’38 or .38 Special?
Referencing your question in In Box [July ’11] on whether the ’38 Special featured in Dec. ’10 should be written with an apostrophe or a decimal point: You are asking whether it is .38 Special or ’38 special because the rig is based on a 1938 body and the play-on-words .38 Smith & Wesson Special revolver (predominantly) cartridge. The .38 S&W Special is actually.36-caliber. The bullet is 0.357 inch in diameter. The reason for this is that the original .38 Colt had a .38-caliber bullet with a casing of the same basic diameter and a heel-based bullet, much like the .22 Rimfire cartridge most everyone is familiar with. When S&W brought out the Special they used an “internal” design where the projectile (bullet) was actually contained inside of the casing. All modern cartridges are of this design. This necessitated the use of a smaller-diameter bullet. They knew if they called the new creation a “.36 Smith & Wesson Special” it would turn many shooters off since it wasn’t “a .38” and couldn’t be as powerful. So much for marketing circa 1899! Anyway, it should be ’38 special.
You are correct, Jeff, and yours was the most succinct of all the answers we received. One area you missed was the Southern rock band .38 Special, but we figure it’s all inclusive by the time anyone reads the story.
The Cost of Doing Business
You have been a Jeep guy since … Let’s just say a while. I have always envied you and your commitment to the brand. I have even thought about acquiring one and doing what you do, until today. I sat down, flipping through the channels, and caught an episode of Barrett-Jackson Automobile Auctions and watched a ’51 Willys with a .50-caliber machine gun sell for $95,000. My God, I guess I will add that car to my list of cars that I will never be able to afford. Keep your pile or maybe think about selling them at auction; you may be missing something. I will see you some day in my ’75 Chevy Blazer with a ragtop. I own that. Have a great day.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think a jeep could go for that kind of cash, unless inflation or insanity has been ruling. Guess I’m right! I’ll stick with my $500 DED (Dirt Every Day) Jeeps, thank you very much.
$ign of the Times
$10,000 for a “frugal” DIY V-8 engine conversion for a Jeep Wrangler [June ’11]? A comprehensive article on a Ramjet Chevy 350 engine with a MEFI 4 induction, and you do not even have the courtesy to state the price for all of this mechanical fussiness? You guys have to be living on another planet (or at least in Southern California). In this economy, almost everyone I know struggles to come up with $50 to perform a decent backyard tune-up on their rig. In 1997, when I performed a small-block Chevy V-8 engine conversion on my ’76 Jeep CJ-7, I spent a grand total of $1,200, including the price of the rebuilt engine (self-performed)! Yes, that included used swap meet parts, cheapie Hedman headers, Cherry Bomb mufflers, and lots of self-fabricated modifications. But when it was finished, it looked like the factory put it there, and I did it all myself. The very first thing you should do when you feature a product is mention the price because that is first and foremost on the minds of your readers. For a minute, I thought I was reading Hot Rod magazine.
Fort Collins, CO
$1,200 for a V-8 conversion? Well, sure, 15 years ago like you mentioned. Heck, I used to walk to school in the snow uphill both ways. But the fact of the matter is that a dollar isn’t the same anymore, and while we would like to give prices on everything, prices change so rapidly (like the price of gas) that we would often be off. Rest assured that we intend to revive our Cheap Truck Challenge soon. It’s something every one of our readers can participate in.
Yellow K-10 Revival
Hey guys. Sorry to bother you, but I was wondering what happened to the Ultimate Revival K-10. I’ve been following the build ever since the issue where you mentioned you would be reviving the K-10 and have been eagerly reading the issues afterward to stay updated. But in this latest issue (Sept. ’11), the K-10 wasn’t in there. I want to have (and build) a similar-era truck (’73-’87), and since the age at which you can drive in Kansas is 15, that dream can come true sooner. The K-10 is giving me a lot of ideas on what to do with my truck when I get it. Just wondering what happened. (I’m also a Chevy guy, which should explain a lot.) If you couldn’t get the story in on time, I understand, just curious.
You’ll also notice we don’t have an installment in this issue either. However, next month we will. It has more to do with shop time and parts availability than anything else. Keep watching, and hopefully this year we will fire up the K-10 and go wheelin’!