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June 2005 Readers' Rigs

Posted in Features on June 1, 2005
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In Remembrance of a Great Sailor
Recent events within the armed forces have inspired Paul Sweeney to submit this picture in honor of his fallen friend. This Jeep belonged to the late Joseph "Cooter" Ashley. Cooter was a submariner onboard the USS San Francisco. Sweeney says: "The tragedy surrounding his death will always be remembered amongst submariners across the fleet." This picture was taken on New Year's Day 2005 in one of his favorite 'wheeling spots on the island of Guam.

Snow Bound Super Duty
Jim Daviner sent in this picture of his mostly stock '02 F-250 Super Duty. It has a K&N FIPK to help the V-10 engine breath better. This picture was taken in Horse Canyon, Utah. Jim has several planned upgrades for his truck, some of which include a winch, ARBs, headers, and exhaust. Jim also wants to install a generator for an onboard welder.

Babe The Blue Ox
Mike Brooder of Cary, North Carolina, sent in a picture of this sharp-looking '90 Chevy K-Blazer. It has the stock 350 V-8 connected to a 700R4 tranny followed by an NP208 transfer case. The stock 10-bolt and 12-bolt axles feature 3.73:1 gearing with limited slips in both. A Magnaflow 3-inch exhaust warns everyone when Mike is around. The rig rides on 33x12.50 All-Terrains mounted on 15-inch American Racing wheels. Mike's friends call the truck "Babe The Blue Ox," because, he says, it'll pull anything out.

Little Green Giant
This is a '47 CJ-2A with an M38 tub on it. It belongs to Glen Pace of Dunmore, Pennsylvania. Glen installed a Rancho 2 1/2-inch leaf-spring kit under it so he could run 33-inch tires. Glen says the little Jeep is "great fun driving in the mountains" around his home.

Icelandic Toy
This truck belongs to Gisli Gislason of Iceland. It may look strange to you, that's because these Toyotas are rarely seen in the United States. It's a '91 Hi-Lux double cab powered by a turbodiesel engine. Gisli says, "This car works very well here in Iceland." The truck features 38-inch Ground Hawgs on 13-inch-wide aluminum wheels. A 4-inch body lift helps the 'Yota clear those massive meats. Gearing is 5.71:1 front and rear, and each axle features factory differential locks as well. Other items include a 3-inch exhaust system, a K&N air filter, an auxiliary diesel tank, and an onboard air compressor.

Good Times Cruiser
Chris Renke of Watertown, New York, owns this '70 Toyota Land Cruiser. The suspension consists of a spring-over with a shackle reversal up front. The rear axle was moved back 5 inches. This setup clears 36x12.50/15 Interco TSL/SXs with no rubbing. The stock front axle houses a Lock-Right, and the rear features a Lincoln locker. Two stout driveshafts by Tom Wood's were used, and a twin-stick setup was installed on the transfer case. Also featured is an Advance Adapters Rock Box, an SM420 transmission, four-wheel disc-brake conversion, and a small-block 305 with an Edelbrock carburetor and an aluminum intake manifold.

Jayhawk Silverado
Clayton Richardson of Stilwell, Kansas, sent in this picture of his '87 Chevy Silverado 1-ton 4x4. The Chevy runs a TBI 454 big-block, a TH400 transmission, and an NP205 transfer case. A stock Dana 60 axle sits up front and a Corporate 14-bolt resides out back. For suspension, Clayton added a 5 1/2-inch Superlift system, and a set of Rancho RS 5000 shocks. To help the 454, he added Hedman headers and a 2 1/2-inch dual exhaust system with a Flowmaster muffler. A set of 36-inch Goodyear Wrangler MT tires on 16.5-inch Chrome Vortec wheels provides the traction. Also in his arsenal is a MileMarker 12,000-pound winch on a multimount system just in case Clayton needs to help lesser 4x4s out.

Maclura Pomifera
This lime-green '78 F-250 belongs to Casey Pruden of Monroeville, Indiana. He named his truck after the scientific name for a hedge apple, which its color closely resembles. Running a stock 400 small-block mated to a C6 automatic and an NP205 transfer case, this truck has no problem when it's time to play. An open Dana 44 sits up front, and a limited-slip-equipped Dana 60 resides out back. A set of 38-inch Ground Hawgs provides traction. The 7 inches of suspension lift along with 3 inches of body lift help clear those massive meats. Other features include onboard air, dual batteries, and a 140-amp alternator.

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