Rebuilding a Saginaw Rotary Valve Power Steering Gear

This in-depth HD video provides the steps for working on a Saginaw 700 or 800 series power steering gear. These how-to rebuilding guidelines apply to any Saginaw integral rotary valve power steering gear. Whether a gear needs re-sealing or a complete overhaul, on the work bench or in the field, here are the details! Many makes of […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Q&A Vlog: How-to Build a Multipurpose Jeep 4.6L Stroker Motor

Q&A Vlog: How-to Build a Multipurpose Jeep 4.6L Stroker Motor   In this HD video vlog Q&A, Moses Ludel discusses the Jeep 4.0L inline six build-up into a stroker 4.6L engine. The build consists of the right design, correct choice of parts and the required machining. Moses Ludel describes the engine parts and machining options […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video Interview: Advance Adapters President Mike Partridge

Moses Ludel Interviews  Advance Adapters President Mike Partridge! In this HD video discussion, Moses Ludel and Advance Adapters President Mike Partridge talk about the 4×4 industry, aftermarket 4WD products, consumer products and manufacturing—in the United States.    Mike Partridge takes time from a busy day at the Paso Robles, California plant to discuss 4×4 products, industry trends […]

Rusty Teaches Moses Ludel to Throw a Ball!

Mike Partridge, President at Advance Adapters, nominated Moses Ludel to participate in the Happy Dog Life Challenge Against Animal Abuse, “Because the internet needs happy things…The challenge is to post a picture of your happy dog, or dogs for 5 days. Each day you nominate friends to participate.” This is Rusty the Australian Shepherd/Border Collie, […]

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Video is the new journalism.  A dramatic 69% of today’s online users prefers video over print media!  As a print media photojournalist and book author/illustrator for over three decades, I launched 4WD Mechanix Magazine in 2010 and plunged headlong into the world of HD video production… Enthusiasm quickly settled into the complexities of filming and post-production editing.  A career of over […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Video Interview: Mike Partridge of Advance Adapters

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Video Interview: Mike Partridge of Advance Adapters

Mike Partridge of Advance Adapters Discusses Products!      Note: In addition to four Flash SD videos filmed at the Moab Jeep Safari in 2011, there are seventeen additional Advance Adapters HD videos available at the magazine’s 4WD Mechanix HD Video Network playlists. The 1080P HD videos are from Moses Ludel’s January 2013 tour of […]

4WD Mechanix Magazine Adds a Recording Booth

HD video filming and post-production editing require consistent audio narrative.  The magazine’s content focuses on how-to technical training, and video filming includes events, how-to and motorsports.  Ambient noise is a challenge when filming and carries into post-production editing and voiceover.  Noise from the street and office setting can easily get picked up during voiceover or […]

Moses Ludel Lecture and Slideshow: Cast Iron TIG Repair

Moses Ludel’s Guest Lecture and Slideshow at the 2011 Spring Midwest Willys Reunion: TIG Repair of a Large Cast Iron Axle Housing!      Damaged, rare axle castings can be repaired. In this presentation at the 2011 Spring Midwest Willys Reunion, Moses Ludel discusses the right filler rod and TIG welding technique for best outcomes when restoring […]

2015 Reno RallyVenture Scavenger Hunt at Virginia City, Nevada!

2015 Reno RallyVenture Scavenger Hunt at Virginia City, Nevada!

On July 10th, 4WD Mechanix Video Network filmed the 2015 RallyVenture competition’s scavenger hunt at Virginia City, Nevada. 24 4×4 teams of industry notables leave the Sparks, Nevada, 4-Wheel Parts store, follow the rally map, and climb through rugged back country to Virginia City. This 1080P HD video captures the start and the Virginia City […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Shares “A Jeep Life”

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Shares “A Jeep Life”

“A Jeep® Life”byMoses Ludel Nevada’s Washoe County Road 34 near the Black Rock Desert playa leads from Gerlach to the Sheldon Antelope Range. By late May, the snow-capped Granite Mountains become Jeep four-wheel drive country!     Piercing white headlamp beams shot through the Ponderosa boughs, starkly silhouetting the quaking aspen grove. Droning steadily, the feisty ‘Hurricane’ […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video: Quality Parts for the 4.6L Jeep Inline Six Stroker Motor

