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January 2012 Mailbag Letters To The Editor

Posted in Features on January 1, 2012
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XJ Hater
What is the point of putting this junky looking Cherokee on the cover? I have a subscription to this magazine and this is an embarrassment. This Cherokee is a piece of junk. Is this what the Jeep crowd wants in a Jeep? If I saw this magazine on the rack I would think this magazine is catering to the trailer parks of America. The cover of a magazine should make you want to open it up and read about the cool stuff inside. With the appearance of this cover, I would bypass it. I cringed when I pulled it out of the mailbox. I think you need to pick it up a little. If you want to put an old Jeep on the cover, put a Willys/GPW on it or a CJ or a done-up new Jeep. And don’t be afraid to put some ladies in this magazine. Take your plums out of your old lady’s purse.
Mark Nelson
Via email

Tell us how you really feel, Mark!

Department of Corrections
We appreciate the write up on our Safari Straps(New Products, Oct. ’11), but there were some discrepancies and inaccuracies.

First, you stated that we use nylon webbing, which if false. We use heavy weight polypropylene webbing. Nylon is known to fade and rot, while polypropylene doesn’t. It’s like saying a manufacturer makes metal bumpers, when in reality the manufacturer makes aluminum bumpers.

Second, you say it’s a “full net,” but the net shown was actually our “Cage Extended.” Saying “full net” implies the whole top is covered.

Finally, you say it’s for ’04-’06 Wrangler. We have had the TJ cage for a couple years now. The new product was the TJ Unlimited Cage Extended (LJ), not the TJ. We did this to go after the LJ market and let them know we have LJ nets now too.

It is probably too late to make the changes now, but we would appreciate a correction in the next issue. We don’t want the article to be misleading in anyway, especially the nylon-verses polypropylene webbing.
Safari Straps
Santa Clarita, CA

You’ll be happy to know we’ve wrapped Trasborg head-to-toe with your TJ Unlimited Cage Extended net. The fact his “whole top” isn’t covered and he is still able to breathe hammers home the fact that it’s not actually a “full net.”

Department of Corrections II
Thanks for running a review of our TMJ portable air compressor (“Compressor Confessor,” Sept. ’11). Unfortunately you listed the retail price as $236.00, when in reality it retails for $104.99.
Mike Crosby
TJM North America

Real Jeepers
To all of you Nazi-esque readers who seem to take offence to women on the pages, 4-Wheel & Off-Road’s Rick Pewe welding in sandals, seatbelts (or the lack of), shooting up one’s own vehicle for fun, cutting up a rusty vehicle for fun and so on.

How about you consider first of all this is basically an enthusiast magazine? It’s not a politically-correct, government-driven manual by which to live. It’s for us real Jeepers either current or wishing. I feel this is a wonderfully written magazine. Great information and testing is always found along with good insight to real-world Jeeping.

The magazine title is Jp magazine for a reason. So please ease up a little on adults having fun building and driving their passions.
Dwayne Ryan
Casper, WY

Old Jeeps Rule
I was in the airport messing around with some friends before our flight. Probably not the best idea ever. Regardless, I decided to get a magazine. Since I’ve loved off-roading and Jeeps my whole life, I picked up Jp magazine. I bought it and loved it.

The Editorial about old Jeeps was dead-on in my opinion. To paraphrase, you said a brand-new Jeep with all the toys won’t garner as much attention as an old vintage Jeep parked right next to it. I will love and remember the old Jeep.

My friends think I’m crazy. They say that new Jeeps have more capablities off- and on-road. Old Jeeps you just have that heritage that I love. They didn’t need to put Jeep on the grille; you know it’s a Jeep by just looking at it.

