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April 2003 Reader's Rigs

Posted in Features on September 16, 2004
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Bryan Haynes of Chattaroy, Washington built himself a nice and simple '84 Chevy Blazer. First to go on was a 4-inch Rancho lift. The new suspension made enough room for 35x12.50 Goodyear MT/R mudders on Center Line wheels. A set of Warn hubs was used up front to replace the factory junkers. To help out the mighty 305 V-8-sure, we can be sarcastic-a dual exhaust was put into position behind a set of Hedman headers.

This is a first truck for Michael Butler of New Hartford, Connecticut. It's an '82 Ford F-150. Spare money was used to buy a 4-inch suspension lift along with a 3-inch body lift to make way for 33-inch tires. A stock 351 V-8 powers the rig while another engine is being built. The Dana 44 front TTB and rear 9-inch are stuffed with 4.56 gears. Lots of time was also spent removing rust from the truck from the harsh Connecticut winters.

Blasting around Harrison, Arkansas are Keith Haney and his '83 Chevy 1/2-ton. The truck started as a project with Keith's brother Bryon, and the fun grew from there. A 4-inch Rancho lift, in combination with a 3-inch body lift, clears the way for the 35x16-inch Boggers on 16.5x12 Eagle aluminum wheels. Under the hood sits a rowdy 454 V-8 that is backed by a built TH400 transmission. A Dana 44 front with a Power Lok and a 14-bolt rear with a Detroit Locker are found slung under the truck. A pair of 4.56 gearsets are used to spin the Boggers.

Daniel Parsons of Ignacio, Colorado built his '89 Ford F-250 for both work and play. A 6-inch Skyjacker lift was used to make way for 38-inch Super Swampers on American Racing wheels. The 460 V-8 breathes through a K&N air filter and sends power through the stock ZF five-speed tranny. Other non-factory goodies include the raised fiberglass hood and a fiberglass sleeper. An array of Pioneer audio equipment is used to keep the tunes thumping.

Joe Wiskur of Aurora, Illinois sent in this picture of his sweet '95 Dodge Ram 1500. A 4-inch Trail Master lift was used to add some altitude to the Ram. To get the power to the ground, Joe selected 35x12.50 Parnelli Jones Dirt Gripz on a set of Mickey Thompson Classic IIs. A dual exhaust was installed to boost power, and a set of PIAA lights was installed for night runs. Xenon fender flares and a custom sound system help to round out the package.

Mike Kloskey's '48 Willys flatbed truck served on Mike's Palmyra, Wisconsin farm until the day its frame broke in half. After that the body was removed and put on a 1/2-ton Chevy frame. A 454 V-8 outfitted with Keith Black pistons, a cam from Comp Cams and Crane roller rockers was then dropped into the engine bay. Backing that up is a TH350 three-speed auto beefed with B&M parts. A NP205 transfer case sends power to the Dana 44 front and 12-bolt rear axles that have been equipped with 4.10 gears. A set of 35-inch tires and Rancho shocks finishes the Willys off.

Cruising around Point Pleasant, New Jersey are Courtney Bixby and his '99 Jeep TJ. An AirAid intake helps provide more air for the stock inline-six. Lift comes from a 3-inch Rubicon Express suspension system that clears 32-inch BFG All-Terrains on Mickey Thompson wheels. Should the Wrangler ever get stuck, a Warn 8,000-pound winch rests up front on a Tomken bumper.

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