This is my 6th (now 7th)post from THIS FUCKING Account. Old account log on info was lost after I sold my first jeep---Who cares about post count anyways?
Its pretty fucking universal that you don't call a Jeep a car (in all of your posts, you should probably know this....)---I don't frankly give a shit what the original specs say, called for, or what pussy whines where. I give even less of a shit about the compass....its a vehicle sold to simply bolster Jeeps profit--has no real bearing on anything offroad..next you'll mention the Liberty... Desert racer? Where the fuck did we change the subject from wheeling to desert racing? Come to think of it... When did we change the subject from Jeeps to Trucks?
BTW: This Irish American says You can take the "Gang Sign" comment and shove it very clearly up your ass "Homes".
My first response to the new member (again welcome!) was simple friendly banter. Most places will make fun of someone if they call it a car, this was only meant to steer him away from that verbiage. Oh: BTW..... You can call it a car all you want---EVERYONE stopped calling them cars after the original Bantam and Willys competition for govt. contract after the Army asked for a Recon "Car". JEEP is universally understood and known as a generic term describing these vehicles.
"Early in 1941, Willys-Overland demonstrated the vehicle's off-road capability by having it drive up the steps of the United States Capitol, driven by Willys test driver Irving "Red" Haussman, who had recently heard soldiers at Fort Holabird calling it a "jeep." When asked by syndicated columnist Katharine Hillyer for the Washington Daily News (or by a bystander, according to another account) what it was called, Irving answered, "It's a jeep."
Katharine Hillyer's article was published nationally on February 19, 1941, and included a picture of the vehicle with the caption:
LAWMAKERS TAKE A RIDE- With Senator Meade, of New York, at the wheel, and Representative Thomas, of New Jersey, sitting beside him, one of the Army's new scout cars, known as "jeeps" or "quads", climbs up the Capitol steps in a demonstration yesterday. Soldiers in the rear seat for gunners were unperturbed.
Although the term was also military slang for vehicles that were untried or untested, this exposure caused all other jeep references to fade, leaving the 4x4 with the name."
Yes... the Jeep "GANG SIGN"(WTF?) is something I'm incredibly proud to display and would gladly assign this term to my ride v. the generic "CAR".
Hell.... instead of calling anything cars, why not call them by their original name of "Motorwagen" or by your same circular logic (including throwing random references to desert racing trucks)----why not call desert racing trucks "motorcycles"? The very first race "cars" were entered into auto races as "Motorcycles" (ref: The Motocycle / Automobile (magazine), November Vol 1, No. 2, 1895, pp. 16–45)
Actually... Lets call them motorized carriages.....
Now can we get back on topic?
OP: What type of wheeling are you actually looking at doing? Seems at this point like light trails?--if so that plasti-dip idea above this post may be an interesting thing for you to do. Light trails=no scratches so it wont scratch off...would be a cheap way to get an initial matte finish to determine if you like it--if not simply peel off. If you do, it should last a while while you get the other parts sorted out.