Submission information: All submissions to Readers' Rides must include an address or a telephone number. Include a complete list of all modifications made to the vehicle. Unfortunately, if we can make out faces of people in the photos, we cannot use them. Also, letters must be signed by the vehicle's owner. Due to the large volume of mail we receive, we regret that we cannot return photos. Please send submissions to: Readers' Rides, 4-Wheel & Off-Road, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515.
Funky Love Bomb
Vehicle: '66 International Scout 800 Owner: John Giromini, Sarasota, FL Tires: 31x9.50-15 Super Swamper TSL Wheels: Stock Lift: 2-inch Superlift springs Drivetrain: 152ci, Dana 27 closed knuckle front, Dana 44 posi rear, T-14 transmission, Spicer 18 transfer case Performance Mods: Warn hubs, Black Diamond shocks and steering stabilizer Other Doodads: Custom bumper/brush bar, air tank Worst Legal Violation: Air horns at 125 dB Best Mod: Steering stabilizer, modern oil filter Worst Mod: None
Vehicle: '88 Dodge W150 Owner: Dale Pritchett, Barnhart, MO Tires: 35x12.50-15 Dunlop RV Wheels: 15x10 American Racing Lift: 4-inch Rough Country suspension, 3-inch body Drivetrain: Stock 318 engine, 727 auto, NP241 transfer case, Dana 44 front and Chrysler 911/44-inch rear with 3.23s Performance Mods: Dual exhaust Other Doodads: Bedliner, Smittybilt pushbar, sliding rear window Worst Legal Violation: None Best Mod: Lift, wheels, and tires Worst Mod: None
Vehicle: '72 Chevy Vega Kamback 4x4 Owner: Warren Gaylord, Genessee Depot, WI Tires: 33x12.50-15 Wheels: 15x10 six-spoked steel Lift: 4-inch suspension Drivetrain: Chevy 327, stock Borg Warner four-speed, Dana 25 front, Dana 44 rear, 5.38 gears, Spicer 18 transfer case with Warn overdrive Performance Mods: Headers and dual exhaust Other Doodads: Sits atop a CJ-3B frame and drivetrain extended 1851/48 inches, 8,000-pound winch, Camaro bucket seats Worst Legal Violation: Running with open headers before exhaust was installed Best Mod: V-8 power, CJ-3B drivetrain, Warn overdrive Worst Mod: Old two-bar style lockout hubs, totaling it in accident in 1983
Vehicle: '98 Isuzu Hombre Owner: Maric Perez, Corpus Christi, TX Tires: 44x19-16.5 Bogger Wheels: 16.5x12 Mickey Thompson Classic II Lift: 13-inch straight-axle conversion Drivetrain: 4.3L Chevy, Dana 60 rear Performance Mods: 3-inch exhaust with turn downs Other Doodads: 5.38 gears, limited slip Worst Legal Violation: Headlights too high Best Mod: 44-inch Boggers, gears, straight-axle Worst Mod: Not having 4WD yet because still working on the front Dana 44
Vehicle: '62 Scout 80 Owner: Jeff and Kathy Payton, West, TX Tires: 31x10.50-15 Dunlop Desert Dueler Wheels: 15x8 Pro Comp chrome modular Lift: 8-inch shackle, Pro Comp shocks Drivetrain: Chevy 283 engine, Power Pack heads, Dana 27 axles, T-90 tranny, Spicer 18 transfer case, Warn hubs Performance Mods: K&N filter, Crane 292 cam, double roller timing chain, HEI distributor, dual exhaust Other Doodads: High-back bucket seats, waterproof floorboards, electric wipers Worst Legal Violation: Driving around town unregistered with open pipes and without brakes Best Mod: Lift, HEI distributor, electric wipers Worst Mod: None yet, but it's still being built
In the Sticks
Vehicle: '66 Chevy K10 Owner: Officer Chad Jutz, Detroit Lakes, MN Tires: 35x12.50-15 BFGoodrich All-Terrain Wheels: 15x12.5 Prime polished aluminum Lift: 4-inch lowered spring perches, custom leaf packs Drivetrain: '67 327 engine, SM420 transmission, divorced Rockwell T-223 transfer case, Dana 44 and 12-bolt axles with 3.73 gears Performance Mods: 2.02/1.60 heads, '77 axles with front discs and '77 braking system, power steering Other Doodads: Skyjacker Silver Nitro shocks and stabilizers, '87 tilt column, JVC stereo Worst Legal Violation: As a police officer? Best Mod: New axles/disc brakes Worst Mod: Wife said tires should be bigger!
