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  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    We've got a lot of new folks, and some of them are still in the "thinking" stages, like Mike (embeeduece).

    I have the story of what I went through in getting my Thelma Jane in her web page. Take a look, if you are interested. I bought her two and a half years ago, so prices may have changed, but the techniques I used should still be good.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?

    http://www.home.earthlink.net/~tsjay49/thelma.html
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    If you couldn't get to page two of Thelma Jane's web page, try again. I had not switched the link from my old AOL account to my new Earthlink account. I have it fixed now.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • wiscofanwiscofan Posts: 4
    Does anyone know any retailers that might sell the 'TopFive' Rack and Safari Baskets. Or are they only available online? I'm in the Portland, OR area. Thanks much!
  • 01r101r1 Posts: 280
    I'm not totally sure on the rack and basket, but Woody's 4x4 over in Vancouver has just about everything you'd want for a Jeep (or they can get it). I've also picked up a few things from Central 4 Wheel Drive in Delta Park. There's a few other good shops in town, but I don't have any experience with them. BTW, Harbor Freight and Tool in North Portland has a cargo basket that plugs into the trailer hitch receiver, it's rated for 500 lbs (not that you'd want to put that much on the back of your Jeep) and it's only $50.

    Also, welcome to the board! There's lot of good info in here if you can search through to find it. You might check out the Jeep photo gallery to see some of the cool spots your Jeep can take you to right in your backyard.

    -Pete
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Saw your latest pics, and, as usual, they are beauties. Just keep it up, and you're gonna have some company! I would LOVE to get out there in those gorgeous areas that you explore.

    Nice camera work, Old Pedro!

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • 01r101r1 Posts: 280
    We were talking about the pics I posted in the Jeep Owners: Photo Gallery here on Edmunds.com:
    01r1 "Jeep Owners: Photo Gallery" Jul 28, 2003 4:45pm

    -Pete
  • plasmid1plasmid1 Posts: 11
    where do u live? i am actually looking for a tomb raider edition but couldn't find any around where i live (CT). i was told that all of them were sold out. i would really appreciate it if u could let me know what dealer u went that has them in stock.

    thanks a lot.

    Lance
  • twylietwylie Posts: 619
    Really fantastic pictures; keep 'em coming! You may have covered this before, but I can't remember... Could you post some info about the photo gear you use? Also, if these are scans of prints, I'd love to get info on your scanner as well. All your shots posted are first rate!

    Thanks,

    -twylie
  • embeedueceembeeduece Posts: 260
    Thanks for the info, Tom. Once I settle on my Jeep, all I'll need to do is find a 2000 Grand Prix GT to trade. I don't think my '85 Prelude is going to fetch much. ;)

    BTW, great pics.

    Thanks,
    Mike
  • wheelsdownwheelsdown Posts: 250
    I have the problem of my seat belt hanging over and getting caught in the door latch. Took mine in and they replaced it as a warranty fix. It did not fix the problem. The new one is as bad as the old one. The problem is the slide (the male part of the buckle) on the belt lets the belt turn up on the edge. This keeps the slide from moving freely on the belt. When the belt tries to retract, the slide hits the support the belt is passing thru at the top. This stops it with slack in the belt that hangs over the latch.

    The belt that was replaced had enough damage to make me think it had been weakened.

    I try to keep an eye on this new one, but I have closed the door on it a couple of times. Should the driver have to check the belt each time before closing the door?

    Do you think we should report this as a safety problem?

    Terry

    ps - Tom, I know, if I had the doors off I would not have this problem.

    T.
  • wheelsdownwheelsdown Posts: 250
    I could not find the post suggesting turning the inside rear view mirror over 180 degrees to place it higher in the windshield. Whoever it was, thanks. In all my cars, I have always kept the mirror as high as I could get it to keep it from creating a blind spot to the right front. The TJ mirror just didn't go as high as I would like. Don't know why I did not think of it. Thanks for the tip.

    Terry
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I don't know if there is a fix for the seat belt getting caught in the door latch or not. I think everyone with a TJ has the same problem.

    I just try to remember to check it before closing the door, but I do forget sometimes. I have closed the door on mine a few times, and I guess I ought to take a look to see how much I have damaged the belt, if any.

    I wonder if just a visual inspection is enough to determine if there has been enough damage to weaken the belt???

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • geepersgeepers Posts: 93
    I guess closing the door on the seat belt is just one of those Jeep things. Here I thought I was the only one. I have a '91 and I've shut the door on it enough times it is definitely damaged. I probably should get a new one and start the process all over. Sometimes a passenger does it and I'm not paying enough attention so they really give it heck trying to shut the door.

    But more embarrassing, hasn't anyone been brought to a standstill getting out when your belt loop hangs up on it? If I had a lift I might be left dangling in the air.
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    LOL! I haven't had a problem with getting out - just with closing the door. It's become second nature to check it, but I occasionally forget and get surprised when the door springs back at me. Usually when I'm either in a hurry or when my hands are full! I guess they still haven't fixed this problem...
  • nota4renota4re Posts: 54
    My dealer in Thousand Oaks, CA had 6 Tom Raider editions in stock. I read where 80% + of Tomb Raiders came to California. There are definitely a lot around at the dealerships.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,157
    The 10 cars that cost the least to insure (MSN Money)

    Yep, the Wrangler is on yet another Top Ten list.

