People today are looking to unplug and escape. Getting behind the wheel of a classic Jeep is a great way to connect with the world at a different pace and explore different places. There are locations all around this country (dedicated off-highway vehicle parks as well as public land open for exploring) where you can spend a few hours or a few weeks slowing down and getting in touch with nature. Life is short…slow down and enjoy the ride!
Buege’s Classic Jeep is recognized around the world as a leader in Jeep restoration and repair. I trust Terry to pay attention to the details that will ensure many trouble free days driving my classic Scrambler. Since I am using it to run offroad driving classes on Minnesota’s Iron Range, I need to know that it has been properly maintained and it is ready to go.
Beyond the nuts and bolts of fixing Jeeps, however, is the character of man holding the wrench. Terry demonstrates true concern for the environment, shows his appreciation of friends and neighbors, and respects the Jeeps in his care. Through the years, Terry has earned his official Iron Range Offroad endorsement!
Terry is a great communicator pre-sale, during the work and with follow-up to ensure my Jeep was performing to my expectations. He is very knowledgeable and is very quick to find solutions to difficult problems. The engine swap in my 1978 CJ7 was complicated due to the late model ODBII sensors on the replacement engine. I was thrilled to receive a video of the engine running, it was much more fun than a simple email or text! Terry’s facility is very large and clean. The were several projects in his shop and there was no feeling of being cramped for space. When picked up my Jeep is was very impressed on how clean and correct the job was done. The wiring was routed and finished better than factory. Since I got my Jeep back it has seen many trail and street hours with no issues. And it is so much fun to drive with late model horsepower hooking up to the tires!
Terry has taken care of my ’48 CJ2A for several years now. The first trip through his shop was in 2013 when he upgraded the brakes and some other mechanical items. We ran for a year or two and then decided to go for a full restoration with new tub, and several other renovations.
In both excursions through Terry’s shop he did an outstanding job. Terry is extremely knowledgeable on early Jeeps and we found this knowledge to be essential as we progressed through the restoration process. Terry is a very effective communicator and stayed in touch throughout the process. This meant no surprises as we knew what he was doing. I have restored several vehicles using several different shops and have to say Terry is the best I have encountered in terms of knowledge, communication and treatment. These are essential for a satisfactory result. If I had another Jeep to restore, it would already be in his shop.
Terry was easy to work with and perfect for getting the ’51 Willys I inherited up and running. He rebuilt a number of aging parts and looked over everything. His knowledge of these Jeeps was evident right away and I definitely feel I brought it to the right guy. I learned a ton about the Jeep in the process and it runs great!
2013 I saw (FSJ-Forum) that Terry want sell his 81 Cherokee Chief. The “problem” I live in Germany. I send a email to Terry to get all infos about this great looking car. He told me that this was his first big rest0ration project. So… long story… at the end a I get a very great car from a very great guy. It was the first time that Terry sells a car overseas. He helps me in every way to get the car to Germany!!! Great deal overall, and since then we are in contact!!! He did a very exellent job on this project, he has done work on all parts (engine 401cui with mild cam, Doug Thorley headers and so on, axels, transmission, interior, exterior).
After inquiring around the 4WD websites and blogs for the best classic Jeep mechanic, I kept seeing the same mame come up over and over. So I called Terry and spoke with him about my 73 CJ. I was mainly interested in someone going completely through the electrical as I had installed a Painless harness a few years before and was never happy with it. From the first conversation on the phone to meeting him in person, I knew this guy was legit. So I trailered my CJ all the way down from Ely to Winona and we went over what my concerns were. It was like I had known this guy for 25 years.
So I left my CJ, which I have had since I purchased it new in 1973 with Terry totally at his mercy, for what needed to be done and what was fine. I ended up giving him the green light to go through the entire vehicle, that’s how confident I felt. He kept me informed the entire time, and when I went back down to pick it up I was blown away with the quality of workmanship and the up front honest approach. Could not have been happier with the work and the cost of his work. Best classic Jeep guy around period!!!!!