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May 27, 2006

An Email That Brightens Ones Day

When I was 12 years old I learned to drive with my Dad's Willie Jeep. It would have been 1959 when I was 12 years old, so the Willie Jeep my Dad had was a lot older then that. But I loved that jeep! My parents home was in the country and I would drive it up and down our lane, barefoot and learning that feel of the clutch, the jeep and the driver as one. hahaha

So jeeps have always been a favorite of mine. They don't have to sell me on buying one I go in knowing exactly what I want. A few months ago we bought the new version of what I had been driving for several years. Another Grand Jeep Cherokee. This time and maybe it is just the dealership here where we live now, but they gave a $500 check if Nick showed them his proof of service in the military. Of course Nick was delighted and so was I. They told us they did this for any Veteran or active duty service member.

This morning in my email I received this from the dealership. I am posting it here, not to sell you on a Jeep but because I am so sick of all the negative press on our troops and to see something positive needs recognition.

The email had nothing else in it except this graphic. No click on this to go to their site, nothing, Just this to honor our Veterans and the troops today.

Posted by Wild Thing at May 27, 2006 08:55 AM


..I`m a Chevy kind`a guy..but maybe I`ll give Jeep a chance..wt you do yourself credit...

Posted by: Rob_NC at May 27, 2006 10:12 AM

Fantastic! I'd like to send them an email thanking them for their support.

Posted by: Sierrahome at May 27, 2006 10:30 AM

Hi Rob, Chevy's are good cars too.

It sure was a nice surprise.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 27, 2006 10:35 AM

Hi Sierrahome, the address on the email is one of those mass emailing things I think.

Sent: Saturday, May 27, 2006 8:07 AM
Subject: Enjoy Your Memorial Weekend!

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 27, 2006 10:39 AM

Ah, the old unkillable Willys Jeep. We had Jeepsters, two of them, a '49 and a '52...ragtops with side curtains. Thanks for the memories, WT.

Posted by: Rhod at May 27, 2006 11:03 AM

Thanks for the addy W/T!! & Rhod I would LOVE and old 49 to 50-something Jeepster...sometimes I'll go to eBay and just look for one just to look...thanks for sharing that memory.

Posted by: Sierrahome at May 27, 2006 11:46 AM

Rhod that is so neat!

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 27, 2006 01:37 PM


Looked on EBay myself yesterday for one. There are newer versions (60's) and one very early version with a Chevy engine for $30,000. Interested? Another for $8000. The Jeepsters were great fun. Very durable, very heavy and very wet when it rained. Snappy with a Contenental Kit.

Posted by: Rhod at May 27, 2006 04:43 PM

BTW, Sierrahome, they had column shifters. Maybe the '49 had a floor stick, but the '52 had a column shift with a sweep so long from first to second you needed arms three feet long.

Posted by: Rhod at May 27, 2006 04:46 PM

I know that column shift well, at present however I am thrilled to be at a point in time in life NOT to work on cars. I love it but for quite a while with child support and paying tuition on two at the same time I am thrilled to now own a couple of new vehicles that I am not under the hood on all the time.
I am thinking that I would LOVE to work on something like that with my son here in a few years and when it is done hand him the keys...but at present, to not have skinned-up knuckles is a new experience and a blessing.

Posted by: Sierrahome at May 27, 2006 05:59 PM


How well I know. At one time around here we had seven cars on the road for us and the boys. We could find out where they were by following the blue clouds of smoke and where they'd been by the oil slicks.

The two rules of home mechanics: However many studs there are to remove, two of them will always shear off and E-Z Out stud removers aren't easy.

Posted by: Rhod at May 27, 2006 08:32 PM