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June 2009 Mail Bag - Letters to the Editor

Posted in Project Vehicles on June 1, 2009
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Readers Cheap
Thanks for the "51 Cheap Tips" article (March '09). I would be willing to bet that the readers out there have some great tips that could be shared with all Jp magazine readers. How about doing a reader's cheap tips down the road somewhere? I'll even throw in my cheap tip: Ever lose something down behind the gap between the dash and the firewall in your JK? Go get a foam pipe insulator from your local hardware store (about two bucks) and cut it to length and slide it into the gap. It works like a champ and you never have to worry about losing your wallet, pen or cell phone behind the dash again.Miles NewsomeWichita Falls, Texas

Strap Smart
You really need to hire someone that is older than a Wrangler! On page 21 of the "51 Cheap Tricks" article in the March '09 magazine there is a comment about a windshield strap and how convenient this little tie down is. I agree, it holds the windshield down to the hood very well, just like it was intended to do. "We think it was supposed to be for the top" doesn't anyone ever put their windshield down or is that forbidden in the land of the bear? At least the photo has it on the right footman loop (the only one on a real Jeep). I'll keep driving my '85 CJ-7 and keep reading since I've been doing it for as long as this magazine has been around. But I'm not sure whether to laugh at you guys or cry.Troy WilcoxRavenna, Ohio

We went to our resident electrical wizard Pete Trasborg for a response. Here's what he had to say:

There were like four or five of these straps in my TJ, and there are just as many of them in our '01 Wrangler Red.

Sure, one could be used for the windshield, although I've never tried it, and I'm not sure it's long enough. You only need one in theory to hold down the windshield. What are the other three or four for? Seems to me like more of them are for the top (or other uses) than are for the windshield, otherwise, why include so many of them?

I've used them more often (even on my CJ's) to wrap around the top or top bows and keep them from rattling or the top from blowing out. It works great for that use. Even though I thought one could be used for the windshield, I'd rather talk about what I know and have personally done.

I don't put the windshield down on my Jeeps cause the seal never seems to seal correctly again after that, and I'm not overly worried about knocking the windshield off on a tree or a rock. Plus, in New Jersey it is illegal to drive with the windshield down.-Pete Trasborg

Dauntless Cooling
Nothing has seemed more directed to me than the Spendy Cooling tip in "51 Cheap Tips" (March '09). Great article by the way.

My dauntless-equipped M38A1 project has been put on the back burner for about a year due to a few minor things, one being a radiator. No worries, I've been wasting my time on two other pre-'75 Jeeps in the meantime. Anyways, all the replacement radiators I've seen have been over $300, which I'd rather not pay unless I need to. I've scoured junkyards to no end, trying to find a decent radiator small enough, with the correct inlet/outlet. With no luck, it was an omen to see this article. I went to the Griffin website ( but had a hard time navigating it. Maybe I'm just an idiot. Thanks a ton! Strider380Via

What's an A'whole?
I recently bought Jp magazine because on the cover it mentioned the 2010 electric Wrangler ("2010 Electric Jeep", Jan. '09). What I really have to say is "f%^& you a'wholes!", you gave this great vehicle a lousy article just like Motor Trend and Car and Driver did for the GM EV1 back in the late 1990s because it isn't traditional and too tree-hugger-like. All you did is give these great vehicle a bit no bigger than the Edelbrock ads in the back of the magazine, where's the four-five pages of how we can still go have fun off-road but give big oil the middle finger every day when going to work and plugging it in the wall at home every night.Robert RoweColorado Springs, Colorado

Uhhh, it's a two page story, it's a two-wheel-drive concept Jeep, and it's not even available. Why are you so upset? Please excuse me while I go buy a big-block V-8 engine, throw used oil in the gutter, and club some baby seals to make myself feel better.

Mine's Bigger
With all due respect to you guys, you made a mistake in the March '09 issue. You had stated in the "It's Show Time" article that the All Breeds Jeep Show was the largest in the North East at 520 participating Jeeps and 4,625 spectators. We had the 8th Great American Jeep Rally on September 20th 2008, and we had 610 Jeeps come through the gates, and our estimation of spectators is well over 3,000. On top of that our staffs Jeeps did not go towards the total.

I hate to see all the hard work that our volunteers did get pushed aside because we are not sponsored by a big corporation. It was bad enough that you had misprinted our date in your mag, but please give us the credit we deserve as the largest Jeep show in the North East.

