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December 2003 Reader's Rigs

Posted in Features on September 17, 2004
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Roaming the backwoods of Levittown, Pennsylvania is William Carpenter and his nice '97 Dodge Ram 2500. A Skyjacker 4 1/2-inch lift modified to provide 6 inches of lift gives the Dodge its impressive stance. The lift also makes room for the 37-inch Super Swamper Radial SSRs that are bolted to Dana 60 axles. Helping to spin those big tires are 4.88 gears, with a locker in the rear pumpkin. Powering the big rig is a 5.9L V-8 that is helped out by a K&N air filter, an MSD ignition, headers and a Flowmaster exhaust system.

Brandon and Renae Endres are the happy owners of this '94 Ford Ranger. They kept the modifications simple but with fun in mind. First to go was a 2-inch Tuff Country lift, and that was followed by a 2-inch body lift. This setup makes adequate clearance for 33-inch Pro Comp mudders wrapped around 15x8 American Racing wheels. To help guide the Ranger down the road, a set of Skyjacker steering stabilizers was put on and a brushguard was installed up front to help protect the nose.

Tony Cannon of Prince George, Virginia is the lucky owner of this clean '78 Ford F-150. A 9-inch suspension lift and with a 3-inch body lift combine to give the truck plenty of altitude and attitude. Under the hood there's a rowdy 468 big-block V-8 that easily spins the 39.5-inch Boggers. Harnessing that power is a four-speed manual tranny that then hands the horses off to a trusty NP205 transfer case.

Matt Black of Kamas, Utah drives his '96 Dodge Ram 2500 everyday and loves it. The truck's 360 V-8 gets a boost from JBA stainless steel headers, a K&N air cleaner, MSD ignition and a Jet performance chip. Helping the V-8 to exhale is a 3 1/2-inch exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers. A custom 9 1/2-inch lift was built to clear the 38-inch Super Swampers on 16x8 Ultra aluminum wheels. A set of 4.10 gears in both Dana 60 axles help to turn the big meats.

Noe Falcon Jr. of Alice, Texas is the proud owner of this '82 Ford Bronco. It's powered by a 351 V-8 that is fed by a Holley carb. Power flows to a Dana 44 TTB front axle that has been outfitted with 4.56 gears and a Ford 9-inch rear equipped with a duplicate set of 4.56 gears. A 3-inch body lift clears the way for the 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrains on 15x10 chrome Rock Crawler wheels. A Flowmaster exhaust system gives the Bronco easier breathing and a sweet sound.

The Scout that David Meyer drives around Kenosha, Wisconsin is actually a mix of two Scouts. Originally it was a '67 Scout 800. He repaired it to daily-driver status, but it became such a chore to drive that eventually he wound up swapping the body onto a '78 Scout II frame. That netted him a 304 V-8, a TorqueFlite 727 auto tranny, a Dana 300 transfer case and Dana 44 axles front and rear. A 3-inch body lift, and then a 1 1/4-inch shackle lift, were used to help clear the 33-inch tires. David says he is happy with the swap as it combines classic styling with modern driveability.

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