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May 2005 Reader's Rigs

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Posted May 1, 2005

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Four Wheeler
6420 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515

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Swamp-Ready Chevy
Joe Cunningham of Plant City, Florida, owns this '88 Chevy pickup, which sits proudly on 44x19.5-16.5 Boggers mounted to Bart modular wheels. To clear those massive meats, Joe installed a pair of 8-inch Superlift springs up front. Joe also gained another 3 inches with a straight axle conversion. For the rear, Joe installed a set of 6-inch Pro Comp rear springs with a custom add-a-leaf. The Chevy's powered by a healthy 350 small-block mated to an SM465 transmission. An NP205 transfer case was fitted with a set of custom driveshafts that feature agriculture-grade yokes and U-joints. The truck rides on a Dana 60 front axle and a GM Corporate 14-bolt rear; both have 4.88s and Detroit Lockers.

Misty Mountain Toy
Mike Sandner of Auburn, Washington, built this '85 Toyota pickup as a weekend wheeler. It features a 22RE powerplant, juiced up with a Crane cam, a Crane Hi-6 ignition, an MSD Blaster 2 coil, a set of MSD 8.5 super conductor wires, an LC Engineering cap and rotor, an AC Delco 105-amp alternator, a custom intake, and a cherry bomb muffler. For suspension, Mike added 3-inch shackles, along with a 3-inch body lift, which easily clear a set of 285/75 R16 Durango mud-terrains on cheap black steel wheels. For comfort Mike swapped in a set of '99 Honda Civic SI seats and five-point RCI harnesses.

Black Beast
Matt Hechtkopf of Virginia Beach, Virginia, calls his rig "the Black Beast." It's an '01 Ford crew-cab shortbed F-350 diesel. It has a 6-inch Skyjacker suspension lift to clear 35x12.5 BFG M/Ts on 16.5 Eagle Alloy wheels. Other mods include a custom grille, a Skyjacker adjustable track bar, and dual steering stabilizers. As for future plans, Matt says the truck is definitely going to grow taller. Way to go, Matt!

Between Iraq and a Hard Place
OK, the rig actually belongs to Uncle Sam, but Sergeant Bruce Claussen is a reader, so his photo of his unit's Humvee, mired in the mud somewhere in Iraq (you mean it isn't all desert?) definitely qualifies. Generous 'wheeler that he is, Bruce is happy to give praises to an "SPC Lopez" for getting the H1 stuck in the first place, and to a Corporal Balance for helping him with the recovery. To Bruce and all his mates in the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, thanks for the pic -- here's hoping we see you home soon.

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