I sold my 01 XJ about a year ago frankly because I lost interest in it. It didn't take long for me to miss it, so I started casually browsing Craigslist and local forums for another project. I happened across this 96 ZJ with the simple CL ad title 'Project Jeep'. Since I'm an idiot, I clicked it. The next day I was enroute with a trailer to bring it home.
This will be a long term build into a reliable DD/weekend wheeler. I'm not going to go full Expo kit on it since let's face it, I live in Indiana. I'm planning on a trip to CO/UT in 2013, but that's pretty much the extent of 'extreme' backcountry travel it will see.
Basics: 1996 Limited, 5.2, 249, 3" Skyjacker + 2" Tera BB, worn 265s, color matched ARB front bumper, K&N FIPK, Pioneer radio with ipod hookup. PO got it in a trade for another vehicle. The interior was hammered, both from abuse and leaking sunroof/HVAC drain. He stripped it minus the front seats and then the tie rod adjusting sleeve snapped and he didn't want to mess with it. I picked it up for $900.
Pics the day I towed it home:
Got it home, replaced the $13 adjusting sleeve drove it around the neighborhood. Seemed to run ok, front trackbar was making an awful racket, rear suspension was clattering and the exhaust was rusted through so I parked it until I had time to work on it.