Hey thanks to everyone that voted, I guess we stuffed the ballot box pretty well, because the Retro had the most votes in the Mar-k "favorite truck" contest. I think I win a t-shirt and a place on their home page: http://www.mar-k.com/
Today is the 6th anniversary of the completion of the Retro Wrangler (post 505 of this thread, 9/19/2008). In that time it's been a daily driver, and completely trouble-free. I've put about 55,000 miles on it since completion, including off-road time at Easter Jeep Safari. I've done lots of hauling in it, having a pickup has been extremely handy over the years.
This photo was taken last month when I finished the installation of the CJ Grille Kit on my LJ; the Retro looks pretty much the same today as it did 6 years and 55,000 miles ago.
And I'll thank you again for the suggestions you gave me back when I was figuring out the tailgate latch mechanism for the Retro - I implemented your cable idea way back then, and it's worked perfectly all these years. Thank you very much!
Recently I sewed a "covered wagon" top for my fiberglass military replica trailer:
I was swapping it off the trailer this morning because I need the trailer configured differently for another use today. I always wondered what the Retro would look like with a covered wagon top, so I set it in place in the bed of the Retro. It's not exactly the right size, but it gives an idea of what the Retro might look like with a cargo cover...
Isn't a new diesel f350 something like $100,000 over in Australia. A friend there has a horse farm and said the prices if of truck like that is insane so she has an older truck even though she would love to buy something newer.
They are gaining in numbers here for sure, I'd like a Denali myself. My trucking company owner friend has a Harley edition F350 which 5 years ago cost him 160k. But then the brother in law bought a Land Cruiser Sahara which cost the same. Now our dollar has dwindled away to only 63 of your cents I believe my "truck" wantn days are over [emoji26]
It's been a pickup for about 75,000 miles now, and it's been a very trouble-free daily driver. Well, except for the trouble that you can't drive it anywhere without people stopping you in parking lots to ask about it .
I took this photo a few miles before the photo above at a rest stop on the Ohio Turnpike, I'm on my way to Indiana for meetings about some new Jeep products. Lots of snow and road salt in the Pennsylvania mountains, so the Jeep is looking a little salty. It still washes up very nicely though, it's garage-kept and even though it's driven almost every day and used for lots of hauling duty, it only has minimal signs of daily use wear.
It's been trouble-free all these years, only routine maintenance and repairs of the sort one would expect as a Jeep gets on in miles - nothing out of the ordinary has troubled it.