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Letters to the Editor - April 2008 Mailbag

Posted in Project Vehicles on April 1, 2008 Comment (0)
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I'd like to compliment you on your magazine. I've been a reader for a few years now and always anticipate the call from the newsstand telling me the new issue is here. I gotta tell ya, I really like the fact that, on the November '07 cover, there was a pic of a woman obviously having a ball driving an old Jeep, and yet there were a couple of cheesecake shots of babes in bathing suits further back in the issue. Also, I never had a problem with the Bree column. You guys should do a story on gals who pilot their own rigs off-road and include action shot-not just poses. And what about an "old geezer article?" I also like the off-beat humor andthe fact that no one seems to be afraid to laugh at him or herself. As I rocket toward the age of 50, and as a lover of the older Jeeps (newest owned is an '81 CJ-7, oldest being a '58 Jeep pickup), I still appreciate the variety of what's out there these days, and you guys seem to keep my interest up pretty consistently. Keep up the good work.
Dave Ferreira
Via e-mail

I just got my November '07 issue, and I totally agree with the Trail Head article about crappy Chinese tools. I have always used Craftsman tools for precision, high-torque tasks, or other applications where I need my hand tool to not fail me with catastrophic results. Many of them are guaranteed forever and are made in the USA. There is no disadvantage except for the buy in, which is the cost of doing business for highquality tools. Join Craftsman Club and be happy when the sale rolls around. It more than pays for itself in frustration. A perfect example of this is the cheap tap-and-die sets sold by Harbor Freight. Now, I like going to Harbor Freight as much as the next guy-the disposable-type tools and assorted replacement nut-and-bolt sets are very handy. And a 3-pound hammer? Yeah, China can do that. But a tap-and-die set? Craftsman's SAE/METRIC set costs double that of Harbor Freight's various brands, but the steel is a harder alloy, it resists corrosion much better, and the dies start right every time without walking. They actually cut metal!

It's not just that-it's the peace of mind of knowing that my hand tools will not leave me stranded while building a deer stand deep in the woods, where the locals still think dentistry is witchcraft. And the $5.99 grinder at Harbor Freight? Yeah, that's just scary. I get visions of eye patches and missing fingers. No thanks. What about Chinese fuses available at the same store, which I have always avoided for fear of them setting my truck afire? I saw a mass recall notice for them at the register recently. Stay with U.S.-made Buss fuses!
Brian Paone
Via e-mail

My brother just bought a Lara Croft Tomb Raider Jeep. Does this make him a girlyman? I am concerned that he might show up for a trail run with black hot pants on. Not good. I am curious what your readers would say.
Via e-mail

Uhhh, is your brother, ummm, well, you know?... I mean I wouldn't drive one unless it was Halloween and I was dressed up like a Hooters girl. The bummer is the Jeep that you could get at the dealer was nothing like the actual Jeep Lara Croft drove; it doesn't even come with a big pair of boobs. But OK, we'll let the readers decide! Go to to vote the Tomb Raider Wrangler as the most girlywuss Jeep model ever or vote it as a cool manly factory option package.

I just got the latest issue (November '07) and read the top repair article ("New Top Destruction"). I'd like to add that when I've made repairs to my top, I use wax thread to repair the seams and zipper sections. It can be picked up at marine supply stores. They sell kits that have high-quality needles and even some backing if you need more beef at a corner for example. Anyway, I love the stuff you guys do. Keep it up! I'm glad to see that Bree is at least on the Web page. I don't care what those other f-ers say; Hot chicks and Jeeps just go together.
CW Cole
Bothell, WA

Thanks for putting out such a great magazine, and if anyone and all of our servicemen and women overseas get to see this, thank you for what doing and God bless.
David Driskell
Montgomery, AL

I just got done reading another fine edition of Jp. I was reading the November '07 Mailbag, and under the heading of "She Has Feet?" I noticed that Chad Uhl states that he didn't know Bree had feet. I have to agree. I never really noticed either-I'm sure she does though. She is a little top-heavy. Gotta have something to keep her from falling flat on her face.

