Great State: OKC’s Jeep on a Stick Comes Down for Love

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA -- It's a restoration project from above, literally.

Mechanic Solomon Soto spent five weeks bringing this 1984 Jeep CJ-7 back to life.

"I'm pretty surprised that we got it working," he said looking under the hood.

"We replaced the alternator, battery, starter, alternator, fuel filter...", goes the list.

Pete Schaffer has kept track of the work every day since early November, 2014.

He said, "I am shocked that it's actually road worthy."

The bird droppings and twigs on the engine block give some clue as to where this vehicle has been for nearly 15 years, and where you might recognize it better.

In 2000 Pete put it on a pole at 32nd and North Classen Boulevard to advertise the Gas Station restaurant.

The Jeep had belonged to his daughter Stephanie who now lives in Northern California.

Through an interview on Skype she said, "It's a relationship that never goes away. You always have it."

Back in Oklahoma, Pete says, "Stephanie took her driver's test in this Jeep."

The restaurant came under new management recently.

They replaced the old Jeep with a sign.

Pete called Stephanie, who decided she wanted her first car back.

"It was one of those things where I was hoping it wasn't going to cost an exorbitant amount of money," she said, "However, if it had, I might have been willing to sacrifice some other things to get that Jeep running."

Soto, who owns the Brothers Jeep repair shop, kicked the tires and decided the old CJ still had life.

"I tried." he chuckled.

"You da man!" said Pete.

It was never a fancy vehicle, but it is fun to drive.

Pete is still taking it for short spins to see if anything falls off.

"This is a throwback," he said from behind the wheel.

Within the next few weeks he'll ship it out to California.

Stephanie's first car will be hers again after a long period of unique storage, its fate 'up in the air' until love brought it down again.

Stephanie said, "It's crazy. It's a miracle."

Stephanie has a 15-year-old son who has expressed interest in driving the Jeep.

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