I would be shocked if I moved out of Cleveland in 2017 while I get my business in order. With that in mind, I have a legitimate case for purchasing a second car to avoid putting thousands of unnecessary miles on the van (which you can see in the background). Not to forget to mention a jeep makes getting around the city easier in general, compared to my van.
I decided to have a little fun with my choice. I've wanted to learn stick for years, so why not learn now? I've long wanted a truck as well, but I don't have a need for the bed or the high resale prices. A jeep was the next logical choice.
I just bought a manual 1994 Jeep Wrangler for $5,500. There's 110,000 miles on the engine. The heater doesn't work (for now). And the cassette tape deck was busted.
But the body is in great shape, as its never been on the road through a winter north of the Mason Dixon Line.
I have not lost sight of the van build. But you just can't have a jeep without music. So I spent my day off last week accordingly.
In a couple places bolts were severely stripped, and in one case rusted in place. But over the course of the day, and at least four trips to Home Depot, I got the radio and two new front speakers in order. I did need to visit a shop down the street to find a blown fuse that was killing a critical wire, but that too got fixed for $25 (worth every penny to save countless hours of self troubleshooting).
The best way I can describe my life and all the directions I'm being pulled in at this moment in is "art". Just art. Or maybe art in progress.
There is a method to the madness. Stay tuned.