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April 2010 Letters to the Editor

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Ken Brubaker
| Senior Editor, Four Wheeler
Posted April 1, 2010

We Answer Your Questions!

Where To Write
Address your correspondence to: Four Wheeler, 831 S. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245. All letters become the property of Four Wheeler, and we reserve the right to edit them for length, accuracy, and clarity. The editorial department can also be reached through the website at www.fourwheeler.com. Due to the volume of mail, electronic and otherwise, we cannot respond to every reader, but we do read everything.

Wants "Immaculate" Truck in Our Magazine
I'm inquiring for my friend about how to possibly enter his truck into your magazine. He has a '79 F-250 that has been fully restored and is in immaculate condition! He has had the truck since high school, and has done all of the work except for a little of the engine work himself. It has been lifted 10 inches and is sitting on 38s. If you are interested, we will get some pictures together to see what you think. You won't be disappointed!
Derek Fisher
Hayward, CA

We always welcome reader submissions. Tell your friend that he can send photos of his truck, and any invitation that he'd like to convey to Four Wheeler, Readers' Rigs, 831 S. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245. Or he can log onto our website, fourwheeler.com, and post pics of his truck on his own "Readers' Rigs" page.

And We Thought That Port Was Something That Came in a Bottle
With regard to "Earth Roamer 2.0" (Jan. '10): Landlubbers should stick to the dirt stuff and not try to go nautical.

Chris Collard described the luxury of the Earth Roomer's interior, stating that the bench seat, fridge, toilet and shower were on the passenger side. Chris then went on to state that the sink and canvas storage were "to starboard." The right (passenger) side is starboard. The left (driver) side is port. Otherwise, an excellent article.
John A. Malo
San Diego, CA

Wants Info on Old S-10 Blazer/Jimmys
I may be a bit of an oddball to some, but I'm a fan of the old first-gen Chevy and GMC S-trucks. I know a few guys in my area here in central New York who wheel older S-10 Blazers and S-15 Jimmys. These trucks range from bone-stock to nicely built with lifts, bigger tires and V-8 conversions.

In stock form, they seem to do pretty well for what we have here-muddy farm roads, logging roads, and lots of snow. I'd like to know if you guys have ever published any articles about these trucks in past issues, whether it's a "new model review" or a build-up-anything, really.

Also, have you ever heard of the Chevy S-10 "Baja" edition? I have see pics of it, and it came with a bed-mounted light bar with Trophy Truck-style tire carrier, off-road bumpers, cool paint and BFGs of some sort. The one I saw was a black and red '92. I don't know if it has any other goodies, like a higher ride height, but it looks cool.
Ryan
Canastota, NY

Oh, we do remember that Baja truck, alright. You're right, it looked kinda cool, but the bed-mounted lightbar and spare-tire carrier rendered the bed useless for stowing any gear, the oversized "Chevrolet" windshield sticker impaired forward visibility, and the multicolored bar-graph LED gauges in our '89 tester looked like they'd been designed by Fisher-Price. They weren't too accurate, either-we seem to recall running out of gas, some 20 miles out from Death Valley at midnight, with an eighth of a tank still showing on the gauge and the "low fuel" light not shining. The "Baja" package was also a $3,200 option for a base-model truck that only listed for a little over $11 grand, so it was not inexpensive. But other than that, it was a great little truck.

Of course, in the past we published road and trail tests of the S-10 whenever a new model rolled off the assembly line-but obviously, it's been awhile since that happened. We're in the process of archiving all of our past articles at fourhwheeler.com, so sometime down the road, you'll be able to read our impressions of the old S-10s when the trucks were brand-new models. We'll let everyone know the sooner we get to rolling out our online archive.

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