Precision Jeep and offroad vehicle RestorationJeep is an automobile marque (and registered trademark) of Chrysler. It is the oldest off-road vehicle (also sport utility vehicle – SUV) brand, with Land Rover coming in second. The original vehicle which first appeared as the prototype Bantam BRC became the primary light 4 wheel drive car of the US Army and allies during the World War II and postwar period. Many vehicles serving similar military and civilian roles have since been created by many nations.
There are many explanations of the origin of the word “jeep,” all of which have proven difficult to verify. Probably the most popular notion holds that the vehicle bore the designation “GP” (for “Government Purposes” or “General Purpose”), which was phonetically slurred into the word jeep. However, R. Lee Ermey, on his television series Mail Call, disputes this, saying that the vehicle was designed for specific duties, was never referred to as “General Purpose,” and that the name may have been derived from Ford’s nomenclature referring to the vehicle as GP (G for government use, and P to designate its 80-inch (2,000 mm) wheelbase). “GP” does appear in connection with the vehicle in the TM 9-803 manual, which describes the vehicle as a machine, and the vehicle is designated a “GP” in TM 9-2800, Standard Motor Vehicles, September 1, 1949, but whether the average jeep-driving GI would have been familiar with either of these manuals is open to debate.
This account may confuse the jeep with the nickname of another series of vehicles with the GP designation. The Electro-Motive Division of General Motors, a maker of railroad locomotives, introduced its “General Purpose” line in 1949, using the GP tag. These locomotives are commonly referred to as Geeps, pronounced the same way as “Jeep.”
Many, including Ermey, suggest that soldiers at the time were so impressed with the new vehicles that they informally named it after Eugene the Jeep, a character in the Popeye cartoons that “could go anywhere.”
Precision Jeep and offroad restorations, as one may imagine, are extremely enjoyable. Our clients, who are Jeep and offroad enthusiasts, are great to work with. There is obviously a high degree of planning and design that go into these vehicles. Like a racing vehicle, these offroad vehicles are built with a very specific purpose and use. These vehicles can not fail on the offroad course and therefore we are extremely careful that we understand the clients needs and the client understands the design that was incorporated based on the intended use of the vehicle. The Jeep and other offroad vehicles represent an important segment in the American auto industry and the auto enthusiasts. Rugged design the ability to do anything, anywhere at anytime make these vehicles true muscle machines. Whether its a Jeep, Toyota, Willys or International we enjoy them all.
Precision Jeep and offroad vehicle restorations are considered the most fun and client interactive amongst the staff. In all cases the Jeep and offroad vehicle restoration always exceeds our clients expectations.
Precision Restorations is a St. Louis, Missouri-based leader in the automotive and truck restoration industry. The company specializes in customization and show-quality paint work, as well as mechanical and interior/exterior restoration for antique, vintage and classic vehicles.
The future of the classic automobile is etched in history; these cars are becoming more desirable everyday. The days of sending these cherished icons to the scrapyard or allowing them to rust away are over. Precision Restorations is able to provide the quality service required for the fortunate classic automobile owners that have been privileged with the responsibility to preserve our great automotive history.
The company’s mission is simple: to provide customers with the most trustworthy personal service and quality craftsmanship available in the marketplace today. Precision Restorations is committed to making customer communication and satisfaction a priority. It is truly a place where memories come alive to drive.