Some say why have a Jeep and not a sports car? What’s the point of a sports car? You can only go fast. But in a Jeep you can go wherever you want on- or off-road? I loved your article and the magazine. Thanks for the long plane trip full of fun.
Matt Vogeney
Via email

Vintage Vibes
I just returned from Guam and while there I purchased a copy of the Aug. ’11 Jp, wherein you expounded upon the virtues of the flatfender Jeep. I have a ’52 Willys flatfender with only 20,000 original miles and the original engine and transmission in it. I purchased the Jeep from an apple orchard in eastern Washington about 30 years ago. It only had 6,900 miles when I bought it. I have made some updates like a 12-volt starter, front lockout hubs, a Warn overdrive, improved steering, 11-inch brakes, and so on. But for the most part it is completely stock with no rust at all. I very much enjoyed the magazine; and especially the article about the CJ-3A.
Don Sybil
Via email

Willys Wanting
You guys say to write so here goes. I really like the article on the old Willys Wagon (“Round Two,” Sept. ’11). I’m kind of partial to them since my dad had a couple when I was young. The first one was a gray-colored F-head four-banger (I think) that he traded in for a gray L-head six-cylinder. I thought they were the best things on four wheels!

In the late ’60s he traded the L-head one for a Wagoneer with the Rambler 327-cube V-8 and three-on-the-tree. Oh well, it was still kinda cool! This is the jeep I learned to drive in. Then he traded the Wagoneer in for a VW! This would never do, so I went out and purchased a CJ-5 with a 289 Ford V-8 mated to the T90. And that is what started it all in 1969!

Getting back to the article, this is a test isn’t it? I believe that the V-6 with a one-barrel carb is a 198-cube odd-fire, not a 225. And at that time there was a TransDapt adaptor available from JC Whitney and a Hoosier adaptor; not just the Novak adapter you reference in the story. I know because I bought the company’s Ford V-8 to 10-bolt Top Loader four-speed adaptor for my Jeep. And that original six-cylinder engine could be any number of four engines. I have heard of those Borg Warner overdrives but like you have never seen one. I have the Warn All-Range unit. I find the gear ratios interesting. I knew about 4.88s and 4.56s, but was not aware of the 5.38s. It makes sense with a four-banger, though.

I like the Wagons so much I purchased a ’53 basket case with a spring-over, two-puck hockey puck body lift, Chevy 350/TH350/NP205 drivetrain on stock axles, and these have 4.27 gears! It was one of those “on the right track but missed the train” deals and was only about half-completed. I intend to revamp the whole thing into a “restomod” job. It will have a Dana 44 front, 9-inch rear, Ford I-6 300/C4/Dana20 drivetrain on the stock frame with no body lift and a 2-3-inch spring lift. But this is a work in progress and is on the back burner until I get my CJ back on the road next spring.
Dale Henry
Via email

We’ve been wrong before, but we believe the one-barrel odd-fire 225 was available in 1965 in Buick Skylark and Oldsmobile F85 cars. It’s true, if the engine were sourced from a Jeep, a one-barrel odd-fire would signify the smaller 198 V-6. As for the Borg Warner Overdrives, they were introduced before the Warn Overdrives and were actually the inspiration for the Thompson Brothers when they designed the original unit for the Spicer 18 that would one day become the Warn All-Range Overdrive.

Start ’Em Young
My wife and I gave up our love for Jeeping three years ago when the life of car seats and strollers overtook us. We often look back at the photos of our wanderings through the San Diego mountains and wish we could live that enjoyment again—with car seats, of course. Our kids have a wild craziness about them that would make them right at home in the back seat of a Jeep. So, I recently purchased your June and July issues and began dreaming of the possibilities.

Today a rarity occurred. Our kids were quiet. I snuck around the corner expecting to find them into some mischief. To my amazement, they had grabbed my June issue and were pointing out the photos as my son kept saying “big truck!” I grabbed the camera and snapped a few pictures of this peacefulness. They began talking about the snow. My daughter jumped off the couch to show daddy the snow. I found they were enthralled with the photo of the girls in bikinis from Canada in the snow on the hood of a Jeep. My wife and I died laughing. But that pretty much confirmed everything I already knew about my son; he has good taste … in “big trucks.” I foresee another Jeep in our near future.
Chad Dollick
San Diego, CA

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