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1987 Suzuki Samurai - Trail Rigs

Posted in Features on April 1, 2003 Comment (0)
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Totally Zuked
Scott Strong of Spanish Fork, Utah, has put two years into building and rebuilding his '87 Suzuki Samurai. After all this time, he says he's finally gotten it right. Rolling on 33-inch BFG All-Terrains under 8 inches of custom lift designed by Scott, the Zuk sports 5.38 gears and Detroit EZ Lockers fore and aft, all spun by a 4-to-1 geared T-case. Other trick extras include dual Optima batteries, custom-built bumpers, framerail-mounted rock lights, and a $10 paintjob.

Rare and Restored
"This is a '71 Hurst Jeepster," Albert K. Dunkle tells us, "one of a hundred made." The Clovis, California, resident completely restored the rarity adding a 350 Chevy V-8 and a 700-R transmission. A Hurst dual gate shifter, hoodscoop, and tachometer are original items restored to perfection. Albert went on to install an Atlas transfer case ("best mod"), a Scout II Dana 44 rearend, and an '84 Wide Track CJ frontend. Both axles use power locks and 4.56 gears. Thirty-two-inch tires rest under 5-inch Alcan leaf springs and are stopped and steered via power steering and power brakes.

The Fun Never Ends
What started with a bit of regular maintenance on his mostly stock '74 CJ-5 turned into the capable trail rig pictured here. Since nearly completing the build up (it's never done), Greg George of Soldotna, Alaska, has traveled as far as Colorado to 'wheel in it. In addition to building his own rollcage, console, and bumpers, George has installed a 304 V-8 with a MotorCraft carb and custom 2-inch dual exhaust, Lock Rights and 4.10 gears, 33x12.50-inch Hankook tires, and a Warn X8000i winch. George's favorite mods include a custom hand throttle on the shift lever, power steering, and the Lock Rights.

Editor's Note: Mail your submissions to 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine, Trail Rigs, 774 S. Placentia Ave., Placentia, CA 92870. All photos remain the property of McMullen Argus Publishing.

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