by John Gunnell
After Willys-Overland designed the original World War II Jeep, the company did not have enough factories to build all the units the government needed. As a result, many Jeeps were manufactured in Ford and Checker plants.
Ken Spencer, of Waukesha, Wis., could have a similar problem with the miniature Jeep he’s selling. When asked, how many he can supply, the Wisconsin-based military vehicle parts dealer said his Chinese importer had 60 ready to go, and that he could deliver one in a week to a week- and-a-half.
But based on the appeal of the so-called “Meep” and its initial satisfaction rating, Ken may need more than that.
Spencer says the Meep sells for $2,750 delivered to your nearest Fastenal store. “What most people don¹t realize is that Fastenal runs a delivery service everywhere except California.”
The “Meep” comes from Spencer’s family’s “me too” attitude about using the tiny Jeep. “It was always, ‘I want to use it – me too’,” said Spencer. Pretty soon, the family just started calling the “Meep” – “My Jeep.”
It is easy to drive. Even his 10- and 12-year-old children can drive the vehicle in first gear. There is no clutch. A handle moves straight through all three gears as in an ATV. There is also a reverse mode.
During shows, Spencer uses the tiny Jeep to run errands. “We have put more than 200 miles on our unit since Father’s Day. My wife won’t even let me sell it, she likes it so much.”
The mini Jeep has a full box frame, coil over shocks, rack-and-pinion steering, and chain drive to the rear wheels. It comes with a full package of lighting and safety equipment. Disc brakes handle stopping chores.
Power comes from a125cc Honda clone engine and can move three large 250-lb.-plus adults at up to 35 mph.
Everything on the vehicle comes with a warranty except the carburetor. That’s because ethanol gas is a no-no, but the manufacturer can’t guarantee everyone will use correct fuel.
Spencer will be selling MEEPs through his MV Parts Store website (www.MVPartStore.com).
For more info, contact Ken Spencer, Jr. at the MV Parts Store,322 N Racine Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186; (414) 839-9966; or via the internet at www.MVPartStore.com