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  • 01r101r1 Posts: 280
    twylie-

    Thanks. I mostly shoot digital now, 99.9% of the time. I've been using two cameras, my first digital one is the Sony DCS-F707, which Sony has now replaced with the DSC-F717. It's a great high-end consumer camera that has top notch optics, 5.24 Mpixels, will also shoot video, uses memory sticks and has more bells and whistles than any of it's competitors. I would recommend the F707/F717 to anyone looking for a high-end digital camera. It's not as small as some of the high-end Canon point and shoots, but you'll find much better optics on the Sony.

    I'm now using a Canon EOS-10D, it's a digital single lens reflex camera or D-SLR. It uses removable lenses and supports all Canon's AF lenses. It's a great work horse with it's magnesium body and very high build quality. About 6.3 Mpixels and enough adjustments/settings to make your head spin. It's not always as fun (or easy) as the Sony, but if set up just right, will produce a higher resolution image with fewer thermal noise artifacts than the Sony. I can't recommend this camera to anyone who enjoys casual point and shoot style cameras, this one's just too much work for most. Out of the box, in auto mode, the Sony will out perform the Canon.

    For all my older 35mm negatives (occasionally a new one here or there) I use a Nikon Coolscan III negative scanner. A nice little scanner that does negative strips, APS, single and bulk slide scanning.

    For printing I use an Espon 1280 larger format printer with external ink resevoirs. With the right paper, truely photo quality. The 13"x19" prints come out great!

    If you want to see more of my photos, visit:
    http://www.photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=287893
    If you have time, please rate some pictures. I have to mention that this web page is one of the best of it's kind. A great resource for any photo enthusist.

    Not to be to far off topic, but having a Jeep Wrangler to get to some of these great picture places just makes it that much more fun! Don't know which I like more, seeing the views and taking pictures or the drive up there :)

    -Pete
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Interesting article about the Wrangler being pretty inexpensive to insure. When I bought mine back in '98 I had heard it was the most stolen vehicle, so I figured it would be expensive to insure. Guess either that has changed, or else the insurance companies have taken into account what a tough vehicle it really is.

    I also have a Sony F717 and love it. It has enough bells and whistles to keep any amateur photographer happy but it also has an auto mode for those who want true point and shoot. Great photos, but is bulky compared to many less capable cameras. It is still lighter and smaller than carrying around a 35mm with several lenses! And yes, a digital camera can only take lovely pictures if you have a vehicle capable of getting you there. The Wrangler sure does that!
  • wheelsdownwheelsdown Posts: 250
    Pete

    I went to the site.

    I'm speechless.

    Terry
  • twylietwylie Posts: 619
    Great information. Thanks for taking the time to detail your photography setup. Having no idea what you do, I'll say there is definitely a second career (if it's not already your first) doing photography. Your pictures are really outstanding.

    -twylie
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Just wish my pictures with the same camera were as good as Pete's!
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,157
    A Wrangler is great for trails because it's nice and compact. I got a great deal recently on a S200 Canon ELPH but took it back because it was too small. Us older guys need bigger lcds, bigger menu text on the lcds, and controls that are nice and easy to manipulate.

    Nice pics Pete - a few more like that and maybe that'll get Tom driving Thelma Jane out West.

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  • Wrangler:

    The off-road vehicle will be redesigned for the 2007 model. The Wrangler, the only Jeep that is body-on-frame, likely will remain on its own platform.

    Scrambler:

    The Scrambler, a pickup derivative of the Jeep Wrangler, will bow in 2004 as a 2005 model. Jeep is aiming at the youth market with the Scrambler, a Wrangler based SUV that seats two and has a four-foot pickup bed.

    Initially developed for military use, the Scrambler concept sits on a stretched Wrangler wheelbase. That allows the addition of a 4-foot pickup bed behind a two-passenger compartment.

    Four- and six-cylinder engines will be available.
  • boredbored Posts: 300
    Wow, I had about 300 messages to catch up on!!!!

    mtngal, sorry about your loss. I know how it is when you lose a true friend. I had one. He really loved me, and I loved him. His name was Jingles. He was an 10 year old Cocker Spaniel. Unlike your friend, he was stolen from my backyard. I still miss him. No dog will replace him.

    Pete, WONDERFUL pictures as usual. Have you thought about quitting your day job? :-D

    Tom, do you ever stop helping people? When are you going to be in the Member Spotlight? You deserve it!!!

    James, where did that info come from?
  • embeedueceembeeduece Posts: 260
    Here's a quickie: is there a legal problem with driving around sans doors (specifically California)? When the doors are off, what do you do with the mirrors? Thought I heard there was an aftermarket adapter to keep the mirrors on.

    Thanks,
    Mike
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    I don't think it is illegal anywhere to ride with no doors, but there are mirror laws that vary from state to state.

    Yeah, there are various after market mirror relocator brackets, and some supposedly work much better than others. I can't help ya in selecting any particular type, since we don't have a side mirror law in Ky, and I haven't had to worry about it.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,157
    I don't see Thelma Jane on top of this list:

    Most Popular Car Name

    Your entry must have got lost in the mail.

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  • jptjjptj Posts: 53
    Old Red turn over 140K last week. He still not using any oil, but loves gas.
    have a great day Walt
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