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October 2003 Reader's Rigs

Driver Side View
Posted September 16, 2004

CLASS PROJECT
Randall Westbrook of Pearisburg, Virginia owns this super-clean '75 Ford Supercab. A swapped-in 460 V-8 is found under the hood, and that is teamed with a ZF five-speed and an NP205 transfer case. A Dana 60 is found up front, while a Dana 70 is out back. Both axles feature 4.56 gears. To increase the rig's agility, the frame and bed were shortened by 16 inches. Randall is an automotive instructor at the Giles County Technology Center in his hometown, and many of his students helped in the buildup. Students from Pulaski County High School also pitched in by doing the bodywork and paint.

SUPERBURB'S BROTHER
One day we hope our never-ending SuperBurb project will be as nice as Russellville, Alabama resident John Tarascou's '72 Chevy Suburban. Until that day arrives, we can only drool over the photos he has sent in of his classic rig. A 4-inch lift is used to clear the 285/75/R16 mud tires on Pacer 16x8 chrome wheels. The 350 V-8 was punched 0.030 over and fit with a cam and Hooker headers. A 780-cfm Holley carb makes sure it gets plenty of fuel, while 4.10 gears keep the wheels spinning.

YOUNGSTER
Even though Brandon Moretz is just 18 years old, he has built one nice '87 Toyota 4Runner that he cruises in around his hometown of Hickory, North Carolina. A Pro Comp 4-inch suspension system along with a 3-inch body lift help to clear the 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler MT/Rs on 15x8 American Racing aluminum wheels. To help spin the tires more easily, 5.29 gears were installed in both diffs, along with a Lock-Right up front. A brushguard was installed, and so was a Ramsey Platinum 9,000 winch-handy for pulling the 'Yota out when it gets stuck. A booming sound system tops off the interior.

PASSED DOWN
When Bill Tremont was 15 years old, his dad was having problems with his '87 Chevy Blazer, so he gave it to Bill to see what he could do with it. Bill got the Blazer running, but didn't just stop there. He outfitted it with a 4-inch suspension lift along with 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrains on 15x10 Mickey Thompson Classic II wheels. Next, the original engine was replaced with a Ramjet 350 V-8 from GM Performance Parts. A built 700R4 from TCI Performance is found behind it, and that was mated to a rebuilt NP208. Finally, the tallish 3.08 gears were swapped for a set of 3.73 gears.

BIG RED
Things are big in Texas, and that includes this '99 Ford F-350 Super Duty that belongs to Darwin Bolton, of Beaumont. The front suspension consists of 9-inch-lift springs along with 4-inch dropped spring hangers. In the rear a set of 8-inch-lift Skyjacker springs were dropped on top of 6-inch blocks. All of this lift made plenty of room for six 38-inch Super Swampers on the stock aluminum wheels. To help the big rig move, a Hypertech Programmer and a 4-inch exhaust were put into place to add power to the 7.3L Power Stroke diesel.

TWO GENERATIONS
Chad Hansen of Waupaca, Wisconsin is lucky enough to own not one, but two, GM vehicles. The '94 GMC Sierra is equipped with a 6-inch Pro Comp suspension lift and a 3-inch body lift. That is enough to clear 36-inch Super Swampers on 15x12 Eagle wheels. A set of 4.88 gears was put in both diffs along with an Auburn limited-slip in the rear. More power comes with the help of Hooker headers, a Jet chip and a K&N air filter. When Chad hits the trail, he takes his '87 Chevy Blazer. It features a 6-inch lift and 35x12.50 Pro Comp X-Terrains.

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