Video of the Week: the $450 Overland XJ

If you had asked a Jeep enthusiast what they thought of the XJ twenty years ago, you might have learned a few new curse words. These plucky unibodies weren’t exactly adored back then, but times sure have changed. With their affordable prices, proven track records, and surprising capability, not to mention dirt cheap parts, the XJ has become a beloved 4×4 in the off-road world. More recently, it has started gaining traction with the overland crowd as well. Many great examples have cropped up, including this build from Overland History. It’s a 1994 Cherokee that Adam bought for $450, and slowly built into his dream adventure-mobile for exploring east coast back roads. We’ve seen this truck in person, and it’s pretty awesome. Check it out in his video walk-through below.

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Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Senior Editor while living full-time on the road.