Robinson's outfit, Charlie Company of the 25th Infantry Division's 14th Regiment, is spelled out in Army shorthand on the vehicle's bumper, along with his own Army serial number.
"I volunteered to drive one of these when I was in the Army," Robinson said, "but the closest I came was being ordered to wash one of them at the side of a creek."
Robinson said the Jeep, then in the form of a body and running gear "that had Jackson County clay mud all over it," had been taking up space in his son's Kenna area garage as he was beginning a cleanup project. "I asked what he was going to do with the Jeep, and he said I could have it," Robinson said.
The Charleston man restored the Jeep to its World War II era roots, complete with a new canvas top and olive drab paint job. Accessories added for the show include a GI's steel helmet, a mess kit, side-mounted shovel, and canteen and web belt.
"A lot of people don't know that Ford made Jeeps as well as Willys," he said. "You find every make and model of vehicle at this show, but this is the only one like this in the whole bunch."
For long-time Rod Run & Doo Wop exhibitor Carroll Hutton of Teays Valley, restoring and showing old cars gives young people a glimpse at life in the past.
"My idea is to take something old and create a new piece of history out of it," he said. "Today, young folks jump in an air-conditioned car, turn on the GPS and head down the interstate. They don't know what it was like for the people who drove the mud roads through the countryside in these cars from the past."
Among vehicles Hutton is showing at this year's event is a 1921 Ford Model T truck.
"It was a rusty cab and frame -- a barn truck -- when I got it in Greenbrier County," he said. "I call it the 2-3-4-5 truck, since it took two men working three months, busting four knuckles while working five hours a day to restore it."
Hutton said he and Jeff Reveal shoehorned a Mustang engine and automatic transmission into the vehicle, and installed a Nissan dual axle rear end, making modifications to accommodate the truck's original springs.
"Old Henry Ford knew how to make cars and trucks," he said. "They're still scattered across America, 100 years after they left the factory. The sheet metal's still holding up.'
Hutton said he recently bought three antique truck cabs and beds from an antique car "picker" in Indiana who travels the Midwest and West in search of salvageable vintage vehicles.
"I anticipate restoring more trucks," he said. "It's something to do in retirement."
Today's events at the 2012 Rod Run & Doo Wop show include a U.S. 60 cruise and poker run, starting from the Charleston Moose Club parking lot. Registration will take place from 9:30 to 10 a.m., followed by a drivers' meeting at 10:30 and the start of the cruise at 11:15.
Tours of Givens Machine Shop will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Spirit of West Virginia sternwheeler rides will begin at 12:10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. A concert by Gage and Confederate Railroad gets underway at 7:30 p.m., followed by a lighted boat parade at 9 p.m. and a "Light up the Night" exhibit by the West Virginia Flame Throwers at 9:30 p.m.
Reach Rick Steelhammer at rsteelham...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5169.