The Eagle Has Landed
Hope you like these pictures of my '80 Eagle Sport with a 2-inch lift, 28x8.50x15 Super Swampers, and Weber 38 carb. We road-tripped it after four days of ownership from my home state of Ohio 3,200 miles across 18 states to the coast so we could ship it to our home on Maui. My fianc e and I had an amazing trip, checking out roadside auto show barns in South Dakota, hot springs and the end of Black Bear road in Colorado, and Pucker Pass at sunset in Moab, to name a few. It has been out of regular duty with a rear-main seal leak for a while, but I am getting it back on the road right now for our wedding at the end of June. If you put one of our pictures in your magazine, of which I have been a fan of for ages, it would be one heck of a wedding present.
Shane and Josi Haerr
Monster Truck Life
I've been a subscriber since 1976—got every issue including the special monster truck issues. Somehow, one thing led to another, and after 4 years at the University of Illinois, I decided to set out with my brother Mark to build one. After all, we thought if we could somehow make a living doing it—why, that would almost be as good as working for an off-road magazine.
Now it's 33 years or so later. We have seven monster trucks, hold the Guinness World Speed Record for a monster truck, have won 27 national championships, have corporate sponsors, travel all over the place—and still have a bunch of old Jeeps and trucks around the shop!
By the way, I've never owned a car in my life. My first vehicle was a '55 CJ-5 that I bought in 1977 when I was 14. Just bought a '79 CJ-5 project—it was just too good of a deal...
Hall Brothers Racing Inc.
Scouting the U.S.
Been all over wheeling, from Pennsylvania to Moab, in my '78 International Scout II: 345ci V-8, Isky cam, Stan's headers, Holley Sniper EFI, D.U.I HEI distributor, Dana 300 with Tera Low 4:1 kit, Dana 44 front and rear, 35-inch Goodyear MT/Rs, custom three-link front suspension with 14-inch King coilovers, and Rancho leaves in the rear with King shocks. All lights have been converted to LED.
One if By Sea, Two if By Land
Saturday morning, after a great many King of the Hammers attendees had already departed, two guys rolled up in this thing (#freewayliner). I thought I was going to die laughing!
Truck Generational Heritage
I also have fond memories of a 300-6-powered farm truck. As a matter of fact, it was a '78 brown regular-cab F-250 four-speed 2WD. My great-grandfather owned it well into the 1990s and even with all the farm work it did, the only major body rot was the bed.
Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of that truck, but I do have a few of my '95 F-150 SuperCab longbox with the 4.9L and five-speed. My parents bought it in 1996 with only 32,000 miles on it and used it to haul us, campers, boats, fish houses, and all kinds of random items.
I took over the truck when I got my license and it got me back and forth all through high school without any trouble. After high school, I got a more economical daily driver, but even to this day I still use it as a reliable backup or for hauling and towing.
It's a very basic XL truck with rubber floor coverings, crank windows, and bench seats, but it does have air conditioning and cruise control that both still work. The only things I have added are a 4-inch lift, hitch, and brake controller.
The body is getting rough from life in the Midwest, but still drives great on the road. My plans are to fix or replace the rusty body parts and hopefully pass it on to my son when he is ready.
When New Trails Find You
When the Air Force moved me from New Mexico to the cornfields of Illinois, I figured my days of 'wheeling on a regular basis were pretty much over. While it's true that 'wheeling is no longer as simple as just driving out into the desert or mountains, I'm slowly but surely finding some reliably fun spots within an hour or two of my house. A buddy and I recently checked out a trail in the Shawnee National Forest. The trail follows an old powerline road with deep ruts, steep climbs, loose rocks, and various stream crossings and ends at the top of a cliff face. It was a blast to be out 'wheeling again. It was also great to see that my nearly bone-stock 25-year-old 4Runner could keep up with a brand-new Rubicon on some pretty challenging terrain. Wherever life takes you, just get out there and 'wheel!