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October 2009 Letters To The Editor - In Box

Toyota Truck
Rick Pewe
| Four Wheeler Network Content Director
Posted October 1, 2009

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Times Change
Reader: It was 1980-something when I saw a picture in a magazine of a new Toyota pickup. It was blue and had a four-cylinder, leafsprings, gray steel wheels, and a solid front axle. I was in high school, and that was a cool truck! Who would have thought that 25-plus years later Toyota would be selling the Tundra with a V-8?

I'm flipping through the pages of your July '09 magazine and see two white pickups (pages 16-17): the '10 Mahindra and '10 Tundra. It makes me wonder: What will the '35 Mahindra look like?

Thanks for a great magazine, and keep up the good work!
Claus Graf
Houston, TX

Editor: Trucks do change over time, just like cars and people. Bigger, longer, lower, fatter, wider. Isn't that what we want in a truck or a person?

Ultimate Adventure Idea
Reader: I just had an epiphany! I have a great idea for this year's Ultimate Adventure. Since McNulty is resurrecting the Ultimate Taco, why not have everyone on the staff bring back one of the old UA vehicles (one per staff member) and then see whose revived rig can wheel the best in a friendly competition on the UA? I know that Pw still has the M38-A1, so that can be his. Why not let Mansour do the Super Duty, and Fred can try to salvage the yellow K10, if there's anything left of it after Pw's little Moab trip. As for the FJ Ninja Turtle, I know it's slated for the scrap heap. Maybe you could let me wheel the Ultimate Z71, since this was my idea. What do you say?
Andy Black
Warner Robbins, GA

Editor: Wow, are you psychic? We had the same idea, then realized there wouldn't be room for readers on the trip, just us. So we decided that Kevin McNulty would build up the Super Duty (the story starts on page 78). That way, more readers and more fun! Make sure to follow the buildup as well as the Ultimate Adventure coverage in the November and December issues.

Back Issue Dilemma
Reader: I am sure at some time in past issues you have written articles or featured the military Dodge M880 4x4 truck models. Can you advise which back issue, and is there a way for me to find back issues of this mag or other mags in the Petersen family to purchase? I have four of these trucks.
Dan Bever
Darlington, IN

Editor: We'll trade our entire collection of back issues for one of your Dodges, deal? The trouble is you would have to go through each mag and look for the articles yourself, as we don't have a system that keeps track of stories, except our website There you can enter a search for the words you are looking for, such as "Dodge M880," and see what you find. If you ever do find something, you can click on "Contact Us" on the website to go to the backorder department. Good luck!

Give A Colorado Some Canyon Love
Reader: I have noticed that you have done some bang-up jobs on some of the new trucks that come out; one notably is the Suzuki Equator. I have been looking through your articles, and I am a subscriber and have been for four years since I bought my '04 GMC Canyon. I have noticed that you have yet to do anything on the 355 family from GM. Frankly, I am disappointed. These trucks do have a lot of potential and are fairly able machines from the factory, Why hasn't there been any write-ups or project vehicles on them? I understand that you do not have time or the budget to do every vehicle that comes out on the market, but where these trucks have been since there for almost five years now, I think it is time we in the 355 family get some love.

Editor: You are right; we haven't done much with these rides. One of the main reasons is that we don't own one. Another reason is that they are too expensive still, so we can't afford one. Plus, we highly doubt GM is interested in giving away a taxpayers' ride for us to fix up at this time. However, we'll keep it in mind and keep scouring the classifieds for good deals we can score.

We Agree
Reader: In Kevin McNulty's article on Johnson Valley in the June '09 issue there is a heading labeled "The Geography" under which McNulty goes on to say, "The rocks are mostly igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary."

I believe that your editor has a geology background, and clearly this information is geology, not geography. Also, Pw should let McNulty know that all rocks fall into one of the three categories above, so it really isn't a very useful description. A minor gripe in an otherwise good article though!
Gene Savage
Golden, CO

Editor: Yeah, we both laughed pretty hard at that one, as it was one of those midnight-thirty writing gaffs. Then we decided to let it go through to see who would catch it! So, you win an all-expenses-paid trip to Johnson Valley-meaning all expenses paid by you, of course. But send us your address and we'll send you a genuine 4WOR license plate as thanks for your sharp eye and wit.

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