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Clipboard - Off-Road News - November 2013

Posted in News on October 4, 2013
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Rattle Can Paint
I have a ’73 Ford Bronco that I’d like to paint flat green with spray paint. Can you guys do an article on doing that so I can see what steps to take? Or at least give me some dos and don’ts. Thanks and keep up with the great mag.

David Sanchez

David, we can give you a few simple steps to make sure your rattle can paintjob comes out clean:

1) Make sure the body is clean of dust, dirt, and especially any grease or oil. The cleaner the surface is that you are painting, the better the paint will stick.

2) Whether you choose to use primer or not, make sure to give a light initial spray coat to the surface of what you’re painting. Allow it to dry for a minute or two before laying down more paint. Spray lightly in multiple layers; you can always go back and spray more.

3) Always keep your hand moving while spraying. If the can is blowing out paint, then your hand should always be moving. Spraying in the same place allows for paint drips.

4) Paint in the shade, and in an area without dust blowing in the wind.

Apocalypse Kit
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires and Wheels was founded in 1963 by racing legend Mickey Thompson and is headquartered in Stow, Ohio. It markets racing and high-performance tires and wheels for street, strip, truck, and off-road applications.

One of the things I noticed missing from the survival story was a solar panel kit. You can get small travel-sized ones to recharge your phone or larger portable drops to charge your truck batteries. They are perfect for keeping everything topped off when you’re surviving in the wilderness. Kris Anderson


Long-Term Updates
Sure, it works great for the first week, but what about after?

Irok ND
We’ve been getting some random spats of rain in Southern California over the last few months that have allowed us to actually test our mud tires in the mud. One of the better ones we’ve run is the Swamper Irok radial ND. While the Irok ND is much like a typical Irok radial, the “ND” stands for non-directional, meaning you can rotate them around the vehicle properly and that they’ll work equally as good moving forward or backward.

Is it a tire we’d throw on a daily driver? No, well, not again, at least. The Bronco adorned with our Irok NDs actually is a daily driver, and we went through about 75 percent of the Irok NDs’ tread in less than 10,000 miles. We saw no flat-spotting issues, and they rode rather well (though a bit loud) on the highway. Traction in soft dirt was excellent and very good in mud.

Clamp Aids
Have you ever cut your fingers or hands on a sharp hose clamp? We have the scars to prove that we have, and that’s why we love these simple little rubber covers from Clamp-Aid ( for the end of your hose clamp. They will keep you from leaving blood in your engine compartment.

News Blips
What’s going on in the off-road world

Galpin Auto Sports Build Life-Size Tonka Truck
The Tonka truck has captured the imagination of children across America for 66 years, fording the schoolyard’s tallest sand dunes and moving earth with its scaled-down bits of metal and plastic. With the help of Galpin Auto Sports (GAS), as well as a number of other aftermarket companies, Funrise Toys, the licensee and manufacturer of Tonka, unveiled a life-size Tonka Truck as its latest platform for marketing and promotional activities.

Dubbed the Tonka T-Rex, in part because of its sheer size and dominating appearance, the truck first started life as a stock Power Stroke diesel ’12 Ford F-250 before undergoing extensive custom fabrication and modifications by Galpin Auto Sports, Fab-Fours, Highway Products, Kelderman, and others.

Mickey Thompson Tires Celebrates 50 Years
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires and Wheels was founded in 1963 by racing legend Mickey Thompson and is headquartered in Stow, Ohio. It markets racing and high-performance tires and wheels for street, strip, truck, and off-road applications.

BFGoodrich Tires Captures Seven of Top 10 Finishers plus Five Class Wins at Tecate SCORE 2013 Baja 500
BFGoodrich Tires took seven of the Top 10 overall finishers in the Trophy Truck category as well as five overall class wins to lead all tire manufacturers at the 45th running of the Tecate SCORE 2013 Baja 500. The company owns 29 overall wins at the Baja 500.

Warn Industries Awarded Gold World Excellence Award by Ford Motor Company
Warn is one of only six companies in the United States to be honored, one of 14 worldwide. This is the second year in a row Warn has received the award from Ford.

Tuff Country Picks Up Rookie of the Year
Tuff Country has recently teamed up with 2012 Rookie of the Year, Patrick Clark, and his Pro-2 race truck in the LOORRS series.

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