For more info go to FisherVia e-mail

Sooo, is that 610 Jeeps through the gates or 610 actual event participants? Not sure your numbers are adding up the same. Ehh, either way. Here is your day in the sun.

Because It's Not a Jeep...
I am a long time subscriber and really enjoy your magazine. I do have a question regarding the "Identity Crisis" article in the March '09 issue though. One military vehicle missing was the M422A1. It was also called a Mighty Mite. As I recall it was built by American Motors in the early '60s for use in Vietnam. As I remember it was an all aluminum V-4 engine. In stock form it could out-climb any other Jeep I have ever driven. Actually it was this Jeep that got me into four-wheeling 36 years ago.Jerry ScottVia e-mail

I don't really consider the '59-'62 Mighty Mite a Jeep. American Motors built it long before the AMC purchase of Jeep. I will admit it is Jeep-like though. And while we're at it, the M151 isn't a Jeep either. It is true that some M151s were built by the commercial products division of Willys Motors, but the vehicle was developed by Ford.

Real Toy
I just wanted to share my grandson Tyler's Christmas with Jp.

I hope you enjoy his backyard '48 CJ-2A as much as we enjoy your magazine.Richard ClickPorter, Texas

Almost a Darwin Award
While on a run with my Jeep club, I had an emergency situation arise. We were way off the main road in an alder grove down near the Humptulips River when my interior cabin filled up with smoke or steam while I was driving. As I stopped and jumped out, opening the doors and hatch, I noted to myself that I couldn't smell electrical or engine smoke; in fact there was no noticeable smell at all.

The guys behind me came running up to see what was going on and later told me a cloud of smoke or steam followed me when I leaped out of my Jeep. As I was frantically checking around and under the vehicle, one of them started laughing. It seems that my Border collie had somehow triggered the fire extinguisher briefly releasing a fine white powder inside my vehicle! Fastened on the roll bar behind my seat, it sprayed off the window then floated throughout the rest of the interior causing me several moments of panic.

Now in addition to cleaning the mud off the outside of the Jeep, I have to clean the inside of white powdery residue.

Lesson 1: If you think there is a vehicle fire, grab the fire extinguisher first then look for the cause.

Lesson 2: Secure the pin and handle better to prevent accidental discharges.

Lesson 3: Teach the dog to use the extinguisher only in cases of emergency.Vern SpatzAberdeen, Washington

Factory Flogging
The other day while I was dodging stalled vehicles who were stuck in less than 2 inches of snow on the roadway, I realized how lucky I am to own a Jeep. It's an '05 Grand Cherokee Laredo with the full-time four-wheel-drive. As I was driving around barely noticing the snow I began to wonder just how much snow my Jeep could handle or perhaps mud rocks or other off-road obstacles. I know my Jeep is more known for its mall-crawling properties or grocery getting abilities (as is stated by almost all of the online and magazine sources) but what can these new drive systems actually tackle? I think it is time to line-up and test all of the different vehicles produced by Jeep and see exactly what it takes to stop one cold. Also it would be just plain fun! If you decide to give it a whirl I know where you can find a WK Laredo.Dj FerreiraBurke, Virginia

Awesome! Send us your Jeep for a few months and when we're done testing we'll send all the broken parts back in a box along with the results of our test. Anyone else want to let us drive their Jeep?

Fire Hazel!
You've got to do something with Hazel. I was feeling pretty good about myself. Iscored this decent '90 YJ with a six-cylinder and five-speed. It looks OK and has decent tires on it. There is no top and only surface rust spots on the body. Not bad for a beach Jeep. Only cost me $2,000, it's in my driveway and I'm smiling.

Then this jerk, this demon from the bowels of hell finds one for $500. Yeah, it's a four-cylinder, but it's nicer and has a top! I mean how is your ordinary reader suppose to maintain his or her self-esteem when they're constantly under barrage from this madman you have working for you.

And then, we'll be ridiculed further with these so-called "articles". Everyone knows this is just his diabolical way of flaunting his "find" in our faces.

Please spare us. Rid us of this curse to Jeepdom.

Sincerely, (yeah right!!)Ron CrumplerPanama City Beach, Florida

Missing February
I just subscribed to Jp and received a January and a March issue. Did I miss the February issue?TimritchieblueVia

Ahhh, you really missed out! February will likely be the best issue this year! Nah, not really. Jp magazine is only published 10 times a year. There is no February or December issue for 2009.

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