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October 2001 Reader's Rigs

Posted in Features on October 20, 2004
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Shawn Frederickson's '91 Chevy is one clean-looking truck. However, that doesn't stop Shawn from getting it plenty dirty around his hometown of Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Helping it blast through mud pits is a 6-inch Pro Comp lift and a 3-inch body lift that clears 39.5-inch Swampers. Supplying the power is a 454ci V-8 with a chip and dual exhaust. A custom-built 4L80E lives behind the big-block sending power through 4.10 gears.

Ed Spizzirri of St. Charles, Illinois, wanted a comfortable vehicle that was also capable off-road, so he went out and purchased an '01 Chevy Suburban. After the purchase, Ed wanted to make some slight mods to help the 'Burb in the dirt. First, off came the front valance, which dragged easily. Next, on went a set of 31-inch BFG All-Terrains and a custom-made skidplate to replace the cheesy plastic one. Recovery equipment was the final step--a Warn HS9500i winch along with a Hi-Lift jack were put into position. Future plans include a 6-inch lift so the Suburban can explore even gnarlier backroads.

Matt Occhionero of Golden, Colorado, is lucky enough to have two 4x4s. His Toyota Tacoma is a '98 and is equipped with a 6-inch Trailmaster lift and 33-inch Dick Cepek All Terrains. Matt uses his Toyota for commuting to work and for mild four-wheeling. For more serious trails, Matt uses his '76 Bronco, which is equipped with a 302ci V-8, C4 tranny, a 3 1/2-inch Rancho lift, and 33-inch Pro Comp mud terrains. Matt plans to build the Bronco into a more serious trail rig and keep the Toyota for commuting.

William Gariboldi's gas bill must be a fortune as fuel ain't exactly cheap in Milano, Italy. Consuming all that gas is a 350 V-8 under the hood of William's '78 Blazer. It's equipped with about every Edelbrock component possible. Providing a better view of the Italian countryside is a 4-inch Trailmaster lift and 33-inch BFG All-Terrains on 15x10 Alcoas. While William's gas bill might be high, he still has plenty of fun cruising his Blazer anywhere it can go.

Wasting no time in getting out on the trail is Paul Rae of Lake Mary, Florida. His 2000 Toyota Tacoma has been out in the dirt since it had less than 20 miles on it. To improve the little guy's trail performance (the Tacoma's, not Paul's), a 3-inch suspension lift, along with a 3-inch body lift, was slapped on. Enough clearance was made with this setup to clear 35-inch Ground Hawgs on shiny aluminum rims. Somehow spinning those big tires is the stock four-cylinder engine.

Kirt Finnell's '98 Dodge 1500 pickup definitely turns head around his hometown of Rome, Georgia. Equipped with a 6-inch Skyjacker lift and a 3-inch body lift, the fenders clear 38-inch Swampers on 15x10 Eagle aluminum wheels. The 5.9L V-8 is helped out with a Gibson exhaust and headers, MSD ignition, and a K&N air filter. All the decals were taken off the truck and a fiberglass cowl hood replaced the stock unit. A full sound system provides the tunes.

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