Many years ago, one of the editors of Grassroots Motorsports magazine referred to me as "the sherpa of the turbo Dodge world" because I gave him a lot of assistance in how to make his Dodge Omni GLH Turbo more powerful on a shoestring budget. I was flattered by the compliment as well as their frequent mentioning of me and my web pages in their magazine.
At the time, I owned my first Jeep (an '88 XJ 4.0L). I was always the support vehicle when I would go Jeeping with my friends--I could carry extra cargo, I would pull them back onto their tires when they would roll, I would be the one to wade into ponds and streams to extract other vehicles that stalled out in the middle, I towed them back to the shop when they broke down on the trail, etc. (Full disclosure: this vehicle did break down on me once when I broke a rear axle shaft... but due to my LockRite, I was still able to drive myself home.)
So one day I finally saw the light and decided my XJ was worthy of the name Sherpa, and I quickly applied for the personalized license plate. Here I am at the moment I broke the axle, followed by another picture from the rear (so you can see the plate) a few minutes later when I got strapped forward two feet so I could drive the rest of the way off the obstacle:
Since that time, I have christened all my Jeeps as Sherpa and they have worn the plate with honor. After the XJ was my 2001 TJ Sport that I factory ordered, then lifted and put on 35" MT/Rs:
Later was my 1997 Sahara, also on 35" MT/Rs:
Over the last year, there has been my '97 SE lowrider on 31" MT/Rs:
Now that I have purchased my '98 Sport to replace the SE, the sacred license plate will make the transition after I actually sell the SE.
__________________ Dempsey Bowling
My fleet: 91 Miata, 98 Wrangler Sport, 06 Mustang GT, 01 Suburban 8.1L, 14 Forte EX
Jeep mods: 4" longarm + 1" BL, 35" KM2s, 4.56s with dual ARBs... and lots of scratched armor
Named my jeep Sarah after she passed away because she was the one that really pushed me to get a jeep. The day I bought it, I took her for a ride and I think she instantly fell in love with it. I hope nothing bad ever happens to my Sarahs, the 2 best things in my life. Rest in peace angel!
let's see, the '91 white yj was turd cuz it was a 4 banger and always muddy, the '89 white xj was 'ol reliable cuz it had 347k miles on it and never left me stranded once in the 200k miles of owning and wheeling it, the '88 blue xj was sandy vaj cuz the first time i got it stuck was at the dunes, and the current '98 black tj hasn't earned a name yet only had it about 3 months
American born and bred, union 'til I die!
United Association Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 430
PM me if you need a diagram I have All Data Pro access.
I got my Jeep a few months as a project car. My Mom said the Jeep was very frank and that's what we decided to call it. As I got more familiar with my Jeep I discovered a few parts came used from other Jeeps. I came up with the name FrankenJeep because it reminded me of how Frankenstein's monster was built out of parts from other people.
I call her Peace Jeep or PJ for short... She is bright blue or teal color and I have peace sign seat covers. Getting the spare tire cover custom painted with a cool peace sign by a local artist also. She's my first jeep. Driving her to work all this week with the top off in the beautiful fall weather with my gloves, scarf and jacket and enjoying every minute!
For me the vehicle has to earn a name, and you can't re-use the name on other vehicles.
my '83 Porsche 944 was penny - Penny was poison but I didn't mind
our '93 Grand Cherokee is cheerio
cheerio was named by my sister in law, he was her first car and eventually she gave him to the wife, who gave it to me after we got married. Cheerio has been in our family for something like 10 years and a few hundred thousand miles.
my new jeep will for sure earn a name but nothing has for sure stuck yet, my wife called it wheaties when I first brought it home. Because it followed cheerio in a cereal name, and he would have to eat his wheaties to live up to the jeep rep cheerio built.
hey, at least she didn't go with fruit loop