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HD Video: Quality Parts for the 4.6L Jeep Inline Six Stroker Motor

HD Video: Quality Parts for 4.6L Jeep Inline Six Stroker Motor Buildup This series includes six HD video interviews with Tony Hewes…In addition to the video on this page, you will find the other five HD videos at the ‘4WD Tech How-to Channel’ playlist! HD Video: Tony Hewes shares his 4.6L stroker motor engine parts […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep YJ and TJ Wrangler Engine Upgrades and Swaps

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep YJ and TJ Wrangler Engine Upgrades and Swaps

Q&A How-to: Jeep YJ or TJ Wrangler Engine Upgrades and Swaps      Enjoy the many detailed, traditional ‘Q&A’ exchanges in these article columns…’Q & A’ has now moved to open, interactive forum discussions. Visit the forums, you’ll want to join—for free!      Have technical questions about your Jeep 4×4,  popular 4WD truck, SUV, ATV, UTV or dirt motorcycle—or welding […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel: Publisher Profile

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel: Publisher Profile

Moses Ludel, Publisher & Editor of 4WD Mechanix© Magazine         Moses Ludel’s professional writing and photography career began in 1982. A magazine journalist and newspaper writer, photographer, columnist and industry consultant, Moses Ludel is the mechanic, author and illustrator of the bestselling Jeep® Owner’s Bible, the Jeep® CJ Rebuilder’s Manual: 1946-71 and the Jeep® CJ Rebuilder’s Manual: 1972-86. The Jeep® Owner’s Bible™ (published by Bentley Publishers), […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – The Off-Road Motorcycle Channel

The Off-Road Motorcycle Channel! Presented by 4WD Mechanix© HD Video Network In this HD video, follow the asphalt and dirt road tests of the magazine’s Honda XR650R motorcycle with a fresh top engine rebuild, new Hot Cams ‘Stage 1’ camshaft, uncorking, a Honda ‘Power-Up Kit’ and fine tuning! For more 4WD Mechanix Magazine Off-Road Motorcycle […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – NP231 and NV231 Jeep Wrangler Transfer Case Rebuild: Part 2

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – NP231 and NV231 Jeep Wrangler Transfer Case Rebuild: Part 2

How-to, Part 2: Transfer Case Assembly with Advance Adapters SYE Kit 26: Stock Jeep 231 output shaft (left) is still in good condition. This NV231 transfer case is undergoing a conversion to a shorter output shaft (right) with a fixed yoke output flange. The Advance Adapters kit for the Jeep NP231 or NV231 is thorough, consisting of a new output shaft, shorter housing and […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep Grand Cherokee NP231 and NV231 Transfer Case Rebuild: Part 1

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep Grand Cherokee NP231 and NV231 Transfer Case Rebuild: Part 1

     How-to: Grand Cherokee 231 Transfer Case—Disassemble & Inspect 1: The New Process/New Venture type 231 transfer case is identified by its distinct I.D. plate. The 231 is popular on the Jeep YJ Wrangler, Jeep TJ Wrangler, the Jeep XJ Cherokee and some Jeep Grand Cherokee models. Read the plate carefully for details on type and […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep XJ Cherokee NP231 and NV231Transfer Case Rebuild Part 1, Disassembly & Inspection

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Jeep XJ Cherokee NP231 and NV231Transfer Case Rebuild Part 1, Disassembly & Inspection

How-to: Cherokee 231 Transfer Case, Part 1—Disassembly & Inspection 1: This New Process/New Venture type 231 transfer case is identified by its distinct I.D. plate. The 231 is popular on the Jeep YJ Wrangler, Jeep TJ Wrangler, the Jeep XJ Cherokee and some Jeep Grand Cherokee models. Read the plate carefully for details on type and […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel and Cody Lundin Survival Workshops

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel and Cody Lundin Survival Workshops

Moses Ludel & Cody Lundin Instruct Backcountry Survival Workshop! Note: Jeep® Owner’s Bible™ author Moses Ludel has taught 4WD technology, mechanics and four-wheel driving skills. As a technical consultant to 4WD vehicle manufacturers, he was one of the original Tread Lightly 4×4 Clinic instructors and presented annually at the Camp Jeep® Mopar Tent workshops…Cody Lundin’s lifestyle […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Downsizing and Air Compressors!

