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A Hilarious Reason Why The First Jeep Wrangler Has Square Headlights – The Autopian Podcast Is Back!

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It’s been a long time coming, but we finally got Beau, David, and Jason back in a room to start recording The Autopian Podcast. It’s Season Two, presented by our friends at Marble, back with a vengeance. And by “vengeance” I of course mean more mouth noises.

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What’s In The Podcast:

In this week’s podcast we’ve got:

  • A quick update to what’s happened at The Autopian for the last six months.
  • Jason explains why he chainsawed his own batteries.
  • David explains both his BMW i3 and Yj purchases and goes into a (maybe apocryphal) story about how the YJ Wrangler ended up with rectangular headlights.
  • Beau goes into some detail about his time owning a Saturn dealership and selling the GM EV1. Clearly, we must do a Saturn episode.

The headline has a hilarious answer that we’ll get more into in a future post, but if you can’t listen to the podcast here’s the (possibly) real answer: News program “60 Minutes” did a questionable report on the habit that some Jeep CJs had of rolling over, causing a drop in sales. The Jeep was completely redesigned and renamed Wrangler.

As part of that redesign, the headlights were changed from round to rectangular. Why? Because rectangles don’t roll.

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Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
11 months ago

And by “vengeance” I of course mean more mouth noises.

Pro tip: apple juice. Not too cold because cold liquids aren’t great for your throat, especially on long recording sessions, but a sip of apple juice every now and then while I’m recoding voice content does wonders to control mouth noises – the more acidic the better. I don’t know the science behind it, it’s just a trick a recording engineering friend taught me and I’ve used it ever since. The feeling is like it “balances” mouth moisture, so it’s neither too wet and full of saliva noise, nor too dry and full of tongue/lip clicks.

Last edited 11 months ago by Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
Fuzzyweis
Fuzzyweis
11 months ago

I was expecting some deeper dicussions than just recapping previous articles, most interesting was Beau talking about his Saturn dealership and the EV1. Already read about Jason’s fingernail, David’s i3(and seen it in his youtube updates), and Wrangler and the million dollar RV they found. I realize if you have the content to write about then that’s the main thing here, but again just was hoping for something different.

The tease about David being messy also wasn’t exciting, if being unprofessional and causing a hassle for other employees is considered good content, not sure I want to keep tuning in.

Opa Carriker
Opa Carriker
11 months ago

What an utter waste of time. 30 minutes of three people talking all at once. No coherance, no information, and certainly no nuggets of inside info. Stupid!

Icouldntfindaclevername
Icouldntfindaclevername
11 months ago

Great Podcast guys!!

Nlpnt
Nlpnt
11 months ago

So here’s the complete checklist of safety precautions involved in the Changli-chainsaw incident;

Jason was not drunk.Otto was in school.Those fetching purple work gloves….
That’s some Stockton Rush-level safety there.

Last edited 11 months ago by Nlpnt
Nlpnt
Nlpnt
11 months ago

While we’re on the topic of Saturn dealerships, a former coworker of mine had previously worked for the Burlington, VT one. She had sold a car to Bernie Sanders, a base no-number-suffix SL. Manual only, no a/c for those who don’t want to look it up at oldcarbrochures.org

No big, right? I mean, big shot though he was even then, lots of small cars in the northern tier of states in the early/mid ’90s were still AC-free, and peak traffic doesn’t last long enough to want a slushbox especially when it means being saddled with one in the mountains…

…except the Bern bought that car to use in DC.

Amberturnsignalsarebetter
Amberturnsignalsarebetter
11 months ago

I reckon David’s imminent expulsion from Autopian HQ has something to do with pasta and/or plumbing…

Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
11 months ago

Rectangles may not roll, but they’re still deadly, I mean it’s right there in the name: wreck, tangle.

Dalton
Dalton
11 months ago

Hell yes, cant wait for more talks from yall! I miss Beau!

Taco Shackleford
Taco Shackleford
11 months ago

So the fraternity president in college had a Saturn he got to park in the spot closest to the front door, and no one knew they didn’t dent until I started kicking it one night. After that point everyone would kick the car and no dents would appear. Then one night I took a flying kick off the picnic table into the front quarter panel, and the panel never bounced back. So yes you can dent a Saturn, but it does take a while, and a lot of force.

SAABstory
SAABstory
11 months ago
Reply to  Data

Ok, that was nuts. That bike can’t be comfortable to ride.

Dead Elvis, Inc.
Dead Elvis, Inc.
11 months ago
Reply to  SAABstory

Must corner real well, too.

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