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Reader's Rigs: Favorite 60 Trucks - Pavement Pounders

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Reader's Rigs: Favorite 60 Trucks - Pavement Pounders
Photographers: The Readers of Four Wheeler

Here at Four Wheeler, we have a rule that requires all Readers' Rigs photos to feature a 4x4 out on the trail, in the dirt, mud, sand, snow, rocks, water, or other form of non-man-made terrain. In other words, no pavement, concrete, parking lots, or lawns. However, in some rare circumstances we have no choice but to sift through our "pavement pounder" file and run a group of rigs that otherwise wouldn't make the cut, if not just to prove a point. So despite awesome build quality and stout componentry, the following street trucks are just not our thing. Get it dirty, that's what it's for!

129 0801 44 z+2000 chevy z71+passenger side view

Owner/Hometown: Matt Davis/Opelika, Alaska
What it is: '00 Chevy Z-71
The dirt: This street machine probably sees more dirt than others in this section, but Matt failed to send us a picture to prove it. The rig features a 6-inch Fabtech suspension lift along with a 3-inch body lift. This allows Matt to clear 38-inch Baja Claw Radials. Otherwise, the truck is stock for now.
Oh, and ...: A heavy-duty winch bumper up front houses two auxiliary lights but no winch, yet.

129 0801 45 z+2000 ford f350+drivers side view

Owner/Hometown: Scott Lafleur/Whitinsville, Massachusetts
What it is: '00 F-350
The dirt: A stock 6.8L V-10 gets help from a Flowmaster exhaust system, while the stock automatic transmission and transfer case provide plenty of forward gears for late nights cruising the strip. A 6-inch Pro Comp suspension lift makes room for a set of 37-inch Super Swamper SSR tires. Rock Crusher diff covers defend even the meanest of parking curbs, while a limited-slip rear differential preserves the tires, day in and day out.
Oh, and ...: Scott assures us he plans to remove the goofy clear taillights that were installed prior to purchasing the truck.

129 0801 46 z+1957 chevy pickup+front view

Owner/Hometown: Unknown/unknown (sent via the Internet)
What it is: '57 Chevy Pickup
The dirt: This classic '57 Chevy body was grafted to a '78 1-ton Chevy 4x4 chassis. A 6-inch Rough Country lift provides ample clearance for 35-inch Pro Comp Xterrain tires. A small-block 350 V-8 was punched out 0.040 and assembled with a Scat crank and a long list of stout parts to handle the Weiand 174 Supercharger.
Oh, and ...: It has power brakes, power steering, and custom flamed seats.

129 0801 47 z+1996 ford bronco+rear view

Owner/Hometown: William Martindale/Ogden, Utah
What it is: '96 Ford Bronco
The dirt: As you can tell from the photo, William's Bronco doesn't see much dirt.
Oh, and ...: We couldn't miss the chrome Smittybilt nerf bars and sport bar William added.



129 0801 48 z+2005 dodge power wagon+passenger side view

Owner/Hometown: Mark Zippin/Chicopee, Massachusetts
What it is: '05 Dodge Power Wagon
The dirt: Mark works at a Dodge dealership and this was his idea of a marketing ploy.
Oh, and ...: The funny thing is, he sold the Camaro-twice!




129 0801 49 z+1995 ford f250+front view

Owner/Hometown: Brandon Thrasher/Elmwood, Illinois
What it is: '95 Ford F-250
The dirt: The 7.3L Power Stroke must have fun moving this mammoth through everyday traffic. A 4-inch suspension lift makes room for 36-inch Super Swamper IROK radial tires. A K&N intake system, along with 4-inch straight-pipe exhaust, helps Brandon turn heads at every intersection. Much of this rig's time is spent hauling a quad around.
Oh, and ...: It features Ranch Hand bumpers front and rear, just in case traffic gets really nasty.

129 0801 50 z+1986 ford ranger+drivers side view

Owner/Hometown: Troy Ayler/Manville, Indiana
What it is: '86 Ford Ranger
The dirt: Sporting a 460 big-block, headers, and a flame paint job, we bet this rig gets all kinds of attention while cruising through mall parking lots around Manville, Indiana.
Oh, and ...: 44-inch Ground Hawgs, a full rollcage, and triple shocks per wheel give this rig a competitive edge that is straight out of the'80s.

129 0801 51 z+2001 gmc z71+drivers side view

Owner/Hometown: Tracy Jackson/Charleston, South Carolina
What it is: '01 GMC Z-71
The dirt: This photo is a great example of how not to shoot your rig. Although this is a pretty nice-looking truck, the way it was shot makes it difficult for us to see. The big problem here is the person taking the picture was pointing the camera towards the sun instead of away from it. Notice the glare off the windshield, or the shadow in the foreground. These are telltale signs of an inexperienced shooter. Did we forget to mention we hate grass shots?
Oh, and ...: The rig rides on a 6-inch Superlift with rear lift springs. It also sports a custom-tuned ECU and 35-inch BFG M-Ts.

