Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Weagle

When Grandma gives you Jeep accessories
My oldest kid was in need of a vehicle and being a fun kid she wanted a fun vehicle. 

Translation . . . a vehicle able to engage in off road activities with minimal enclosure while looking sporty and . . . 

in my experience . . . 

with an affiliation for not functioning. 

She bought it without seeing the doors and discovered a color rendition of an eagle on one door and a wolf on the other door. 

The Jeep was christened The Weagle.

However doors, top and back seat have rarely been reattached to the vehicle and tend to spend quality time in my garage. 

The Jeep is the only true American sports car. -Enzo Ferrari

Want to know more about the Jeep?

Karl Probst designed the Jeep for the military. He finished in two days with a production cost estimate.

Willys MB Jeeps went into production in 1941. The Army had 49 days to supply a working prototype.

No one knows how Jeep ended up with that moniker. The best guess is the military designation GP (for Government Purposes or General Purpose) was slurred into Jeep in the same way that the HMMWV (for High-Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle) has become known as the Humvee. 

Willys-Overland demonstrated the vehicle's off-road capability by driving up the steps of the United States Capitol. 

Good Lord, I don't think we could continue the war without the jeep. It does everything. It goes everywhere. It's as faithful as a dog, strong as a mule, and as agile as a goat. It constantly carries twice what it was designed for, and keeps on going. It doesn't even ride so badly after you get used to it. 
- Ernie Pyle, War Correspondent.

The handles on the back and sides of the Jeep were designed so that soldiers could lift it out of a mud hole if necessary. When Bantam delivered the first prototype Jeep to the army it was nearly 600 lbs over the weight guideline of 1200 lbs. The army was not pleased until a large cavalry officer managed to lift the rear end of the Jeep off the ground unaided.

You can't park a jeep over a superior officer!!! 
- Frank Burns 

647,925 Jeeps were manufactured during World War II.

Field modifications were made so injured soldiers could be carried on stretchers mounted to the Jeeps. Some accommodated two layers of stretchers and carried up to seven patients.

The Germans would string piano wires neck-high across the roads that Allied Jeeps traveled. The GI's answer was an angle iron bolted upright to the front bumper.

The Jeep alternative for the axis powers were the German Volkswagen and the Japanese Datsun. 

The Germans had a general order to capture Jeeps whenever possible.

The two most dangerous weapons the Germans have are our own armored halftrack and jeep. The halftrack because the boys in it go all heroic, thinking they are in a tank. The jeep because we have so many God-awful drivers. 
- George S Patton

The fuel tank was located under the driver's seat where it couldn't be hit directly by incoming rounds. The headlamps could retract and turn to shine on the engine for repairs. 

The Jeep could also be modified to run on train tracks. In the Philippines, Jeeps pulled a 52-ton supply train for 19 miles, averaging 22mph. 

[The Jeep is] America's greatest contribution to modern warfare. 
- General George C. Marshall

In 1959, Jeep introduced a special version for resorts and it featured a fringe-lined canvas top. The famed “CJ” name stands for Civilian Jeep

Jeep produced the USPS mail trucks for 30 years and AM General also produce the Hummer.

Lots of times a mule will balk if he doesn't think his leader is using good judgment. But a jeep will always try! 
- GI explaining the Jeep to his family.

Per Forbes and, Jeep Wranglers have lowest insurance premiums, paying an average of $1,134 a year.

I know! Surprised the hell out of me.

Going back to my kid . . . college, apartment, job, and a Jeep. . . sounds like a perfect match

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