Back in the day, when we assembled this magazine with scissors and glue, we used to receive some 20 letters a day from readers. Nowadays, thanks to fax, FedEx, and e-mail, that daily number is more like 100, and growing all the time. Obviously, we don't have time to answer all your mail, though we do read every letter that comes in. We forward all your tech queries to "Techline," and we save all your Cheap Tricks, too (so keep sending 'em!). Because many letters cover the same subject each month, we thought we'd answer some Four Wheeler FAQs here.
1. How can I get my truck in Four Wheeler?
The best way to start is with a letter to "Readers' Rigs." You can send slides or prints of your truck-on dirt, please, and preferably in focus-to the mailing address listed in our masthead, or you can send digital pics via fourwheeler.com. Whichever you choose, be sure to include lots of info about your rig-particularly, the modifications you've made-when you submit your photos. If sending pics over the Internet, we need high resolution (Jpegs ... but please, please, don't send us 40 or 50 shots of your truck when three or four will do. (Our inbox capacity maxes out really fast!)
2. Can I get a back issue from 1983?
We get asked about back issues a lot, and this request from reader Gary Sams is not unique: "I'm looking for a back issue. What I need is around 1966 or 1967. The issue contains an article on a "Jeeporama" Jeep race in Colorado. Any ideas? I've been looking on eBay but haven't seen anything." Well, biodegradable as paper is, any spare copies from 40 years ago have likely been reclaimed by nature. However, we've heard of a few folks who claim to own copies of the magazine going back some 20 or 30 years (or more). Perhaps one of them might be willing to sell or swap issues. So if, like Gary, you're looking for a very old issue-and anything older than five years is considered ancient history in this business-maybe consider posting a request on a message board such as those you'd find at pirate4x4.com. You never know who might read it.
3. What's the best (fill in the blank)?
An example this month from reader Danny Tufts is typical. "I'm 17 years old, new to four-wheeling, and just bought an '88 Chevy 4WD pickup. What's the best suspension kit for my truck, and how high can I realistically go?" Well, first it would help if we knew what kind of vehicle you have (K-truck, S-10, 1/2-ton, dualie?), let alone what kind of 'wheeling you plan to do. Even if we knew this, a question like "what's the best kit"-or the best tire, or the best winch-isn't easy for us to answer since we don't know things like the state of your vehicle, your driving style, your wrenching skills, or the size of your wallet. (Hint to newbies: Find a good shop, or an experienced buddy, to help you install your lift kit.)
4. I'm building a race/rally/show truck. Will you sponsor me?
5. How can I get a job at Four Wheeler?
Depends on what you want to do. You could go to school when you're not out 'wheeling, get a Bachelor's degree in English or Journalism, serve an internship with us en route to getting hired, and spend a few years honing your writing skills as you work your way up the food chain. Or you could work for a used-car dealership for a spell, and perhaps land a job with our sales staff. Or you could purchase a winning Powerball ticket and maybe buy the magazine. We paid our dues the hard way, but if you're keeping an eye on Lotto News instead, hey, we understand. Either way, if you've got an idea for a story you think would be of interest to your fellow readers, drop us a line. A lot of good scribes got started that way-perhaps you'll be next.