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FCA slams breaks on new Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer

First, Fiat Chrysler told us its plans for a new premier SUV were being delayed until 2018/19. This week, word comes the project has been tabled indefinitely.

For the only U.S. automaker currently underwater on its bills, launching the Alfa Romeo brand in the U.S. market is more important than reviving a historic Jeep moniker. What, you didn’t think we’d get a Wrangler-based pickup and a new Wagoneer, did you?

More on this store here: http://www.leftlanenews.com/jeep-puts-plans-for-wagoneer-grand-wagoneer-on-hold-93489.html

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Pearl Harbor Anniversary

Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941

What’s on your Jeep Christmas list?

This time of year, I see so many Jeepers talking about what they hope to see under the tree. I, for one, am not expecting a lot of Jeep-related gifts, but if I were, here’s what would be tops on my list.

  1. Rock sliders — I’m dying to pull off the tube steps that were on my Jeep when I bought it. Right now, I’m eyeing the VKS Pre-Runner sliders, as they mimic the great look of the Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers, but mount to the frame and feature a built-in step.
  2. Winch — I picked up a fairlead mount to go on my Crawler Conceptz bumper, intending to use it as a license plate mount. With my plate no longer there, (I removed it to keep the plate from being aerodynamically bent to the bumper’s shape) it looks odd sitting there by itself. I could remove it, but what fun would that be?
  3. Seat covers — While my kids are getting older now, I do still frequently have riders in the back seat. And, my no-food-or-drink-in-the-Jeep rule isn’t nearly as well enforced as it was a year or two ago. So, I’d love to have some insurance against spills. It’d be nice to get a set of custom-embroidered, color-matched Bartact covers to complement my rig’s theme, too.

So, those are the things I’d most like to wake to Christmas morning. Now, what’s on your list this year?

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Christmas means … contests!

In the last few years, social media contests have become a staple of the holiday season in the Jeeping community. Companies as diverse as Poison Spyder, Metalcloak, Rebel Off-Road, Rigid Industries, Teraflex and many others have all gotten into the Christmas-giveaway spirit.

This year, a few contests have kicked things off with CyberWeek giveaways sure to warm your Jeeping heart:

Bestop Family Festive 14: Head over to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, where you can like/follow Bestop’s, Tuffy Security Products’ and Baja Designs’ accounts on all three networks. Then, watch Bestop’s Facebook page each day for that day’s entry link, as the companies offer great prizes for 14 consecutive days. This one is nearly over, but it’s not too late to get in on the fun. All prize winners will be announced Dec. 6.

Seven Slot Battalion Op No. 5: Seven Slot Battalion and Adams Driveshaft & Off-Road have teamed to offer one lucky winner the 1310 front or rear driveshaft of his or her choice and a comfy Seven Slot Battalion T-shirt. Look up Seven Slot Battalion on Instagram, share the appropriate image and follow the related instructions.

Tom Woods Driveshaft: If your shaft isn’t a Woody, you’ll want to get in on this one. Follow Tom Woods’ IG account and share the contest image. Make sure you tag both Tom Woods and a buddy and include the contest hashtag. One important note: There’s no limit on the number of entries, so give those smartphones a workout! (Fair warning — I play to win.😉 ) The contest ends Dec. 11.

There are, no doubt, others I’ve not come across, and the season is just getting started. Share your favorite Christmas contests or that special prize you won in a past year!

It’s beginning to *feel* a lot like Christmas

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A light dusting of snow covers Smokey on New Year’s Eve 2014.

The weather here in the Texas Panhandle finally has turned colder, and with our first snow predicted to fall in time for Friday night’s Christmas parade, it’s the time of year that I long for a hard top and full doors.

Don’t get me wrong. When I purchased Smokey, I specifically wanted a half-door soft top, and I still love the look of such a Jeep. But those cold winter winds blow through my half-doors like a razor, and that soft top doesn’t do a whole lot to keep in the heat.

Still, I’m not complaining. This year, I’ll celebrate my fourth Christmas as a Jeep owner — and that’s more than good enough.

Of course, if you’re listening, Santa …😉