I bought another old Jeep. I know—those of you who don’t like Jeeps are tired of seeing Jeeps in 4-Wheel & Off-Road, and I respect that. I understand that there are other cool makes and models of 4x4s that we need to cover. I also understand that I have way too many projects. But you know how sometimes you hear about a cool old Wagoneer that’s been sitting in a garage for 10 years, and it’s still in the original owners name, and it’s still stock, and it has a Warn 8274 winch on the front (pretty much the best winch ever made)? Well, that’s what happened. My friends said they had this Jeep and wondered if I knew of a good home for it. The next thing you know I’m sending money to buy a Jeep sight-unseen. Jeez, I have a problem.
The Jeep is a 1972 with 89,000 miles on it, and I’m going to try really hard to leave it stock. You read that right. No giant lift, no 40s, no tons, no rooftop tent, no LS engine swap. I repeat: No LS engine swap. I already have Jeeps with that stuff, and those parts are awesome and great and fun and drool-worthy and make wheeling a total and complete hoot! But this Jeep is different. 2016 is the 75th anniversary of the Jeep brand, and I really wanted a fun Jeep to celebrate with (Excuse No. 1). This Jeep is perfect for camping, cruising to the beach, chugging through the dunes, exploring backcountry dirt roads, taking dogs to the park, squiring the special lady friend to the drive in, and going on parts runs (Excuses 2 through 7). At least that’s what I’m picturing doing with it. The fact is it has as much chance towing an Airstream to a national park as it does being a giant sink-hole for money as I try and make it road worthy. But hey, I’ve never had a Wagoneer before and this seems like a perfect candidate for me to adopt and cherish and get dirty. Plus, Jeep execs have been claiming there will be a new Wagoneer in the future lineup, so I might as well get an old one to compare it to (Excuse No. 8).
Yes, I’m really trying to justify this purchase.
I’m stoked to have a new (to me) Jeep to play with. The Jeep is sitting two states away, and I’m not sure how much work it needs, but I’m planning on driving it home and doing some of those goals (excuses) along the way. (If it breaks down and I have to sleep in it, does that count as camping?)
I guess the point of this rant (or is it a rave?) is that sometimes a good deal comes along that you can’t pass up. And sometimes you need to throw caution to the wind, buy a derelict 4x4 from another state, and go fix it so you can drive it home. Because adventure happens when you follow a dream and also when you’re not 100 percent prepared.