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Old 12-26-2016, 03:23 PM
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Back to the dark side.

Hey guys,

So.. I recently picked up a TJ for a pretty solid price.

4.0 - 121k miles
AC
Clean frame, absolutely no rust.
Hardtop,
4 newer tires.
Bedlined interior
Rollbar sound bar

Stock prettymuch

Only mechanical issue is that it has an ABS light on. I've never had a car with OBD2, and do very limited work on vehicles with OBD2.. so my scanner can't read codes. But one is in the mail.

Cosmetic wise, there are scratches here and there in the paint. The hood is covered with what looks like chicken feet scratching. But it is just the hood. Not too worried about it. I can always get it repainted.

I paid 8500.

I got out of wranglers a few months ago, and ended up buying a 1983 jeep J10. For the last few months I've been dailying it however it hasn't felt reliable.

I sold my old wrangler due to a losing my job. (I'm an EMT, and work on the ambulance.) If you want to read it here is.

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It is a rough story to explain, but here it is as simple as I can. ( Oh, and we're paid EMTs, but our boss is volunteer chief. It is an awful dynamic to have people who volunteered to be your boss. ) We had a call that a woman was bleeding to death on, and needed to be extricated from entrapment in the residence. Our local fire department was volunteer, and with in 20 minutes of being on scene (and multiple times they were tapped out for dispatch), the only person who showed up was the fire deputy chief... without a fire truck or people.. in his personal vehicle.

We ended up calling another fire department from the next town over ( who we provided EMS services for ) and they came and extricated this woman in just a few minutes, but it was an embarrassment for the fire deputy chief. He called our boss, complained, and yelled. Our boss called us and screamed at us explaining that we stepped on boundaries and we should have waited until our FD got there.. and we should have let the patient die next time instead of calling for the help we needed.

The patient lived.. barely.. though. Any more time and she would have bled to death. But my partner and I got let go the next day. Over the phone.
But life gets better.. it really does. I got out of one of the worst jobs I've ever had.

Anywaay, fast forward to 10 months later, and I'm solid working as a full time career EMT one place, and a part time supervisor at another.. so I'm busy.

Anyway I am also a student in college, going for my nursing degree. Once I have my associates I'll be trying to get into the police academy.

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Old 12-26-2016, 04:53 PM   #2
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Nice,
If its your daily driver I wouldn't lift it! Just my opinion

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Old 12-26-2016, 05:25 PM
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If its your daily driver I wouldn't lift it! Just my opinion
No plans to lift it anytime soon. I'm enjoying it's ride way to much right now to compromise that.

Plus, it has 4 good tires on it. It would be a waste to lift and grab newer tires.
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Good looking TJ, congrats! (I'm jealous of that hard top)
I was never a fan of the YJ & how that Renegade body kit made it into production I'll never understand.
Sorry to hear about the job, but it sounds like you have a great plan in place. It'll be a rewarding career for sure.

Take care of that frame before the NJ road salt gets a grip.
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What year model is the tj? Looks really clean. I would take of the throttle body and spend time cleaning the body and all the associated sensors. Disconnect the battery while doing this. May take care of the code, it did with mine.

Working for a local municipality and dealing with the politics can be a major headache. So your going to school to be a nurse then immediately going to the police academy. Why not fore go the waste of time training to be a nurse and focus on a career in law enforcement?
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Old 12-27-2016, 03:12 AM
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Good looking TJ, congrats! (I'm jealous of that hard top)
I was never a fan of the YJ & how that Renegade body kit made it into production I'll never understand.
Sorry to hear about the job, but it sounds like you have a great plan in place. It'll be a rewarding career for sure.

Take care of that frame before the NJ road salt gets a grip.
I didn't like it at first.. but I got use to it. It started to grow on me a lot.

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What year model is the tj? Looks really clean. I would take of the throttle body and spend time cleaning the body and all the associated sensors. Disconnect the battery while doing this. May take care of the code, it did with mine.

Working for a local municipality and dealing with the politics can be a major headache. So your going to school to be a nurse then immediately going to the police academy. Why not fore go the waste of time training to be a nurse and focus on a career in law enforcement?
It is a 2003. Pretty clean, pretty solid.

As for the politics of my former job.. we weren't actually considered township employees. It was a former volunteer ambulance squad that went paid when they couldn't fill the shifts anymore. Not all are like that, but some are. A better way to put it, is the chief isn't appointed by the township, it is voted in by volunteers. Career were never allowed to attend said meetings.

All the members on the career board were "volunteers" who had not worked on an ambulance in years. They never talked to us, never got to know any of us. We never saw them, but they were the people who decided if we still had a job. The chief who was also a volunteer never came in but for a few minutes every week, or to wash his truck.

The first month and a half I worked there they skipped me on payroll twice.. ( first check is offset .. so that is 6 weeks of work with a paycheck) and proceeded to tell me I wasn't important enough to have payroll run again. ( Not sure how much it costed to run payroll .. ) .. but they could have helped me one way or another. I had bills to pay too.

There was never a sense of pride that came from them, they treated people like they were replaceable. Obviously we were. Hands down worst job I've ever worked at.

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Work now is amazing. I love it. I'm happy working a full time and a part time. We work 12s, so that nets me from 48-60 hours of work per week. There is a lot of downtime so it doesn't seem as crazy as it sounds. I sleep there, do homework there, and then respond to calls.

It is extremely different when your bosses are paid, and actually have an incentive to keep the organization running and functioning properly. Their paycheck.

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Also to answer your question about by do the path I am.. I have a lot of PD friends... and the biggest advice they have given me is: To not study criminal justice. ( NJ State PD require a bachelors degree, and most municipality / sheriffs require an associates minimum. ) Therefore, why not go into something I'm good at. If for some reason I ever got hurt as a police officer, I could always fall back into my nursing degree.

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