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CJ??? what kind of a name is that?

Thursday, October 18, 2007 by Myself

In the beginning, Jeeps were named with a purpose. CJ actually stands for "Civilian Jeep", once Jeep started to name the vehicles, their code no longer means anything. It is still useful though, it can help you tell the difference between model revisions, and ease eBay searches. Here are how the code and models match up

CJ2a - A flat-fender, very similar to the military MB

CJ3b - The only real difference is the taller hood for a new engine.

CJ5 - Easily distinguished from the CJ-7 by a small doorway with a rounded, sloping rear edge

CJ6 - Essentially a CJ-5 that was stretched 20" to be used like a pickup.

CJ7 - A compromise between the CJ-5 and CJ-6, . The body tub is very similar to the YJ and TJ, but the rear wheel wells are round instead of angular

CJ10 - A more truck-like Jeep built mainly for export or the USAF

CJ8 Scrambler - Similar to a CJ-7, but like the CJ-6, it was intended as a small pickup, but never really found its niche.

Wrangler YJ - The original Wrangler, made '87-'95.

Wrangler TJ - The second generation Wrangler, made 1997-2006, much more car like

Wrangler JK or JKL - Largest Wrangler yet, also poor MPG (<16)

Grand Cherokee ZJ - Jeep's luxury cruiser Replaced the SJ

Grand Cherokee #2 WJ - Much more aerodynamic version.

There are many other Jeeps that have been made, and most of them have 2 digit codes. Some of the others are in this slide show.

I think the best jeep quote I have seen was:
"No one ever accused the Wrangler of being comfortable, quiet, or practical. No one ever called it boring, either. The Wrangler is a two-door toy, ... great fun to drive with the top down." -- AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE, Sport Utilities '95; Buyer's Guide, March 1995

MP3 Downloads

by Myself

I would like to point your attention to the Ad link under the twitter widget. Amazon started offering mp3 downloads a short while ago. Their prices are good, .89 a song or 8.99 per album, there is no DRM, you can use the songs on more than an iPod, and best of all I get a kickback for things you buy through that link.
There will also be a new store feature soon on pearsonmn.net. Bet you thought you would never need to look there again. And since it is the Christmas season according to the retail industry (Macy's has trees and decorations up) there will be a place for Amazon wish lists, update yours and send me the link and I can make a place for you


New pictures posted...no more for a while

Wednesday, October 17, 2007 by Myself

I posted new albums for July, August, September, and October a couple of days ago, they can be found here.
That will be the last of the photos though, It seams that my digital camera is not going to last 2 years. It thinks batteries are always dead, and even when it does work it shuts off after a couple of pictures. So it is not as bad as the picture I scraped off the internet (which looks like it is only the filter), but who knows how long till it completely kicks the bucket.
If it only knew its fate for after it dies, it would probably work longer. I plan on having a little looksie as to how digital cameras work and what is inside. After all, what am I going to do? Make it more dead?

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Daily runs with Kapik

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 by Myself

So I have been doing mostly well on getting my daily run (sometimes twice). Kapik has been the best motivator for this daily activity. If he does not get at least one run per day, he tears the house apart. If you want you can see my public profile on favoriterun.com. It has my routes and what I run every day. I figure I am doing really well just running every day, that I sometimes batch my entries 3 or 4 days at a time.

Speaking of Kapik, he is now the same weight as Andrew. We took Kapik to the vet since he ate his bed and then was not feeling well (go figure!). After they weighed Kapik Andrew stepped on the scale too, there is a .1 pound difference between the two. Both of them are around 45 pounds!

Why there have not been many blog posts.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 by Myself

April, Andrew, and I worked on this last week. Andrew thought it was really cool, and put a number of pieces together. He is really good at puzzles. He does his 100 piece puzzles all the time. The puzzle was a great deal at $3, and even had all the pieces and the extra, red dotted pieces.

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