Hello All! My name is Terry and I have a problem..... lol
I've always loved exploring, ever since I was little and my younger brother and I would go off wandering around the family farm. Now that I'm grown up, I just flat don't have time to do as much as I would like, but that hasn't stopped me from wanting to.
The Jeep "Baby Toter"
This is going to be a little long winded, but I'll try to stick to quick facts. Back in 2006 I got the chance to buy a 1998 Jeep Cherokee SE two door with the 4.0L I6, AX-15 5 speed transmission and NP231 transfercase from my Dad. The 89 Cavalier RS I was driving at the time had seen its better days. A gift from my Dad after my first car was wrecked , I got that car with 170K miles on it and managed to run it for 6 years until the body was too bad to pass inspection.
Back to the Jeep, it had near 140K on it and Dad and I had just re-bearinged the rear axle because the little plastic plug on the differential cover had let the fluid leak out and rebuilt the rear springs with leaves I had laying around from an old S-10 project. Apparently the PO wasn't much on preventative maintenance. So, I ponied up the money and drove off in my "new" Jeep.
How it looked when I bought it (minus the rocker panel damage I inflicted two days after purchase):
Dad and I took our Jeep's riding in the snow but it turned out to be ice. Hair-raising little ride that was!
It suited the bill for what I needed. I was getting ready to go back to school as I had found out that I was going to be a father soon and needed to get a job to support my soon-to-be family. However, I am my Father's son and it didn't take long for me to want to modify it.
There was a local off-roading club close to where I was living at the time and I had a few friends who were members. They got me going to meetings and on little outings here and there with them, and the bug stuck!
I saved what money I could as we were living close to the bone while I was in school. I managed to get a pair of V8 Grand Cherokee (ZJ) coils from Jeep Forum for $30. With them on there, it leveled it out where the rear packs we had built for it were a little tall.
Playing around on the local trails a little after the Grand Cherokee coils were in:
Milli-seconds after that last picture was taken, it took off free rolling after the rear tires lost contact and when the fronts grabbed again after a short distance, it picked both rear tires up in the air about 3'. My friend who was taking pictures got this picture and one just as the rears touched down again. We always seem to miss the shots of my truck doing cool stuff....