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November 2001 Reader's Rigs

Posted in Features on October 20, 2004
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Mark Blye of Albany, Oregon, enjoys the view from the cab of his '89 Ford F-150. First to go onto this rig was a 6-inch Superlift suspension lift with extended radius arms. A 3-inch body lift was then used to clear the 38-inch Super Swampers on 15x10 Prime wheels. To steer the rig straight a Superlift Super Runner steering system was used. The big tires are turned by 4.56 gears while a front Trac-Lok and rear Truetrac provide traction.

William Sullivan II, of Croton Falls, New York, has done plenty of work to make his 2000 Chevy Silverado into one clean ride. First William installed a 6-inch Superlift suspension lift, followed by a 3-inch body lift. All that boost made enough lift for 36-inch Swampers on American Eagle wheels. Adding power to the 5.3L V-8 is a Borla exhaust, Hypertech chip, and Volant air intake. The final step was to lay down a very custom paint job and redo the whole interior.

Ken Baker of Mesquite, Texas, just couldn't wait to customize his '01 Chevy Z71. A 4-inch lift Rancho kit was the first item to be put into place. It made enough clearance for 295/75R16 BFGoodrich All-Terrains on 16x10 Weld wheels. To boost power a set of JBA headers was installed, and to that was added a Flowmaster exhaust system. Further helping in the horsepower department are a chip and a K&N intake system.

This '41 Dodge Panel Truck was headed for the scrap pile when Pat Mazzarone of Wilmington, North Carolina, got his hands on it. The first step was to pull the body off of it and mate it to a 3/4-ton '75 Chevy chassis. Next came a new interior and plenty of bodywork, along with a fresh coat of paint. No lift was needed to clear 35x16 Swampers on Center Line Hellcat wheels.

Becky and Travis Stringer of Klamath Falls, Oregon, wasted no time in modifying their '01 Jeep Wrangler. First to go on was a 6-inch Skyjacker kit that made enough clearance for 35-inch Swamper SSRs on Prime 15x8 wheels. To turn the bigger tires, 4.56 gears were put into the diffs, along with ARB Air Lockers. A Borla exhaust system and K&N intake enhance the engine's ability to breathe, while a Warn winch helps extract the Jeep when it gets stuck.

Olen Bowers' Chevy pickup started out life as a two-wheel-drive work truck and was eventually transformed into the four-wheel-drive beauty you see here. The original engine was a bit tired so it got yanked and replaced with a 350 V-8 out of an old Impala. Next, a set of Pro Flow headers, along with a 2 1/2-inch exhaust and Flowmaster mufflers, was put on to let the 350 breathe. A 3-inch suspension lift combined with a 3-inch body lift makes enough room for 35-inch Wild Country mudders. Plenty of other work was performed with the help of Olen's friends from around his hometown of Wilkesboro, North Carolina. This work, which included replacing the wood floor in the bed with diamond plate, helped transform the truck from a beater into a beauty.

Dumas, Texas, resident Rick Logan built his '98 Jeep TJ to take him wherever he needs to go. Rick wanted to run 33-inch BFG All-Terrains so a 4-inch Tera Flex lift kit was put into place. A Tom Woods CV driveshaft and slip-yoke eliminator kit helps to keep vibration to a minimum. An ARB Air Locker was put in the rear while 4.56 gears found their way into both diffs. Finally, Rick built a set of bumpers and rocker guards to protect his prized Wrangler.

Loxahatchee, Florida resident Chris Shuman has made good progress building his truck in the two years he has owned it. Plenty of mud exists in Florida so Chris lifted it with a 3-inch body lift and 6-inch Trailmaster suspension lift to make room for big 38-inch Swampers on 15x14 steel wheels to plow through the mud. Motivating the big meats is a 383ci V-8 backed by a TH350 auto tranny and an NP203 transfer case. Custom ladder bars keep rear axlewrap to a minimum, and plans to upgrade both axles to Dana 60s are in the works.

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