Finally Found My TJ

AndyG

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Nice wife....Lucky guy.

I was actually thinking- Well it seems he’s got a strong marriage- He’s gonna need it.

I remember my wife crying when I got my second TJ for like a solid hour- But I knew deep down inside she was glad it was a Rubicon.

“Why didn’t you tell me, you knew how I would feel”

Uh, Honey I think you just answered your own question.

Remember, if shes going to be mad about you getting a part, order it. She will be mad, but you will have the parts you want.
 

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I was actually thinking- Well it seems he’s got a strong marriage- He’s gonna need it.

I remember my wife crying when I got my second TJ for like a solid hour- But I knew deep down inside she was glad it was a Rubicon.

“Why didn’t you tell me, you knew how I would feel”

Uh, Honey I think you just answered your own question.

Remember, if shes going to be mad about you getting a part, order it. She will be mad, but you will have the parts you want.

And there you go, some classic marital advice from Andy! Just another reason why this community is the best. 👌
 

AndyG

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Maybe she was just cutting onions while preparing dinner before you told her? :cry:

Did you ever see the Bob Waltman interviews on Saturday night live with Kevin Nealon when he interviewed Burt Reynolds- He would talk to celebrities until he got them to cry and then look at the camera and smirk-

He couldn’t get Burt Reynolds to cry so he was cutting onions
 

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I was actually thinking- Well it seems he’s got a strong marriage- He’s gonna need it.

I remember my wife crying when I got my second TJ for like a solid hour- But I knew deep down inside she was glad it was a Rubicon.

“Why didn’t you tell me, you knew how I would feel”

Uh, Honey I think you just answered your own question.

Remember, if shes going to be mad about you getting a part, order it. She will be mad, but you will have the parts you want.

better to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission. same amount of trouble either way.
 
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Mike_H

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Well, I’ve saved my pennies for a bit and have a supportive wife. We live in So. Cal. and a couple of months ago she saw this 2003 TJ Sport, 5 speed manual with 109K on Facebook Marketplace.

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The seller stated it was in all stock/original condition and he was asking $11,500. We ran the VIN and got a clear title, no accident Carfax on it. Next, we ran the VIN and got the Jeep build sheet to determine what options it left the factory with. Since it’s a Sport we knew it had the 4.0. What we didn’t know it that it was optioned with a Dana 44 rear axle w/3.73 gears and the 30” tire/wheel group. Nice.

We met the seller a few days later at a shopping center to look at it. He owned it for 14 years but you could tell he didn’t realize the gem he had and didn’t perform the maintenance tasks these Jeeps need to thrive in their old age. He basically drove it and treated it like a ‘95 Camry. As a result it was FILTHY inside the engine bay and the undercarriage with soot. I could see it would need some work but cleaned up it could be a real solid Jeep. Being a So. Cal. Jeep it had abdolutely no rust anywhere—frame and floorboards in immaculate condition.

We offered $9,000 and he said he couldn’t take anything less than $10,500. Deal.

To the chagrin of my loving wife, my bank account and my children’s affections, I have spent nearly every day since acquiring it showing it the love it deserves. It’s our 3rd vehicle (I have a 2019 JLUR and she has a Pilot, of course…) but I keep finding excuses to drive it.

Professionally, I ponied up and had the rear main seal, oil pan and valve cover gasket replaced to address the oil leaks apparent when I bought it. Also, I paid for a new clutch, brakes, wheels, lugs, and 31” BFG KO2s.

As for me, I gutted the interior and have added new Bestop Trail Max Pro seats front and back, new rear seat belts, complete Bedrug carpet kit, new roll bar pad cover (this was a PITA to install), new stereo headunit, new dash speakers, new soundbar speakers, new soft top, new fender flares, new KC HiLites halogen headlights, new Denso turn signal/parking lamp assemblies,, new Denso side marker lights, new spark plugs, new hood latches (also a PITA to install),Dana 44 differential service, restored factory spare tire carrier and a new 3rd brake light and more…

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And just to top it completely off (at least for now while my wallet recovers) can you believe the Mrs. also found a set of unbelievably nice condition half doors (also on FM) about 6 weeks ago for a great price that she also let me buy?

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Looking forward to learning a lot here and contributing where I can. Happy to be part of this amazing community.

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Nice Jeep! I gotta get my head around something though...You said your wife found both the jeep and half doors for you? Holy Cow, she's a keeper! My wife is the anti-enabler...I gotta take @AndyG's advice and buy now to ask for forgiveness later. The nice thing about that is my wife has a really good, supportive relationship with the UPS guy so when I do something stupid, she has a shoulder to cry on... :D
 

AndyG

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Nice Jeep! I gotta get my head around something though...You said your wife found both the jeep and half doors for you? Holy Cow, she's a keeper! My wife is the anti-enabler...I gotta take @AndyG's advice and buy now to ask for forgiveness later. The nice thing about that is my wife has a really good, supportive relationship with the UPS guy so when I do something stupid, she has a shoulder to cry on... :D

According to my wife, male TJ owners are a combination of a walking fart, a 2 year old that can’t find anything, and a teenager constantly on the verge of doing something stupid.

Fair assessment.