Needs Old Suburban Parts
I saw that articles in your magazine were about a 1972 Chevy Suburban. I have one, too, but I have been having problems locating parts for it-specifically, a cabin heater housing and controls with A/C. Do you know where I can get these parts for my Suburban?
Try LMC Truck Parts (800/562-8782, www.lmctruck.com) or Manes Truck Parts (816/633-4772, www.manestruckpart.com). They both specialize in old Chevys like yours. And keep an eye on these pages for more installments of our "Superburb" project buildup.
Not Quite Dead, Just Smelling Funny
I was wondering when Four Wheeler first started. I found some magazines from 1968, and wondered how much before then they were printed.
Via the Internet
We started publication in February 1962, which means we turned 48 last month. Those invitation letters from AARP will need to wait another couple of years.
In Praise Of The Old School
I've subscribed to Four Wheeler and others like your magazine since the early '80s. My first Four Wheeler was a Monster Truck edition With Bigfoot chasing down a guy on a three-wheeler on the cover. Bill Auda was the editor. That magazine really nurtured my love of lifted custom trucks. I gotta say there have been a lot of changes in styles, fads and companies over the years. I'm more of a fan of the '80s style. (The graphics of the '90s, I think, we all would like to forget.) I don't care what the RTI is-give me an '87 K20 Silverado or an '85 F-350 on 36-inch Fun Countrys, lit up with KC Daylighters, and a set of shocks across the rearend that look like a chrome picket fence any day (along with a set of Flexsteel seats to help smooth out the ride). Those are the trucks that would be in my dream collection-back before the designers took a belt sander to the corners.
What happened to some of the companies from back then, like Rugged Trail, Dick Cepek, and Trail Master? Is Ramsey Winch still in business? Now that I can actually afford Weld Wheels and (real old-school) Fun Countrys, they're gone. Man, if I could get my hands on a set of Super Off-Road C-1000s (one million candlepower). Back then, you had a bad-a$$ truck if you were runnin' 44-inch Ground Hawgs, Monster Mudders, or Mickey Thompson Baja Belteds. Those were the good old days. Well, keep up the good work. I'll keep taking a look back at my first Four Wheeler and remember how it used to be.
Have you ever thought of doing a "Where Are They Now?" of some of the old feature trucks?
Heck, we remember when you had a bad-ass rig if you were running a set of Formula Desert Dogs.
Where are all those old companies? Thankfully, most of them are still in business. Ramsey, Trail Master, Dick Cepek, and KC Lights are all still alive and kickin'. Some of those companies, like Weld Racing, were acquired by other corporations over the years, and a few have gone out of business altogether. But thanks largely to folks like yourself, the 4x4 aftermarket has remained a relatively thriving business for decades.
We've considered a "Where Are They Now?" column, and the only things holding us back have been the lack of time and resources. So we'll turn the tables on you, our loyal readers. If your rig ever graced the cover of Four Wheeler, or appeared as a feature in our magazine, we'd love to hear from you. Send us a photo of your truck as it appeared then, and as it appears now, along with a note detailing what's happened to you-and your ride-since we made the both of you rich and famous. (Okay, famous.) Send your submissions to Four Wheeler, "Where Are They Now?", 831 S. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245, or via e-mail to email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
More Hits & Fits
I'm writing to add to what Mike Compton said in his letter in the December '09 issue. He says that he fits a 33x12.50 on an '89 Bronco and can go lock-to-lock on the steering without any rub. I know there are many factors such as tire type, wheel type, and so on. I just wanted to add that I am running 32x11.50 Maxxis Bighorns on 15-inch stock wheels without a lift on my '88 fullsize Bronco, and my tires will rub on the radius arms at full lock. I have adjusted the stops to help reduce this, and so far it hasn't caused any problem. But nonetheless, it's another difference on identical vehicles. Just thought I would add my 3 1/2 cents' worth.
Keep up the good work. I will be a subscriber as long as I can read and have any sort of income.
Douglas A. Barnett
Thanks for the info, and for the kind words. And we'll keep sending you a new magazine each month as long as we have any sort of income, too.