Well folks, i's been a long time since I updated this. Here is the latest news... My wife got pregnant and I sold the Jeep. Bought a more infant-friendly vehicle as this was my daily driver. It was one of the hardest things I've had to do, but family comes first! One of my rear seat brackets was lose/broken, not to mention I remember reading threads of rear seats getting thrown from Wranglers in accidents. I just couldn't justify the risk personally. So that was a little over a year ago at this point.
So I got a nice new Toyota 4runner, and have been missing my Jeep ever since. Well, after some long talks with the wife, we realized we needed to get another Jeep! While I'd love to get another TJ, we ultimately decided on getting a XJ. I wanted to have a vehicle I could drive around town (i.e. not a dedicated trail rig) and with that in mind I wanted something I could put my son in, even while he is young (carseat/booster seat age). So this past weekend I went ahead and bought a 1998 Jeep Cherokee Limited Sport 4WD:
Eventually it may become a dedicated trail rig, but for now I'll just enjoy lifting/moding it! I need to do a little bit of mechanical maintenance to it first, but the mods will follow shortly. I'll probably start a new build thread. At least I still have a CJ in the family too. My father-in-law has a 1986 CJ-7 that I have access to, although it's more of a "showroom" jeep.