If you want to see a bunch of 4x4s in one place you could go to a car dealership. But if you want to see a number of modified, conversation-starting, vastly different 4x4s, one of the places you should go is a 4-Wheel Jamboree (4wheeljamboree.com).
The 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals series has been around since the ’80s and one of its attractions is the “Show-N-Shine” area. In it are often hundreds of 4x4s of every type and size. They’re not all showy, and they’re not all shiny, though many are.
We had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Spring 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals in Lima, Ohio, and during the three-day event we gathered photos and info on some of the rigs in the aforementioned Show-N-Shine. We made it a point to collect a wide variety of rigs, which wasn’t hard. Take a look at what we found.
Tim’s ’59 F-350
Tim Fritz of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, is an auto body repair tech, and his Ford F-350 is incredible. It’s actually comprised of a ’60 cab, ’58 9-foot-long bed, ’59 front clip, ’60 hood, and ’75 F-250 High-Boy frame. As if that wasn’t creative enough, nestled between the framerails is a Cummins 5.9L 12-valve turbodiesel from a ’93 Dodge truck. The ’plant is fastened to a Getrag five-speed manual transmission and power is routed to a divorce-mount NP205 T-case. Up front is a ’79 King Pin high-pinion Dana 60 with disc brakes, while out back is a ’75 Dana 60. Other mods include 4.10:1 gears, 39.5-inch tires, 10-inch-lift Skyjacker front leaf springs, 6-inch-lift Skyjacker rear leaf springs, ’79 Ford F-250 power steering, and a 3-inch body lift.
Gary’s ’70 Jimmy
Gary Knight’s ’70 GMC Jimmy drew well-deserved praise. Gary is a machinist from Hartford, Ohio, and his Jimmy is a fantastic example of a restored machine that is a favorite to many. He purchased the truck in 1995 and began a six-year restoration of the rig in 1998. At the 2017 Spring 4-Wheel Jamboree he took home the award for Best 4x4 (up to 1997) in the Street Zero Category. His rig has a 350ci engine, TH350 transmission, NP205 T-case, stock axles, 31-inch tires, and Bestop soft top. Gary says the only items that are not stock are the rally wheels, tires, and dual exhaust.
Evan’s ’08 Ram 3500
Evan Puwal is a plumber from Riley, Michigan, and this is his ’08 Dodge Ram 3500. Back in 2009 it was his dad’s daily driver and in 2012 it became a father-son project. After four years of work it was handed down to Evan to continue. Under the hood is a 6.7L Cummins that has a slew of modifications including Industrial Injection Silver Bullet turbo, 100hp injectors, water-methanol injection, a PureFlow AirDog II, ARP head studs, and H&S Mini Maxx tuner. The transmission was fully beefed with BD Diesel Performance components. Some of the truck’s other mods include a 10-inch long-arm suspension lift, Road Armor bumpers, Smittybilt Defender Rack, Warn 12,000-pound winch, 12-inch-wide Fuel Off-Road Maverick wheels, and 38-inch Mickey Thompson tires.
Jason’s ’01 Silverado
Jason Kistler tells us that the truck you see here was originally a white-colored 2WD model and he has done all the modifications on the ’01 Chevy Silverado. Jason is an auto body painter from Alexandria, Ohio, and he’s apparently quite creative. Under the Chevy’s hood is a ’94 5.9L Cummins 12-valve turbodiesel that has been modified. It’s fastened to an NV4500 five-speed manual transmission. Up front is a Dana 60 axle from an ’85 Chevy truck and out back is a 14-bolt axle. Other mods include 6-inch-lift front leaf springs, 4.10:1 gearing, 46-inch Goodyear tires, and 10-inch-wide wheels. The truck is a work in progress with many more mods to come.
Sean’s ’82 P’up
Sean Calvert is a pipefitter with an obvious knack for creating a very unique truck. We wish you could hear how cool this rig sounds. The reason for the truck’s appealing soundtrack is that his ’82 Isuzu P’up is sporting an ’86 Isuzu four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. It has a factory turbo, Subaru intercooler, homemade boost controller, and custom exhaust stack, among other things. Sean, who calls Lima, Ohio, home, found the truck in Florida, brought it back to the Buckeye State, completed a frame-off restoration, and painted the exterior with POR-15. Other mods include a 2-inch body lift, LED lights, new carpet, and a flatbed.
