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Old 10-31-2010, 09:50 AM
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Any SJ regrets?

Doing some reminiscing this morning and pouring thru tons of pic's and video's. Sometimes easy to 2nd guess yourself, but honestly....

No regrets. I think back to all the tranny baths, a broken bone or two. Heck, maybe 3. Some blood mixed in for good measure.

All in all. Some good builds and time spent with family and friends in the process.

Still, a girl sometimes wonder's if she should've let this one go. It now resides in Europe.

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. Faithful and true to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
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Old 10-31-2010, 10:05 AM
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Sweet Ride! My motto never look back, just move foward in a positive manner, Beale.
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Old 10-31-2010, 10:18 AM
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It was a beautiful truck!
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Old 10-31-2010, 11:16 AM
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my very first vehicle

when i was young and dumb this 1973 J-10 was givin to me by a neighbor in johnstown pa... he was the original owner...he completly tore it apart and was going to do a little body restoration.... well he didnt have time for it and he moved it out side under a tarp and it sat there for 6 years until i came along one day to cut his grass and asked him what was under the tarp... his response was " just a old truck that i dont want anymore" i looked under the tarp and was amazed the bed wasnt on it the front fenders and inner fenders were rusted out so bad that the inner fenders were resting on the tires.. the grill and core support were junk.. interior was completly stripped out... even the dash cluster was laying in a box in side the cab.. i picked it up and looked at it only 40k miles on the truck..
I asked him what he wanted to do with it and he said " if you can get a tow truck to haul it away ill give it to you" he opend his garage and there was all the parts brand new including the bed that was completly restored and in primer.. i ran home talked to my foster parents yes i said FOSTER PARENTS... and Earl my foster dad said well lets go get it...

i was 16 years old and in VO-Tech auto mechanics class in johnstown pa..
Myself and 15 other students tore that truck completly down and restored it from the frame up replacing everything and i do mean everything from the ground up... we tor the motor down an put a new gasket kit in it replaced all the seals in the trans and transfer case... went to a junk yard and found an old cherokee cheif that donated its fenders and core support.. the auto body shop kids refurbished them to like new... the cab was very solid as were the doors so they did a little work to it and the already restored bed ...

anyways i never even had the chance to register this truck
my girl freind at the time who is now my wife.. hated it... said it was way to loud with the headers and glass pac exaughst that was on it... so at the end of the project a little over a year into it and a little cash saved up from working at burger king was spent i was soo peod i took it straight to the junk yard and traded it staight up for a station wagon.. grrrrrrrrrr now if its even still there was the most beautiful jeep truck around completly restored.. all brand new... the guys at the yard couldnt belive what i was doing.. last time i seen it there the bed was gone and it was on blocks.. regrets yeah a little but i know now i will never sell another vehicle just because wifey doesnt like it..

and of course i cant post the couple of pics i have of it while in transition because they "exceed forum quota"
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Old 10-31-2010, 12:55 PM
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I regret that I have but one billfold to give to my Jeep.
Mark B. Jones

Originally Posted by GrandWag&Prix
Actually, now that I think about it, that could be either awesome or really terrible.

'79 Cherokee Chief "Junaluska"
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Old 10-31-2010, 01:49 PM
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Janie, each of your FSJs has been a beauty in my eyes, even ole black nasty Corona. My one real regret is not building a barn first. Oh well, the weather here is not too awful harsh on them. Each FSJ along the way to current ones sitting around here today has served a purpose. The sum total it is nothing short of insanity & addiction.
Ran when parked.
88 GW, 401/727/208, 5" lift, D44s/4.10s/locked up, 35s with a few Evil Twin & TT's Fabworks mods
76 401 Wag, 77 401 Wag, 77 401 J20
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Old 10-31-2010, 02:15 PM
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No regrets. I'm actually thinking about retiring her from off-road use, I just love her way too much to risk any sort of damage. Would be nice to now fix up the body and interior and keep it an example of a slightly modded first year Cherokee. I'd still drive it, but only lightly around town.
1974 Cherokee S, fuel injected 401, Trans-am Red, Aussie locker 'out back'
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Old 10-31-2010, 03:19 PM
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Nope. Never sold one yet. I'd like to get rid of my other 79 WT to finance a current build, but not particularly motivated on that...
1979 Chero S "Sundog" 1979 Chero S "Hammer"
1968 327 J3000 1978 J10SWB
The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.
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Old 10-31-2010, 03:32 PM
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Never sold one I regret Do wish I would have done a better Job rebuilding my 401 I be redoing it again here shortly bad rear ring on #8
91' Grand Wagoneer
401/727/229, Currently:Down for Body Work
77' Wagoneer 401 Parts rig
80's J10 258/T-5/208
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74' J10 Go Grabber Green Running
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Old 10-31-2010, 04:18 PM
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I regret not getting the SJ bug earlier in my adulthood...had I gotten hooked about 3 years earlier I'd have inherited Dad's entire parts store...and he had a LOT of parts...instead the scrapper got about 2/3 of it...

