Your TJ looks well-lived and well-loved!Back in the mid/late 2000s my dad bought a TJ Rubicon, he let me borrow it for a weekend when he was out of town and I fell in love with it.
Before I bought my Jeep I had owned lifted 4x4s (a Z71 Silverado and a K2500 Suburban) but they were too big to take on any trails and didn’t have the fun factor of being able to remove the top and doors. When I sold my Suburban I bought a 1997 TJ Sport with the 4.0L and a 5 speed manual; and even though it wasn’t in the best shape cosmetically I loved it. Driving around with the doors and top off and waving to other Jeepers was great. I drove it throughout college but had to sell it when I graduated and had to start commuting to work.
I’ve had a few trucks since then, but have been itching to get back into a Jeep, and the creature comforts they’ve added over the years make it much better for a daily driver than my old TJ. Hoping to order a JLUR in the next month or so.
Here are a couple of pics of my TJ:
Haha..I was going to say how your photos look professional and then I read your post. Beautiful photos!Why a Wrangler? It was the only vehicle that could take me to the landscapes I wanted to photograph. However, I soon discovered that the journey was as, if not more, fun than the destination.
Started off-roading in 2009 with a rental GMC Envoy that I took down to Colorado. It had 4L and a lockable rear axle, so it took me to a number of visually spectacular trails. However, I knew it couldn't do the one trail I needed to experience - Black Bear. So I hired 81 year old Bill and his 1971 touring Jeep and just the two of us spent an entire day on Black Bear and Imogene passes. Within 6 months I was a Rubicon owner and have been wheeling ever since.