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April 1998 Letters To The Editor

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Posted April 1, 1998

Letters From Your Fellow Readers

Patrolling The Waters
Dear Editor, I own a 1967 Nissan Patrol 4x4, and am having a very hard time finding parts in the U.S. Are there any Nissan clubs you know of?
Mike Shenefield
El Dorado, CA

As you already know, because of the limited number of Patrols in the U.S., parts, information, and accessories are scarce. An ambitious gentleman named Michael Paris is attempting to put together a newsletter and source list for those interested in Nissan's classic sport-ute. For information, contact Michael Paris, Dept. FW, P.O. Box 61078, Boulder City, NV 89006, or call 702/293-3973. As a side note, the '98 Patrol (sold in Asia and Australia) includes front and rear live axles, coil springs, and an electronically controlled rear swaybar disconnect.

Didn't Perform In The Clutch?
Hey gang, I was interested in the Centerforce Dual-Friction clutch featured in your "Toy Parts'' guide (Feb. '98), but when I called the number listed in the article, I was told it was no longer in service. Is the company out of business, or am I just dyslexic, or . . . ?
Charles-Clyde Uhl
Boyle Heights, CA

. . . Or we goofed. The correct contact information is: Centerforce Clutches, Dept. FW, 2266 Crosswind Dr., Prescott, AZ 86301, 520/771-8422; 520/771-8322 (Fax).

Perfect '85 Toyota Pickup
Dear Editor, In 1985, I purchased a brand-new Toyota XtraCab truck. Rarely driven since then (I own several other vehicles), it has only 8,700 miles on the odometer. The truck is in perfect cosmetic and mechanical condition. If I continue to hold the vehicle-which is what I'm inclined to do-how long do you think it will take for it to appreciate to an amount above its 1985 cost?
Gerald D. Giannangeli
Thompson Ridge, NY

According to our latest Kelley Blue Book, a brand-new SR5 XtraCab listed for under $10,000 in 1985, and, in good condition, runs between $5,000 and $6,000 now. Depending on the make and model, a vehicle kept in mint condition typically doesn't start appreciating value until it reaches its 20th or 25th birthday. Of course, all that gets thrown out the window if you find the right buyer. For more information, contact John Hendricks at Northwest Off-Road Specialties (Dept. FW, P.O. Box 1617, Bellingham, WA 98227-1617, 360/676-1200) or TLC Restoration & Sales (Dept. FW, 14743 Oxnard St., Van Nuys, CA 91411, 818/785-2200).

Early Bronco Corrects
Dear Four Wheeler, As an owner of a 1966 Ford Bronco, I must correct you on information supplied in the January '98 issue ("Early Bronco Engine Upgrade") by Damon W. Petersen. Model year 1966 was the first year for the Bronco. It came with a 170cid Straight-Six, three-speed manual transmission, single-master cylinder brakes, four-wheel drums, and manual steering. To my knowledge, a 302 V-8 with the automatic wasn't available until late 1967 or '68. I'm perfectly happy with my own Six. With the help of the steeper gears I've installed, I have no problem turning 38-inch tires.
Matt Zupan
McKeesport, PA

Thanks for the catch, but we might both be right. According to our sources, the 302 V-8 was offered as early as March 1966. Whether or not the mid-year V-8 option was actually designated a 1967 model or 1966 1/2, we'll leave for others to debate.

Hydraulic Winch Questions
Four Wheeler, I've been thinking (yes, it's a scary thing) about those new hydraulic winches. They seem like a good idea, but I was wondering how the small power-steering pump handles extra loads and what the fluid temperatures would be like during normal use. I know the manufacturers make the pumps with stock tires in mind. I recently converted my '71 Ford two-wheel drive automatic to a four-wheel drive with an NP 435 and NP 205 transfer case turning 35-inch TSL Thornbirds. While I was under the truck, I had the bright idea of hooking my power-steering system into my now-unused transmission cooler. Could this be a good idea to keep the power-steering fluid temperature down?
Tin Star
via the internet

It's advisable to add a finned cooler when dealing with trapped oils to dissipate heat buildup. Whether you do or not, hydraulic winch manufacturers do recommend that the p/s pump fluid be changed at the time of installation so it's sure to be clean upon use. The truth is that, regardless of the type of winch you have (electric or hydraulic), adding taller tires will put more stress on the steering pump, which may necessitate a steering pump cooler. Common sense says there's no reason why your idea shouldn't work. We've tried the hydraulic winch and like the fact that it saves weight-and as long as we've got our engine running, we'll have strong, continuous, heavy-duty pulling power.

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