Just picked up 2005 TJ 4.0 with 44k miles and a hardtop!

RV-TJ

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Jan 4, 2019
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Peoria, IL
Hey all, new to the forum, but on my 3rd Jeep. Just picked up this 05 TJ, 4.0 auto with hardtop. Bone stock, 44k miles. I live near Peoria, IL and it's in Salt Lake City UT. Shipping was a killer, and no one could get to it until nearly March. So, I'm flying 1 way to drive her home.

We will be towing it behind our motorhome on adventures from here out....with Colorado campsites already laid out for summer. Getting trails pinned down to see the Rocky's.

My first Jeep was a 79 CJ7, bought for $700, solid rust free body but with a broken transfer case. Had the original 304 AMC V8 and auto. Got my hands dirty fixing that thing up and miss it dearly.....that was literally 25 years ago.

In 1997, bought a new TJ off showroom floor....Red, tan hardtop and interior. 5spd with 4.0L six. Three years later, it had to go.

Today, I'm excited to get this little silver nugget and drive her home....in another week and a half. Will be doing some "basic" mods such as tow hooks, lights, and a softtop for the trails in Colorado.

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Sam Solo

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Hey all, new to the forum, but on my 3rd Jeep. Just picked up this 05 TJ, 4.0 auto with hardtop. Bone stock, 44k miles. I live near Peoria, IL and it's in Salt Lake City UT. Shipping was a killer, and no one could get to it until nearly March. So, I'm flying 1 way to drive her home.

We will be towing it behind our motorhome on adventures from here out....with Colorado campsites already laid out for summer. Getting trails pinned down to see the Rocky's.

My first Jeep was a 79 CJ7, bought for $700, solid rust free body but with a broken transfer case. Had the original 304 AMC V8 and auto. Got my hands dirty fixing that thing up and miss it dearly.....that was literally 25 years ago.

In 1997, bought a new TJ off showroom floor....Red, tan hardtop and interior. 5spd with 4.0L six. Three years later, it had to go.

Today, I'm excited to get this little silver nugget and drive her home....in another week and a half. Will be doing some "basic" mods such as tow hooks, lights, and a softtop for the trails in Colorado.

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Wow! Great find! That is a WELL cared for jeep! Looks new! Nice to hear that your getting back into the Jeep scene. Are those the original wheels?! I have an '06 X and it had the steelies with baby tires from the factory. Plus, my electric box on the right side of the firewall has some blank spots on it. Are you going to keep the hardtop? Anyway, great find! It really looks brand new! Have a safe trip back home!
 

bobthetj03

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Very clean rig! I have a Roadmaster base plate if you need one for the TJ.
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Chris

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Looks like a very clean Jeep, you've done well! You'll really appreciate that hardtop in Illinois as well. I wouldn't own one without a hardtop personally.
 

lowranger

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Hey all, new to the forum, but on my 3rd Jeep. Just picked up this 05 TJ, 4.0 auto with hardtop. Bone stock, 44k miles. I live near Peoria, IL and it's in Salt Lake City UT. Shipping was a killer, and no one could get to it until nearly March. So, I'm flying 1 way to drive her home.

We will be towing it behind our motorhome on adventures from here out....with Colorado campsites already laid out for summer. Getting trails pinned down to see the Rocky's.

My first Jeep was a 79 CJ7, bought for $700, solid rust free body but with a broken transfer case. Had the original 304 AMC V8 and auto. Got my hands dirty fixing that thing up and miss it dearly.....that was literally 25 years ago.

In 1997, bought a new TJ off showroom floor....Red, tan hardtop and interior. 5spd with 4.0L six. Three years later, it had to go.

Today, I'm excited to get this little silver nugget and drive her home....in another week and a half. Will be doing some "basic" mods such as tow hooks, lights, and a softtop for the trails in Colorado.

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Congratulations on a great find! You will have a blast towing it behind your motorhome and exploring the country with it. Enjoy!
 
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RV-TJ

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*Plans have changed! I was to fly out of Peoria, quick changeover in Chicago, then onto Salt Lake City on Jan 19. United sent email and are asking to change due to the weather.

So, at no charge (!), I moved the flight to Jan 23 to SLC. Unfortunately, I'll have to take a couple days vacation, but should still get her home before end of Jan.

Ugh. I guess parts of I-80 are closed now in WY, and NE and WY indicated possible I-80 closures over the weekend anyway due to storms.

So, I guess all in all, I'm glad United is being proactive with flight changes at no charge vs. LOOOOOONG waits at airports.
 
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RV-TJ

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Flying out Jan 23 from Peoria, IL to Chicago, then to Denver, then Salt Lake. Hopefully weather keeps up. Got my backpack packed....a GPS, my IL plates, some snacks, deodrant and toothbrush. No clothes....just what I'm wearing.

Will be ripe after a flight, then a short overnite in SLC, then 1350 mile drive home. Oh well.