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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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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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What I Learned Driving An $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer 3,500 Miles To Moab And Back

Last week David Tracy and I drove 3,500 miles from Michigan to Moab and back, including two passes over the Rocky Mountains and a little off-roading. It’d have been a fun road trip in a normal truck. But we didn’t do it in a normal truck. We did it in an $800 1986 Jeep Grand […]

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Come Hang With The $800 Project Redwood Jeep (And Us) In Denver Tonight

David Tracy’s $800 1986 Jeep Grand Wagoneer survived the 1,700 mile drive from Detroit to Moab and even a day of light off-roading. Now it’s time for us to head back to Michigan, and we’re planning to make Denver by tonight. If you’re in town, come say hey.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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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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What It Was Like Driving My $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer 700 Miles To Missouri

After sitting abandoned for 12 years, my $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer began its 1,700 mile journey to Moab with a few new parts, some thorough safety checking, a prayer, but almost no pre-trip testing. And yet, yesterday, Project Redwood somehow drove 700 miles from Michigan to Missouri with zero problems. Zero.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How Our $800 Rear-Wheel Drive Jeep Handled An Unexpected Snowstorm

An ’86 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is still a prime bad-weather, rough terrain road trip machine. I know that because I just spent a day driving David Tracy’s $800 Jankmobile through the worst weather I’ve seen since Winter Storm Nemo and it doesn’t even have a working four-wheel drive system.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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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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I’ve Been Procrastinating On My $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Build And Now It’s Time To Hustle

Unlike last year’s project, this year’s $800 1986 Jeep Grand Wagoneer hasn’t required a transmission or engine rebuild (yet), and because of this, I’ve been procrastinating big time. And that’s a problem, because I’ve still got a crap-ton of work to do.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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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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