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Old 06-07-2022, 11:58 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I just started running my mouth in the tech sections with out even saying hello. My apologies.

My name's Mike, im a jeep guy at heart, Cherokees are my get down. I've had 6 of them in the past 20 years (Jesus Christ I'm getting old) and my driveway has been the last stop and final resting place for over 50 of em, so the tag GrimmJeeper just stuck because I send em home to hell . Most folks just call me Grimm. I can't stand rock crawling so my jeeps are built for air time and high speed in the desert here in socal. I've always wanted a slammed mini truck though and never got the chance back in 90s during high school, so when I saw my new toy for sale last year I snatched it up immediately.

97 xe d21, 2.4 single cam 5sp 2wd. Ran like shit and had a slight misfire, but it was priced right and I got stars in my eyes and bought it.

This forum has saved my ass so many times when I didn't know what the hell to do or where to even start, so thanks for all who post and answer questions here. I started as an ase certified master tech in 2000 and broke my back hitting a tree at 70 in the rain a year later that put an end to being able to bend over an engine bay all day every day, so i know my way around a toolbox, but this truck has had me pulling my hair out a few times so far and I've found the answer here every time.

Anyway, to hell with my life story here's my truck.



I put the projectors out of a caddy suv I found at the junk yard into some eBay cheap h4 conversion headlight housings and wired up some LEDs for the demon eye look. Never done it before but I think it came out pretty good.

It spent 10 years in a field in Mexico and the underside is covered in rust so I decided to name him Lockjaw. I don't have a lot of dough but I have a lot of time and tools, and I decided nobody is doing anything to this truck but me. Drivetrain, interior, electrical, paint and body, everything. If I don't know how to do it I'll learn and get it done. End goal is just a clean resto mod that lays frame on bags. Progress has been slow, but really a lot of fun. This truck is a toy and junk hauler for me so the sky's the limit with it, and I love to tinker with shit so I'm going all the way with every idea I have just to see what I can pull off... So I'll have to start a build thread I guess lol.


Thanks for being here, and hello.

Oh and I talk to damn much most of the time
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Old 06-07-2022, 01:45 PM   #2
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welcome to the site... finally.
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Old 06-07-2022, 05:00 PM   #3
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Welcome Grimm!

I too hail from SoCal. Born & raised here in Los Angeles.

You sound handy to have around being a certified master tech. Glad you joined as a member!

Love the demon eye look! Great idea!

I’m certain you have plenty to contribute. The truck looks great already! I have the same model year as yours.

Welcome to the party!
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Old 06-08-2022, 12:01 AM   #6
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Thanks guys, just to be clear my certifications expired a long time ago lol. I haven't worked on a car as my job in 20 years, spent a long time behind the parts counter at Napa and then O'Reilly's though working with shop accounts.

This truck has been fun working on it, I've already dropped Pathfinder seats in it, And started on the interior.... And got yelled at for the grease stains on my old lady's sewing machine
Good times. Haha
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