January 15th through 19th, 2014!
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One account of the origin of the term "jeep" begins when the prototypes were being proven at military bases. The term "jeep" was used by Army mechanics for any untried or untested vehicles.
Another likely factor in the popularization of the jeep name came from the fact that the vehicle made quite an impression on soldiers at the time, so much so that they informally named it after Eugene the Jeep, a character in the Popeye cartoons created by E. C. Segar. Eugene the Jeep was Popeye's "jungle pet" and was "small, able to move between dimensions and could solve seemingly impossible problems."
In early 1941, Willys-Overland staged a press event in Washington, D.C., having the car demonstrate its prowess by driving up the Capitol steps. Irving "Red" Hausmann, a test driver on the Willys development team who had accompanied the car for its testing at Camp Holabird, had heard soldiers there referring to it as a jeep. He was enlisted to go to the event and give a demonstration ride to a group of dignitaries, including Katherine Hillyer, a reporter for the Washington Daily News. When asked by the reporter, Hausmann too called it a Jeep. Hillyer's article appeared in the newspaper on February 20, 1941, with a photo showing a jeep going up the Capitol steps and a caption including the term 'jeep'. This is believed to be the most likely cause of the term being fixed in public awareness. Even though Hausmann did not create or invent the word Jeep, he very well could be the one most responsible for its first news media usage.
Presented is a 1957 Jeep FC150 Pickup that is blue and white and has received a total ground-up restoration. The chassis has been caustic soda vat cleaned and all cracks welded and repaired. The front springers modified to factory specifications. It has welded on frame rails that were repainted with Rustoleum black.
The engine was bored .020 oversize and crankshaft ground .010 under size. The valve seats were installed with new Stellite exhaust valves along with new pistons, rod and main bearings, camshaft gears, and all new gaskets and seals. The transmission has a new input shaft, 2nd speed gear, new synchronizer, new gaskets and seals, as well as new clutch disc and pressure plate and is repainted black. It has a Nihard exhaust.
The transfer case has new bearings and seal, as well as the differentials, and steering knuckles.
The steering gear has new bushings, bearings and seals, new cross-shaft, new steering shaft, new idler arm and bearings, and new tie rod ends. The brake have new brake drums, new lining all new wheel and master cylinders, all new rubber hoses at the wheels, and all new steel brake lines in the chassis.
The Cab was replaced with a newer Arizona cab with very little rust along with new upholstery.
The pick up bed was completely rebuilt with new metal including the floor except for the flairs and stake pockets. It has a custom made fuel tank, new fuel pump and rebuilt carburetor. The radiator and heater cores were re cored. It rides on all new non-directional tires.