Justin’s ’92 W250
First-gen Dodge Ram trucks are hot, and Justin Root’s ’92 W250 is eye catching and clean. Additionally, it’s a rare Club Cab model. Justin is a tow truck driver from Newark, Ohio, and he says his goal is for the truck’s 5.9L Cummins 12-valve turbodiesel engine to make 600 horsepower. To that end he’s added Dynomite Diesel Products 150hp injectors, a 60mm turbo, and the injection pump has been modified. Behind the Cummins is an NV4500 five-speed manual transmission and it’s mated to an NP205 T-case. Four-inch-lift leaf springs all the way around help make room for a set of 33-inch tires. Other mods include 12-inch-wide Weld wheels, crossover steering, and a dual disc clutch.
Ryan’s ’04 Canyon
Ryan Dienes of Columbia Station, Ohio, is a tech at 4 Wheel Parts and he says a 6.0L V-8 swap is in the works for his five-cylinder ’04 GMC Canyon. The truck is Ryan’s daily driver and weekend wheeler, and he has already swapped out the truck’s factory IFS for a Chevy 10-bolt front axle pirated from a ’78 Chevy truck. Out back he kicked the factory axle to the curb and installed a disc brake-equipped Chevy 14-bolt axle. The front suspension uses modified Toyota pickup leaf springs and the rear suspension uses K5 Blazer 52-inch leaf springs. Currently, the truck is rolling on 40-inch tires, but Ryan says he hopes to fit larger tires soon.
Bryan’s ’86 GMC Suburban
We did a double take when we saw this muscular ’86 GMC Suburban. It’s owned by Bryan Messick of Anderson, Indiana, who is an engineer by trade. The Sub is more than just a pretty face. Under the hood is a 454ci big-block. Other specs include a TH350 transmission, NP203 T-case, modified 10-bolt front axle, modified 14-bolt rear axle, a 12-inch Superlift suspension lift, and 39.5x16.5 Pit Bull Rocker tires. One of the rig’s most unique features are the GMC hubcaps on 12-inch-wide Bart wheels. The rig is a work in progress and Bryan says that “as time and money allows” he’s hoping to fit the GMC with a Dana 60 front axle and either a 6.0L/6L90E combo or a Duramax turbodiesel conversion.
Stacey & Tom’s ’67 C10
Stacey and Tom Rhodes’ 1967 Chevy C10 pickup is full of surprises and one of the most notable is the 5.9L Cummins turbodiesel powerplant. It’s from a ’91 Ram truck and it’s mated to an NV4500 five-speed manual transmission. Power is split to the factory ’84 Ram 3/4-ton axles via the NP205 T-case. But wait, there’s more! Tom, a mechanic, grafted the wider rear frame section from an ’84 Ram truck to the ’67’s frame. He says this created room for the custom fuel tank. Also, the 8-foot cargo bed was shortened to 7 feet in length and it has oak flooring and stainless bed strips. Other mods include 35-inch tires, 4-inch-lift leaf springs, and a slew of custom bits including motor mounts, frame crossmembers, stainless exhaust, rear bumper, and billet dash with digital gauges.
Kyle’s ’99 Ram 1500
Kyle Taylor’s ’99 Dodge Ram 1500 makes sweet music. No, not that kind of music, we’re talkin’ horsepower music. It’s because the truck has a 408ci V-8 under the hood that has been modded with a variety of horsepower-producing components. The power is routed through a beefed TorqueFlite 727 transmission to an NP231 T-case and then split to the trussed front Dana 44 axle and rear Chrysler 9.25-inch axle. The front suspension includes “upgraded” 5-inch-lift coil springs, limit straps, and Fox shocks. Out back are Skyjacker 4-inch-lift leaf springs and Fox shocks. Other mods on this machinist’s super-clean Ram include 35-inch tires, rollcage, racing seats, five-point safety harnesses, and custom ladder bars.