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Watch Us Work Overtime To Get My $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer In Shape For Its Epic 1,700-Mile Trip To Moab

Last fall, I bought an $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer that hadn’t run in 12 years. After months of wrenching, in March, I drove with my coworker Andrew Collins on a grand journey from near Detroit, Michigan to the off-road trails of Moab, Utah. Here’s video of that trip’s first leg—the Jeep’s first highway voyage in […]

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This Lyft Driver Just Saved My Hide After I Ran Out Of Gas On A Major Highway

I ran my Jeep out of gas on Friday, stranding me in an “authorized vehicles only” turnaround between carriageways of one of the busiest stretches of Michigan’s Interstate 75. But I didn’t call AAA like I normally would have; I requested a Lyft. And it worked great.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Here’s How Much My ‘$800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer’ Moab Adventure Really Cost

A few weeks ago, I took a rusty Jeep named Project Redwood on a 3,500 mile road trip to and from the off-road Mecca of Moab, Utah. While the aim of the trip was to show that grand off-road adventures don’t have to be pricey, I did end up spending quite a bit more than […]

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How My $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Made It 1,700 Miles To Moab Despite A Scary Breakdown

Project Redwood—my $800 Craigslist Jeep Grand Wagoneer that hadn’t run in 12 years when I purchased it—just drove 1,700 miles from Michigan to the off-road trails of Utah almost flawlessly. I say “almost” because in the middle of nowhere, Colorado, the big Woodie left me and my copilot stranded. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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By The Car Gods’ Mercy My $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Has Begun Its 1,700-Mile Journey To Moab

I built two two extra days into my 1,700 mile Michigan-to-Moab expedition to give us some leeway in case of breakdowns. I’ve now used those two days before ever leaving my driveway, thanks to my 1986 Jeep Grand Wagoneer’s copious brake problems. Now the Jeep is ready, but there’s no margin for error. If the […]

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My $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Should Already Be On The Road To Utah But The Problems Never Stop

I’m wrenching like my life depends on it right now because today, I’m supposed to begin a 1,700 mile trip to Utah in my $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer with a Willys CJ-2A in tow. How that’s going to happen when I still have so much work to do is absolutely beyond me. Read more… Continue […]

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Here’s China’s Jeep Grand Commander Just Driving Around Ann Arbor

Jeep is busy dominating the global market, and when it comes to new models specifically tailored for other countries, it would seem its not too shy about its prototypes. Here’s what’s most likely the new Jeep Grand Commander for the Chinese market.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Praise The Car Gods The Electrical Gremlins Have Left My $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer 

With only 10 days left before my $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer has to drive 1,700 miles from Michigan to the off-road trails of Utah, I’ve been desperate for wrenching help lately. Luckily, this past weekend, some friends noticed this desperation, and helped me defeat my arch nemeses: electrical gremlins.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The Jeep Grand Wagoneer Is Both Terrible And Amazing At The Same Time

I love my Jeep Grand Wagoneer. I think it’s one of the most soulful, charming vehicles ever built. But this old episode of MotorWeek made me snap out of my Woodie trance for a second and realize that maybe my beloved SJ isn’t as perfect as I want to think it is.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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My $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Drove For The First Time In 12 Years And Now I’m A Changed Man

The 2018 Easter Jeep Safari—a big off-road fest in Moab, Utah—isn’t far away, and I’ve still got tons to do to get my $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer ready to tow another Jeep 1,700 miles, and then go rock-crawling on some of America’s most arduous trails. The good news: after 12 years, the Jeep finally lives!Read […]

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A Reader Wants To Sell Me Two Amazing Jeeps For Cheap But I’m Pretty Sure It’s A Trap

A reader just sent an email telling me about two Jeep SJs (one Grand Wagoneer and one Cherokee Golden Eagle edition !!!) that she’s got to get rid of for dirt cheap. “Would you know of anyone who would be interested?” the email reads. After yelling “BOY WOULD I!” at the top of my lungs […]

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What Are The Worst Conditions In Which You’ve Ever Had To Fix A Car?

December is here, meaning Michigan has shifted into a wintry hellscape. And, because of some poor planning on my end, I’m now wrenching on my $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer in my rock-solid, snow-covered backyard instead of in my garage. It’s true misery.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Here’s Everything Wrong With My $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Off-Road Project

When I bought my 1986 Jeep Grand Wagoneer a few weeks ago, I’ll admit that I didn’t really look at it very carefully. “Frame doesn’t have holes, engine isn’t seized—I’ll take it,” I decided in desperation after failing to find a project for months. Now I’ve had some time to look the Woodie over, and, […]

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My Jeep’s Engine Caught Fire Last Night So It’s Time To Talk About The Dangers Of Starting Fluid

Last night, a friend came over to help me shoot some video. He wanted me to crank over my 1986 Grand Wagoneer to see if it ran. I doubted it would, but I gave it a shot anyway. While I was cranking the engine over, he picked up a can of starting fluid. Big mistake.Read […]

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