Anyway, the reason I am writing is that Chad used the expression "What a load of crock.

" Now, I am not coming down on the guy-far from it, in fact. I am glad to see that there are other people out there who do the same thing I do-combincatch phrases, metaphors, and similes to create my very own brand of stupidity, all without putting any thought or effort into it. Believe when I say, "Any thought or effort." Anyway, I hope you found it as funny as I did. Keep the good stuff coming in a great magazine, and I'll keep cracking my ass off.
Jason LaPanta
Charlottesville, VA

I am looking for rsum information, like where and to whom a rsum should be sent, or possibly information regarding the requirements an editor, like you, would look for in a possible writer, photographer, or mechanic. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Keith Newman
Sparks, NV

Unfortunately, we don't currently have an open position available at Jp Magazine. However, I'd love to get a resume from anyone interested just in case the opportunity ever arises. I'll keep you on file. You can e-mail it to me at john.cappa@jpmagazine. com or send it to John Cappa, Jp Magazine Jobs, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

I pass by Jeeps-R-Us in Laguna Beach, California, very frequently on my job, and I have been seeing an XJ Cherokee that looks like Christian Hazel's "Insane Inline" Project JR Jeep, which I read about with great interest in past issues. Is that it? I wondered what ever became of it. I also certainly enjoyed the "Steal J" articles from the very beginning. It was a real kick. Great work. I'm on the conservative side, but a mechanical nut nevertheless and enjoy reading thosearticles.
Tim Hull
Via e-mail

You've seen "Project JR." It's there because the Insane Inline went poof for the second time in 20K miles, and I asked Larie at Jeeps-R-Us to install the original engine back in the vehicle for me.

I've got to get up there one of these days and pick it up, but feel free to drop in and tell the guys hello and poke around the Jeep. Larie is a nice guy who'll probably get a chuckle from the fact that a reader recognized the vehicle. After all, he's been storing it for me there for about five months.
Christian Hazel
Technical Editor
Jp Magazine

In the November '07 issue of Jp Magazine, Dr. Vern stated that his one Jeep had a homemade selectable locker. Could I please find out how he did it? I really enjoy articles of a technical nature that show us shade-tree mechanics on a limited budget, ways to accomplish things without spending huge amounts of money, or having someone else do it for us.
Bill Mader
Omer, MI

Well, if you have access to a machine shop it's possible to mimic his locker. Go to to see how Dr. Vern built his own selectable locker.

About a year and a half ago, someone at Jp had started building a project Comanche. It was supposed to be a cheap Jeep project if I remember correctly. It was a two-wheeldrive and the next time it was featured, it had grown into a four-wheel-drive, with a lift on it, Walker Evans wheels, and BFG Mud Terrains. It was in a few issues and then disappeared. Are there any updates on it or any other place to find more information-or has it just gone bye-bye?

To put it simply, the Jeep caught on fire. It's currently undergoing a full-on rebuild that you'll be able to read about in upcoming issues. Stay tuned.

Great magazine, thought you might like the attached photos as a change of pace. I understand why flatlanders must get their kicks from boulders and bogs. But here, we are blessed with lots of altitude. The pic was taken mid-July on the Imogene Pass trail, which connects Ouray and Telluride, Colorado. This trail isn't very exciting, unless the snow bank shifts. Plenty of old, 4x4-mining road in this area to entertain most anyone.
Ed Spivak
Via e-mail

Got a question or comment about Jp Magazine or the village idiots at the helm? Drop us a line. Don't forget to include your full name and where you're from, or we'll make fun of you. Actually, we may make fun of you anyway. Keep it short and to the point, or we'll hack and chop your letter as we please. We get a lot of mail, but we read every letter. Unfortunately, we can't print or personally answer every request. We're too busy surfing the Internet on the company dime. Digital images should be no less than 1,600x1,200 pixels (or two megapixels) and should be saved as a TIFF, an EPS, or a maximum- maximumquality JPEG file.quality Write to:

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