, but no "wheelin'". It was 4 years ago now that I pulled the top off of it, and it started to become a whole different ride, a different way of driving...Now I occasionally see the P/O and he can hardly recognize that it was once his Jeep. The Hawaiian's beleive that "Religion, most fundamentally, is an attempt to appreciate the deep mystery of being alive and to acknowledge being vitally connected to all that exists." My Jeep brings me closer to this...Thanks for reminding us, Chris.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,160 Posts
wow, I have a few ugly threads going too.
hmmm, wish I had posted something nice 5 years ago /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Edit- how long before you come back to the east coast so you can wheel with the crew again?
 
1 - 20 of 21 Posts
Top