Junkyard Find: 1993 Jeep Cherokee, Pink Camouflage Edition

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1993 jeep cherokee pink camouflage edition

Examples of the XJ Jeep Cherokee are everywhere in Denver junkyards (nearly as numerous as late-1990s Subaru Outbacks, these days), and it takes a special one to make me deploy my camera. I thought the factory-installed orange tape stripes on this ’91 Cherokee Sport were interesting, and now today’s ’93 with innovative tree-branches-and-rattlecans camo job has made the cut.

It appears that someone laid fir branches all over the truck and then hosed it down with pink and white spray paint. Why? Some junkyard questions have no answers.

It makes sense that Cadillac would use the British “Litre” spelling on their 500-cubic-inch engine badges, for general faux-classy reasons, but why couldn’t Chrysler spell it the American way on a good ol’ Jeep?

It will always be the 242 to me.

Is this the logo of an elite paramilitary organization?

“Brings you air that lets you breathe a little easier” turns out to refer to the driver’s side airbag in the ’93 Cherokee.

The debut of the 242 engine was bigger news than Chrysler buying American Motors!

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  • Honda_lawn_art Honda_lawn_art on Apr 11, 2016

    How do you know it's fir and not spruce?

  • Kelsims95 Kelsims95 on Feb 20, 2018

    Nothing "kooky" about this at all, unless you drive your average silver/black/white car(boring). Maybe I like this paint so much because it looks very similar to the paint job we did on my jeep, which is also very clean, despite my "kookiness" for painting my jeep pink-purple camo, as well. (instagram @ Bigbae_XJ) There's nothing wrong with being different and standing out. I would love to find out who the original owner of this jeep is, it reminds me so much of my own XJ.

  • MaintenanceCosts Despite my hostile comments above I really can't wait to see a video of one of these at the strip. A production car running mid-eights is just bats. I just hope that at least one owner lets it happen, rather than offloading the car from the trailer straight into a helium-filled bag that goes into a dark secured warehouse until Barrett-Jackson 2056.
  • Schurkey Decades later, I'm still peeved that Honda failed to recall and repair the seat belts in my '80 Civic. Well-known issue with the retractors failing to retract.Honda cut a deal with the NHTSA at that time, to put a "lifetime warranty" on FUTURE seat belts, in return for not having to deal with the existing problems.Dirtbags all around. Customers screwed, corporation and Government moves on.
  • Bullnuke An acquaintance of mine 50+ years ago who was attending MIT (until General Hershey's folks sent him his "Greetings" letter) converted an Austin Mini from its staid 4 cylinder to an electric motored fuel cell vehicle. It was done as a project during his progression toward a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering. He told me it worked pretty well but wasn't something to use as a daily driver given the technology and availability of suitable components of the time. Fueling LH2 and LOX was somewhat problematic. Upon completion he removed his fuel cell and equipment and, for another project, reinstalled the 4 banger but reassembled it without mechanical fasteners using an experimental epoxy adhesive instead which, he said, worked much better and was a daily driver...for awhile. He went on to be an enlisted Reactor Operator on a submarine for a few years.
  • Ajla $100k is walking around money but this is almost certainly the last Dodge V8 vehicle and it's likely to be the most powerful factory-installed and warrantied pushrod engine ever. So there is some historical applicability to things even if you have an otherwise low opinion of the Challenger.And, like I said up thread, if you still hate it will be gone soon anyway.
  • Carlson Fan GM completely blew the marketing of the Volt. The commercials were terrible. You'd swear they told the advertising company to come up with an ad that would make sure no one went out and shopped a Volt after seeing it!...........LOL My buddy asked why I bought a car that only goes 40 miles on a charge? That pretty much sums up how confusing and uninformative the advertising was.