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Readers' Custom 4x4 Trucks - May 2000

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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.

Brown's Colorado Jeep
The pride and joy of Fort Collins, Colorado, resident Chris Brown is a '79 CJ-7. Upgrades include a '91 Chevy TBI 350, a T18 with a 6.32 First gear, and a Dana 30 front with 4.10 gears and a Lock-Right. Superlift springs with front shackle reversal, and 33-inch Interco Thornbirds on 10-inch aluminum rims have also been added. A Tomken machined-rear bumper, U-bolt skids, shackles, and a steering brace round out this rockcrawler.

Faloni's California Chevy
The '80 Chevy Custom 10 of Healdsburg, California, resident Doug Faloni has a V-8 that's bored 0.030 over. High-performance Chevy heads, an Edelbrock cam, an Edelbrock intake, an Edelbrock 750-cfm carb, and Hedman headers all ensure ultimate engine performance. The SM465 transmission was rebuilt and an NP205 transfer case was added. Other mods include a 4-inch lift, dual Flowmaster exhausts, and 33-inch General Grabber MTs.

Perry's Utah Ford
The daily driver of Salt Lake City resident Charlie Perry is none other than this '81 Ford Bronco. The list of goods includes a 400 engine with Mallory ignition, 4.11 gears with a Detroit Locker in the rear, a rebuilt NP208 transfer case, and a Smitty front bumper. The 35-inch BFG Mudders were added after a 6-inch Skyjacker lift was installed. Minor creature comforts such as new carpet, reupholstered seats, and a Pioneer CD player can be found inside.

Bachmeyer's Texas Chevy
Aaron Bachmeyer of Taylor, Texas, bought his '94 Chevy Z-71 pickup entirely stock. Over the past year several modifications were made, including a 3-inch Trail Master body lift and a 4-inch Pro Comp suspension lift. Aaron also added to his list of mods a K&N air filter, a Flowmaster exhaust, a Hypertech Powerchip, a Powerstat, and a Pro Comp steering stabilizer. The truck rides on 35-inch BFG Mud-Terrains.

Hemp's Wisconsin Chevy
Josh Hemp of Neillsville, Wisconsin, spent much time and money to build his '80 Chevy 31/44-ton pickup from the ground up. The engine is a 350 small-block Chevy that has been beefed up with performance parts inside and out. A 4-inch suspension lift and a 3-inch body lift clear the way for the 35-inch Super Swampers. A custom paint job was also completed on the truck.

Thomas' California Chevy
Tim Thomas of Santa Maria, California, has a '72 Chevy 11/42-ton 4x4 Cheyenne Stepside pickup and a twin brother named Scott. While we don't know much about Scott's specs, we do know that the truck has a 350 engine with an Edelbrock Torquer II manifold, a 750 carb, and new 3.73 gears. A 4-inch suspension lift was performed to make room for the 33-inch BFG Mud-Terrain tires mounted on 15-inch M/T Challengers.

Gunthers' California Ford
Greg and Lori Gunther's '96 Ford Bronco has never run hotter than normal-even in the 128-degree Palm Springs, California, summers with the air on full blast. The stock 351 motor with JBA chrome headers and Flowmaster mufflers breathes through a K&N air filter. A 611/42-inch Stage II suspension lift was performed, followed by the addition of 35-inch Mudders with Warn manual locking hubs. Greg tells us the top comes off too.

Ethier's Mississippi Dakota
Daniel Ethier, a mechanic with the U.S. Navy Seabees stationed in Gulfport, Mississippi, decided to increase his '98 Dodge Dakota's off-roading prowess, which will be tested in the Connecticut winter once his tour of duty ends. The 318ci engine breathes through a K&N air filter and a Flowmaster exhaust. A 3-inch body lift, a Tuff Country 511/42-inch lift, and Superlift four-inch blocks in the rear provide room for the 35-inch Mickey Thompsons.

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