Four Wheeler January 2019

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United States
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
frigid 4x4s and frozen water pipes

It’s hot and humid outside as I’m writing this. From my office window I can see our ’05 Power Wagon baking in the sun, heat waves shimmering off the paint. Today, the red truck looks like a giant blister, which is what I would get if I rested my hand on the truck’s body. But I’m thinking about winter because this column is going to be in Four Wheeler’s January issue, which contains a collection of winter content. My mind has drifted back to the days when my northern Illinois house didn’t have a garage for my 4x4, or any insulation for that matter. This made winter lots of fun on many levels. It was the early ’80s, and my wife and I lived in a stone schoolhouse that was constructed in…

5 min

KEN.BRUBAKER@FOURWHEELER.COM MAJESTIC EAGLE Read your article concerning ugly 4x4s and I get that comment concerning my ’83 AMC Eagle from time to time. I won my car in a raffle in 2010 and it wasn’t perfect then. Original paint, interior, driveline, etc. Paint has a spot or two of surface rust, but after all, it’s the original paint. Over the last eight years I’ve kept it running and it appears in local car shows and cruise-ins. Sometimes I’ll win something like a people’s choice award or top 20/30 car in show. It still has the original 258 AMC six-cylinder, transmission has been rebuilt, and I’ve put back on a few parts that were missing when I got the car. It doesn’t see off-road use but as it’s a daily driver, the four-wheel…

7 min
rpm automotive news

EDITOR@FOURWHEELER.COM THAT’S INTERESTING The Rezvani Tank is available in the Military Edition. Coughing up $295,000 (to start) includes an optional 707hp Hellcat V-8, off-road package with Dynatrac axles, bulletproof armor, night vision, smoke screen (we’re up for six figures just to get that), magnetic dead bolts and electrified door handles (also that), and other things you can see at In case you’re wondering about a new organization called Ford Autonomous Vehicles, it’s Ford’s and it’s focusing on autonomous vehicles. Also: We didn’t read any of the 44-page document Ford released about its safety goals for self-driving vehicles and how it’s working with the government and cities and others. Hard to say whether we didn’t because it’s 44 pages or about autonomous vehicles. Throw a dart. U.S. News & World Report’s Best New Cars for…

1 min
motor trend

Catch these shows on Nov 02 Auto Mundial Nov 02 Motorsport Mundial Nov 03 LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars, Auckland Nov 04 LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars, Auckland Nov 05 Roadkill Garage, Ep. 37 Nov 07 Engine Masters, Ep. 41 Nov 08 Ferrari Challenge Europe World Final, Monza Nov 09 Auto Mundial Nov 09 Motorsport Mundial Nov 10 LIVE! Trans Am Series, Daytona Nov 12 Dirt Every Day, Ep. 83 Nov 14 Mobil 1 The Grid, Program 20 Nov 16 Auto Mundial Nov 16 Motorsport Mundial Nov 17 LIVE! 24H GT Series/24H Touring Car Endurance Series, 24H Circuit of the Americas Nov 17 LIVE! 24H Proto Series, 3X3H Circuit of the Americas Nov 19 Hot Rod Garage, Ep. 70 Nov 23 Auto Mundial Nov 23 Motorsport Mundial Nov 23 Roadkill, Ep. 84 Nov 24 LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars, Newcastle Nov 25 LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars, Newcastle Nov 26 Roadkill, Ep. 85 Nov 28 Mobil 1…

5 min
parts rack

EDITOR@FOURWHEELER.COM JL WRANGLER AXLES Dana now offers axle upgrades for the Jeep Wrangler JL. The line of drivetrain upgrades includes Ultimate Dana 60 front and rear axles, Spicer Performance nodular iron differential covers, chromoly axleshafts, bearing kits, and expanded ring-and-pinion gear ratios. The Ultimate Dana 60 axles are said to be a bolt-in replacement for the front and rear axles on the Jeep Wrangler JL. They are available with 3.73, 4.10, 4.88, and 5.38 ratios and come with an Eaton ELocker. The axles feature 35-spline, nickel chromoly steel axleshafts, genuine Spicer ring-and-pinion gearing, SPL 70 U-joints, full-float design, and heavy-duty brakes with a plug-and-play antilock braking system. INFO: Dana, 800/621-8084, DURAMAX PLUG-AND-PLAY Banks Power introduces the newest product in its Derringer family of performance inline tuners for the ’17-’18 L5P 6.6L Duramax. The…

7 min
sport-tractor “THE TRUCK WAS NEVER INTENDED TO BE as big as it is,” Ted Shinn shouted down from the cab as he turned the key, bringing to life his diesel-powered ’01 Sport Trac. Later on, once the dust had settled, Ted told us that his rig was built to be a “fun family wheeler for mild local trails.” Somehow, we didn’t quite feel right using “mild” to describe Ted’s truck. Rewinding the clock on this “mild” build by roughly seven years, the heavy equipment tech from Eureka, California, started out with an ’84 F-250. The truck was lifted 6 inches, locked front and rear, and the transplanted Dana 60 frontend had a bad habit of coughing out pieces of broken axleshaft. Ted faced a decision familiar to many 4x4 owners—continue to replace…