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February 2002 Reader's Rigs

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February 2002 Reader's Rigs
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On Safari
Bakersfield, California resident Frank Arian's '65 Toyota FJ45 Land Cruiser looks like it came straight off of an African safari. The stock inline six-cylinder engine was rebuilt along with the rest of the stock drivetrain. A custom-made brushguard was made to protect the front, along with a custom rear rack to carry extra gear. Con Ferr shackles and add-a-leaves were used to gain a little extra lift to provide room for the 32-inch Super Swamper SSRs. Finally, a full set of communications equipment and a GPS unit were put in the cab.

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The Looker
Ash Pharo, from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin gets plenty of looks in his '84 Jeep CJ-7. The first step in creating this beauty was to remove the body and repaint the frame. After that, a Chevy 350 V-8 crate engine was dropped into place, along with a TH350 transmission. To help put the power to the ground a Lock-Right was put into the rear axle and a limited slip rests up front. For suspension, a 6-inch BDS lift was used along with a 2-inch body lift, which made enough clearance for 33x14.50 Swamper SSRs on 15x10 American Racing wheels. Finally, Best Bods painted the whole body.

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Black and Beautiful
Frank Squeo, from Bensenville, Illinois, owns this nice example of a '92 Chevy pickup. First to go on it was a 6-inch Pro Comp lift which cleared the way for 35-inch Super Swamper SSRs on 15x10 American Racing wheels. Next, the 350 V-8 was treated to a set of MSD wires, a K&N air cleaner, Gibson headers, and a dual exhaust. For the long hauls, a full Alpine audio system was put into place to play the tunes. Future plans call for a 502 V-8 swap.

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Excellent Expedition
Michael Libonati, of Howell, New Jersey, is the proud owner of this '97 Ford Expedition. A 4-inch Rancho lift kit was put into place to make plenty of clearance for the 35-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires on American Racing wheels. To spruce the look of the Expedition up a bit a cowl-induction hood, billet grille, and Grizzly brushguard were put into place. The interior also received a complete video system with a DVD player, VCR, and 6-inch screens.

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Canadian F-250
It is rare that we see a built SuperCab but Glen Green, of Maple Ridge, British Colombia, owns this super-nice '79 Ford F-250. Under the hood rests a 429 V-8 equipped with an Edelbrock 600cfm carb. Power flows to a C6 transmission and an NP205 transfer case. To lift the big Ford, 6-inch Skyjacker springs were used along with a 3-inch body lift making plenty of room for the 38-inch Super Swampers. A custom front bumper houses a Warn 8000 winch, should the big rig ever get stuck.

Newbie
Hailing from Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, are Jayson Peck and his 2000 Chevy Silverado. To boost power a Flowmaster exhaust was put into place and future plans call for JBA headers and a K&N air intake. Extra altitude comes from a 4-inch Rancho lift that clears 295/75R16 BFGoodrich All-Terrains on 16x8 American Racing Atlas wheels. Finally a set of Westin nerf bars along with a grille guard were put into place.

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Old School
Mike Boyink bought his '66 Jeep CJ-5 from his father in 1986. Power comes from a Buick 225 V-6 which mates to a T90 transmission and a Spicer 18 transfer case. A Rancho lift along with Rancho RS 5000 shocks were used to provide more articulation and clear the way for 32x11.50 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrains on Stockton wheels. The interior features a full rollcage, bucket seats, and five-point harnesses to protect Mike and his passenger.

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Super Soccer Mom
Tanya Taylor, of Texas City, Texas, tweaked her '98 Dodge Durango with a 3-inch Rancho suspension lift complete with RSX shocks. Enough clearance was made with this setup for 32x11.50 BFGoodrich All-Terrains on 15x8 Weld Outback aluminum wheels. Under the hood is a stock 5.9L V-8, which is aided by a K&N air filter and a Flowmaster exhaust system. Up front rests a brushguard complete with 6-inch Pro Comp lights for nocturnal outings.

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