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#1 daringescape

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:51 PM

Hey everyone,

I've seen a bit of discussion here about jeeps for hunting, and I wanted to throw my .02 in. I have a 93 grand Cherokee with 187k miles. Runs like a champ and gets me everywhere I need to go. It's my toad for rv'ing and its great for getting back to remote fishing/hiking spots in the sierras. It's stock height with a/t tires.

I am new to hunting, but only plan on going after small game and upland birds, so trying to fit a deer, etc in the back isn't an issue. Plus, if I want to sleep in the back, I can put the seats down and fit pretty snugly. I think she will be a great hunting vehicle that should serve me well for quite a few years to come.

All you other jeep owners out there, let's hear your thoughts and stories!

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:43 AM

My jeeps have all turned into gas guzzeling trucks.
I sure miss them, and my wife wants to get a jeep,
but she is to practical to get one to commute in.
The first Jeep in this picture is my 1960 cj5 before
she got restored.
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:02 AM

I am buying this jeep from my buddy next month. My Excursion is a Lifted 4x4 Diesel, but its too nice to take on the narrow trails. Taking the back seats out of the Excursion makes a nice place to sleep. Towing the jeep with my Excursion will be the ticket.
Jeep needs a bit of work, but is a perfect beater jeep for hunting.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:22 AM

Jeep is my first choice of tactical vehicle -- preferably the one as basic as ex-WWII Willys

Except I'm stuck with my Toyota 4runner for the practical purpose of hauling the family who demands comforts on family's long trips, example, Yellowstone.

That's the upside of a 4runner. The downside is I have to park the dam thing when entering a narrow road to a forest to hunt if I want to prevent pinstripe on it (and scolding from the wife who cleans it).

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:42 PM

I had a jeep Grand Wagoneer late 1980's. Loved that vehicle! Most memorable trip. We were on One of the "snow trails" W. of Tahoe. I bottomed out and had no winch. This was late summer. After much digging another Jeep came along with a winch and winched us out.......worst case of poison oak I have ever had. Literally head to toe. When in that situation always remember, when nature calls, and there is any chance of poison oak watch what private parts you touch.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:08 PM

any chance of poison oak watch what private parts you touch.


Never had poison oak, but this reminds me of a funny story. I was racing Supermoto at Buffalo Bills Casino in Primm about 6 years ago. I crashed hard and got a concussion and sprained my neck. After packing up and getting ready to head home I tried putting some Icy-Hot on my neck. I was so sore I couldnt reach around to the back of my neck, so my Dad helped me put it on. When we left, we stopped to get gas and take a wizz. Got on the road and we both started squirming in our seats. Should have washed our hands before taking a wizz haha. We had to stop at the next gas station and wash our junk haha

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 07:47 AM

DirtyDave,

That's sweet.

I admire Jeep for retaining that traditional jeep look.

All others have feminized their 4x4s although Mercedes is coming back with a macho mean machine SUV.

Jeep was my first choice when I was thinking of buying a hunting/family camping vehicle. Except that the reviews of Jeep those years were not favorable.. And even the technicals are not good. It is showing inferior displacement-to-horsepower ratio even against a new entrant 4runner.

Then there is the comfort factor. When I'm alone hunting, I don't even have to set up a tent. I can just lay flat the front seats of my 4runner and can comfortably sleep with just an single-person inflatable bed.

It's really sad. I had a WWII vinttage Jeep M3 model that got me everywhere in mud and (waist) high water with just four wheels in chains without having it having a winch. Then my next one was a Wrangler -- this one I have chains in all my wheels and at times had to deploy the winch.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 06:06 AM

So what changed, between the m3 and the newer wrangler



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Posted 13 March 2013 - 09:22 AM

Pretty much everything. 
 
The frames and bodies are completely different when they went from the M3 to the CJ.
 
The 1997 TJ models went to a coil spring suspension.  They have the best off-road ride of the bunch, by far.  I've riden in both on the same trail on the same day and I can tell you I'd never buy a leaf spring Jeep now. 
 
 
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An all aluminum LS motor would look good in that thing.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 06:07 PM

When we had 6 kids the jeep had to go. but this year we have an empty nest. Ive been thinking about another Jeep. I really like the Rubicon [ I Think?] with the extended Wrangler look. Still narrow but with just a little more room in the back. Dad had a CJ8 back in the late 70s. The extra interior room is worth the extra length. DR



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Posted 14 March 2013 - 06:43 PM

Dad had a CJ8 back in the late 70s. The extra interior room is worth the extra length. DR


It's been along time but I'm pretty sure the CJ8 didn't come out until the 1980's. it was Jeeps try for a truck and they didn't make or sell many of them. They are scarce today but highly sought after.
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:42 PM

Had a 69 CJ5 got too small for the family.



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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:47 PM

It's been along time but I'm pretty sure the CJ8 didn't come out until the 1980's. it was Jeeps try for a truck and they didn't make or sell many of them. They are scarce today but highly sought after.

 It may have been earlier than that. It was before the scrambler PU but about the same length.

 

More like this, The yellow and black one at the bottom.

