Interesting, very interesting.
I had a '74 SJ -- it was a tank hiding behind the Jeep badge. It would go anywhere. The engine was great but the transfer case had issues and the body had a bad case of tinworm. I liked it, but as newlyweds we couldn't afford the maintenance. We learned what many other couples learn: bite the bullet, buy something new, modest, and sans
options, then take care of it. I also had a '93 XJ that had a lousy clutch and after an early wreck I traded it in after six months. Many folks loved their XJs, and it could have been very useful for me, but I couldn't waste so much time at the repair shop. I wanted to love it, but didn't.
If I'm blessed to go to Heaven, I hope they have a '77 Wagoneer for me, yellow with woodgrain trim and a roof rack. I don't need a mansion, I'll just sleep in my Wagoneer.
I saw one of those coming down the beach sand one day, brand new, and 40 years later I still remember that sight. They should have filmed a commercial right then and there.
Disconcerting to see an XJ with antique plates on it today. Time flies.