It’s been a long journey, not quite as long as many of you, but it felt long to me. I ordered my Jeep on February 24 and it sat in D status until June 14. I honestly didn’t think I was ever going to get it. It was hard waiting in a lot of ways. I had sold my car for a nice profit, but my wife and I had to share a car for a while. Eventually she got tired of that and I had to borrow my moms mini-van for a few months while I waited. It was nice, though, because without a car payment, I had a lot of time and extra money on my hands to get some mods ready. I had tires, rims, step sliders, various nick knacks and some skids ready to get slapped on. My weekends were pretty booked up for the rest of the year.
When I heard that the 2023 orders were opening up in June, I made the decision to cancel my 2022 and put in a new order. It just wasn’t going to sit right with me to drive off the lot with a 2022 when the 2023’s were on the next truck. I put in my order on June 14 and that same day was when my 2022 went into D1. I tracked them both for a long time. My 2022 was built and delivered on August 30 but my 2023 was moving much more quickly. It went into production August 26 and was shipped on September 4. I finally picked her up and my voyage down the rabbit hole has officially begun.
Here is my new baby Storm Cloud! I named her after my wife, Stormy. I figured if she had a vested interest in her, she may not complain too much when I spent money on mods. That hasn’t really gone over as planned. I’ve never had a Jeep before, but it’s been my dream car since I was a teenager, riding around in my friends CJ7 without the doors. I was always a luxury car driver, because that’s what I thought I was expected to drive, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve also realized that I don’t care. I don’t need to be who I’m “supposed” to be, I just need to be who I am. I love my Jeep!
I have a garage full of boxes and even if it’s only for my own benefit, I’ll be updating this post with all the things I have planned, as I get them done. I’m looking forward to taking her off-road and finally enjoying my dream car.
I have a ton of things to work on, so I’ll be posting as I get further along. I am super happy and am so thankful for the forum members I’ve interacted with here. Especially @kah.mun.rah and @hybrid_eg, who have been a great help and a sounding board for all my crazy rants. There have been many, many more who didn’t know how much their posts contributed to what I’ve chosen to do but they have been so helpful and have taught me so much. The Jeep family is really a great group of people!