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Unread 09-08-2013, 07:14 AM   #1
curtis2010
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Centro Americanos?

Live in Guatemala, currently in Panama, see tons of Jeeps here...especially older XJs like mine. Any CA members here?

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Unread 07-14-2014, 07:27 AM   #2
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Wow, all this time and no reply. Interesting because there are loads of Jeeps (old and new) here in Panama. Here in Volcan, Panama alone there are about a dozen older (80-90's) Jeeps like mine. Could start a Jeep club right here.
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Unread 01-18-2015, 04:33 PM   #3
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Hey Curtis,
I'll be shipping my 2002 TJ down to Costa Rica in a year or so, after I have done everything to the Jeep that I plan on doing and have 100% faith in it.

I'm keeping the Jeep pretty close to stock. Going to do a lot of rust protection inside and out. Replace any steel component that I can w/ aluminum, stainless, etc. Out w/ the cast iron manifold and rusty exhaust and in w/ stainless Banks headers and pipes, etc. Going to go through every replaceable rusty bolt in the undercarriage and replace w/ fresh corrosion-resistant fasteners... undercoat that thing... all that stuff.

The Jeep is a white Sahara w/ tan hardtop and softop. I looked long and hard for a clean white Wrangler. My theory is that white helps beat the heat.

I'm going to coat the tub w/ white rhino liner this summer. I'd do it now but it is too cold and windy every day.

I love seeing Wranglers down there. I don't see very many, but do occasionally see one on the PanAm highway. They are rare enough that my biggest concern is going to be finding help for repairs that I can't do myself... that and the $4-$6 per gallon fuel prices in CR.

If I were more practical I would have gotten one of those crappy Korean 4WDs that are so prevalent down there but I've always dreamt of having a Jeep down there.
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Unread 01-25-2015, 10:11 AM   #4
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Cool. Where to in Costa Rica?

I shipped my Jeep to Guatemala back in 2005 (way cheaper and easier than driving). Dropped a rebuilt engine in it before sending it down. The old one still ran fine, but had over 200K miles on it. Road tripped all over Guatemala & Honduras and then a couple of years ago made a 6 week road trip from Guate to Panama...and ended up importing the Jeep into Panama.

We've driven it all over Panama west of the Canal. Have trips palnned to the Darien and other places east of the canal. After that can't drive any further east...no roads thru the Darien, but there is a ferry now...still a little hesistant to do much driving in Colombia though...maybe in a few years if the peace negotiations work out.

My Jeep is stock, but I plan to do some major projects this year. Still plan to keep it basically stock in appearance, but make some upgrades and improvements.

Good to get yours well prep'ed before coming down. Plenty of good mechanics in Central America at reasonable rates (only place I've ever tipped a mechanic!) so a good place to get projects done, but parts, at least for my old '89, are scarce and must be imported or found in salvage. Mechanics in Costa Rica I assume are more expensive than elsewhere in CA, like everything else there.

Bienvenidos a Centro America! ;-)
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Unread 01-25-2015, 10:19 AM   #5
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If I were more practical I would have gotten one of those crappy Korean 4WDs that are so prevalent down there but I've always dreamt of having a Jeep down there.
At least in Panama its Toyota HiLuxes...practically every other vehicle you see (parts and service for these must be great). They are pretty popular elsewhere in CA too. Up in the Chiriqui highlands there are lots of old Toyota jeeps & trucks which are cool. Lots of older Jeeps up here too....must be a dozen older XJ's like mine just around Volcan.
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Unread 02-01-2015, 03:59 PM   #6
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Hey Curtis,
I'll be down south on the Golfo Dulce. It's a small world down there, maybe we'll run into each other sometime. I'll be the gringo in a white TJ. Tan hard top in the rainy season. For now I'm a worker bee in the states, saving up so I can spend more time down there some day.
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Unread 02-02-2015, 05:36 PM   #7
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Hey Curtis,
I'll be down south on the Golfo Dulce. It's a small world down there, maybe we'll run into each other sometime. I'll be the gringo in a white TJ. Tan hard top in the rainy season. For now I'm a worker bee in the states, saving up so I can spend more time down there some day.
Cool. I'll let you know if we get up that. Crossing the CR/Panama border with a private vehicle is PITA by the way.
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