03-28-2017, 02:09 AM
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Memphis, TN
FNG Here (Navy)
I still feel new to the Jeep world, although I've had my Jeep for three years now. When I was a little boy, I remember seeing my first Jeep Wrangler... just kidding!
Seriously, I didn't notice Wranglers until I was about 17. I was reminded of them once again some years later when I was stationed with the Marines in K-Bay, HI in 1999. Since that time I have wanted a Jeep of my own. I hoped for a CJ-7, however life presented an offer too good to pass up.
In 2014, about two weeks before transferring from Virginia Beach, VA to College Station, TX; I posted an ad on Craigslist to trade my chromed-out 100th Anniversary Edition, 2001 Harley Davidson, Sportster 1200 straight-up for a Jeep Wrangler. My wife (not a big fan of the bike) thought it was a crazy idea. Within 36 hours I had several hits, with one that truly stood out from the rest. After meeting, we agreed to the trade and there started my life, finally as a Jeep enthusiast.
This 4 banger dubbed Red Snapper (a topic of conversation while deployed to Afghanistan) is mechanically sound with zero oil drips very minimal rust (I truly lucked out in the trade). I have over the last few years done minor mechanical maintenance and cosmetic upgrades, however that was purely for road worthiness and aesthetics.
During the first two years I bopped around the Texas A&M campus without a care in the world. Now I find myself in at the end of my third year of ownership in Memphis, TN, wanting to connect with other Jeep enthusiast. I'm sure my delay has to do with my pure ignorance to all things Jeep, however I feel I'm ready to take the plunge.
I download the Wrangler Forum app about a year ago, and have pleasantly observer the multitude of threads and pictures from afar. The most recent of which I have really enjoyed is from Squerly... he's a damn good writer and story teller, the pictures he includes completes the package. I also enjoy viewing the different pictured modifications that folks are doing to their rigs. It provides great perspective on things I would like to do and NOT do to mine.
Over this course of time I have taken a few pictures, I hope to share those pictures and commentary along the way. I look forward to connect with folks in the forum and learning from some of the more senior and skilled members.
Naturally, connecting with folks in my local area of Memphis would be great, however the Navy has me transferring once again to Philadelphia, PA in June 2017. This is where I hope to make the biggest splash. If their are clubs are groups in that area that can help me get connected, that would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks & Gig'em,