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Old 09-17-2010, 01:33 AM   #1
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New to Wranglers...

but not to mechanical stuff...seeins as I'm a mechanical engineering grad student (PhD...already got the other two ME degrees), built a 68 Cutlass from the ground up with my dad back in highschool/early days of college. Also have a Kawasaki ZX-14 (yeah, my 3 vehicles are a muscle car, motorcycle, and much for that whole 'growing up' thing )

Traded in my pickup for a 2006 Wrangler Unlimited. Pickup was a Chevy extended cab, short bed, Z-71...and it was a great truck...but I no longer need a 1/2 ton pickup...and was sick of the Titanic-like turning radius. Still wanted to be able to pull a small trailer (in case the bike is ever unrideable)...and after my most recent trip to Colorado, DEFINITELY wanted to be able to go offroad. Just did a baby trail with my parent's stock Liberty (though we did make good use of 4-lo and the skid plates)...but I'm hooked...want to be able to see stuff that you can't see in a normal cage or on a street bike. No chance my pickup made those switchbacks...

Anyway, was a toss up between the Wrangler and a 04 Grand Cherokee...GC was 3 grand cheaper (with twice the miles)...but that particular dealer made it easy on me when they tried to get me to pay MORE for it (by offering CONSIDERABLY less on my trade)...they tried that car salesman crap (I megaloathe those games they try to play) and I was out the door...on my way to plunk down a chunk of change on my Wrangler. I liked driving the Wrangler better anyway...reminds me of my Cutlass in that its a very mechanical feel. Also my 'first' stick (bike obviously has one, but thats just a little bit different ). Never did kill it...wasn't butter smooth at first, but I can honestly say I never once killed the thing

Its stock for now...trying to figure out the route I want to take on it. Bigger tires are an absolute (at least 32's)...whether I go LCG or just raise it up is still undecided. Going to hit some local off-road parks one of these days (when I can find some time) to see what it can do stock. I'll go from there when funds allow.

This one almost turned out really cool...but I have spots from the sun rather than just the starburst effect

Probably won't be talking too much around here for a little while at least...I tend to sit back and soak in as much as possible until I've got a decent feel of everything...but still wanted to join up...seems like a cool community.

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Old 09-17-2010, 06:29 AM   #3
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Nice Jeep, better off goin with the Wrangler I'm sitting on campus at MU right now and I'm trying to decide what field of engineering I'd like to commit to and ME was on my mind from the beginning. Why did you choose it?
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Old 09-17-2010, 03:15 PM   #7
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Your avatar looks like a 1968 Cutlass Supreme which is what my very first car was. Oh yea, welcome to the forum.
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Old 09-17-2010, 03:49 PM   #8
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Nice Jeep, better off goin with the Wrangler I'm sitting on campus at MU right now and I'm trying to decide what field of engineering I'd like to commit to and ME was on my mind from the beginning. Why did you choose it?
Because coming out of high school...I wanted to design cars. I've since moved into an entirely different field of ME (heat transfer). Mechanical is a very versatile form of engineering...there are cutting edge research fields (microscale heat transfer, nanomaterials, MEMS)...there are more traditional fields (boats, planes, trains, automobiles, instrumentation, control systems, materials)...there are fields that cross over into other disciplines (factory design, electro-mechanical systems, lasers, combustion, etc). It seems mechanical is the slop bucket for whatever doesn't fit in the others. I'd suggest getting on job search sites and seeing what each field has...and what you think you'd like to do. After all, the point of getting a degree is to get a job right? If the degree won't get you the job you want, what's the point?

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Your avatar looks like a 1968 Cutlass Supreme which is what my very first car was. Oh yea, welcome to the forum. is a Supreme (NOT an 'S'...such a pain to find interior parts for a Supreme as all the major restoration catalogs only carry the 442/'S' style seat covers and door panels ). Took about 5 years to get it on the road...did everything but build the motor (found a heck of a deal on a very warmed over Olds 350...guy couldn't pay his machining bill...sold it to me for a song)...paint and body was the most ambitious part...but its still sticking 5 years later! Second most ambitious was probably rebuilding the transmission (NOT doing that again...lost reverse this summer ).

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