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Vintage Trucks - Old Iron Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on May 9, 2005
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WDX Addict
VEHICLES: '47 WDX300, '48 WDX300, '42 WC 1/2-ton open cab
OWNER: Lee George, Nampa, ID
OTHER DOODADS: 12-volt conversions
BEST MOD: [Having rigs so cool that we showed 'em even without a spec sheet--Ed.]
WORST MOD: Having one called a "Jeep"

Flag Flyin' Burb
VEHICLE: '69 Chevy Suburban
OWNER: Daniel Bigham, Bishop, CA
TIRES: 33x12.50-16.5 Cooper Discoverers
WHEELS: 16.5x9.75 Chrome Stars
DRIVETRAIN: 350ci, SM465 tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 44 with Dana 60 knuckles, 14-bolt rear
Performance Mods: Crane Cam, Edelbrock intake manifold, HEI distributor
OTHER DOODADS: 12,000-pound PTO winch, Auto Meter tachometer
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: Beating all the new trucks in a tractor pull
BEST MOD: Full-length American flag

Pw Special
OWNER: Richard Venola, Golden Valley, AZ
TIRES: 31x10.50-15 Cooper ASTs
WHEELS: Steel (you sissies)
SUSPENSION: Rancho 1-inch
DRIVETRAIN: 4.3L EFI, Getrag five-speed tranny, NP207 transfer case, Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear with Truetrac limited slip, 3.73 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: K&N air filter, IROC-Z steering box
OTHER DOODADS: Built-in 12-volt blender drive, six custom storage boxes
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: 13-point turn on Lion's Back with leaking clutch cylinder Best Mod: No rollbar or roof
WORST MOD: Homemade seats

Hurst Built?
VEHICLE: '71 Hurst Jeepster (one of 100 made)
OWNER: Albert Dunkle, Clovis, CA
TIRES: 32x11.50-15
WHEELS: 15x8 chromes
SUSPENSION: 5-inch Alcan leaf springs
DRIVETRAIN: 350ci, 700R4 tranny, Atlas II transfer case, Widetrack CJ front, Dana 44 rear with Powr-Lok, 4.56 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: Hurst dual-gate shifter, Hurst tachometer
OTHER DOODADS: 8,000-pound Warn winch, Vintage Air heating and A/C, 23-gallon Aero fuel tank

One Clean PowWag
VEHICLE: '64 Dodge Power Wagon
OWNER: Eddie Luna, Bryan, TX
TIRES: 33x12.50-15
WHEELS: 15x10 White Spokes
SUSPENSION: Factory '79 Dodge 150 suspension
DRIVETRAIN: 440ci, 727 tranny, 3.23 gears
OTHER DOODADS: '79 Dodge 150 frame, custom bumper

'National Treasure
VEHICLE: '68 International Harvester
OWNER: Brian and Kellie McCormick, Monterey, TN
TIRES: 35x9.00-16 Co-Op Grip Spurs
WHEELS: 16x6 steel
SUSPENSION: 4-inch custom, RS 5000 shocks
DRIVETRAIN: 304ci, T-98 tranny, NP202 transfer case, Dana 44 front with EZ-Locker, Dana rear with Detroit Locker, 5.38 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: Power steering
OTHER DOODADS: 10,000-pound PTO winch, hand throttle, custom bumpers and brushguard, skidplate under fuel tank
BEST MOD: Power steering

Bad In Black
VEHICLE: '50 Chevy pickup
OWNER: Curtis Denning, Nashville, TN
TIRES: 39.5-inch Boggers
WHEELS: 16.5x14 Welds
SUSPENSION: 4-inch Rugged Trail
DRIVETRAIN: 400ci, TH350 tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 60 front with Trac-Lok, 14-bolt rear with Detroit Locker
PERFORMANCE MODS: Thorley Headers, Supertrapp mufflers, March pulleys, dual batteries
OTHER DOODADS: Trimmed fenders 4 inches, Be Cool radiator, Painless Master Minder, Auto Meter gauges, Kenwood stereo
BEST MOD: Stall converter

VEHICLE: '36 Ford truck
OWNER: Dan Smith, Tabor, SD
WHEELS: American Racing
SUSPENSION: Factory Chevy suspension, Rancho shocks
DRIVETRAIN: 350ci, TH350 tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear
PERFORMANCE MODS: Edelbrock intake, headers, electric fan
OTHER DOODADS: The whole thing is a doodad; air ride seats, chrome stacks, foglights, homebuilt bumpers, running boards

Military Iron
VEHICLE: '53 Dodge M-37
OWNER: Cecil Ramsey, Tenino, WA
TIRES: 38.5x14.50-15 Swamper SXs
WHEELS: Eight-lug wheels
SUSPENSION: 4-inch leaves in front, airbags in rear
DRIVETRAIN: 6.2L diesel, four-speed manual tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear, 5.13 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: Three batteries, 130-amp alternator, hydroboost brakes, power steering
OTHER DOODADS: 9,000-pound Ramsey winch, 12-volt air compressor, 50-gallon fuel tank

Furious Ford
VEHICLE: '66 Ford F-250
OWNER: Eric Curtis, Gearhart, OR
TIRES: 35x9.00-16 Firestone Super All Grips
WHEELS: Factory Ford
SUSPENSION: Stock, Rancho shocks
DRIVETRAIN: 390ci, four-speed tranny, NP205 transfer case, 4.10 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: Engine bored 0.040 over, Crane cam, Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor, dual exhaust
OTHER DOODADS: Power steering, cab lights, Rampage audio system
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: Almost pulling a tree out of the ground while winching out of a hole
BEST MOD: Military PTO winch
WORST MOD: Manual brakes

Submission Information
All submissions to Readers' Rides must include an address or telephone number so sender can be verified and 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. Digital photos must measure no less than 1600 x 1200 pixels (or two megapixels) and be saved as a TIFF, EPS, or a maximum-quality JPEG file.

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6420 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515
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