- Reader Emails: 1952 Dodge Power Wagon, Adhesive Tape Tips, Big-Block 1970 Jeep Renegade, Toyota Tacoma 2-Lo Mod, And More
Reader Emails: 1952 Dodge Power Wagon, Adhesive Tape Tips, Big-Block 1970 Jeep Renegade, Toyota Tacoma 2-Lo Mod, And More
Four Wheeler readers share their thoughts, memories, and opinions.
"I Should Have Kept It"
Here are photos of my 1952 Dodge Power Wagon that I owned for 18-plus years. In a weak moment I sold it to buy a tractor. In hindsight I should have kept it. I set it up with a plow and jib crane for building my post and beam garage. I purchased it sight unseen from the Ruby Gulch Volunteer Fire Department in Montana and had it shipped to me in Vermont. I put a lot of time and effort into it over the years, but it was a great truck.
Adhesive Tape Tips
This is regarding your interesting article on tape in the March 2020 issue. ( As you can see from the picture, my primary roll of duct tape serves as my cupholder. I also use duct tape for firewall electrical and control holes. In addition to your list I've added Flex Tape from the Flex Seal folks. I'm on my second year of life extension of a 20-plus-year-old Bestop Tigertop, with a combination of Flex Tape and Flex Seal. I use the tape on big tears and seam separations and the spray on areas where the vinyl is thinning on the canvas, creating pinholes. With the tape, spray, and an odd assortment of stick-on advertising patches, far so good.
Big-Block 1970 Jeep Renegade
I have been a reader of Four Wheeler over 50 years. I got my first new Jeep when I got out of high school, a 1964 Tuxedo Park. After my service to the country I got this 1970 Jeep Renegade new, and I still own it today. I don't think there are too many 50-year-old Jeeps out there with one owner. I raced this Jeep from new over 19 years in the East Coast 4WD Association, and in 1975 I installed a 396ci, 375-hp big-block Chevy with nitrous and a TH400 with 5,000-rpm stall converter. It was in Off-Road magazine December 1979 at Gravelrama. It sat many years as I had many other things to do in life, but I just redid it back for the road. It now has a 454ci Chevy with TH400. How many old short-wheelbase Jeeps are out there with a big-block Chevy in them with nothing done to the body or frame? Thanks for your time, I'm a big Jeep fan and I not only have this one but many others.
Toyota Tacoma 2-Lo
I'm a bit late in responding to your June 2020 issue regarding 4x4 mods.
A lot of third-gen Toyota Tacoma drivers have added a 2-Lo mod (via wiring harness and switch) to their trucks via tacomaworld.com. Attached a picture of my switch here. Nothing too fancy. To engage, the button is pressed, then the 4WD selector engaged down to 4-Lo, and lo and behold (see what I did there?), we now have 2-Lo. Useful for third pedal drivers backing up with trailers and such.
Longtime reader, and hope to keep reading a long time into the future!
"Old Jeeper" Weighs In
I cannot tell you why but the last two issues have impressed me as improved over previous Four Wheeler magazines. Good work!
We are really old Jeepers and have enjoyed many years of Mile-Hi Jeep Club's All-4-Fun. We have also enjoyed the Chili Challenge in New Mexico and the PNW off-road events in Washington. We would enjoy seeing coverage of these events if this virus stuff ever goes away.
I began Jeeping in about 1950 with friends in WWII surplus Jeeps (actually one was a Ford-built jeep). We live in the eastern part of Texas with lots of backroads to explore.
Can't Part With Old 4x4s
Thanks for your August 2020 article on used 4x4s. I've owned a multitude of used 4x4s over the last 50 years (can you tell I am an "old guy"?). I never parted with any of them as a trade-in for a new 4x4. I don't think I could bring myself to do that!
My first 4x4 back in the '70s was a used 1968 Jeep CJ-5 with the odd-fire V-6. I traded it a few years later for a 1960 Willys pickup with a flathead I-6 (see photo). I sold the pickup some years later for another used Jeep CJ with the AMC six-cylinder. I enjoyed all of these vintage 4x4s with manual transmissions and stick-operated transfer cases. Today I still have two relics from days gone by: a 1963 Jeep CJ with a Chevy 350 motor and a 1977 Chevy K20 pickup also with a 350 small-block.
I just finished installing a new Tremec TR 4050 overdrive transmission in the K20 (see photo). There was nothing wrong with the SM465 tranny it replaced, I just hated the way the SM465 shifted like a truck! The Tremec is a straightforward conversion using Advance Adapters' bellhousing. I did the installation myself, and I would recommend it to anyone frustrated with the SM465. The Tremec shifts smoothly, is synchronized in all gears, and having the overdrive is icing on the cake.