Its a sad day, getting rid of my wonderfully reliable, rare and fun British sports car. Throughout the ownership experience (1 year) it has cost me only $90 outside of oil changes and fuel. I've put about 5k miles on it, and it has rewarded me with a fantastic driving experience. However, as my youngest daughter is getting to the pre-school age, and our nanny has returned to her former life, I find myself in need of a vehicle that 3 or more people can enjoy. I looked at a few options, including a nice 3rd gen Trans Am with T-Tops, a 71 Monte Carlo (top of the budget), a 69 VW Beetle and a couple of Sebring convertibles.
My wife and I both love convertibles, and really felt the open top was our only option, so that cut out the bug and the Monte. After careful deliberation and a desire to reduce the amount of automobiles we own, we picked a vehicle that suited the most amount of our needs.
Its a 1993 Wrangler, 2.5L 4 cylinder with a 5 speed. Its pretty loaded up with a hard top, soft top, bikini top, and cold a/c. It hasn't been modified, except some rust spots in the tub have been crappily patched and its been spray bombed black. With these cold NE Ohio winters, the hard top makes this a viable daily winter driver, and the soft top gives us the convertible we want.
I plan to only do a couple things to it. First, the windshield and windshield frame are in rough shape, so I'll be replacing that. I have no desire to lift it or put bigger tires on it as it already has a great highway ride and I have no desire to change the gears out.
Funny story, when I went to purchase the Jeep, I pulled up and there was a goat out front eating the grass around a tree. When I asked the owner about why he had a goat he responded, "Hell, I don't know. I used to have a donkey!".
He's owned it for 6 years and the frame was absolutely perfect, which is why I bought it. The tub is kind of rough, but useable, and I plan on some light offroading, so its perfect for what I need it to do.
Here's a couple more pics.