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December 2008 4x4 Readers' Rigs

Posted in Features on December 1, 2008
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Want to see your vehicle in Readers' Rigs? Of course you do. So go ahead and send a description of everything you have done to your rig, and include a good photo of it. No, you don't need no stinking application. Just go ahead and send it to: Readers' Rigs, Four Wheeler, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515. Or send your description and high resolution digital photos to us via

Finally Done
Joe Cade of Kingwood, Texas, wheels his '94 Toyota pickup daily. Powered by an LC Engineering-prepped 22RE, this rig holds its own against any Jeep Joe encounters. Thirty five-inch Goodyear Wrangler A/Ts are mounted to Pro Comp 679-series wheels. A 3-inch body lift, along with a 2-inch torsion-bar lift, allow room for the larger meats. The stock Toyota axles feature 5.29:1 Yukon gearing and open diffs. Rancho shocks dampen the bumps, and a double-single sport bar protects the cab from mishaps. Clean Toy, Joe!

Rat Fink Blazer
Matthew Prokop of Salem, Oregon, customized his '03 Chevy ZR-2 Blazer to his liking all by himself. The rig sports a 6-inch Superlift kit to make way for 33-inch Mickey Thompson MTZ tires mounted on Pro Comp aluminum wheels. Custom touches include custom "Rat Fink" artwork displayed on the rear differential cover and along each side of the body.

Ramp Champ
This Marysville, Washington, GMC shortbed started life in 1976. It remained stock until two years ago when Roger Swezey got a hold of her. Roger added a built 400 small-block, a TH400, and an NP203 transfer case. Up front, a Dana 44 is equipped with an Eaton limited-slip, while out back the Corporate 12-bolt is welded and features a home-brew disc-brake conversion and upgraded axleshafts. Flex comes from a set of 6-inch leaf packs Roger had lying around. Forty-inch Super Swamper Boggers make traction, and a homemade crossover steering setup keeps the rig pointed in the right direction.

Canada K10
Hanford Dougherty of Warkworth, Ontario, Canada, runs this '85 Chevy 1/2-ton to and from the oil fields each week. Old and yet still reliable, this truck features a TBI 350 V-8, a TH400 automatic, and an NP205 transfer case. The stock axles still reside under the truck, and Hanford claims that's all he needs.

Trail Harvester
This '70 International Scout 800A is far from finished, but its owner, Eric Kuthe of Mt. Croghan, South Carolina, tells us he's about halfway done. So far, Eric has added a Chevy 350 V-8 mated to a TH350 automatic and NP205 transfer case. The undercarriage is also GM-sourced. The front axle is a Dana 60 out of a 3/4-ton pickup. The rear 14-bolt, also out of the same donor pickup, features a factory locker and each differential features 4.56:1 gearing. Lift comes from a set of 10-inch Skyjacker leaf springs. The 36-inch Super Swamper IROKs are mounted to Hummer H1 beadlocks. We think Eric is off to a good start. Maybe we'll see his Scout in the future at TTC?

Great White
Nick Gillaredoni of Monterey, California, drives this built-to-the-hilt '02 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4. It sports a 1,300-lb-ft Cummins 24-valve with BD twin turbo setup, a PDR Stage 2 ported and O-ringed head, ARP head studs, Snow Performance water/methanol injection, nitrous, and 150hp injectors. A FASS fuel pump and BD Hot Rod VP44 injection pump get help from an Edge Comp box, while a BD Intercooler and Bob's silicon turbo boots supply the beast with air. A 5-inch exhaust system expels the fumes with billet internals. A NADP automatic transmission gets the power to the ground, while a Detroit Truetrac limited-slip ensures traction at each side of the Dana 70 rearend. Up front, a Dana 60 features an ARB and Dynatrac FreeSpin manual hub conversion. The truck is lifted 3 inches via a KORE Unlimited suspension system, and the rear suspension features Triple-X Traction ladder bars. Nick tells us the truck is used primarily for daily driving-and smoking young punks in Mustangs and Camaros.

Backwoods K-Truck
This '86 Chevy 1/2-ton belongs to Chris Woods of Atlanta, Texas. Upgrades include 4.56:1 gearing, a Truetrac front differential, and an Auburn limited-slip rear diff. A 6-inch Superlift suspension lift accommodates 35-inch all-terrains on steel wheels. A Sidewinder winch is on standby in case one of Chris's friends gets stuck.

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