Re: Do you have a \'Jeep\', or a Dedicated Vehicle?
Well, I've heard it all now! Someone actually agrees with me!
(Someone check to see if Hell is ready to ice skate on yet...[img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
I was talking with some friends (the kind of friends that publish magazines) this weekend at the street challenge, and there is a general consensus...
GP magazine has gone to hell in a hand basket for our point of view, and there is a pretty large (and rapidly growing) segment of Jeepers and other ORV guys that are just sick and tired of the 'Monster Machines'.
I heard talk of a new magazine that might see the light of day that is directed at the 'Weekend Trail Rider' crowd.
I hope it does see the light of day...
If a magazine could be sustained on subscription fees, instead of relying on 'Monster Machine' parts manufacturers money, we could have a neutral objective point of view in a magazine... But that AIN'T going to happen any time soon!
But keeping us consuming the "newest, latest, greatest" whatever is what pays the manufacturers, and they pay the magazine bills...
And if you publish an article questioning the *NEED* for any particular high dollar item, or heaven forbid, show how to make your own part for just a few bucks instead of buying aforementioned high dollar item, then the guys pull their ads, and you are stuck...
No money and pissed off advertisers...
(Aren't WE, the CUSTOMERS supposed to fit in there somewhere?... What's wrong with this picture?.... When did WE start paying for advertisements instead of useable information?)
The guys were telling me what it costs (more to the point, how much costs have gone up) to publish a magazine...
Better them than me is all I can tell you!
On the brighter side...
I hear several talk about getting together somewhere locally...
If you all decide on a general location and time, PLEASE make it a town with a HOOTERS!
Even I'll show up at Hooters!
For the guys that sill want a deal on parts, and would like to have parts (if possible) that say 'Jeep' or 'AMC' on them, Collins Brothers Jeep has some new items on their 'New Old Stock' (NOS for the spelling challenged like me) on their web site.
I just got a NOS steering box from them for the '73 for $125 (no core!) and everybody else wanted $200 (and up!) and at least $175 core charge.
Does anyone have a direct line to Crown replacement parts for Jeep?
I'm sick to death of having to go through places like JC Whittney and pay 20 times what I should have to, and wait 6 weeks for switches and stuff...
Wonder if there is any money in being a dealer for Crown and others...?
Probably not, tight asses like me will do what I'm doing, and find a way around the markup..
Anyone have any more comments/ opinions/ rants/ raves/ general information or (constructive) complaints?