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Off-Road Reader's Rides - August 2013

Posted in Features on August 6, 2013
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1981 jeep cj 8

Maple-Leaf Monster
Vehicle: 1981 Jeep CJ-8
Owner: John Jans
Location: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Chassis: Sandblasted and reinforced frame
Engine: 355ci V-8 Chevy, Hooker block-hugging headers, mandrel-bent dual exhaust with twin catalytic converters
Drivetrain: Lakewood blowout scattershield, Ford Top Loader four-speed manual, custom transmission crossmember
Suspension: Rough Country 4-inch lift, custom-built TeraFlex-style front shackles and greaseable rear shackles
Steering: Custom high-steer steering system
Brakes: All new brakes components restored to original condition, all new braided stainless steel hoses
Tires/wheels: 38-inch Ground Hawg Tires on 15x12 American Racing AR136 Ventura aluminum wheels
Interior: New front bucket seats, built new rear jump seat with storage area, modified two YJ hardtops and grafted them together to make the longer CJ-8 removable hardtop with custom cut flat glass to fill larger rear window holes, Rhino lined top inside and out, custom stereo with six-speaker audio system, Hi-Lift jack brackets behind rear jump seat
Other parts: 3-inch body lift, custom-built front and rear bumpers by College Heights Secondary School manufacturing students, Warn 9,000-pound winch in the front, swingaway tire carrier with reciever, new fuel tank and sending unit with 1/2-inch aluminum fuel lines, new radiator, Painless wiring harness, custom slave cylinder, YJ half doors, newer YJ mirrors, College Heights Secondary School Auto Body Shop students repaired entire body, primed and block-sanded the body five times and then laid down a silver basecoat followed by four coats of Burnt Copper PPG paint and three coats of clear
Trophies: Took the CJ-8 to Toronto for the Mega Speed Car show and took Reserved Grand Champion honors

1986 dodge d150

In Memory of CJ Weber
Vehicle: 1986 Dodge D150
Owner: Danielle Weber
Chassis: Stock
Engine: Original 318ci V-8 bored 0.030 over and stroked to 360 ci, oversized camshaft and crankshaft, DynoMax dual exhaust
Drivetrain: TorqeFlite 727 automatic transmission, Chrysler 9.25-Inch differential
Suspension: Stock A-arms and coil springs in front, stock leaf springs and shackles in the rear
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Stock
Wheels: Cooper Tires mounted on original 15-inch steel wheels with aftermarket hubcaps
Interior: All original factory interior
Other Parts: All new chrome bumpers with integrated foglights, complete body restoration, stainless-steel bedrails, custom airbrushed license plates
Reason For Build: Danielle restored the Dodge to honor her dad, CJ Weber

1996 toyota tacoma 4x4

Ranch Runner
Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Tacoma 4x4
Owner: Zacarias Montano
Location: Jalisco, Mexico
Chassis: Stock
Engine: 3.4L V-6, K&N cold-air intake, Flowmaster cat-back exhaust with dual outlets
Drivetrain: Five-speed manual, VF1A two-speed T-case, 8-Inch IFS diff, 8-Inch rear with limited slip, 3.58 gears
Suspension: Bilstein 5100 shocks
Steering: Stock
Brakes: Four-piston calipers in front
Tires/Wheels: 33x12.5R15 Pro Comp X-Terrains on 15-inch Pro Comp Rock Crawler steel wheels
Interior: Pioneer head unit, Rockford Fosgate amp and subwoofer
Other Parts: 3-inch body lift, ’04 Tacoma front clip, new Centric clutch
Favorite off-road area: Anywhere there’s mud!

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