Zorba's Not Exactly SecretIndulged a lifelong itch.
A Male Belly Dancer Buys a Jeep!
I wanted a Jeep of some sort since riding in my high school buddy's old Willys pickup. I thought 4 gearshifts through the floor was the coolest thing ever! Pass many years, I decided "now" - so after some research, this 2006 TJ came home with me. Nobody in my family has ever owned a 4 wheel drive vehicle of any type, so this is an adventure!
In many ways, a Jeep is about the only vehicle still available in the United States that I can find any interest in. The list of so-called "standard equipment" on practically every vehicle sold in North America is full of crap I don't want. I don't want it, I don't want to pay for it, I don't want to maintain it, I don't want to have to deal with it (much "technology" in cars is actually an inconvenience!), and I don't want to fix/replace it when it breaks - because it will. "Something else to break" as my late mother would have said. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Automatic transmission (Americans and their love affair with automatics)
- Power windows
- Power door locks
- Power seats (a particular pet peeve)
- Leather seats (worst possible seat covering)
- Heated/cooled seats, steering wheels, etc
- Computerized so-called "safety equipment", lane departure warnings, automatic braking, self parking, etc, etc.
- Anything whatsoever to do with built-in cell phones, Wi-Fi hotpots, "phone home", etc.
- MOST ESPECIALLY a touch screen in the middle of the dashboard!
I toyed briefly with the idea of trading off my beloved '85 Mercedes-Benz 300SD (which itself has too much crap on it) on a new Jeep, but although the new ones are "mostly" available without "most" of the above nonsense, they still are stuck with a thrice damned infotainment/touchscreen in the dash if for no other reason than our OverLords insist we have backup cameras because apparently Americans don't know how to back up safely. The new Jeeps also have a nuisance to defeat ESS (Electronic Start/Stop) system which is both hard on the equipment and doesn't make much sense here in Florida where the A/C has to run full blast for 6 months of the year. They're also much larger than a traditional Jeep, and never mind that they list for over $32K!
I toyed a bit longer with the idea of doing my own build-up from an old Willys or early CJ. I could have exactly what I want, nothing that I didn't, and it would have been fun. Probably too expensive, but fun. I finally decided that A) I'm just too old for major projects like that would have been, I don't have "the drive" for them that I once did, and B) This is Florida. A roof, real sides and windows, and most especially A/C is needed - much easier on a newer vehicle such as a YJ or TJ. Mechanical/structural safety features aren't a bad thing, although older vehicles can be retrofitted with things like roll bars and collapsible steering columns that are standard on this Jeep. Air bags I can take or leave, I don't see the point if one wears their seat belt. The only safety "technology" that would be nice would be ABS, which this particular Jeep doesn't have - but I don't consider that essential, and I'm given to understand that ABS can be detrimental off road. The TJ was the first Jeep with coil springs instead of the traditional leafs - and that's a good thing!
What I *do* consider essential is cruise control - which is really the ONLY "technology" I insist on having. Cheap and easy enough to add myself, and a side benefit of an aftermarket cruise control is that unlike the factory system that this Jeep doesn't have anway, the add-on puts the controls on a stalk or even on a dash panel if you like, NOT on the steering wheel! It took awhile, but I finally got the Cruise Control installed!
So what follows will be an increasing number of sub-pages, detailing various projects and repairs as this new journey continues! Comments are always welcomed, just go to my Contact Form, and select "Jeep" for the subject.
Panic and problems.
First minor additions.
More minor additions, needs and repairs.
Glamour shots, transfer case oil change, and more!
New underhood lite.
Center Console Speaker.
Inverter and Compresser wiring.
LED lites, fog lites, and pintling.
Brakes and rear DC outlet.
Fog lite switch.
Gas flap, oil pan, and rear differential.
Front Swaybar Bushings, Tailgate Lock Mod.
Front differential, Rear Swaybar Bushings.
Spark Plugs and Fender Flares.
More Miscellany and cooling system.
Off Road Lighting.
CB, Stereo, Dash Painting.
Lower Shift Boot
Rear Storage Tray, GMRS Radio
Battery Tray, PA Speaker.
Winch Control Box Refurb.
Transfer Case Shift Lever Modification, Seat Risers, Hood Decals.
Cruise Control at last!
Rear Fog Lite, Front Fog Lite Refurb.
Ham Radio Install.
Underhood Bracket Refurb, "eye liner", swaybar links, lower control arms.
Spooling on synthetic winch line.
Rear Upper control arms, Frame drain holes.
Front Upper control arms and main ground upgrade.
Liftgate Hinges, Misc, PA Amp.
Tailgate/door edge trim, rear bumper braces.
Water Pump Replacement.
Winching FAIL and control box relocation.
In-Cab winch control.
Steering box skid & Misc.
Thermostat housing gasket. Backup lite LEDs.
New Rear Bumper.
Air Compressor Install.
Click on any to return here. That's all folks!