I guess this is a "build thread" of sorts, if you look through it, you may be disappointed to find it more of a "maintenance & BS thread" though. It's been 5 years, but after 4 straight days of wrenching, I want to get all the crap I've posted over the years into 1 spot. I'm already getting ahead of myself, lets start at the beginning.
In 2006 I decided I needed a winter vehicle, mainly to be used for winter daily driving, and going snowboarding. I drove a bunch of vehicles, Mitsubishi Montero, Isuzu Trooper, Toyota 4Runner SR5, and also a Jeep Cherokee. Before you ask about the Jimmy and Explorer, a good friend owned the GMC, and I'd had the Ford, so they were ruled out because I wanted something different. I narrowed it down to 2 SUV's, and set out to find a cheap 10 year old Toyota. I looked for months. I was no where near the 8-10 thousand they were getting, and did not want to settle on condition. I then set out to find a Jeep Cherokee, a month later, a woman I worked with posted a for sale bulletin, listing a 1996 4.0L HO with just under 100k, with 3 pedals and crank windows for $3000. I bought it 3 days after Christmas, on 12/28/2006.
1996 Jeep Cherokee SE
4.0L, 5 speed, np231, 3.07 gears, manual locks & windows.
One of the earliest pictures I have of it.
Mine came without a roof rack, so one of the first things I did was build gutter mounted roof rack brackets.
In it's early days, it had this shifter. After a couple years, and with the porcelain starting to crack I got tired of babying it though, and carved a cedar knob.
And on my honeymoon at Stowe VT.