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April 1998 Cheap Tricks

Posted in Features on April 1, 1998
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Financially Challenged Frame Fixer
welcome home for rust. In addition, these holes and C-channel-style frames can fill with mud and road grime, making them deteriorate even quicker. The cheap solution provided by Mack Patten of Stowe, Vermont, is to spray some expanding insulating foam inside the rails. When the foam expands and dries, it will make for a lightweight and waterproof barrier against the elements that can be easily cut or modified later. Thanks for filling a void in this month's Cheapies, Mack.

When Mark Speece of Charlotte, North Carolina, set up his rig up with a full 'cage and safety harnesses, he soon realized these belts were a bit inconvenient for everyday driving. Mark recalls being belted so tight, he couldn't reach the transfer-case lever, radio or mirror. To solve this, he mounted a passenger's-side belt taken from a similar vehicle to the rollcage, forming an X-harness when the both sides are buckled. Now, he can have the freedom of a normal seatbelt "until the terrain or traffic warrant extra protection.'' Thanks for not rolling over the same old tricks. Mark.

Top Tie-Down
Frank Thompson wanted an easy way to clamp his hardtop to the body of his Jeep. The old nut-and-bolt routine was getting a bit tiresome, so he figured replacing them with threaded eye bolts and wing nuts could provide some advantages. And it did. He can now finger-tighten the top until it's tight, as well as (and this is the real reason) gain eight new interior tie-down points. Thanks for strapping down this month's Cheap Tricks.

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