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March 2005 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on May 9, 2005
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VEHICLE: '83 Jeep J10 Laredo
OWNER: John and Becky Mayfield, Deltona, FL
TIRES: 36x14.50-15 Parnelli Jones Dirt Grips
WHEELS: 15x10 Eagle Alloys 589
SUSPENSION: 4-inch Skyjacker leaves, Rancho 9000 shocks, traction bars
DRIVETRAIN: Jasper Motors AMC 360, TorqueFlite 727 tranny, NP208 transfer case, Dana 44 front, AMC 20 rear, 4.11 gears, locking hubs
PERFORMANCE MODS: Edelbrock intake manifold and 650-cfm carb, MSD ignition, K&N air filter, 120-amp alternator
OTHER DOODADS: AGR steering box, custom bumpers, fan-cooled tranny cooler, Warn 9500i winch, Speedliner, custom toolbox/gas tank
BEST MOD: Warn winch
WORST MOD: Nah, I just rebuilt the whole truck!

Pic of the Month
Air Ride Suspension
VEHICLE: '78 Ford Bronco
OWNER: Jim Ott, St. Louis, MO
TIRES: 33-inch Swampers
WHEELS: Steel spoke
SUSPENSION: 4-inch-lift coils, Energy Suspension bushing set, extra leaves and blocks in rear
DRIVETRAIN: $100 junkyard 460ci engine, C6 tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 44 front, Lincoln-locked Ford 9-inch rear, 4.11 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: Cherry Bomb glasspacks, L&L fender-exit headers, Holley 750-cfm double-pumper carb
OTHER DOODADS: Sawzalled fenders, one-speaker stereo, ratchet-strapped tailgate, Ramsey 12,000-pound winch
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: Landing from the pictured jump (on the front bumper)
BEST MOD: Winning double the price of the motor in a mud bog
WORST MOD: Custom bodywork from above said Funniest Wheeling Incident

Never Stuck
VEHICLE: '79 GMC 3/4-ton
OWNER: Brian Eoff, Shedd, OR
TIRES: 44x19.5-16.5 Boggers
WHEELS: 16.5x12 Monster Wheels
SUSPENSION: 6-inch Tuff Country springs, spring hangers lowered 4 inches
DRIVETRAIN: 454ci engine, TH400 tranny, NP205 transfer case, reverse-rotation Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear, 5.13 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: Weiand intake manifold, Summit headers, Carter AFB carb
OTHER DOODADS: 40-psi power washer with 8-gallon tank in toolbox for blasting mud off necessaries
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: Getting it stuck on the farm badly enough to require a 300hp tractor to extract it
BEST MOD: Installing a reverse-rotation front end
WORST MOD: Not building the Dana 60 right the first time and breaking it in the dunes

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.

Write to:
Readers' Rides 4-Wheel & Off-Road
6420 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515
fax 323.782.2704

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