80 W/T Cherokee - "Liz"....4bt??
69 J3000 DRA Dump - King Triton!!
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Old 10-31-2010, 04:20 PM
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I wish I still had my 80 J-10 everyday.
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:15 PM
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In the 90's I traded in my 81 cherokee laredo on a car for better mpg. I regreted it for several years afterwards. One day the solution to the problem presented itself. i got a hint that there was a black cherokee for sale. So off I went to check out the cherokee. Lets just say theres only one thing better than buying your first jeep, finding and buying your first jeep again..
81 Cherokee Laredo- 360 727 NP219 SOA/SF 35 Coopers 4.56 Gears
83 Cherokee - Katy- long term project
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:19 PM
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I'm with ya' Janie. I will always miss each of the J trucks I've had. I don't think I'll ever see another Laredo truck as nice as the one I sold. I hope I don't get antsy and sell the '67 when / if I ever get it done. Don't get me started...
Jim C
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'86 J20
'79 CJ5(in pieces)
'86 CJ7 Doesn't need anything(so why do I have it?)
Correction- it just needed a water pump!
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:23 PM
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Points to ponder

You know I'm completing one that I have as much money as you have in both of yours! This is Jeep 11 with only one being a J10. So my jeep life would start off with all the jeeps I've loved before & wind up with. The record shows I took the blows & did it my way. The finaly would be Garth Brooks the dance. You could missed the pain but you would have had to miss the dance. The school of hard knocks is the best teacher & the best way to know your alive. I've sent Jeeps on down the road & a number of others that I certainly regret. Remember what doesn't kill you makes you stronger but it takes time. You can't replace one they're kind of like dogs. You just have to learn each one is what it is.
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:24 PM
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Yes. 1989, sold it in 2004 with 80k miles.
1988 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

1996 T100 SR5
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:36 PM
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I'm the second owner of my J10. My only regret is that I wasn't the first.

Drink more water.

"Nothin' ain't worth nothin'.
But it's free"
Kris Kristofferson 1970

1981 J10, 258, T176, NP208
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:45 PM
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Only one regret... when I sold my 91. Of course the story ends happily as I got it back a couple of years later for less than I originally sold her for and she came back with a bunch of problems fixed!

81 Cherokee - long gone
91 Grand Wagoneer - more recently gone
89 Grand Wagoneer - new ride currently sucking money out of my wallet.
91 Grand Wagoneer - Back again!!!
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:52 PM
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My biggest two regrets are:

First and foremost... Tearing apart and junking my first FSJ, after taking it from bone stock to SOA on 35"s and 3/5 ton axles... At the time, I thought it wasnt good enough, but I was dumb... I should have listened to fate on this one. I sold it because of a move from WA to TX, then was able to buy it back a year later, and I SILL tore it apart and junked it..
1979 Cherokee Chief 360/T18/D20

Second, selling my first (and only) J-truck after taking it from bone stock to 4"s and 33"s, then 36"s, then 38"s...
1982 J20 360/T18/D20

Then, of course, there was the almost done 75 Chief. I spent countless hours and thousands of dollars on bit and pieces. I cant say that I regret tearing it apart and selling most of my parts because there was family in need and that was the only way I could help. Plus, I still have it and it will live again... Of course, with some new parts and different ideas.
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:57 PM
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My only regret about the SJ is that I never bought one! Sok, I got Ed now.
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Old 10-31-2010, 08:15 PM
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My only regret is that I did'nt get into this hobby sooner. And well that I don't have a couple more FSJ's
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I'm just a washed up old has been, Army guy.
My opinions are outdated... After all, what have I done lately? I used to be somebody "A SOLDIER!"

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