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Any Toyota—So Long as It's a Toyota
My favorite brand has to be Toyota, and my favorite model(s) being 4Runners, Tacos, Tundras, mini-trucks, etc. My parents bought this '94 for me in 1999 when I was 20. I've had it ever since and am now 40! It's been rock solid with 250,000 on the odometer. It has later-model 16-inch wheels with 285x75R16 Kenda Klever M/Ts, 2-inch body, 2 1/2-inch spacer rear and air shocks. I just despise a saggy rear end! It's a five-speed manual, and the original 3.0L V-6 is still kicking.
Rhett Hanks
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IH Movie Star
This is my '70 International Harvester Aristocrat Scout 800A. It is powered by a wonderful IH 304 V-8 and has a four-speed stick shift. It turns more heads than a parade of 20 Corvettes, and rightly so! I had IH Scouts as my daily drivers from 1975 thru 1990 and they were the best! Recently, I owned two Aristocrats and also a Scout II with a beastly 345 V-8 that was in a movie with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd called Admission. There is nothin' else like a Scout!
Ed Melber
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This Old Truck
I have tried to keep things as original as possible with my '76 Ford Custom F-250. Old-school 390, four-speed, 205 transfer case, and original diffs. I got this truck for my son in 1990, while he was in high school. Had some issues, but we managed to work them out. A few items that we have changed are a 6-inch lift with blocks in the rear and leaf springs in the front, the rear diff has a Detroit Locker, put in an Edelbrock 600cfm carb with an electric fuel pump, and removed the points and put in a Pertronix ignition. Still carry the points and condenser in the glovebox. Making it roll are 305/70R17 Toyo Open Country A/Ts and 17x9 wheels. Yes, I have had my share of stalls climbing, but so far none with the electric fuel pump. On the back of the truck is a Miller SA250 welder, which I use to help out broken-down four-wheelers and I have had to fix myself also. The old saying is: "Grandpa, you still have that old truck?" Grandma's reply: "Honey, Grandpa will never get rid of that old truck. "
William Castro
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Fan o' Nissan
Loved seeing the Nissans in the "International Trade Deal" (June '19). I own a '14 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X and miss seeing anything about them. Wish they'd bring them back. Love mine.
Name withheld
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Monster Truckin'
My first time seeing a monster was at the Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1987, and it was Bigfoot No. 1 with Jim Kramer doing the crushing and mud pit. Seeing this in person for the first time produced the same feeling a kid gets on a first trip to a major-league ballpark. It was a long time ago and I remember it like it was yesterday.

Like many, I became interested in monster trucks as a kid and spent countless hours and lawn-mowing money on R/C versions of the real thing, as it was as close as I could get on a daily basis. Interestingly enough, my appreciation of the monsters has grown and evolved much like the trucks themselves, and at 44 years old I am still a big fan, particularly of Bigfoot.

Much has changed with monster technology, but one thing that has stayed the same is the great people involved. I have had the chance to get to know a few on the Bigfoot team and they are some of the greatest people you will ever meet.

I'd encourage you to do a story about their shop and see some of the best fabricators you ever will, and the whole thing started as an off-road store and shop. Bob Chandler will be the first to tell you he never intended to create a monster truck; it just evolved as a vicious cycle of upgrades.

They deserve credit for their fabrication, mechanical, and driving abilities, but also for all they do for others. No pro athlete is more accessible than a monster truck driver, and you'd be hard pressed to find someone so willing to take the time to make a kid's day. There are several kids with special needs that the Bigfoot guys treat like rock stars and it has made an incredible difference in their lives. I'm the biggest fan of the things they do off the track, and they do so without advertising it or asking for an ounce of credit. Doing the right thing is just automatic to these guys and girls, and knowing this has maintained and increased my appreciation.

I'm always happy to see monster trucks in Four Wheeler. Please don't put them in the same category as the chrome shocks, pink pro-nets, and front lift blocks under leaf springs that you routinely distance yourself from—they are certainly not something to miss out on.
Jess Delaney
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