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August 2011 4xForward - Editorial

Posted in Features on August 1, 2011
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If all there was to wheeling was simply going out and doing it in the dirt, my job would be much simpler. But like most of our readers, the building/buying/fixing/creating part is near the top of our sport/hobby/sickness. That means we are in constant search of the right deal on any certain part we deem necessary for the full build of whatever we are working on. If you are a newcomer to this world of ours, you may not have delved into the inner workings of what it takes to make your ride the best you can make it. Rest assured, the more you get involved, the more this manner of life will become apparent to you, and hopefully to your significant other as well.

For me, it’s not that I really need any more parts, pieces, jeeps, Jeeps, or anything else in the 4x4 realm. I have so many projects and piles of parts that even if I worked 24/7 for the rest of my life, I would never finish. For that matter, it’s not like the word need is even thrown into the thought process. Need? What the heck difference does that make?! When a voice inside your head directs you to, say, save every Willys jeep you can find, then you at least have to try.

The other day I was talking with a friend who mentioned that he needed to get rid of Jeep parts and pieces from a recent build, stuff that had been in his shop a long time. It wasn’t critical, but since the former owner of these parts seemed to have forgotten about the pieces, my friend felt he should put them on eBay or Craigslist and simply liquidate them. I, ever the optimistic hoarder of pieces and parts of forgotten jeepdom, piped up and asked if perhaps I could purchase/have the pile of parts and take them off his hands. It was the least I could do for a friend, right?

That’s when the world came crashing down around me. OK, maybe it wasn’t not that bad, but it was a very telling moment that I have to stick in my memory banks and refer to whenever I feel the need to buy more jeep parts without doing due diligence on their origin. For in this instance my friend simply turned to me incredulously and said, “Rick, I think these were your parts to begin with!”

Lesson learned?

I think not.

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