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Letters To Four Wheeler Editor

Posted in Features on December 3, 2018
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Sean’s K20

I’ve been a Four Wheeler reader many years and enjoyed your commentary about ugly 4x4s in November’s Firing Order. I get the same reactions to my ’75 K20. I’ve owned my truck about six years. He’s full of rust, bondo, dents, and spray foam insulation. The bondo was long before my tenure. The spray foam fills rust holes in the cab and the majority of the dents are from past excursions. In six years, I’ve transformed the truck into a reliable, formidable, and capable trail rig. It has a roller 468ci big-block, granny four-speed, twin-stick NP205, 4.56 gears with Powertrax lockers, and Tom Wood’s driveshafts. Also, I’ve bought and added almost every Offroad Design modification possible. The truck has approximately 3 inches of lift and all rides on custom 10-inch-wide, eight-lug Stockton wheels, and 35-inch BFG Mud-Terrains. The truck is limber, fun, and always turns heads.

Sean McDonnell
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John’s Toyota

Would like to start by saying I love your magazine. I have been a subscriber for more than 6 years now, just shortly after buying a very good-looking ’86 Toy with a straight axle already in front with a brand-new orange paint job. It had doors, a windshield, windows, all lights worked, a bumper, and grille. It was mostly a stock truck. Rear was welded, lunch box locker in front, leaf springs front and back, and 36-inch Boggers.

Then I broke something and that is when I needed your magazine.
All my parts were ordered from ads out of your magazine.
Thanks to that, today I am told by so many that see it wheel what a badass crawling machine it is now. It has 5.71 gears, Detroit lockers, chromoly axleshafts, Spidertrax wheel spacers, double Marlin Crawler transfer case, aftermarket shocks, shock hoops, beadlock wheels, 39.5x15R15 Super Swampers, hydro-assist steering, four-link rear suspension, new springs from All-Pro Off-Road in front, and a Tom Wood’s driveshaft.
Only parts not ordered from your magazine are a Weber carburetor and a rollcage.

As you can see, the truck has taken a lot of abuse getting it built but well worth it thanks to all the ads in your magazine. The Toy has been rolled quite a few times.

John Robertson
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Aubrey’s Scout II

Yep! I have a ’72 Scout II and get the same thing. My wife still doesn't get it. Whenever we’re out we always get stopped by someone that wants to ask questions and tell a story about an old Scout from their past. It’s generally either their family had one on the farm or a relative had one when they were a kid. Followed by a story of rust and that the cool old iron couldn’t be stopped. My wife follows with rolled eyes and head shaking. And my response of a deep Cheshire cat grin. If you don’t get it, chances are you never will.

I showed my wife your story (Firing Order, “The Attraction Of Ugly 4x4s,” Nov. ’18) and she just laughed and said I should send a pic of my ugly old Scout.

Aubrey Allmond
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Joe’s IH

I’m responding to your request in the November Firing Order for ugly 4x4s. I bought this ’53 IH pickup in 2005. It was sitting on the ground in three pieces with no frame or glass. I put it on a spare rolling chassis from a Scout Terra, complete with 345ci engine, T-19 wide ratio transmission, Dana 20 transfer case and 3.07-geared Dana 44 axles. It’s a daily driver with 45,000 miles on it, with about half of the mileage pulling my off-road Scout/Ranger. Yes, I get stoplight offers on a regular basis and many parking lot discussions. Lately, the most frequent comment is about the “wonderful patina.” My usual reply is that it probably quit rusting about 40 years ago.

Joe Smith
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