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Re: Most outrageous thing I\'ve seen!Jeep Ripoff
Been to the Philipines lately? How about Brazil?
There's a kind of machine in the Philipines that's called a jeepney. In fact there's about a billion of'em. Thet look like a cross between a low hood flat fender and a San Francisco trolley. Not licensed to any company, just built ... mostly by hand. And prety cheap, too.
Remember the high hood flat fender (CJ3B). The CJ5 replaced it in 1955, right? Wrong! Built in Brazil until AMC bought Kaiser Jeep in the early 70's. Built in the U.S. of A until 1963.
Back to Brazil. If I'm not mistaken, CJ5's are still being built there. Don't try to import one into the good old U.S. of A because the federal jeep police will get you.
One more little tidbit. Most of the replacement jeep tubs for sale here are made in the Philipines by a company called Sarao Motors. A guy I knew bought a stainless steel tub back in the early 80's and as far as I know he's still driving it.
What pisses me off the most is the fact that Dot and the NTSB won't bless this stuff so we can't get it unless it's in pieces.