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September 2004 Reader's Rigs

Posted in Features on September 21, 2004
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'Wheeling the Pacific Northwest requires a good reliable rig. Jason Beach, of Battle Ground, Washington has built exactly that, from this '98 TRD Tacoma Limited. For starters Jason added a K&N air filter and a Flowmaster after-cat exhaust system. Next on the list was a 3-inch Revtek suspension lift and 31x10.50 Mickey Thompson Baja Claw radials mounted on 15x8 Ultra chrome wheels. To keep things simple and functioning properly, Jason decided to leave the rest of the truck stock. He says it's never let him down, and each weekend he enjoys the thrill of exploring deeper into the picturesque regions of southern Washington.

This '97 Land Rover Discovery belongs to Daniel Chapman of Mount Sidney, Virginia. From engine to transfer case, this rig is stock Disco, though the underneath of this Brit gets a custom helping from RT Designs and Rovertym Engineering. The front axle features 1-ton axles and a True-trac traction aid. The rear also features 1-ton axles from RT Designs. A Rovertym 2-inch suspension lift clears 33-inch Super Swampers. A set of custom bumpers and a custom-made set of rock sliders protect the Disco's skin. A 9,000-pound winch is on hand for extractions.

Ashley Stokes of Spartanburg, South Carolina has built a stout Chevy Z71 to tackle the trails with. A 6-inch Fabtech suspension lift makes room for 35-inch Mickey Thompson Classic II wheels. Rhino lining coats the rocker panels, nerf bars and bed of the truck. A Hypertech programmer and a K&N fuel-injection performance kit was added to boost performance on the stock 5.3L V-8. A Warn XD9000i is on standby, should the unthinkable occur.

John Abraham of Franklin, Indiana sent us this picture of his very first truck. It's a '92 Ford F-150 that sports a stock 5.8L engine that breathes through a K&N air filter. A 4-inch Rancho suspension lift and 3-inch body lift make enough room for 36-inch Grand Prix tires mounted on American Racing rims. Future plans include Hooker Headers and a Hypertech chip.

Lionel Hudick has spent 3 of his 18 years working on, and 'wheeling in, his prized '77 Jeep J-10 pickup. So far, Lionel has replaced the tired old 360 engine with a newer one out of an '86 Wagoneer. He then added an MSD ignition, Blaster coil and Mallory distributor to help liven up the spark. To help cool the beast, Lionel added an aluminum flex fan. Next, he swapped in an Edelbrock intake manifold and Holley Truck Avenger Carburetor. A 4-inch Black Diamond lift provides the necessary clearance for 33-inch BFG Mud-Terrains. The stock Dana 44 axles house 4.88:1 gears, and the rear features a Lock-Right locker. Lionel enjoys exploring trails near his Elizabeth, Colorado home.

Patrolling the fire roads in the mountains outside Thousand Oaks, California, Fire Captain Dave O'Leary enjoys driving his custom-built '70 Bronco. Dave spent a good part of nine years restoring this Ford, doing everything but the paint himself. A 5.0L Mustang engine found its way into the engine bay, and from there, Dave went crazy. Every part of this Bronco has been rebuilt or replaced. He built a custom hood with a scoop give the Pony a stallion's appearance. A James Duff 3.5-inch suspension lift featuring dual shocks up front provided the lift for a set of 33-inch Hercules Terra Trac tires. All the chrome trim has been blacked out.

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