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December 2003 Reader's Rigs

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December 2003 Reader's Rigs
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BACK IN BLACK
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.

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THE LONE RANGER
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.

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BLUE BLUE OVAL
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.

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THE RAMINATOR
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.

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BUCKING BRONCO
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.

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SCOUTING
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.

Want to Submit Your Reader's Rig?
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Reader's Rigs - Four Wheeler Magazine
6420 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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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