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The 09 Hemi XK


The 08 JK Sahara


My 22 year old sons '00 XJ Classic


My 16 year old sons 96 XJ Country


My 90 XJ Laredo, bought new by my Dad and restored by me after his death in 2003


My 96 XJ trail rig


The 94 XJ Country, our beater!
 

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I think you win the "Member With the Most Jeeps Award". Shouldn't the title of this thread be "Jeep Fleet" instead of "Heep Fleet" ?
 

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holy jeeps All of them are in great shape
Thanks! I am a mechanic with a touch of OCD so I can't help but be anal about how my Jeeps look and run.

I think you win the "Member With the Most Jeeps Award". Shouldn't the title of this thread br "Jeep Fleet" instead of "Heep Fleet" ?
Thanks! I have loved Jeeps all of my life since I first drove one on our farm at the age of 8. It was my Dad's 69 Commando (Dauntless V-6/Turbo 400) across a creek and slung mud everywhere.

I joke about my "Heeps" all the time, its just an affectionate way for me to be modest about my fleet. There is no better car make on the planet IMHO.

I will post up specs on each rig as I get time.
 

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Nice! And I thought that I had a lot of Jeeps. Even your "beater" is still in great shape.
 

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What a nice collection, thanks for sharing it with us.
 

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I'll post some specs on each rig on the following posts. I get the most questions about the trail rig so I will start with it. I bought the XJ 3 years ago with 180k on the clock. It had been partially built with a RE4.5 SF lift, 32" MT's and the snorkelfor $1500. Being the anal mechanic I am, I took the Jeep apart and started over!

Here is where I am at with it;

1996 Cherokee Country, 4.0/AW4/NP 231, 180k

Engine; Stock, w/Firepower ignition system
Tranny; Stock, I have a Hayden tranny cooler and a B&M tranny temp guage on it to pro-long its life.
Axles; D-30 front w/Aussie Locker, Longfield birfs/shafts and 4.10 gears. Chryco 8.25 rear w/Detroit Locker and Yukon shafts, 4.10 gears. RuffStuff covers.
Front suspension; Rubicon Express 4.5 superflex springs, ACOS, Currie Johnny joint LCA’s, Currie HD JJ track bar, JKS quicker disconnects, Rockman JJ adjustable UCA’s, RE Drop Brackets and braces, home made bumpstops, OME NitroCharger shocks.
Rear suspension; Rubicon Express 4.5 superflex springs, homemade DPG style adjustable bump stops. OME Nitrocharger shocks, raised shock mounts. H.D. Off Road Engineering shackle relocation brackets.
Transfer case; NP 231 with Advance Adapters HD SYE and Tom Woods shaft.
Protection; OEM front engine skid, Warn T-case skid, Tomken tank skid, Detours sliders/stiffeners. RuffStuff covers.
Recovery; Logans Metal Products bumper and WARN xD9000i winch, receiver hitch.
Tires and wheels; 35x12.5 BFG MT’s, Craiger soft 8’s.
Interior; All stock. Custom tool/parts box in the rear for the gear. UltimateAir CO2. Uniden CB/Firestick antenna., GPS and Nav system. iPod hooked to amp for my tunes.
Future mods; New front and rear axles both locked with Aussie lockers and geared to 4.88. The front axle will be a “trussed” D-30 HP housing and the rear will be a “trussed” 8.25. All parts are purchased. The rear axle is built and ready for install, I’m setting up the front right now. A new NP231 w/Advance Adaptors HD SYE, Tera 2-low is waiting to be installed as well.








 

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The 1990 XJ, Dads Jeep!

My Dad bought this XJ brand new in 1990 and Jim Mills Jeep in Bassett VA. It was his trusty steed for many years of travel and snow transportation. Dad died waiting on a liver transplant in Feb. 2003. He had a rare liver disease called PSC and just got too weak to receive the transplant. He died at UPMC in Pittsburg PA. You would think the story and the Jeep would change to me at this point but it didn't. My stepmother offered the Jeep to me but I was just too depressed to even look at the Jeep so I let her sell it. Two years passed when I decided I wanted that Jeep back but I was unsuccessful in finding it. By chance one day I noticed a old black XJ sitting in the back of a vacant lot so I pulled in to look at it and even 10' away I could tell it was my Dads Jeep!

I had a LEO friend of mine run the VIN and I located the owner. I purchased the Jeep, which had a blown and dis-assembled engine and a homless person living in it, for $400.

I drug her home and started the resurrection of Dad's Jeep.

I pulled the engine and had it and the head rebuilt by a reputable local engine builder. I gutted the interior and started over with the help of junkyard interiors from several Jeeps. I replaced both axles with a pair that I had rebuilt for my trail rig. I rebuilt the T-case and added a SYE. Then after all of the mechanical systems were in excellent running condition I had it painted by a local paint shop.

Here are the specs.

Engine; 4.0 RENIX, bored/decked/milled with RV cam
Tranny; the AW4 is still all original
T-case; rebuilt with a P.O.R.C. SYE
Axles; HP non-disco D-30 geared 4.10, 8.25 29 spline with Detroit Tru-Trac geared 4.10
Suspension; 2" RE spacers(front) XJ 2.5 " "bastard pack" rear
Interior; Uniden 510 CB, Pioneer stereo, IPod, Bazooka 8" sub, TomTom Nav. New carpet and many replaced panels.
Exterior; New paint, all top shelf PPG($1700 for the paint alone!) TJ "Canyon" 15x8 wheels and BFG AT KO 30x9.5 tires

Other mods; Upgraded to 96 XJ steering box/pump. Upgraded to 96 XJ master cylinder/brake booster. Upgraded to 96 XJ wiper motor/transmission Ford 5.0 fuel injectors

The day I brought it home.



After a couple of years of hard work and bloody knuckles!






 

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The red 96 XJ we call "Big Red"

This was my first XJ. I bought it and fell in love with it and it went through many changes over the years and served as my trail rig for 2 years. I have since lowered it back down and given it to my 16 year old son for his first car.

It is mostly all stock but it does have a OME/RE hybrid 3.5" lift on it. Here are some pics for over the years.









How it sits now
 

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The Commander;

We affectionately call it the "Hemi Sled"!

Its a 09 Hemi/QT2 with "almost" everything.

The Wrangler;

08 Sahara 2 door with Nav/MyGiG, D-44 rear w/LS, Dual tops, PW, PDL, remote start and other stuff I can't remember.

The 2000 XJ Classic, Its loaded but is really just a stereo on wheels!

The 1994 XJ is just a beater, nuff said!
 

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Do you want to adopt a 40yr old man lol. You have an awesome collection of jeeps i am so jealous. The shape of them is amazing! Thanks for showing them.
 

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Any chance you'd wanna get rid of those Sahara wheels, you just let me know. I'd love to get a set for the Commander. -tj

I might, they are 18" and I would rather be at 16". I still have 2/3 tread left on the stock tires yet.

I'll PM you if we decide to part with them.

Jon
 

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Big Red was totaled May 16th of this year, My son was T-boned by a chevy truck running 45mph.

We picked up this non-running 89 Comanche for $250 a week later


It was rust free, needed a fuel pump and it leaked oil from everywhere.

So I pulled the engine and went through it, cleaned and painted the engine bay and re-installed the engine.



After it was all running like it should I lifted it and then got the bed Line Xd and a tool box.


I installed the XJ interior and bucket seats/center console and then it was off to paint. I used the same paint code as my 09 Hemi Commander.




So here it is 3 months later, all done!




 

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Very impressive !
 

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I dont think I have ever seen one in that good of shape. Very cool collection of Jeeps
 
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