To honor our Green Beret Veterans and assist in maximizing the funds raised for this important cause, The McKee Foundation, Rehab Garage, and The Advantage Heroes Foundation have come together to restore and theme a 1995 Jeep YJ Wrangler, chosen for its broad appeal, availability, and unique history with the U.S. Armed Forces.
In 1940, when it became clear that the United States would be involved in the European theatre of World War II, the U.S. Army contacted 135 companies to create working prototypes of a four-wheel-drive reconnaissance car. Only two companies responded: American Bantam Car Company and Willys-Overland. Prior to 1940 the term "jeep" had been used as U.S. Army slang for new recruits but was also used to refer to the light and versatile 4x4 that was produced specifically for the U.S. military, just before World War II. The Willy’s Jeep went into production in 1941, making it the oldest four-wheel drive mass-production vehicle. At $648/unit, it became the primary light 4-wheel-drive vehicle of the United States Army and the Allies, during World War II, as well as the postwar period. The term became common worldwide in the wake of the war, as the first civilian Jeeps were launched in 1945 and became the personification of Yankee ingenuity and can-do determination.
The restoration began on May 8th, with a deadline of September 14th. The team will open raffle ticket sales starting in July and give each of you a chance to win this fantastic vehicle. Please follow this page as updates will be posted every two weeks throughout the process.
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UPDATE: May 20, 2018
Engine and transmission have removed, rebuild and installed!
UPDATE: June 6, 2018
Removed the body tub from the chassis to restore and paint all of the parts.
UPDATE: June 26, 2018
Small body work is getting completed and the Jeep will be mocked up on the frame this week.
UPDATE: August 16, 2018
Painting completed and assembly will begin this week.
UPDATE: August 24, 2018
Jeep assembly has started.
UPDATE: September 19, 2018
Within 7 Days of completion. The suspension is complete, the engine is complete, wiring only lacks indicator and marker lights, will be working on analyzing the dash and interior over the next few days.
UPDATE: September 20, 2018
This handcrafted piece will be mounted to the steering wheel. The piece was forged from the structural metal from the South Tower of the World Trade Center and was crafted by a veteran of the Green Berets.
UPDATE: September 29, 2018
Only decals and some final touches remaining.
UPDATE: October 5, 2018