Yep we did it we bought another Jeep. This time no loans. We are keeping this purchase and build out of pocket. Sticking to the plan that we want to hit the road in 2 1/2 years.
So what did we get? It’s a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Larado, with the 4.0l and NP242 T-case. Power windows and mirrors.
Nothing super fancy but it is a great low mileage base. 162,000 original miles from the second owner. It’s been taken care of over it’s life.
So this one will be “Project Redemption”
-#1 The action of saving or being saved from sin, error or evil.
–#2 The action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment or clearing a debt.
Both of the 2 means has value to us. And really talks straight to our hearts.
So to give a bit of background on what lead us to this vehicle for the future. Over the last several years, well since 2006 we have had:
- ’87-99 Cherokees
- ’93 Wrangler
- ’15 Wrangler 4 door
- ’16 Wrangler 2 door
- A ’94 & ’98 Grand Cherokee
In those we have had experience with the following power trains.
- 4.0L i6 Renix
- 4.0L i6 H.O.s
- 3.6 v6 VVTs
- 4 speed autos
- 5 speed autos
- 5 speed manuals
- 6 speed manuals
So you could say since ’06 we have covered most popular and unpopular Jeep drive-line combos.
We have also ran tire from stock to 35s in ATs, RTs, and MTs. And suspensions from super cheap budgets to full on custom builds. All of these played into our choice and build plan.
We are for the first time following my own advise to others, “Build for 99% that you do, not the 1% you DREAM of doing.”
The intended build on this Jeep will take about 6 to 12 months. It will do multiple things for us. From being my daily driver, to adventure rig to “Toad” when we get the bus done. It will give us freedom to head off into the woods for a few days without concern. It will also be the means to travel in a upcoming Vlog series we’re planning. I will in a future post get more into the whats and whys of add ons we have planned. Also keep in mind that we fully plan to do reviews at pre-install, fit and finish and a few bench marks along the way.
So for now I’ll say good bye, and in a week or so I’ll get you up to speed on this things full build plan.
Till next time stay Blessed and keep on A.G.E.ing!