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Truckin',
OK, I have a subscription from you guys and I have to say, I am terribly ticked off at the condition of all the magazines I have received (pages ripping out and very ripped up around the edges). I paid a lot of money for the subscription seeing as I'm in Canada. I don't pay 40 bucks for crap!!! You know, I can get crap for FREE from a nearby cattle ranch, OK?? So, if they don't start coming in perfect condition, I will reconsider any further subscription.
John Dyck
Somewhere in Canadia

Dear John,
Yep, it's one of those letters. I'm taking a break from tearing up magazines bound for Canada to respond to your email. That's right, us editors are directly responsible for every single issue that goes out to readers all around the world and the condition of your magazine has absolutely nothing to do with Canada Post (or Postes Canada if you speak French, which we suspect you do), or the USPS.

The free crap you mentioned is intriguing. If you don't mind, can you send some to us? Our Subscription Technical Editor's address is:
Attn: ST Editor
2400 E. Katella Ave? Suite 300
Anaheim, CA 92806

PS. On a serious note, you might want to contact your mail carrier, as we really don't have the time to abuse every Canadian subscription.

Hey guys,
I just wanted to ask why aren't there any builds or photos of '92-'96 Ford F-150s in the mag? I know there are not many aftermarket parts for this truck and it is kind of old, but the factory truck is very nice with great body lines. I own one and have done a lot of work to her myself and with a one-off fabricating mindset, this body style truck could very easily be a cover story in my opinion. It's not like you can call Stylin' Trucks or Godfather Customs and have them ship you something. For example, I spent hours last weekend making interior door handles that no one makes but with the satisfaction that I made them, and they look sweet. So guys, I challenge y'all to show a truck like this or a build of this body style in the mag.
Zach Weaver
Royal, Arkansas

Zach,
We understand your frustration and we totally agree, the '92-'96 F-150s look great, with burly squared-off lines that screams "truck". Unfortunately for Ford fans, '88-'98 Chevy trucks stole the custom scene and dominated the aftermarket. Add to that, the I-beam front suspension and the wicked camber gain that comes with lowering them, not to mention the problems with 'bagging one, and you've got a couple of legitimate reasons to steer away from them as a custom platform, but we're glad you haven't. Like previous readers who've challenged us to do a build, we'll take on your offer. Simply deliver us one pristine '96 F-150 along with a pink slip and we'll build it to be cover worthy.

Dear Truckin',
First of all, let me say that I like your magazine. Nevertheless, I really would like to see at least one picture of your featured trucks at "regular" ride height. Slamming a truck and throwing on big wheels is cool, but I would really like to see what these featured trucks would look like for a family man who uses his truck as a daily driver and goes to car shows on the weekend. Long story short, please give me (us) one shot of your featured trucks the way that they would realistically be seen on the highway or street. This is purely a suggestion and think that you all do great things for the automotive culture, and I will continue to look to Truckin' magazine for the latest. Thanks!
Marco J. Sutton
College Park, Georgia

Marco,
Your suggestion is appreciated and we're curious to see what the rest of the readers think about it. We usually get feature trucks positioned just how we like them and get the shots we need, repositioning them a few times for each shoot, so taking a photo at ride height is possible, but then again, what one owner considers a sufficient ride height might still be insanely low to another. We've been including more driving shots for that same reason. Sometimes the shots are lower than actual drive height and we use camera rigs to get the photo, while other times we photograph the truck while it's driving down the road at 45-55 mph. It's usually pretty easy to tell the difference. We'll leave this one up to the readers. If we get a significant number of responses that take your side, we'll consider it. Until then, we'll keep using driving shots; they're more fun anyway.