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1947 Jeep CJ-2A - Clattering Flatty

1947 Jeep CJ-2A - Clattering Flatty

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AEV’s Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier Install

AEV’s Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier Install

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Hendrick Dynamic’s Jeep Wrangler Commando

Hendrick Dynamic’s Jeep Wrangler Commando

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Backstory on John Cappa’s 1973 J-2000 Pickup

Backstory on John Cappa’s 1973 J-2000 Pickup

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Project Ali-Lander, Building an Unlimited JK for Adventure

Project Ali-Lander, Building an Unlimited JK for Adventure

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1998 5.9L Jeep Grand Cherokee - Louis

1998 5.9L Jeep Grand Cherokee - Louis

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A Modern 1976 Jeep Wagoneer Sleeper

A Modern 1976 Jeep Wagoneer Sleeper

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Future SUVs from Jeep, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lamborghini, Tesla, Honda

Future SUVs from Jeep, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lamborghini, Tesla, Honda

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Jeep Reveals Secrets About the Future of Wrangler

Jeep Reveals Secrets About the Future of Wrangler

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Adding a Steady Foot with New Suspension, Wheels, & Tires To Our 2014 Jeep Wrangler

Adding a Steady Foot with New Suspension, Wheels, & Tires To Our 2014 Jeep Wrangler

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1999 Jeep Cherokee - Project Disposable Hero

1999 Jeep Cherokee - Project Disposable Hero

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2011 Jeep Wrangler JK, The Third

2011 Jeep Wrangler JK, The Third

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Verne Simons' 1949 Jeep CJ 3A

Verne Simons' 1949 Jeep CJ 3A

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1994 Jeep Wrangler - Big Mini

1994 Jeep Wrangler - Big Mini

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Extreme Terrain and Barricade Off-Road Unveil Project Trail Force – The Supercharged 2015 Wrangler JK that will Lead the World’s Largest Jeep Parade

Extreme Terrain and Barricade Off-Road Unveil Project Trail Force – The Supercharged 2015 Wrangler JK that will Lead the World’s Largest Jeep Parade

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A Clean 2008 Jeep Wrangler JK That Checks All The Right Boxes

A Clean 2008 Jeep Wrangler JK That Checks All The Right Boxes

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Tips & Pointers Before You Buy Your Next Jeep

Tips & Pointers Before You Buy Your Next Jeep

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Dick Cepek’s New Fun Country Tire Review

Dick Cepek’s New Fun Country Tire Review

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A Dedicated 2007 Jeep JK Trail Rig

A Dedicated 2007 Jeep JK Trail Rig

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About Jeep

Intro

Jeep is an American auto manufacturer that specializes in off-road vehicles. Through the years, it has released compact, midsize, and full-size sport utility vehicles (SUVs) as well as a few trucks. Jeep stopped production on its last truck, the Jeep Comanche, in 1992.

Origins

Jeep has been around since the 1940s and was acquired by the Chrysler Corporation in 1987. Jeep worked closely with the United States military, especially during World War II. In fact, the original Jeep vehicle was a light four-wheel drive vehicle that was used in the war and for post-war efforts. Since then Jeep has released to the public many off-road and sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

The name Jeep has a military background as well. The military designation for the first Jeep vehicle was "GP" (or General Purpose). GP was slurred enough times and eventually morphed into "Jeep." In fact, the military actually defines the word Jeep as a four-wheel drive vehicle used for reconnaissance or other army duty. Jeep has continued to have an all-purpose, off-road distinction which is still seen in its models today.

About

Jeep hasn't produced a truck in a few decades, although there's always rumors that they will do so again. The first truck-like vehicle was the four-wheel drive Willys Jeep Truck which was produced from 1947 to 1965. Jeep's early, full-size pickup was originally produced by Willys-Overland and Ford for the United States Army.

A few more trucks were added to the lineup through the 60s, 70s, and 80s, including the Gladiator, Honcho, and finally the Comanche; all with limited success. Jeep decided to phase out production of the Comanche and get out of the truck business altogether in 1992 after lackluster sales and brand conflicts with Chrysler's other brand Dodge. Dodge would take over selling trucks and Jeep would continue with only SUVs.

Features

The signature feature that Jeep continued to improve on was its 4x4 capabilities. The Comanche also sported Jeeps new "Quadra-Link" suspension with coil springs and upper and lower control arms. The improved suspension provided a more comfortable ride and improved axle articulation during off-road trips.

Evolution

The first truck that Jeep released was the Willys Jeep Truck that hit the market in 1946. It was a full size, iconic truck. In the 60s and 70s Jeep also offered the Gladiator. The Honcho ran through the late 80s. In 1956 Jeep all put out a midsize pickup, the Forward Control, followed by the CJ-10 and then the Comanche. In fact, the Jeep Comanche was the last truck offered by Jeep. This compact pickup truck had two doors and was available with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Its body, styling, engineering, and drivetrain were based on the Cherokee XJ, and this model was produced from 1985 to 1992. After the Comanche, Jeep decided to stick to what it does best - produce rugged, off-road Jeep vehicles.

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