Vintage Jeep Junkyard
I own a ’51 Willys Jeep (body and frame only). I need to buy an engine, transmission, transfer case, differentials, and wiring harness. I have some of the minor parts. Back in 2009 (I think), there was an article about a wrecking yard in Phoenix, Arizona, that specialized in old Jeep parts. Is it possible I can get the information from you? If need to, I’ll buy the back issue for the information.
El Paso, TX
We didn’t publish that story, but we’re pretty sure we know the place you’re talking about: Try Desert Valley Auto Parts at 800/905-8024, www.dvap.com.
I’m a prospective first-time four-wheeler. I want to get to the four-wheeling trails and backpacking trailheads that my Toyota Camry can’t. Keep the following specs in mind:
’04 model year or later.
Minimal fuel and maintenance expense, this needs to be a daily driver without breaking the bank.
Also per being a daily driver, it should have the ability to seat at least four halfway comfortably.
Usable cargo space and ability to get my surfboard down to the beach.
Ability to haul would be cool, but it’s the least important of all considerations.
Plentiful availability of accessories would be nice, but also a less of a concern.
I’m not looking to do anything super technical, just get the most bang for the buck while meeting the aforementioned considerations. Any recommendations? What price range would I be looking at? Are there any good resources/deal venues I should checkout?
If I were you I’d be looking for a ’97-’01 four-door Jeep Cherokee Sport 4x4. It comes with the 4.0L inline-six and look for the auto tranny (it’s an AW4). This engine/tranny is a 250,000-mile-plus combo if well maintained. With the stock-sized tires you can muster up to and over 20 mpg. You can find more info on this vehicle along with several others in “Best Buys in Used 4x4s” elsewhere in this issue.
To Keep Our Honor Clean, We’re Sending Magazines
First, I have to say that I love the magazine. I try to buy it every time I see it in the store, but now it’s a little harder to get it; I’m deployed with Battalion 1/1, and like every Marine, getting the new issue of Four Wheeler is like gold and makes us feel for a second like we never left home. You can say I have two loves in my life—four-wheel-drive and the Marine Corps. Right now I have my eye on a ’10 Tacoma 4x4 double-cab when I get home, but until then, I would be very grateful if you can send some magazines and anything else you can. I can’t wait to be home so I can buy a truck and work on it. Thank you, and Semper Fi!
Cpl. Carlos Estrada
Moreno Valley, CA
Thank you, solider. A box of FW goodies is on its way to you and the boys in Alpha Company. And be sure to send us some photos of your Tacoma once you’ve finished building her.
Wheeling Aus Deutschland
I’m in the U.S. Army and am stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany. I have an ’02 Jeep Liberty 4x4 and would really like to find somewhere to go off-roading here in Germany. I was hoping y’all might have some suggestions. Thanks, and keep up the good work.
PFC Beau Blanchard
We can’t say we know a whole lot about wheeling over there, but we did find a list of German “best off-roading trails” at Wikiloc (en.wikiloc.com/trails/offroading/germany). While we can’t verify whether these trails are open to the public, or even if they exist at all, it’s a place to start. Perhaps one of our readers who lives or is stationed overseas has some suggestions for you. Readers?
I love the look of 6x6 trucks. I’ve looked everywhere for photos of them and can’t seem to find much. I’m building one as a project and need some images for inspiration.
We did a feature on a’95 Dodge Ram 2500 6x6 with a V-10 engine. You can find more info about it in the Oct. ’04 issue of Four Wheeler. You can also find info and images online by going to www.fourwheeler.com and typing “T-Rex” into the search box.
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