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August 2012 Randy’s Electrical Corner

Posted in How To: Electrical on August 1, 2012
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Hey kids, it’s me, Randy. You might think I’ve gone crazy. Well, it is possible I have but not for the reason you are thinking. If you’d told me a few years ago that I’d be reviewing a book for an international magazine, I’d have called you crazy, but here I am. Now as for why you might be thinking I’m crazy, well you probably noticed the “Hot Rod Wiring” up there at the start of this story. And, if you noticed it, you likely thought to yourself, “Wait, isn’t this a Jeep magazine?” Well, yes, it is. I haven’t gone that far off the wagon.

The book was written by Dennis Overholser, who has been working at Painless Performance Products for more years than I’ve been messing with electricity. It contains 141 pages of good information. Probably about half of what I read I could understand being used in a Jeep, and the other half I just probably don’t have enough imagination to see it. The book is available from either Painless Performance Products or direct from the publisher, Wolfgang Publications.

Like that? It’s a new phrase I picked up. I’m not sure what the wagon is but it has something to do with going crazy, so wagon, hot rod, or Jeep, I thought it would fit here. Oh yeah, back to that hot rod thing. I’ve heard the editors tell many people that Jeeps are basically hot rods with big tires. Think about it, you change engines or you soup-up or hot-rod the engine you have. You often swap out gears and put in a locker for better traction and changing transmissions or putting in shift kits isn’t unheard of. If that wasn’t enough, for the more serious hot rod Jeeps, you end up putting full rollcages in them, too.

So, with all that in mind, it does kind of make sense to look at a Jeep like a hot rod and when I saw this book, I had to take a look. Now, I’m not one for reading really, but this book has a lot of basic and some not-so-basic things in it that often give people trouble and I was only 40 pages into it when I decided I had to show you guys the book too. I think it can help with a lot of the problems you all write in about and probably some of the ones you just struggle with and don’t ask me about.

I almost didn’t want to write this book review because I might end up putting myself out of the “writerer” business, but there is just so much good information in it that I couldn’t keep it to myself. Besides, I’m sure you guys will keep coming up with questions for me even if you do pick up this book.

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