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Downsizing and Air Compressors!

      “Downsizing—Finding the Right Air Compressor!”  Comments by Moses Ludel      Bead blasting, a cornerstone of mechanical restoration, had been a regular part of my shop work and writing projects. In early 2009, discovering that we were part of “Main Street” and not Wall Street, we voted with our feet and chose to downsize. Fortunately, our home and shop property sold […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – 4WD Mechanix Video Network

4WD Mechanix© Video Network Channels! Whether you enjoy family four-wheeling, dual-sport motorcycling, adventure destinations, off-road racing or hardcore rock crawling, 4WD Mechanix© Magazine’s ‘4WD Video Network’ delivers high-definition programming. Open to full-screen, 1080P quality for maximum viewing enjoyment—or for detailed close-up tutorials! In this HD video, Moses Ludel takes viewers on a quick tour of the multi-channel […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – TIG Welding Technique

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – TIG Welding Technique

Mastering TIG (GTAW) Welding TIG is my welding method of choice for all casting repairs. Here, a cracked, obsolete gray iron casting requires restoration. Cracks have been burr ground to their roots; the casting has been bead blasted; and final cleaning with denatured alcohol removed all contaminants. A hole drilled at the end of each […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Video of Camp Wamp 4WD Volunteers

      Video: 2010 Camp Wamp—Jeep 4WD Volunteers in Action!    Note: In August 2012, I returned to Camp Wamp with special access to film HD video of the Camp Wamp Kids at activities, the dance, the last night’s campfire and the transportation details…Enjoy the Flash video (scroll down below) and also the extensive HD video coverage […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Top Products from HTP America

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Top Products from HTP America

HTP America: Top Picks for Quality Welding Equipment and Supplies HTP offers an extensive line of welders, plasma cutters, accessories and welding supplies. High quality, affordable HTP equipment can be seen working at the welding section of 4WD Mechanix Magazine. In these economic times, cost and value are very important to Jeep 4WD hobbyists and […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Rebuilds the Jeep XJ Cherokee NP231 and NV231 Transfer Case with an SYE Kit

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Rebuilds the Jeep XJ Cherokee NP231 and NV231 Transfer Case with an SYE Kit

How-to: Rebuilding a Jeep 231 Transfer Case with Advance Adapters SYE!      Eliminating the slip yoke rear driveline and upgrading to Advance Adapters’ Fixed-Yoke (SYE) kit increases the rear output stamina of this NP/NV231 transfer case. The unit will now handle a six-inch chassis lift and 33” diameter tires. A “Slip Yoke Eliminator Kit” allows use of […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Rebuilds the Jeep Wrangler NP231 and NV231 Transfer Case

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Rebuilds the Jeep Wrangler NP231 and NV231 Transfer Case

How-to: Jeep 231 Transfer Case Rebuild with Slip Yoke Eliminator       Eliminating the slip yoke rear driveline and upgrading to Advance Adapters’ Fixed-Yoke (SYE) kit increases the rear output stamina of this NP/NV231 transfer case. The unit will now handle a six-inch chassis lift and 33” diameter tires. A “Slip Yoke Eliminator Kit” allows use […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Become a Better Jeep Mechanic

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Become a Better Jeep Mechanic

      Jeep 4WD How-to: Become a Better Mechanic!   Whether you work on your own Jeep 4×4, own a four-wheel drive specialty shop or plan to travel in rugged and isolated back country, you need mechanical savvy! The Jeep 4WD lifestyle includes roaming open country with a free spirit—the quality of that experience depends upon the reliability and safe function […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Rebuilds the Jeep Grand Cherokee NP231 and NV231 Transfer-Case

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Moses Ludel Rebuilds the Jeep Grand Cherokee NP231 and NV231 Transfer-Case

How-to: Grand Cherokee 231 Transfer Case Build & Advance Adapters SYE Eliminating the slip yoke rear driveline and upgrading to Advance Adapters’ Fixed-Yoke (SYE) kit increases the rear output stamina of this NP/NV231 transfer case. The unit will now handle a six-inch chassis lift and 33” diameter tires. A “Slip Yoke Eliminator Kit” allows use of a […]