What is your 4wd pedigree? Prior vehicles and experience thread.

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Prior to my JL I had a TJ with a 4 Cylinder in it, fun but gutless.

However, I grew up (and still love) VW's and that's where most of my offroading happens. My family races a VW powered buggy (we were at a race this last weekend, took 2nd in our class).

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And I learned to drive and went offroading a lot in my Dad's Baja (seen here with my JL)

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I had a 1997 4 wheel drive 2 door Tahoe in collage.

Later I had a 2006 Jeep Wrangler, the long wheel base 2 door, cant remember the chassis code, but I think they are kinda hard to get now, guess I should have kept that one lol. Really wish I still had the Tahoe...
 

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My first 4x4 and first Jeep was a 1949 Willys Wagon, which I ran all over the desert around Tucson when I was an undergrad in the early 70s. It looked kinda like this one.
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For my second Jeep I found a 1969 C101 Jeepster Commando...very cool.
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Whn I had kids to haul and less off-roading, I went to a 1974 Grand Wagoneer.
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Following that, I had a long stretch of Ram 4x4 pickups, but my wife was using a 1996 Cherokee Sport
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This summer she decided my 1997 Ram was too horrible to look at, and ordered me to get a new car. Since I'm keeping the truck, hidden behind the barn, I can have something less utilitarian.
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So, there you have it...50 years of Jeeping history
That Wagoneer is awesome!!! You're a purebred, man!!
And yet...in another thread, I note people saying that if you leave the roof on and dont go rock-crawling, you're a poser and shouldnt even own a Jeep. Just like those guys who own a 'vette and dont race. I will admit that 40s and a 6" lift are silly if you dont offroad. But a stock Wrangler is just a useful ride for some of us who live rural, especially in the Upper Midwest.

I know that for some folks a Jeep is a toy, or sporting goods. And I know there are people who use them as cool symbol. But, for some of us, a Jeep is a vehicle. It's an excellent vehicle with lots of capabilities, just the way they build it in Toledo. Yeah, I could get use out of a Forester or a FourRunner...but those are compromises. Jeeps are real.
 

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What a great tread!

Well let’s see my first 4x4 was a 1987 Chevy full size blazer with a 350 small block and 200k miles. When I was just a baby my old man had a 76 GMC Sierra camper special 4x4 pickup. That my older brother like 7 at the time decided he wanted to go off-roading and put water in the fuel tank hahah. Well that was the start as I never got to off-road that truck. One day after my
Old man got the blazer he pulled me out of school (was in hs at the time) to help him with a job up in the mountains. So we hoped in the blazer and ended up just spending quality time together for my first time wheeling. I don’t think I ever smiled that much my entire life. As I took over the blazer I never got to off road it before oops sold it and put me into a 2wd pu. “ cause a working man needs a p/u truck. Well after I graduated hs I took over the 76 truck my brother watered down lol. And since have pretty much restored it to how it looked as a child. The only problem I had was no one else had a 4x4 so I didn’t start my off-roading tell I opted to finally pull the trigger on my dream vehicle and got my 2018 JLUS. Now I try and get out and on a trail at least once a month. I am slowly building it to be mine and my girls overland trip rig.


*note yes I know the picture of my 76 is off my Instagram. As my new phone has zero pictures of my 76 pick up on it
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And yet...in another thread, I note people saying that if you leave the roof on and dont go rock-crawling, you're a poser and shouldnt even own a Jeep. Just like those guys who own a 'vette and dont race. I will admit that 40s and a 6" lift are silly if you dont offroad. But a stock Wrangler is just a useful ride for some of us who live rural, especially in the Upper Midwest.

I know that for some folks a Jeep is a toy, or sporting goods. And I know there are people who use them as cool symbol. But, for some of us, a Jeep is a vehicle. It's an excellent vehicle with lots of capabilities, just the way they build it in Toledo. Yeah, I could get use out of a Forester or a FourRunner...but those are compromises. Jeeps are real.
Lol, these folks don't have a clue that a Jeep is THE vehicular representation of function over form, which originally had absolutely nothing to do with being a toy. It just happens to fill the role of toy as well as it does the role of utility.

If I told one of them "real Jeeps have a PTO," they wouldn't have a clue what that is and that the original CJ's had all kinds of attachable implements for doing all kinds of work.

Lol, kids....:CWL:
 

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Lol, these folks don't have a clue that a Jeep is THE vehicular representation of function over form, which originally had absolutely nothing to do with being a toy. It just happens to fill the role of toy as well as it does the role of utility.

If I told one of them "real Jeeps have a PTO," they wouldn't have a clue what that is and that the original CJ's had all kinds of attachable implements for doing all kinds of work.

Lol, kids....:CWL:
As you say, "kids". However, without the young, you and I would have had to find other employment. I'd have said that "Jeep is a perfect case of form following function"...very much what you said, and why 90% of people wouldnt know an MB from a JL. Hell, tractors have changed more in appearance than Jeeps.
 

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JKU: '08. It lives a retirement life 4-wheelin' in the Irish Hills, MI.
CJ5: '68. Been in the family since '68. I'm slowly making it less of a POS (due to weathering and abusive parents).

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Technically, I now have my first Jeep, a 2019 JLUR but I have some "Jeep" history and wheeling to speak of.

My first was a 1957 Willys pick up that I bought in 1979. Complete rust bucket but it was a ball to drive and I learned many mechanical skills on it. Blue and white two tone
The second was another 1959 pick up bought in 1986 that I restored mechanically until it was flooded in the no name storm here in New England and sold before finishing
The third and my current 1955 Willys Wagon that I've had for 30 years now. It has plenty of someday things to do on it but I don't think I could ever part with it after having it so long.
I have a 4th parts Willys wagon for the Hurricane engine "just in case". It's been chopped down to just hood and cowl as it was pretty nasty

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Love that Willyswagon. My first Jeep was a '49, not nearly that clean. I had a junker for parts, and my brother once bench-pressed the engine out of it.
 

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