I spent 2 hrs with them face to face and the fone time down the road.
Awesome story! That's a significant piece of Jeep history right there!I spent 2 hrs with them face to face and the fone time down the road.
Here is the Team (except the first sig at the top, he was not involved the engineering, that is Dan Mick of Dan Mick's HOT Tub in Moab if you have been thru it).
My Rubicon according to Jeep they called me up asked to meet with me. They told me my Jeep was the first one delivered to the public. 2nd week Aug 2002. It came on the same truck as the Jeep Rubicon 'Training" Jeep at the Training facility in Dallas Tx on Belt Line Road. My Jeep and the Training Jeep were exact duplicates of each other and the Training facility thought they had been sent 2 Jeeps...no just one.
The REST of the Story as Paul Harvey would say:
Jeep Training facility shipped it out but not to my Dealer. My dealer tracked it down to the Training and they called to come get it. Well they shipped elsewhere, another dealer in Dallas???? In spite of the Window Sticker having my name on it.
My dealer called me and said we found it at another dealer we going to go get it tomorrow ...the HELL YOU ARE, I am going to get it. So I stop off at my dealer and the paperwork and pay for it (NOT only do I have first Jeep Rubi, but I have 0% financing).
Then I head out the other dealer ( my wife is taking me) and I get there and the usual car sales guy says "can I help you?" YES I am here to pick up that Red Jeep Rubicon sitting right there:
Ohhh GREAT Mr Jones, how was the trip from Houston...Houston, Not me, I live in Dallas and that is MY JEEP Here the paperwork. Ohhh I think you need to see the GM>
I walk into GMs office and he kicks back and says I have that Jeep sold already>. YEP, it's mine! Will I give you a $1000 over what you paid for it and sell to Mr Jones who is flying in from Houston? NOPE, I have paperwork and I own it!
Ok, let's make a deal, $3k over MSRP? NOPE!
$5k over MSRP? NO WAY!
$8k over MSRP? Sorry Charlie, I am driving out of here with that Jeep and ohhh what is the deal going here?
Mr Jones has a family member at Chrysler Jeep and Mr Jones wants Jeep #1 and the family member tracked it down and I have it sold to Mr Jones for $10,000 over MSRP.
LOL, interesting, sorry give me the keys and am of here?
GM say WHY, you can make $8k? Well I am a Hard core life long Jeeper and I own a company and I am a consulting IT Engineer and I don't NEED your $8k, I just need my Jeep!
The last name is the Head of Jeep Wrangler manufacturing and right below that is the "1st Jeep Rubicon in the Trail Ride EJS 2003"
UPDATE: Someone asked was I just in the right place at the right time.
Well, I was on an IT consulting gig to Chrysler at the time and when I built my contract I put in there the right to buy a 2003 Jeep, which was not out yet.
Chrysler said fine and I got employee cost and they said we will give you a code number and take it to any Jeep dealer and they place the order for whatever you want.
So Jeep called and here is your code # and your order as of tomorrow at 10 am. Well. I had meetings so I went to my dealer at 9 am and the guy logged in and ordering came up (maybe because they were the Biggest Jeep dealer in Dallas-Ft Worth).
So. I go to place my order and I want a Red Sahara and NOPE no can do, Sahara does not come in Red!
OK, and I have done this before, let's order a Red Jeep and build a Red Sahara. Now we are going down thru the options and he comes to the "Rubicon". What's a Rubicon, he says don't know but it has Lockers and 4:10 gears, and 2:1 transfer case does that mean anything to you?
HELL YEA, ORDER IT! He does and as we are sitting there talking my confirmation comes back on order and it's not even 10 a.. Then before I leave which is just past 10 am I get a VIN, WOW!
That is how I happened to stumble into my Jeep Rubicon. purely by accident.
I've seen lots of old-timers claim it both ways.WAIT A MINUTE!!!!!!!!!! That guy, who said he was the one who designed the Rubicon, said he has a Will-EEs at home?!?! I thought it is officially a willis?
WAIT A MINUTE!!!!!!!!!! That guy, who said he was the one who designed the Rubicon, said he has a Will-EEs at home?!?! I thought it is officially a willis?
I was informed about pronouncing it with the 'i' sound 30+ years ago, but even after reading some history about John Willys, who pronounced his name as "Willis", I was surprised to learn that even some of the factory workers referred to it as "Willees" back in their day. So, it would seem there is a proper way to pronounce it and a slang way. It all reminds me of the chuckle the English must have when they hear us Americans brutalized the English language. LOL!I've seen lots of old-timers claim it both ways.
It still drives me nuts when people talk about their "4 X E" instead of their "4 by E".