Archive for January 2011

Office Grudge Match: Tug of War

Jeep Tug of War

The office is basically like the gridiron. A certain amount of trash talking is  expected and even acceptable. In our industry that usually means guys with oversized egos compensating for undersized lifts and tires, if you know what I mean.

The longest running office spat started when a tech guy called out of one of our engineers and asked when he was going to trade in his 2WD Grand Cherokee for a “real Jeep”. The engineer asked replied in kind asked the tech guy the same question. When was he going to trade in his YJ for a “real” Jeep?

To be fair the YJ is the perennial red headed step child of the Jeep family. (How quickly can you say square headlights?) Half CJ7, half TJ it seems the YJ got the worst of both worlds. The ribbing knows no bounds. Example:

Question: Why don’t you see more YJ’s on the trail? Answer: Cash for Clunkers.

Question: What is the best upgrade you can make to YJ? Answer: A TJ

For the better good we decided it was time for this hate fest to end. Love heals all wounds. So, we tried to convince them to fight it out.  They need wounds before they can be healed, right? We have been religiously offering helpful solutions: Duels, Bicycle Jousting, Arm Wrestling, but the absolute best solution we came up with was a tug of war.

So, we ask you: WHO WILL WIN? The grocery getting 2004 2WD Grand Cherokee that is one step above the soccer mom minivan, or the 1993 anemic 2.5L YJ Wrangler? The Grand Cherokee is bone stock (minus the addition of a car seat). The YJ (Yuppie Jeep) is out fitted with a 4″ ORV Lift, 1″ shackle lift and the perquisite 3″ body lift with 35×12.5×12 super swampers.

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Elvis dug more than just pink Cadillacs

Saturday is would have been the King’s 75th Birthday, for those of you who don’t believe he is quietly leaving out his days playing shuffle board with other seniors in cozy Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The King of Rock loved fun, fast cars and women. His fondness of the now notorious women and Cadillacs is well documented, but most people don’t know that Elvis dug more than just his Caddie’s in light rose hues: He even liked his Jeeps pink.

When Elvis Presley returned home to Graceland in 1960, fresh from a stint the army, he purchased a 1960 Jeep Surrey for use on the grounds. His love for the Jeep was most likely experience in the Army and on the set of his first film G.I. Blues.

The Jeep “Surrey” or “Gala” was a package on the two-wheel drive DJ-3A Dispatcher. Produced as a resort fleet rental vehicle the playboy pink Jeep was produced by Kaiser Willys from 1959 until 1964.  The Surrey was usually dressed out in Elvis’ preferred pink (actually Tropical Rose/Coral Mist), but also was offered in Cerulean Blue/Glacier White, and Fountain Green/Glacier White.

Oddly enough the pink Jeep shared screen time with Presley in the 1963 B flick Fun in Acapulco. In which Elvis played a down and out lifeguard / lunge singer and former trapeze artist. The Jeep is now on permanent display at Graceland his Memphis, Tennessee estate.

Photos Credits: Robin Walker (PBase), Derek Redmond (CJ3B)