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February 2003 Reader's Rigs

Posted in Features on September 16, 2004 Comment (0)
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THE GREAT PUMPKIN
Bill Barham of Eden, North Carolina owns this orange '81 Chevy Blazer 4x4. A 6-inch Pro Comp lift clears the way for a set of 38x11.50 Boggers on 15x10 rims. The stock 350 V-8 has been juiced with a Crane Cam, roller rockers, Edelbrock intake and a Flowmaster exhaust system. The stock TH350 three-speed auto remains in place but has been beefed to send power to a NP208 transfer case. Factory axles are found front and rear but have been stuffed with 4.10 gears.



BUCKING BRONCO
This nice example of a '79 Ford Bronco comes to us from Jeff Boryczki of Berlin, Connecticut. Replacing the tired original mill is a 429 V-8 equipped with a Comp cam, roller rockers, a 750-cfm Holley carb and an Edelbrock intake. Spent gases snake through L&L headers and Flowmaster mufflers. A C6 automatic is found mated to a NP205 transfer case. The front axle remains the stock Dana 44, but in the rear, a Dana 60 was swapped into place. A set of 35-inch General APs on 16.5x10 Mickey Thompsons give the rig its stance.


CLEAN
John Stahley of Wantagh, New York is the proud owner of this clean '97 Ford F-250. A 4-inch Superlift suspension was used to help the big Ford clear a set 315/75R16 BFGoodrich All-Terrains on Mickey Thompson Classic II aluminum wheels. The Superrunner steering system, also from Superlift, was put into place to keep the Ford steered straight. The 351 V-8 breathes easier with a K&N air filter and benefits from an MSD ignition and Accel 8.8 plug wires.



BASKET CASE
Mike and Joanne Matzen's '93 Jeep Wrangler was in sorry shape when they purchased it near their home base of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Since it was acquired, it has received a 4-inch lift along with 33-inch Firestone ATs on 15x8 Mickey Thompson Classic II wheels. The front Dana 30 was outfitted with a Quick Lock, while the rear Dana 35 received a Detroit Locker. Both ends were also stuffed with 4.88 gears. The interior features a Sony stereo, Tuffy center console, Grant steering wheel and GPS.



BIG
Samuel Varano Jr. of West Middlesex, Pennsylvania built this tall '86 Chevy 1-ton. Custom springs make for a massive 25 inches of lift that allows this Chevy to easily clear 44-inch Super Swamper tires on Eagle aluminum wheels. Powering the beast is a 454 V-8 equipped with all the goodies. A TH400 then feeds power to a divorced NP205. Found up front is a Dana 60 while out back is a Dana 70. Both feature 4.56 gears. The whole rig was stripped down to bare metal and painted silver inside and out.

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Reader's Rigs - Four Wheeler Magazine
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If you want to submit a digital photo of your Rig by E-mail, you can send it to robin.stover@primedia.com. Images should be high-resolution JPEGs (No TIFFs or RAW images by E-mail, please) no larger than 600 KB. Please only submit one image by E-mail. If you have multiple images you'd like to submit, please send us a CD-ROM by mail. Submitted media become property of Four Wheeler, and cannot be returned.

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