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Old 10-03-2015, 10:50 AM
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After 20 years, finally back into a Jeep!

I finally got myself back into a Jeep after about 20 years of withdrawls, so I figured this thread is the perfect place to introduce myself here at WF. This 2006 LJ is a far cry from my last venture into the Jeep world, a 1978 CJ7 I drove throughout high school in the 1990's (which was what gave me the Jeep bug in the first place!) and I'm loving every minute of it.

I've only been in it for about 2 weeks, and the PO did a great job with maintenance and mods. I'm a little unclear on everything he had done, but he told me quite a bit. There is the 4" suspension lift with 35" Mickey Thompson's along with a swap to 4.10 rear ends. Also, which I think is great, he removed the backseat at installed a rhinolined truck bed. When I bought it, it was equipped with a hard top that only covered the front seat, essentially converting it to a Scrambler. Admittedly, that's pretty cool, but not "Jeep-ish" enough for me. He had kept the factory rollcage and soft top, so I set about converting it back to more of a stock configuration. It's all done in a way that I can go back and forth between truck-mode and jeep-mode in less than an hour, so best of both worlds! Also I really dig that with the soft top up, the bed is covered to keep gear/tools/groceries/etc clean and dry.

In the past couple weeks I've build spacers to lift the seats, undercoated and painted bumpers with rattlecan bedliner, cleaned/polished/waxed the bejeesus out of it, upgraded the stereo and speakers, and installed a trailer hitch. Currently waiting on 303 protectant and fabric so I can take care of the top and seats and also have a spiderwebshade on the way. I even did something which seems to go against the grain around here - I reinstalled the milkjug bumper endcaps Seems like most folks ditch those ASAP, but I think it really finishes out the look. I don't understand the dislike many folks have for them, but to each their own.

Next first priority, I need to fab a swingaway spare holder and replace that dinky little 30" on the tailgate. I'm sure I can find plenty of advice on that project here! Also, I need to find a way to retrofit my center console to house a small subwoofer. Mine didn't come with that option from the factory, so that'll take a little engineering. At some point, I'll swap the Mickeys for BFG All-Terrain KO's. They've always been my tire of choice, but these are still totally fine for now. The future upgrade I'm most excited about is that I have sketched out a plan to build an overhead canoe carrier, will be sure to post that when it's completed.

Jeeping again, and it feels good!

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Thanks for the welcome! I'm glad to be here, and back into a Jeep again! Back when I was in high school driving my '78 CJ7, the internet didn't really exist. Really looking forward to getting to know you folks around here and being part of the community.Hope you're all having fun out there
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Welcome! In 97 I had my first jeep, 78 cj5. V8 and a 3 spd. and 33's. Till I crashed it... Old man took it away and 18 years later I bought my TJ!
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Yup, CJ 's are great!
I still remember mine very well, from a couple decades ago when I was in high school. I turned 16 and my first vehicle was manufactured in the same year I was born. It was my great-grandpa's. He passed away and it sat ignored amongst the weeds and briars for several years. I bought it from my great-grandma, and set about to restoring it before I could even legally drive it. I was fortunate to have an uncle that is an ace mechanic. He rebuilt that 232 inline six engine, and did it perfectly. It was just still a little gimpy for the playing I wanted to do, so I kept looking. I found a 1978 International Scout for sale. The seller told me he didn't know if it would even start, but if it did then I could drive it away for $300. It started, and smoked all the way home.
That scout had a 304 V8. The uncle I mention earlier that rebuilt my 232, did the same with this 304. It was gorgeous and fit the Jeep perfectly. We took the leaf springs and axles from the Scout and put them under the Jeep as well. Gave a few inches of lift and a wider stance. It was Frankenstien-tastic! I had some of the best days of my life in that Jeep.
It hurt, but I had to sell it when I went away to college, but I never forgot. The love runs deep. I don't know why I waited so long to get back, but I'm very glad I finally did
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