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September 2012 In Box Letters To The Editor

Mr And Mrs Petersen
Rick Péwé
| Four Wheeler Network Content Director
Posted September 1, 2012

Cheap Truck Challenge, Mr Petersen, and More!

Why We Are Petersen’s
Please pass on to Drew Hardin my kudos on the article “Bob & Margie” about the Petersens [July ’12]. I’m so glad the question has finally been put to rest on where the name came from. While most of the stories in the first three issues of Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine were mine from the Big Books’ 4WD book, the Hot Rod staff used the titles of the two ORV books of the time as a working title, and when it went monthly with the fourth issue they were really scrambling for a vetted title and did just what Drew related in the article. I still have a cover from Big Books’ Car Care manual with my daughter polishing a car in the same driveway that’s on page 88. Good article, great magazine. Keep up the good work, Rick!
Jim Brightly

Thanks! For you youngsters, Jim Brightly has been a valued contributor to the magazine for more years than I’ve been around. Also, Drew Hardin was the editor-in-chief of this magazine at one time as well as the editorial director of the truck group. We thank both of them as well as all the others who worked with Uncle Pete and the rest of us at the Petersen empire.

Nostalgic Wheeling?
To Mr. Péwé and the rest of the staff: I would like to say thanks for almost 15 years of entertainment. I have only ever written in for an opportunity to get in Readers’ Rides, but I have a wish list for a future Ultimate Adventure. I would like to see each of your participating staff repair his oldest (longest owned) wheeler to its former glory. Péwé, for example, would get his GPW back into action, perhaps rebuilding the motor and whatever else is keeping it out of trail rides.

The big catch is no major changes. If it only has a Dana 44 front axle, that is all it can have. Rebuilds are welcome, but not drastic upgrades in hardware unless the vehicle must have them to meet safety and equipment requirements. If you have never gotten around to putting on doublers or hydraulic steering, then leave them off. A large group of vehicles that show the time period they were built in seems like it would make for an interesting read.

Anyway, just mull this idea over and if you like it, use it. If not, consider using this message for backwoods toilet paper.
Chris Crowley

I like the idea of a “Vintage UA” and believe that there are a lot of readers out there who would like it too. Better yet, how about an event or trail ride that more vintage rides could attend, with the same rules? Other readers, do you have more ideas? This year we plan to have a flattie contingent on the Jeepers Jamboree, so why not somewhere else as well?

Cheap Truck … Challenge?
I’m a 17-year-old teenager that works at Publix. I own an ’87 Suzuki Samurai, and I currently have a 4.3L Chevy Vortec and a TH350 tranny in my garage waiting to go in. I need suggestions that are cheap but hardcore. Plus, I think it would be cool for your readers to see what a teenager can do with minimal wage and patience. Thank you for an awesome magazine.
Derrick Knight
Plant City, FL

This month we have your answer. It’s called our Cheap Truck Challenge, where we pit vehicles like yours against one another, but they’re built by the editors while acting like 17-year-olds on a cheap but hardcore budget. See what we came up with starting on page 28!

How to Drive, Not Build
I have only been a subscriber for a couple of years now, so forgive me if you have already explained this and I missed it. Why are the majority of your articles about the wrenching aspects of four-wheeling and very few are about driving? I am relatively new to the sport, and I would like to see some articles and pictures of the trails that show the obstacles encountered. You could show pictures with overlays of the different lines chosen, which type of rig chose which line, and what the results were. You could discuss when to use the throttle and when to crawl, how to choose the right gear, and so on. Along the way you can throw in explanations of what the spotter does, what anchor points came into play, how to recover vehicles when the driver chose poorly, and so on.

On another note, why are there not more articles about Idaho? I moved from an area where 4x4s were mostly for show to an area where most trucks are 4x4 and actually used off of the blacktop.
Patrick McReynolds
Meridian, ID

Good point. It has been a while since we had a build it/drive it series. Feature Editor Ali Mansour will start in October with a story on how to drive in mud and how to build for mud. We’ll go into other aspects in future issues. And as far as Idaho wheeling goes, well, Idahope we will have more soon. Stay tuned for the November and December issues.

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