129 0801 52 z+1969 chevy k5 blazer+passenger side view

Owner/Hometown: Jim Schrader/unknown
What it is: '69 Chevy K5 Blazer
The dirt: It's really a shame that Jim didn't get a decent picture of this rig in the dirt. We can only hope he actually does get it dirty from time to time.
Oh, and ...: Jim swapped in a fuel-injected 454 out of a '99 3/4-ton pickup and included the wiring harness and steering column. Underneath, there's a pair of 3/4-ton axles with four-wheel disc brakes, an 8-inch lift, and 38-inch Nitto Mud Grapplers on 20-inch Weld Pro-Loc 8s.

129 0801 53 z+1986 chevy 4x4+drivers side view

Owner/Hometown: Jason Sparwood, Jr./Alberta, Canada
What it is: '86 Chevy 4x4
The dirt: We never seem to get enough of these. Come on, Jason, at least take it out in the field away from the house.
Oh, and ...: A stout 454 feeds a beefed TH350 tranny and NP203 transfer case. A 12-inch Superlift Swamp Runner lift kit and 3-inch body lift help clear a set of 38-inch Mickey Thompson MTZ tires on Eagle Alloys.

129 0801 54 z+1982 chevy scottsdale half ton+front view

Owner/Hometown: Judd Matheny/Roseburg, Oregon
What it is: '82 Chevy Scottsdale 1/2-ton
The dirt: When it comes to usable images, it doesn't get much worse than this one. Poorly lit, cut off, with a date stamp in the corner. All we can say is, wow, Judd's lucky we're running this section on pavement pounders.
Oh, and ...: A 377 small-block feeds a TH350 transmission and 203 transfer case before a Dana 44 and 12-bolt divide up power amongst a set of 35-inch Toyo Open Country MTs. Judd says his army of KC lights are very good for late-night mud runs.

129 0801 55 z+1995 toyota 4runner+front drivers side view

Owner/Hometown: Nathan Fleming/unknown
What it is: '95 Toyota 4Runner
The dirt: We'd be willing to bet this rig can be found at some of the many truck Jamborees across the nation each summer. It simply has that Jambo look to it.
Oh, and ...: Complete with a solid front axle, this 383-powered rig has all the right equipment for good times in the mud. However, Nathan didn't feel like getting it dirty for our magazine. Twelve inches of suspension lift plus a 3-inch body lift make room for 39-inch Super Swampers on Mickey Thompson wheels.

129 0801 56 z+1985 gmc truck+drivers side view

Owner/Hometown: Linda Updegraff/Moberly, Missouri
What it is: '85 GMC
The dirt: Here is another perfect example of a truck that would totally make a sweet Readers' Rig, but the photo just doesn't do it justice.
Oh, and ...: Powered by a built 454 with TH350 transmission and NP208 transfer case, this mud truck has a winning combo. A 6-inch Trail Master suspension lift and a 3-inch body lift help clear 35-inch Boggers. A 14-bolt rear axle is loaded with 4.10:1 gearing, and a 10-bolt front axle with like gearing lives up front.

129 0801 57 z+1979 jeep cj5+passenger side view

Owner/Hometown: Dan H/unknown
What it is: '79 CJ-5
The dirt: You got to love it when readers simply shoot a rig in their front yard ...
Oh, and ...: Dan has a Chevy small-block hooked to a TH400 automatic, 33-inch tires, and a 4-inch spring-over lift. Now if he could just leave the house long enough to snap a good photo.

129 0801 58 z+2002 gmc sierra+passenger side view

Owner/Hometown: Wes Dede/Bedford, Texas
What it is: '02 GMC Sierra
The dirt: Wes is just getting started on this rig. At 16 years of age, we won't bash him for sending in a pavement photo. However, the next time we see this rig, it better be dirty ...
Oh, and ...: Wes installed a Pro Comp 6-inch lift topped off with 20x9-inch Pro Comp 6001 series wheels and 35-inch Pro Comp Xtreme All-Terrain tires. There is also a custom exhaust system put in by Kinney's Muffler Shop.

129 0801 59 z+2007 chevy 3 4 ton+front view

Owner/Hometown: Todd Wagner/New Castle, Colorado
What it is: '07 Chevy 3/4-ton
The dirt: Todd says he wants to make this truck the baddest this side of the Rockies. We say, why not shoot a picture of it in the Rockies? It might be pretty cool then.
Oh, and ...: This rig is powered by a LBZ Duramax pushing upwards of 700 lb-ft of torque. A 6-inch Fabtech suspension lift was custom powdercoated prior to installation. A pair of Nfab sidebars protect the rockers and help Todd's lady friend get in for nights out on the town.

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