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July 2002 Reader 4x4 Trucks - Reader's Rigs

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July 2002 Reader 4x4 Trucks - Reader's Rigs
129 0207 01z+1980 Jeep Wagoner+Front Driver Side View

Wicked Wagoneer
Nick Morganfrom Morganton, North Carolina, built this cool '80 Jeep Wagoneer. A spring-over was performed to help achieve 12 inches of lift. The new suspension helps to clear the 35x16 Boggers on 15x12 Clement wheels. Under the hood rests a 360 V-8 that sends power to a T-18 tranny backed by a Dana 20 T-case. Axles are Dana 44s front and rear, equipped with Lock-Right lockers and 4.10 gears. For recovery a Ramsey 12,000-pound winch sits on a custom-made front bumper.

129 0207 02z+1973 Ford F 100+Front Passenger Side View

Muck Runner
Ryan Stephenson, of Algonac, Michigan, built his '73 Ford F-100 to blast through plenty of deep mud. To get the Ford up in the air, a 6-inch suspension lift was installed, and so was a 3-inch body lift. Enough clearance was made for 38-inch Super Swampers to help propel the big Ford through the muck. To keep the big meats turning, a 351 Windsor was swapped into place while the Dana 44 front and Ford 9-inch rear axles were equipped with 4.10 gears. Other mods include an in-cab cage along with three bucket seats to keep the occupants in place.

129 0207 03z+Dodge Dakota+Driver Side View

From the Big Island
Hailing from the beautiful and lush island of Hawaii are Tim Braden and his brand-new Dodge Dakota. The first dollar spent was for a 5-inch lift. Then came a set of 35-inch tires. To turn the big meats, the gears were changed out from 3.55s to a set of 4.10s. A Borla exhaust system was put into place to help the 4.7L V-8 breathe a little better. For all those days spent surfing, Wet Okole seat covers protect the interior.

129 0207 04z+1979 Chevrolet+Driver Side View

Bruce Rich from Jackman, Maine has done plenty of work to his '79 1/2-ton Chevy. The 350 V-8 was bored 0.40 over and equipped with a high-lift cam, new intake, and a 600-cfm Edelbrock carb with a K&N air filter. A well-built Turbo 350 transmission and an NP203 makes up the rest of the drivetrain. Axles consist of corporate 12-bolts front and rear with 4.10 gears. To lift the truck, a 4-inch Rancho kit was put into place, allowing fitment of 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrains.

129 0207 05z+1975 Chevrolet 4x4+Front Passenger Side View

Mix and Match
Michael Barnes of Vidor, Texas, was kind enough to build this truck for his girlfriend. It's a collection of parts from other rigs. The truck started out life as a '75 Chevy 4x4. The drivetrain consists of a '98 350 V-8 sending power to a 700-R4 out of a '90 truck. The cab is off of an '81 while the bed is a stepside from a '95 donor truck. A front clip from a '91 Suburban was then used to finish off the body. Finally a coat of white paint was fogged on to complete the truck.

129 0207 06z+1996 Ford Ranger 4x4+Passenger Side View

Romping Ranger
Hamersville, Ohio resident Jeff Elliott is the proud owner of this '96 Ford Ranger 4x4. To gain a little more altitude a set of 2-inch Trailmaster leveling coils were used, along with a 3-inch body lift. Enough room was made to run 33x9.50 Wild Country tires controlled by Rancho RS 5000 shocks at every corner. A set of chrome nerf bars with a rollbar were used to spruce up the exterior. Inside the truck rests a booming audio system complete with Pioneer 10-inch woofers and a 460-watt amplifier.

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