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Readers' Custom 4x4 Trucks - May 2000

1976 International Scout Terra
Yvonne Liu | Writer
Posted May 1, 2000

Submission Information: All submissions to Readers' Rides must include an address or a telephone number. Include a complete list of all modifications made to the vehicle. Unfortunately, if we can make out faces of people in the photos, we cannot use them. Also, letters must be signed by the vehicle's owner. Due to the large volume of mail we receive, we regret that we cannot return photos. Please send submissions to: Readers' Rides, 4-Wheel & Off-Road, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515.

Smith's Arizona Ford
Brandon Smith of Flagstaff, Arizona, owns this '79 Ford F-150 4x4. It's powered by a newly-built, high-performance 460 big-block. Other components consist of an Edelbrock Performer series manifold and cam, a Carter 625 carb, an MSD ignition system, 4.10 gears in both the front and rear, and a rebuilt tranny. Lift is provided courtesy of 4-inch Superlift springs, and 35-inch BFG Mud-Terrains on Weld wheels complete the look.

Barnes' Oregon International
After Justin Barnes destroyed the right quarter-panel of his '76 International Scout Terra pickup at Moab, he cut the bed off and hand-built a Stepside bed as a replacement. A Chevy Dana 30 frontend with crossover steering, 4.56 gearing, and a Lock-Right were also installed. The Ford 302 was bored 0.040 over and is cranked by dual Optimas. The 38-inch Super Swamper Boggers help him get around Myrtle Creek, Oregon.

Huffs' Manitoba Chevy
Jeff and Joyce Huff of Manitoba, Canada, bought this '65 Chevy 31/44-ton 4x4 the day after they were married. Once a hydro truck, the oldie now purrs through a '75 Chevy 350 engine and breathes through an Edelbrock Performer II intake. An ACCEL high-output coil and wires and Splitfire plugs zap the mixture, while a TH400 tranny with a Stage II shift kit rows the gears. Recently, the Huffs sent their truck in for resto work from the frame up.

Bradley's California Toyota
Orangevale, California, resident Scott Bradley didn't know if his '83 Toyota with a Chevy Stepside bed qualified for Readers' Rides or Ugly Readers' Rides. The 231 Buick V-6 feeds to a four-barrel Holley and headers, all of which are hooked to a Chevy Turbo TH350 that has a stock Toyota transfer case. A 9-inch lift clears more than enough room for 36-inch Kelly Safari tires. The interior boasts Corvette seats, an in-cab cage, and a B&M shift.

Pritchard's Utah Jeep
Jeremiah Pritchard of Willard, Utah, considers his '89 Jeep Cherokee a trail toy. A new 4.0L motor, automatic tranny, and NP231 transfer case can all be found on this off-roader. Lift is provided by a Tomken 6-inch lift with 33-inch tires on 15-inch American Racing wheels. Future upgrades include rocker skids, a custom rear bumper with a spare tire mount, and a custom Dana 44 rearend with 4.56 gears and a locker.

Durant's New Hampshire Jeep
Bernie Durant of Rochester, New Hampshire, is quite proud of his '68 M-715, even though he's not sure how long it may take the Jeep to go from zero to 60 mph. Mods include locking hubs, a six-cylinder full military waterproof Tornado, and a military drivetrain. Up front can be found a Dana 60, while the rear sports a Dana 70 and 5.87 gears. A small-block V-8 engine is in the works.

Jack's Ontario Suzuki
Don Jack's latest creation straight out of Ontario, Canada, is a Sami on steroids, as he puts it. The monster has a Chevy 454 crammed under its hood. Other features include a TH400 with a 2,400-stall, a 205 transfer case, a Dana 60 front, a 14-bolt rear, and Detroit lockers in the front and rear. The suspension was fabricated by Don himself. Dual coilover shocks are in each corner, and 39-inch Boggers make flying through the bogs a breeze.

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