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Sideways Readers’ Vehicles

Posted in Features on June 13, 2017
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ALERT: Send us your family-vacation-in-a-Jeep experience, especially if it’s vintage or parked in front of a monument or noteworthy thingy (world’s biggest whatever works). We also want to see the usual fare: Rather than the same built rides that we put in Readers’ Rigs, Sideways is all about your military Jeep experience, your sunk/stuck/rolled Jeep experience, family experience with a Jeep, or other personal history in which a Jeep played a part. We want to see and hear, so send us a high-resolution pic and don’t forget the most important parts of all—tell us who is in the photo (first and last name), where it was taken, what year/type of Jeep, and the fun backstory info. And tell us who you are and where you’re from if you’re not the one in the photo. Make sure the photo is JPG (maximum quality), BMP, or TIFF file at 1,600 by 2,000 pixels (around 2 megapixels or the original size from your phone/device). No PDFs or other formats. Email the photo and story to with the subject line “Sideways.”


Stuck, Not Stuck

“It’s not stuck—it just can’t get out under its own power. It needed a little help,” said Tommy DeGrange about this non-event that happened between him, his wife Heather, and their 1986 Jeep CJ-7. The location was the Monocacy River in Frederick, Maryland, and Tommy uses the Jeep for both ’wheeling and cruising when it’s not not-stuck. “At the time of the picture, the Jeep was stock except for 32-inch M/Ts, MC 2100 carb, and 0.040-over engine rebuild,” he said. “This trip caused me to buy a front locker.” He noted that it’s “not pretty, but it runs strong and gets the job done.”


Mud Run

Brian Reed didn’t say (admit?) much about the mud situation going on here with his 1998 XJ. But then, it’s mud, so no explanation is really needed, right? What goes in highly likely won’t come out without this happening first. But here’s what we know: He’s the second owner of this Cherokee, and his father helped him do the buildup. And: “This photo was taken at our local ’wheeling park in Granville, New York: Mettowee Off Road Extreme Park.”


It’s Still a Jeep Thing for Dad

Mark Leiphart sent this photo of his father Lawrence from when he was stationed in Korea (Dad’s on the right). “At age 80, he helped me replace my stock Dana 33s in my 1999 TJ with 2003 TJ Rubicon Dana 44s.” See, you never need to worry about outgrowing wrenching or ’wheeling. “He is now 84 and still going strong.”


Photo Fail

Carl Shirts II sent this pic of his first-ever stuck. “Same week I bought the XJ,” Carl spilled. The plan? Simple—get some pics of his 1997 Jeep Cherokee going through a water hole. The execution? Also simple—“I got stuck on the first pass, peg-legged. The day before, no camera with me, went through it about 10 times with no problem.”

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