I’m just a guy who loves Jeeps. I owned a Jeep when I was in high school and college.
As a result, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the brand. The Jeep brand represents the adventurous spirit in all of us… even if it is simply loading up the family to go get a scoop of ice cream in a Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
My love for Jeep’s started back in 1996 when I
was fortunate enough to purchase a 1993 Jeep Wrangler Sahara. It was hunter green with the 4.0L inline 6 cylinder engine and all of the traditional Sahara features. I spent countless hours upgrading, waxing and making that Jeep reflect my own personality and style. I had the Jeep until 2002 when I sold the Jeep to buy my wife’s wedding ring.
It was a good trade, but I still wish I had that Jeep. My wife’s brother-in-law actually still has his ’87 Jeep Wrangler that he had back in college (I am pretty jealous about it). He is having it restored now and maybe I will share some photos when it’s done.
Later on I purchased a new 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 5.7L HEMI engine. It was a lot of fun to drive with that engine, but it was very difficult to see out of that Jeep and my wife didn’t feel safe driving it. It was a lease, so I never fully embraced the Grand Cherokee. It was simply a way to get to and from work.
So this brings us to my new to me 1987 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. I know many people still don’t get the allure of owning an American classic like the Grand Wagoneer, but to me it was one of my two bucket list vehicles. While others aspire to own exotics cars and other luxury brands, the two vehicles I always wanted to own was a 1960’s convertible red Ford Mustang with a black leather interior and top. The other was a Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
The reason I wanted to own a Jeep Grand Wagoneer is because my grandfather had one (I am still looking for a photo). When I was little my family would drive it to the mountains on vacation.
I will share more later, but this gives you a taste for my connection with the Jeep brand — even if I don’t love some of the Euro Jeeps that have come out recently. I know I am biased, but that is okay, it is just my opinion.