@pip-bip the 1.4D was an aluminium block that had it's head gasket updated at some point of it's life to avoid some failures.
The 1.5D that was slightly more powerful and had an iron cast block and most of the reliability issues of the 1.4D fixed.
One of my brother had a 1.5D and it was no slouch for the little power it had (keep in mind that they are around 750-800kg) and incredible mileage (something like 4.5L/100km AKA 52MPG on mixed driving), it was this color :
@just-jeepin correct on the careful maintenance of the H.O. as I had blown head gaskets at 190,000 miles (due to my laziness for not replacing the heater core sooner). I did ditch the 249 for the 242HD selec-trac. You could option the H.O. with the selec-trac and vari-loc axles but they're pretty hard to find. Die to that I just went right for an overland and planned on the 242 swap from the start. This is my second WJ and if sonething happened to this one id get a 3rd. They're great vehicles.
@williamssw I'd have to wait until Christmas break too.
I just got word that even when my district does return to a hybrid schedule (whenever that is), my classes will be fully remote. I am less than thrilled. At least I can plan long term, which is better than what the district put us through this semester.
My daughters have been remote all year so far. Their teachers have done a fantastic job. I cannot believe they are managing to make kindergarten work remotely for my little one. They are targeting a start for hybrid January 19th, although I'm guessing that's going to get kicked back again.
Luckily my wife quit her job to stay home with the kids a few years ago, or I don't know what the hell we would have done.
DSC_0278.JPG DSC_0279.JPG DSC_0280.JPG I met the previous owner ? in 2018. wacky guy, but you'd have to be a bit to take on that restoration. The car was so beat up from so many years, and so many parts customized, It was practically restored twice as every part was "is this broken or meant to be this shape?"