It’s been a while since we’ve been able to run a regular edition of Sideways, because we are hurting for pictures. We sure wouldn’t mind some horrible stuck pictures. Like the time Trasborg had to build a plywood highway in the middle of a dried-up peat bog to recover his two-day-old TJ. Either the pictures come in too small, as PDFs, or other items we can’t use. They need to be maximum quality JPEG, BMP, or TIFF file, no smaller than 1,600 by 1,200 pixels. Email ’em to email@example.com and put “Sideways” in the subject line. That said, here are some how-to-not-get-in-the-magazine pictures that we ended up using anyway. These all might actually be really cool Jeeps, but it’s kind of hard for us to tell.
This one comes from Lee Rottenberg of Queens, New York. While it obviously isn’t our way to build a Jeep, we wonder if it pulls wheelies leaving the line. Look at those rear street-slicks! We can’t blame Lee for building his YJ this way; there just isn’t much wheeling out in Queens short of jumping in the water. Unfortunately, he didn’t tell us engine specs. He just told us it was a different way to build a Jeep. So, between the lack of information and the fact it’s shot statically on the street, we normally wouldn’t use it.
We aren’t even going to call out this person, but he’s from Wyoming too. There was a lot of incorrect information on the form such as the 4.2L V-6 “Iron Duke” engine that was listed, along with the front and rear Dana 30s. We could have gotten through all of that. It’s a ’90 YJ; pretty easy to figure out. So, if you don’t know exactly what you’ve got, don’t sweat it. Just call it out as stock or send a picture; we can usually figure it out. But what we couldn’t get around was the horrible photochopping job. Like all the other submissions here, they were sent in for Jeepshots, but we went ahead and stole them to put here as an example of what not to do.
To go along with Jim Allen’s Unicorn story in this issue, we decided to run this photo. It looks like a toy, doesn’t it? We aren’t sure how or why this picture came out like that, but we didn’t mess with it any. While it’s not a ’76 Super Jeep, it is the slightly more-common ’73 and shows one of the other color schemes. If it weren’t for the other pictures Bret Gadbury sent (which were mainly street pictures), we’d have thought this was a toy. He’s from Cheyenne, Wyoming, and a 21⁄2-inch lift clears 35s. We can’t help but wonder if the yellow was a more rare option than the white.