I got into my Jeep because wife didn't want me to buy a muscle car, 5 years ago, or so.
Figured Jeep was just a "different" kind of muscle!! Sold Jeep a month or so ago though.
Have a 1966 Plymouth Satellite, for my muscle vehicle now!! Didn't drive Jeep in snow (I know, how dumb is that) so not being able to drive Plymouth in snow isn't any different! Actually, didn't drive Jeep in winter because it was just in to good of shape to run it through all the salt the lay on the roads around here. Have just about always had a winter beater car to drive then.
My first vehicle after getting my license at 15 was an '86 CJ-7. I beat on it until I got a sportscar for graduation. About 4 years later, I was bitten by the Jeep bug again, and bought another '86 CJ-7, dumped a bunch of money into modding it, then got burnt out again. Ever since the TJs came out, I've wanted one, but never seemed to be financially able/willing to pay that much for a "toy". My brother got a '93 YJ a year or so ago, and fueled the fire again. I picked up my '06 TJ after looking for about a year to find one that fit my criteria, close enough, at least. I must say it's good to be back. I've always been into 4x4s, though, and have always had one, other than the sportscar and a couple of trucks.
'06 triple black TJ
It's better to be judged by 12, than carried by 6
The more you play with it, the bigger it gets
Back in 1979 when i was 16 i wanted a Jeep like granddad had (a 43) but i wanted a 63 cj to match the year i was born. my dad and granddad found one and i have never
been without one since and i am now 49 years old and own 5 jeeps including my granddads 43.
It caught my eye more then any other vehicles on the road. I love how nearly everyone doesn't refer to it as a car or a truck, but a JEEP !!! Thought that was rather unique, so once I got my license I went out and searched for a Wrangler, and then after patiently waiting I got mine! Plan on driving one for the rest of my life. No one in my family has one or ever had one, I hope to start a trend.
Growing up, I always noticed makes and models of all vehicles on the road. My mental game was to see if I could name each make and model on the road around me. Wranglers always stood out to me as a fun vehicle. When I started training as a massage therapist in 2007, I immediately noticed one of my classmates had an old lifted YJ and I rode with her many times. She was always passionate about her Jeep and had a great big smile every time she was driving it. I always had a blast riding in it, so my interest in Wranglers grew once again and I was always eyeing my coworker's YJ and my patient's TJ Rubi in the following years.
In 2010, I bought my first car. I needed something economical that I could fit all my massage equipment in. Enter my Alien green 2010 Kia Soul +. I loved that little car. But then, I got married. And the man I married had always dreamed of owning a Wrangler. We started calling out "TJ... YJ... JK... CJ!" whenever we saw one on the road. Made it a competition to see who could spot them first. We also started frequenting this forum, researched for months to decide what exactly we wanted. Started seeing some LJ's around and they grew on us in particular. We made Jeep hunting on craigslist a fun hobby, and one day, our LJ Rubi appeared. We knew we had to take it home. Can't imagine ever going without our LJ, now that we have one!
Been wanting a Jeep YJ since the early 70's but got into wrenching and racing muscle cars instead. We did some crazy things to VW Bugs, TJ's and pretty much anything that had wheels but I always wanted one of the 'new' Sahara's.
Finally I've gotten tired of muscle cars and switched to two Jeeps...it was stupid luck to find the first one and 10 days later trip over the 2nd one so one modded muscle car was sold (kept the garage queen) and now having to get used to opening a hood - and seeing an engine.
The body on each one needs minimal work (no rust!) but everything under needs to be rebuilt, sometimes I shake my head at what the previous kids were thinkin when they dumped money into the 04' YJ. The 89' is just because I want to clean some stuff up, both were just over 110K miles so there isn't much to undo but a lot to be done just because on a Jeep, you can.
Wheel side down...unless you are having way too much fun.