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Old 08-10-2017, 02:10 PM
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The Road Travelled: History of the Jeep Wrangler



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It would be easy to mistake the modern-day Jeep Wrangler for the direct descendant of original Willys MB 4◊4 that served the Allies with astonishing versatility in the Second World War. In truth, however, the Wranglerís O.G. Jeep looks are the only thing tying it to its spiritual predecessor.

Introduced in 1986 as a replacement for the great-great grandson of the Willys MB ó called the 'Jeep CJ' ó the Wrangler or 'YJ' took a lot of heat from hardcore Jeep fans who felt betrayed by any movement towards modernity.

This certainly seems like a strange attitude today, given that the current version of the JeepWrangler stands as the most anachronistic SUVs on the market. Letís take a look at how Jeepís ultra-popular off-roader made it from upstart to venerated elder statesman.
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the Wranglerís O.G. Jeep looks are the only thing tying it to its spiritual predecessor.
Can we assume a car guy wrote this? Only looks? How about body on frame? How about solid axles? How about about 4wd low and high range? How about excellent off road ability?

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I read the article. It's pretty trivial. Not much of a history. More of an overview.
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Can we assume a car guy wrote this? Only looks? How about body on frame? How about solid axles? How about about 4wd low and high range? How about excellent off road ability?
I agree. The philosophy behind the Jeep is what has kept it alive all these years. Can anyone think of any other vehicle that has looks and basic construction remotely similar to their 1941 predecessor?

The original name was Willys Universal, but even the builders plates on the frame of mid to late WWII production said "Jeep". When Willys released the CJ2A to the public they still tried to call it the Willys Universal, but the public would have none of that - it was the Jeep.

I remember when I called my late sister in Texas and told her I bought a new Jeep and she asked if I had gotten a new Cherokee as I already had an '89 that I had bought new. I told her no, that I had bought a Jeep Jeep. A real one. (A new '91 YJ).
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Messing around one day, I decided to remove the roll bars on my '16 JK using Photoshop. I put the result next to an image of a 1948 Jeep I got off the net... There are big differences between the two, but you have to admit, the basic styling is pretty close

(I posted this image in another thread a while back, but can't remember which one)....

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Messing around one day, I decided to remove the roll bars on my '16 JK using Photoshop. I put the result next to an image of a 1948 Jeep I got off the net... There are big differences between the two, but you have to admit, the basic styling is pretty close

(I posted this image in another thread a while back, but can't remember which one)....

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That's pretty awesome!
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Saw a video on YouTube about the original MB referred to as the slat grill. I had always thought from photos the grille was made by welding rods onto a bar, but it is made of flat steel bars. It was early in 1942 they changed over to the stamped grill because it was less labor intensive. The designer of the stamped grill we all know and love - Henry Ford. Ford Motor Co. had just been given a supplemental contract to build the GPWs because Willys could no make enough MBs fast enough. Henry, always the cost conscious engineer, balked at the grille design and got the 9 slot grille approved. A few months later, Willys was using the same grille.

It is really amazing how many designers and companies were involved in the WWII Jeep, but only Willys recognized the post war demand and stuck with the vehicle.
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Edit: The posts by the idiot I was replying to have been removed.

Are you kidding me?? With all the tragedy happening in Texas and Florida right now and all the other legitimate charities out there helping those in need, you're asking strangers to just give you money to further your hobby?

It disgusts me just reading this.

Go out and volunteer and help others. Here's hoping karma doesn't ruin your life just for trying this.
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