Today’s Featured Jeeper Bio is Lisa Mallinson. Enjoy a literary stroll through a female jeepers life as Lisa responds to the ExtremeTerrain interview.
ExtremeTerrain: Hi Lisa, can you tell the readers a little about yourself…
Lisa: “Hi, my name is Lisa Mallinson. I’m a single 25 year old looking for a Jeep guy who can handle who I am. No others need to apply. I’ve been living in Vermont since 1990 , moved here from Connecticut my family. In 2006, I graduated from Morrisville State college with an Associates degree in Equine Science and currently work as a vet tech at a animal hospital. Someday I’d like to own a quarter horse farm. I have a 4 year old pit bull/lab cross who loves riding in the Jeep topless! In my free time, I like to go camping, ride horses and of course wheeling! I’ve been bitten with the Jeep bug!
ExtremeTerrain: What type of Jeep do you run Lisa?
Lisa: I have a 90 YJ, 6 cylinder with Weber carburetor. I‘m currently running on a small lift on 33 x 10.5 BF Goodrich All terrains. It’s a starter Jeep, that I’ve had less then a year.
ExtremeTerrain: Do you have any favorite spots to off road?
Lisa: My favorite spot to wheel is right in my back yard. Most states have off road parks, we are lucky enough to have class 4 roads. They have a little bit of everything and you never know what your going to find any time you go out.
ExtremeTerrain: What is your favorite off roading quotes:
Lisa: “Give her some cowbells and give ‘em hell” – “Jeeps do it in the woods” and “bad a$$ girls drive bad ass toys”
ExtremeTerrain: If you could have any modifications done, what would they be?
Lisa: The one modification I would love to have is Lockers! This summer when my Jeep was down, Sue Miller-Norton let me drive her jeep and she has front and rear lockers. I crawled through everything. I would really like to find or invent an indestructible u-joint. I broke 6 u-joints in less then 2 months. The guys at the parts store start to wonder what I do to them. I’ve done a lot of replacing old parts this year because the guy I bought my Jeep from didn’t take care of it to well. This winter, I plan on putting an AX-15 transmission in, new leaf springs all the way around and lockers in the rear. Big plans for my little Jeep! 🙂
ExtremeTerrain: What was your best/worse modification if any?
Lisa: The best thing I could have bought for my Jeep was the Smittybilt XRC8 winch, that Sue and her husband helped me install. It has paid for its self more than one time. I have seen this winch pull out a full size Dodge truck more than once. Best money I could have spent! The worse thing I could have done was put the peugeot ba-10 5 transmission back in my Jeep.
ExtremeTerrain: Do you belong to any off roading organizations?
Lisa: Does the Broken Jeep Club count? I currently do not belong to a Jeep club. There are not too many here in Vermont, but we do wheel with a good group of people. I keep telling people that I meet on Facebook they are always welcome to Jeep with us.
ExtremeTerrain: How old were you when you first stared off roading?
Lisa: I was 24. Its hard to believe that I have only been wheeling for a year, and I can’t believe what I was missing. I started off as a copilot for Sue. Then a couple months later she let me drive her pride and joy. I give her a ton of credit for teaching me everything she knows about wheeling, climbing and wrenching. I have learned so much from her husband Keith too about repairs that most people with my inexperience would run away at a broken bell housing and a shot transmission. I am always excited to learn more about wrenching on my own jeep.
ExtremeTerrain: Why do you love Jeep off roading?
Lisa: Being fearless and having the freedom! You drive on the main roads and you have to follow the rules and stay on the pavement. The second your in the woods you can climb on rocks, drive in the deepest mud hole and there are not rules to how you handle your rig. There is something about being in the woods and hanging with your friends that’s relaxing. I would not have it any other way. If the Jeep comes home clean you didn’t play hard enough 🙂
ExtremeTerrain: Any off-roading stories or incidents you would like to share?
Lisa: In December the girls decided to take a ride. That’s when I cracked my bell housing clear off the transmission, and stuffed the axle back 6″, broke the leaf spring. I learned a lot that day, but I don’t regret a moment. When I tell people how I did it, most don’t believe I didn’t break more. Before Sue and I put the Jeep back together in 20 degree snowy weather, we painted the driveshaft, skidplate, differential covers, and bellhousing PINK!
I have a pink window sticker that says Filthy, Dirty Jeep Girl. When I’m running around town people always look at what it reads. One day I was stopped at a light and this little old lady in a truck pulled up next to me and says “Boy that looks like fun. When I was younger I wasn’t allowed to drive a Jeep!” I looked at her and said “It’s never to late to start :-)”
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