Down And Brown
Vehicle: '88 Ford Bronco Owner: Eric Fehrmann, Tarpon Springs, FL Tires: 33-inch Bridgestone Dueler AT Wheels: Stock Lift: Stock Drivetrain: 302 engine, stock drivetrain Performance Mods: None Other Doodads: None Worst Legal Violation: Passing a school bus when the lights were yellow Best Mod: Me driving it Worst Mod: I don't make those [Ed. note: see Best Mod]
Vehicle: '81 AMC Eagle Kammback Owner: Mike Stine, Casper, WY Tires: P215/75R15 Force4 A/T Wheels: Factory aluminum Lift: Adjustable rear air shocks Drivetrain: 258 inline six, SR-4 four-speed manual, NP219 transfer case with 2.61:1 low, Dana 30 front, AMC 791/416-inch rear Performance Mods: Converted A/C compressor for air Other Doodads: Roof rack, fullsize spare, shovel, lights Worst Legal Violation: Under court order not to say Best Mod: Antigravitational device Worst Mod: Regravitational device
Vehicle: '77 Ford F-250 Owner: Gary Sedgwick, Carlsbad, NM Tires: 39.5x18-16.5 Bogger Wheels: 16.5x9.75 steel Lift: 3-inch body, 4-inch Rough Country suspension Drivetrain: 400M engine, NP205 transfer case, Dana 44 front and Dana 60 rear with Detroit Lockers Performance Mods: Mild Clay Smith cam, 11:1 compression ratio Other Doodads: Bushwacker cut-out fender flares Worst Legal Violation: No saying Best Mod: Made to be used hunting, fishing, trail rides, and mud bogs Worst Mod: Runs on gas or propane
Vehicle: '83 Jeep Wagoneer Owner: Justin Graham, Castle Dale, UT Tires: 36x12.50 Swamper SX Wheels: Custom eight-lug 15s Lift: Spring-over suspension with shackle reversal, 111/42-inch body Drivetrain: Stock 360, SM465 transmission, NP208 transfer case, Dana 60s with Detroit Lockers Performance Mods: 4.88 gears, 14-inch K&N filter with hoodscoop Other Doodads: 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust, homemade bumpers and rollcage Worst Legal Violation: No mudflaps Best Mod: Chopped back half of cab Worst Mod: Custom-built 15-inch wheels
Another Off-Road Car
Vehicle: '69 Corvair Owner: Blue Guthrie, Foresthill, CA Tires: 35x12.50 Yokohama Geolandar MT Wheels: Stock Chevy pickup Lift: Spring-over axle Drivetrain: Chevy 350 Performance Mods: None (stock) Other Doodads: Camo paint Worst Legal Violation: No mud flaps Best Mod: Corvair body on Toyota pickup frame with Chevy pickup axles and drivetrain Worst Mod: Not putting another engine in the rear Corvair engine bay
Boogered And Bad
Vehicle: '82 Chevy K10 Owner: Dave East, Weatherford, OK Tires: 42x15-15 Swamper Wheels: 15x15 unknown chrome Lift: 8-inch Superlift suspension with 2-inch traction blocks, 2-inch body Drivetrain: 400 engine, TH350 transmission, NP208 transfer case, 10-bolt front with Trac-Lok, 14-bolt rear with ARB Performance Mods: 750-cfm Edelbrock carb and Performer RPM intake, Hooker headers, ACCEL distributor and coil, Crane roller lifters, Corvette cam, Moroso 8-quart oil pan, Mallory 140-gph electric fuel pump and regulator, 10.7:1 compression ratio Other Doodads: Does a blonde nympho count as a doodad? (Ed.-uh, we think so) Worst Legal Violation: While living in England, arrested for exceeding the safe speed of a pushbike while being towed by a car at 60 mph Best Mod: Fender cutouts, lockers Worst Mod: Letting a blind guy paint it!