David_Tracy
David Tracy
David_Tracy
Sr. Tech Editor, Jalopnik. Owner of far too many Jeeps (Including a Jeep Comanche). Follow my instagram (@davidntracy). Always interested in hearing from engineers—email me.
Apr 15
3

David what you need to drive and fall in love with is an old 70 series, 5 speed with a 1HZ motor. This is the legendary outback rig that most farms in Australia will have several of. Nothing fancy on these, the interior is utility work grade, comforts zero but my god you really cannot kill these beasts. Read more

Apr 15
4

I have the opposite opinion of those WJs, especially the 4.7. It’s impossible to keep all windows and doorlocks working at the same time in a WJ, and if it happens to be equipped with any options, those don’t work anymore. The automatic climate control is notoriously troublesome. Electrical is poor quality and you’re Read more

Apr 15
18

I like your writing and will always read your articles. I do not under any circumstances understand your inherent masochistic tendencies.

Apr 15
4

Great series, David. Came here to say that you need to try a WJ (99-04) Grand Cherokee with the 4.7 HO motor. Great cross country vehicle (great seats, great engine, great cruise control, smooth ride), dual solid axle like a XJ, 330ft/lbs of torque. Plus, random small things still break, so it’s still a Jeep. For Read more

Apr 8
20

Your story reminds me of my encounter at a tire shop years ago. A young tech broke 3 studs off a Dodge Magnum with what looks like 21" wheels, and the owner flew into a rage and started cursing and literally got physical with the tech. Read more

Apr 8
22

 
 
Jokes aside though that sucks. Hopefully you got the hard part out of the way and everything goes swimmingly from here on out.

Apr 6
10

Did anyone else read this and think: “Did David buy this? How about now?”

Apr 5
11

I have to say, it was exciting to see it parked out near the road as we drove by yesterday. Looked great, and in my mind, that meant it made it to Woodward on Saturday without an issue.

Apr 5
5

As the owner of a 1968 Olds Cutlass, I can tell you that the siren call only gets worse the bigger the engine gets. 

Apr 5
1

Love this.  Love that you love a car that you’ve had for years, but never got to fixing until recently.  Love that old Mustang and the idea of the original Mustang.  It was at the time an evolution of Ford’s economy car and it was one of the most successful evolutions of an economy car ever.  And it sounds good and it Read more

Apr 5
9

It’s also the visceral fear that anything going wrong at typical highway speeds in the big red monster is very likely going to end up with you being impaled at the stake. (Mine is also red, but a respray)
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Apr 2
58

The other issue is the fact that the springs are just too damn stiff, meant for a later-model Cherokee (which was A LITTLE heavier) with a winch and steel bumper. My lightweight 1992 with its stock thin sheet metal bumper and lack of winch can barely even compress those coil springs up front...” Read more

Apr 1
2

Thanks for finally sharing the video with the world I’m glad it was not  lost forever and not an April fools. Read more