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December 1998 Readers' Rigs

Posted in Features on December 1, 1998
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4-Wheel Parts . . . Cepek . . .JC Whitney . . . Somebody?
We're not going to complain about that Terence Juniper didn't just slap the front tires onto this 60-ton 4x4 barge and move it for the photo. Actually, he can't, because the final wheel hub drive is too corroded, so while all four GM 6-71 engines runs fine, the 61-foot BARC (Barge Amphibious Re-Supply Cargo) is dead out of the water. Apparently, the missing parts are hard to come by in Ellesmere Port, South Wirral, England, and Terence would really like to get this puppy on the road-or in the drink. Anybody have such parts laying around?

We don't have a clue what Jeremy Boyce's driveway looks like, but his '75 F-250 sure looks good against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. With a Dana 70 1-ton rear axle, it's also more than capable of supporting the '84 Flareside bed, and the lightly hopped-up 390 should have no problem getting Jeremy and the Dodge Viper yellow pickup to and from Frisco, North Carolina.

Super-Sharp Seven
Gary Vernon's CJ-7 looks so low, it'd have trouble on some driveways, but Gary got the worked-over (to the tune of $30,000) '83 out for a perfect picture in the green grass, contrasting nicely with the very red award winner. It's logged over 150,000 miles thus far, claims Gary, a resident of Clearwater, Florida. Would you believe that the suspension is still stock? We thought so.

It's small, but Nissans tend to be, and Gene Gutierrez (a.k.a. "Giant'') is only 5'4'' himself. However, the '89 pickup is well lit, and the 33-inch tires and V-6 did take Gene to higher elevations near Henderson, Nevada, for a nice photo site. Could it be the hill in the background that has Gene thinking about 4.88:1 gears, Jacobs ignition, and a Warn winch?

Poster Child
Jonn Berry drove his Bronco to this more picturesque site, probably not far from his San Antonio, Texas, home. Sure, the '85 is a little smaller in the photo than it should be, and the light isn't perfect, but it's plenty close enough. With a slightly warmed-over 351 under the clean hood, we also have no doubt that Jonn can make it back up the hill after taking the photo.

Jeepney, Except Aussie
These days a daily driver from Danoenong, Victoria, Australia, Joe Kafrouni originally bought this '81 CJ-7 in New Jersey in 1986, then shipped it over in '89. Even without being transplanted across the world and converted to right-hand drive, Joe's "CJ Super Star'' was probably rare as it was. Joe does use it for 'wheeling, but it's rarely left dirty for long.

David Raye, The Sequel
Some time ago, we showed David's delicious Suburban, and promised to get back to his equally appealing pickup at some point. Well, here's the '70 1/2-ton, once a total, now a clean driver-and wood hauler-with a well filled spec sheet. While the 3.07:1 gears may not be our favorite, the rest of the Dallas, Texas-based Chevy sure is sweet. And looks it, too.

Pet Of The Month
Trace Hall has over 140,000 miles on the original four-banger in his Wrangler, but that didn't keep him from driving outside of Nashville, Tennessee, to get a good picture of himself, the 1990 YJ, and one-year-old Dakota, the yellow Lab in the back who is Trace's "wheelin' buddy.'' Too bad that graffiti seems to be everywhere these days.

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