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January 2005 Reader's Rigs

Posted in Features on January 1, 2005
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A Ranger Blazer
Joe Edwards of Ranger, Texas loves wheeling his '82 Chevy Blazer on the weekends. Joe spends a lot time in the garage making his rig better for trail action. A few of the mods he's made include an Edelbrock intake manifold, a 750-cfm carburetor, Flow Tech headers and a custom 3-inch exhaust system. A Turbo 350 automatic is hooked to an NP208 transfer case, and the factory 10-bolt and 12-bolt axles feature 3:73:1 gearing and limited-slip differentials. The lift on Joe's truck consists of 4-inch leaf packs up front and a pair of 4-inch blocks out back. For traction Joe fit 35x12.50 BFG Mud-Terrains on American Racing rims.

Heavyweight Wheeler
Russ Griner likes old iron, especially the heavy kind. He found this '52 M-37 rusting away in a field near his home in Weaverville, California. Three thousand bucks and a handshake was all it took for the neglectful owner to give up the keys so Russ could drive it home. Russ refreshed his new rig by adding new brakes, seat covers and a soft top. Everything else is completely original Dodge equipment. Rick says the ugly, old truck grew on him, and now he drives it everywhere.

Redhead's Sibling
This '89 Ford F-150 belongs to Brian Derrickson of Pocomoke City, Maryland. Brian says his truck is far from done, but is well in progress. Modifications include a 4-inch suspension lift by Rancho, 35-inch BFG Mud-Terrains and a Husky toolbox. The rest of the truck is stock for now.

Alternative Fueler
Powered primarily by biodiesel, this '97 Ford F-350 is the proud workhorse of Larry Ronneberg, who uses the truck for day-to-day operations at his hot-springs resort in Merced County, California. The truck remains mostly stock for reliability reasons, though one modification is currently in progress. Larry is converting the Power Stroke engine to run on recycled vegetable oil, just like the generators at his hot-springs resort. Once converted, the truck will run on either biodiesel or used cooking grease. If the latter, 'wheeling will smell like dinner.

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