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Old 01-27-2016, 06:32 PM   #31
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The Mississippi River rally will be held very near the Lincoln Highway which is celebrating its one hundred year anniversary. If you have interest in early cross country driving, you might want to google Lincoln Highway Association. They have some great photo resources online. I have visited many Lincoln highway sites across the country and can give you some interesting insights if you are coming through Iowa on Highway 30 which follows quite a bit of the Lincoln Highway route. That early motoring with Model T's with necessary modifications fascinates me. I have a good friend who is one of the recognized experts in the United States on early Fords of all types. I'd be happy to introduce you if you'd like.
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Old 01-31-2016, 05:55 PM   #32
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As mentioned a few posts back, just talking about 2WD or 4WD vehicles does not address the real issue. Having lived in Vermont, Montana and Colorado before moving t Northern AZ I have owned numerous 4WD vehicles. I admit to getting suckered in to getting good and stuck on several occasions by trying to get my 4WD through unmaintained mountain dirt roads. I recall getting a Jeep Grand Cherokee wedged into a snow drift miles from civilization in Utah's Abajo Mountains. The right front and left rear wheels spun while the other 2 wheels did nothing. A lot of digging and finding dirt to put under the spinning tires finally got me out. So my 4WD was really a 2WD under duress! Same story on a lot of cars I managed to get stuck as a teenager ...2WD was really 1WD. When I bought my current F150, I decided 2WD was fine since I am now in Sedona, AZ where it snows infrequently and it usually does not last. I made sure to get the optional limited-slip axle, and with a topper on the back, I have been impressed with the traction. I have climbed some pretty steep hills on rough dirt roads by just creeping along and with both wheels doing their share of the work. I'd never get any vehicle again without some type of a locking differential. It really makes a difference.
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Old 01-31-2016, 06:07 PM   #33
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There are several types of 4 wheel and all wheel drives on the market today. In Jeeps there is select trac and command trac, one has the one front and one rear which you can use on dry payment and then there is the true 4 wheel drive, only to be used on wet roads since all wheels are in traction. Proper research will give you what you need. That said, a 2 wheel vehicle with locking rear end is very capable, particularly with chains for going and stopping.
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Old 01-31-2016, 07:49 PM   #34
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There are several types of 4 wheel and all wheel drives on the market today. In Jeeps there is select trac and command trac, one has the one front and one rear which you can use on dry payment and then there is the true 4 wheel drive, only to be used on wet roads since all wheels are in traction.
There are actually several more variations than that in the Jeep lineup, and multiple operating modes for some of the systems. I agree that it is not a simple matter of 4WD or not.

A recent round of discussion of drive systems (including listing Jeep systems) was in the middle of Why not buy an old tow vehicle - try starting around post #62.
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