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May 1998 Readers' Rigs

Posted in Features on May 1, 1998
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Car-Penter's Pickup
A busy work schedule must've kept Fiore Perna hammering away, thus keeping him from getting photos of his '89 K-2500 outside the city of Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania. A 6-inch Pro-Comp suspension lift. Warn fender flares, and 33-inch BFGs on 15x10 American Racing wheels are among the add-ons. We have no doubt this big diesel can do a lot of work and carry a lot of cargo-but we'd stop short of saying it can carry a building in the bed, the way it looks in this photo.

If A CJ Sighs In The Woods, Does Anybody Hear It?
Sitting in seemingly perfect tranquillity, Wil Garner's CJ-7 may appreciate this moment of rest. Owned by a student in Greenville, North Carolina, whose friend calls the '86 "the baddest Jeep in town,'' it may be a candidate for counseling. Not quite satisfied yet, Wil's plans go beyond the swapped-in 305 and other modifications: "I plan on getting KC lights from my girlfriend for Christmas.''

A "Front-Runner's'' 4-Runner
Daniel Williams is dreaming about things to further modify his Toyota, and that's all he can do for the time being. An APO currently in Korea (well, possibly home again by now) Daniel "would really get a kick out of seeing my 'Grasshopper' in [Four Wheeler].'' Consider yourself kicked, Daniel. In a good sense.

A Potential Challenger
This photo of Clayton Saulnier's Scout could be right out of Four Wheeler's Top Truck Challenge, but it's from much closer to his Clare, Nova Scotia, Canada, home. Clayton's '75 has all the right stuff in it to be competitive (even though he feels his Cornbinder is "too fast for the field, too slow for the road''), and he has proven he can drive the 383-motivated IH well.

Put To Pasture, At Least Temporarily
Of course, it could well be that it's the other way around, and we're looking at Justin Vatter's Cherokee from inside the pasture. On the other hand, the early CJ-5 in the background doesn't exactly have that daily-driver look to it. Either way, the '93 is supposedly the only one in Austin, Texas, on Super Swampers.

Two-For-One Deal-Not
Keith Parkin sent this great photo of his '97 TJ, proudly posed in nice, gooey mud. His "Readers' Rigs'' application was also neatly written, but . . . in the same envelope were also a picture and application for a Range Rover. Okay, that just screws up the filing system, but then we noticed that the Richmond, Virginia, address and such was identical. Shame on you, Keith, for trying to pass off your other car as your girlfriend's.

'52 M37
This neat Dodge is owned by Charles Aarons of Anchorage, Alaska. Charles has swapped in a Hercules motor, power steering, front disc brakes, locking diffs, and much other good stuff, making the vintage hauler even more capable and practical than it used to be (the inherent good-ugly looks are pretty much intact). He also sent info on his impressive '88 F-350, which we'll get to at a later date.

How To Get A Head In Photography
Lawrence Burns did not want to get caught "out of bed,'' so he made quite an intricate wooden box for his XtraCab Toyota to replace the rusted-out original. Then he parked the '86 in a nice setting (although it does look like it could be his East Greenbush, New York, backyard) for the photo. But would you have guessed that Larry is a carpenter by trade, and works for B.L.F.D.?

Definitely Bedtime
With no rear fenders-or even a bed, for that matter-it's understandable that Scott Ammons didn't venture out of Davenport, Iowa, to get this photo. Therefore, the things "sticking out of'' the '80 not-quite-pickup aren't part of the Chevy, but belong to the local power company. Once Scott gets the Stepside reinstalled, maybe we'll get to see some countryside shots of it.

Nearly A Virgin
Not much has been messed with on this very white CJ-2A belonging to Greg Florence. He bought it from his grandfather, hopefully in the process having to promise to keep the '47 from becoming yet another much-modified Flattie. The one thing we're most curious about is how Greg can even find his Jeep in Kelowna, B.C., Canada in the wintertime.

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