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Off-Road Readers' Rides - December 2011

Posted in Features on December 1, 2011
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Trusty Steed

Vehicle: ’52 Willys Jeep M-38
Owner: Augie Beltzner
Location: Tampa, Florida
Chassis: Stock
Engine: L-134 four-cylinder, Solex carburetor
Drivetrain: Stock, rear locker, V-joint front axles
Suspension: 2-inch spring lift
Steering: M38A1 steering box
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 32-inch Buckshot Mudders, 8-inch wheels
Interior: All original
Other parts: SS gas tank, Ignitor ignition system, dual batteries, Mile Marker winch, 100 AMP alternator
Favorite off-road area: Central Florida


Vehicle: ’60 Chevy Impala
Owner: Robert and Janet Super
Location: Yreka, California
Chassis: ’75 Chevy 1/2-ton 4x4
Engine: 350ci small block V-8
Drivetrain: 1/2-ton 4x4
Suspension: Stock
Steering: ’75 Chevy pickup
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 33x12.50R15 BFG M/T, chrome 10x15 wheels
Interior: Stock
Other Parts: Hummer nerf bars, light bar, Semi front bumper

Good Luck

Vehicle: ’08 Ford Super Duty F-250 4x4
Owner: Tim Harris
Location: Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 6.4L Powerstroke, dual stage turbo
Drivetrain: Stock
Suspension: 6-inch Fabtech lift with Fabtech shocks
Steering: Fabtech steering stabilizers
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 37x12.50R18 Hankook DynaPro M/T, Moto Metal 940 wheels
Interior: Lariat package
Other Parts: Airaid, Superchips programmer, LED headlights, custom decals
Favorite Off-Road Activity: “Pulling our Chevy and Dodge trucks all over”

Uncle Jim

Vehicle: ’48 Willys Truck
Owner: Uncle Jim Howard (built by Dave Howard)
Location: Angels Camp, California
Chassis: ’77 Chevy half-ton
Engine: Chevy 400ci V-8, headers, intake, Comp cams, Thumper camshaft
Drivetrain: Th-350, Chevy 12-Bolt
Suspension: Custom lift, Rancho shocks
Steering: Ididit steering column, Grant steering wheel
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 33x12.50R15 Sport King A/T tires, Crager wheels
Interior: Mix of stock Willys and just a pinch of modern touches
Other parts: Super 44 Flowmaster mufflers, Edelbrock intake, Ford F100 heater box, Lokar shifter
Favorite off-road area: Slickrock, old logging roads, and Camp Nine

Take Me to the Car Wash

Vehicle: ’80 Pontiac Sunbird
Owner: Donnie Friend
Location: Ivydale, West Virginia
Chassis: ’71 Ford Bronco stretched 6-inches
Engine: ’79 351ci V-8, modified with Summit cam kit, 750cfm dual-line Holley carb
Drivetrain: Ford C6 three-speed auto, Torx Master 2000, B&M stall torque converter, Ford 9-inch rear axle, 4.10 gears, 8.8 front axle
Suspension: Flipped shackles, 4-inch block, front coil springs from a ’79 Ford F-150, new shocks
Steering: Added power steering
Brakes: Stock with new Pontiac booster
Tires/Wheels: 15x8 American Racing wheels, 38.5x11.00R15 SSR Bogger tires
Interior: New seats and gauges
Other Parts: Homemade headers, custom tube work throughout the frame
Favorite Off-Road Area: Clay County

Blow Smoke

Vehicle: ’90 Nissan Hard body
Owner: Nathan Crawford
Location: Pardoe, Pennsylvania
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 304ci International, bored 0.30 over
Drivetrain: Dana 44 front/rear
Suspension: Custom 4WD conversion
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Front disc brakes, rear drum brakes
Tires/Wheels: 35-inch Groundhog tires, 16.5-inch wheels
Interior: Leather seats
Other Parts: Rear mounted radiator, 20-gallon fuel cell, stainless exhaust stacks
Favorite Off-Road Area: Yankee Lake, Truck Night

Built Tough

Vehicle: ’89 Ford Bronco XLT
Owner: Jeff Stepp
Location: Flat Rock, North Carolina
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 5.8L V-8
Drivetrain: Stock
Suspension: 4-inch lift
Steering: Dual front stabilizers
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 33x12.50R15 Wild Country tires, aluminum wheels
Interior: Stock
Other Parts: K&N air filter, Flowmaster exhaust, Warn fog lamps
Favorite Off-Road Area: Anywhere in Carolina

Cash Money

Vehicle: ’10 Toyota Tacoma 4x4
Owner: Donnie Adams
Location: Poland, Louisiana
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 2.7L
Drivetrain: Five-speed manual
Suspension: Stock
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Tires/Wheels: 245/75R16 BFG M/T KM2
Interior: Stock
Other parts: Lockers and winch soon to come
Favorite off-road area: Echo Swamp

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