 

http://boyink.com/cj...by-chris-smith/

 

found a better pic! DR



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Posted 15 March 2013 - 06:43 AM

OMG, I can't believe I found this old picture taken in Jan of 1971, over 40+ yrs ago. The Jeep is my 1970 CJ-5 with a totally unrecognizable me standing next to it. At least if you saw me today. :rofl2:     

 

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 02:31 PM

 Man you're old...



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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:27 PM

:smiley-funny-post-sign:   Yes, I am  :(

 

Hopefully all the folks in their 20's & 30's are saving their pictures in order to look at when they're 60 & 70 etc.  Misery (me) loves company (is why I say that)   :lol:



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:52 PM

When we had 6 kids the jeep had to go. but this year we have an empty nest. Ive been thinking about another Jeep. I really like the Rubicon [ I Think?] with the extended Wrangler look. Still narrow but with just a little more room in the back. Dad had a CJ8 back in the late 70s. The extra interior room is worth the extra length. DR

May be thinking CJ6s (stretched CJ5 - round doors, so not CJ7) as those were around in the 70's.


The CJs are excellent - as long as you remember they were made to go anywhere and not get wherever fast. (never come close to winning a Baja1000). I have owned 3, and when we can swing finances would love a CJ5 again if I can find one then that hasn't been raped by modders.  



OMG, I can't believe I found this old picture taken in Jan of 1971, over 40+ yrs ago. The Jeep is my 1970 CJ-5 with a totally unrecognizable me standing next to it. At least if you saw me today. :rofl2:     

 

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Had an almost identical - 3rd one my 1st wife cost me. (yes I should have learned faster! young, dumb, and full of...) Was a 1970 red and pristine except for the usual rust around the floorboard drains.

 



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Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:17 AM

Jeeps are cool, can they tow boats?



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Posted 28 March 2013 - 08:28 AM

A row boat, sure.:-D  Most any boat at low speed, sure. They just don't have the wheel base or weight to tow much of anything at speed. It usually winds up with the trailer driving the jeep if the trailer is of any size or weight (like a ski boat or larger).

We had a guy in Highschool that had a top of the line ski boat and CJ5 all painted to match. He used to tow it out to the reservoir on the freeway. Took about 6 trips before teh trailer/boat took over and flipped the whole set up. 1 custom CJ totaled, one boat totaled, one trailer totaled and one driver almost totaled.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 04:38 PM

A Jeep Cherokee Sport would fit the bill Steph. The Inline 6 Cyl motors have oustanding longivity also in the 16-18 mpg range, and many aftermarkrt parts available for sprucing them up to your intended use.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:31 AM

These are old pictures of my CJ-7 in the creek,

and my CJ-5 is the first one with primer paint.

They bring back lots of good memories.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 05:55 PM

I have a grandcherokee with 4 inch lift and 31's on it use it for a daily driver and hunting rig. tow my bass boat with it no issues. Had a cj used to tow my bass boat with it also with no issues.



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 02:54 PM

I have a 1975 CJ5 that I take hunting...the perfect hunting vehicle



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 08:06 PM

i have been thinking of getting an older jeep also for a hunting rig.

i took my new truck out and it did great last year but its way too big on the jeep and fire trails.



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Posted 30 August 2013 - 07:41 AM

Many years ago I used to hunt with a friend that had an old CJ5 I believe. Most of the places we went required at the minimum a 2 hour drive just to get there, but most of the time we went a lot further. I was young back then and didn't care how we got there but man, thinking back about it, it was a rough ride. Most of his interior was gone except for two seats. It was loud inside and cold while traveling along at 70mph. Once you got to where you were going to hunt it was great...but the drive there and back sucked. It also didn't get great mileage.

 

I've had a bunch of different vehicles I've used to hunt from. If I could hunt 15 minutes from home I'd get whatever 4 wheel drive truck and be happy...but living where I do requires commuting. Nowadays with gas prices so ridiculous, mpg is everything. If I was to buy something nowadays it would be easy for me...suburu outback with the 4 cylinder. Almost 30 mpg on the hwy and they'll go most anywhere any 4 wheel drive will go. Fold down the seats and you can lay down to sleep. They also cruise the hwy comfortably, are reliable and hold great re-sale.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:58 AM

Loving these pics of old Jeeps!  I'll be taking the Jeep out near Bishop in a couple of weeks for some dove and rabbit (probably some fish as well)  looking forward to it



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Posted 02 January 2014 - 09:48 PM

This one looks like it should take you just about anywhere.

 



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 09:17 PM

It might take you just about anywhere...but I can't see the picture :crazy:



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:43 PM

Looking into selling the Civic, it was stolen and i got it back but now i thk its time, i have the tundra but i thk my next vehicle will be my commuter/economical hunting rig..looking for a 95 Wrangler YJ 4cyl 5 speed..ooh ya, hard to find, but im determined. Only thng that worries me is that the soft top can easily be cut to steal stuff. I wamt this specific kibd because i hear they were built well, and easy/reasonable to maintain. Not trying.to do the rubicon, jist go down a few forest roads and to work. Anyone else have experience with this exact kind of Jeep? :)



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Posted 08 January 2014 - 05:39 AM

your thinking YJ  XJ is the cherokeeZJ is a grand cherokee

If I recall the 95 still had the square headlights I dont remember the year they got smart and went back to the round ones. A lot of the jeeps with the square lights had a lot of wiring issues.






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