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August 2005 Readers' Rides

Posted in Features on July 18, 2005
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Hey, readers! We appreciate you sending in pics of your rides, and we'd like you to keep doing so, but we encourage you doing it via e-mail from now on. We can still receive 'em by snail-mail, but you'd make our lives a lot easier by sending us a submission electronically. 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. Please send them to:

Also, we haven't included any submission form in quite a long time, yet you all seem to be able to figure out what we need just by looking at the story. What smart readers! We definitely appreciate it, but we were hoping you could add something else to your future submissions: We'd like to know 1.) Is everything working the way you want it to? and 2.) What would you change? We'd be grateful if you'd include this new information instead of your Worst Mod and Best Mod. So grateful, in fact, that we'll send 4-Wheel & Off-Road license plates and stickers to the first 50 e-mail submissions that include the new information.
Write to:
Readers' Rides 4-Wheel & Off-Road
6420 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515

E-mail to:

Clampy's Revival?
Vehicle: '85 Toyota Longbox
OWNER: Ryan Wallace, Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada
TIRES: 33x12.50-15 Marshall Mudders
WHEELS: 15x8 Black Steelies
SUSPENSION: 4-inch Pro Comp front leaves, 63-inch two-wheel-drive Chevy leaves in rear
DRIVETRAIN: Stock 22r engine, stock axles with 4.10 gears
OTHER DOODADS: Moved air intake to not suck any water during crossings, ghost flames on the hood
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: Wheeling with 33-inch tires before any lift. It rubbed a little!
BEST MOD: 63-inch Chevy springs
WORST MOD: Temporary plywood in the bed

Ryan's Red Weed Ride
Vehicle: '95 Jeep Wrangler YJ
OWNER: Ryan Thomas, Weed, CA
TIRES: 35x12.50-15 Dunlop Mud Rovers
WHEELS: 15x10 Ion
SUSPENSION: 31/2-inch Rough Country suspension with 2-inch Performance Accessories body lift
DRIVETRAIN: Stock 4.0L engine and tranny, Detroit Truetrac lockers with 4.56 gears front and rear, front Warn hub conversion
OTHER DOODADS: Cool air intake, remote start with alarm, 1,000-watt stereo system with XM radio, hoodscoop, 8,000-pound Warn winch, 6-inch Dick Cepek lights, chrome grille inserts with bezels, clear turn and marker lenses, chrome taillight guards, custom exhaust with glasspack
BEST MOD: Remote start on cold days
WORST MOD: No tire rack or spring-over

Pic of the Month

Vehicle: '90 Chevy Celebrity Station Wagon
OWNER: Eric Jankowski, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ
TIRES: 205/70R14 Wal-Mart radials
WHEELS: 14-inch black steel
SUSPENSION: Only when airborne
DRIVETRAIN: 3.1L V-6, four-speed auto tranny
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: Trying this first on a public road
BEST MOD: Helmet
WORST MOD: Are you kidding?

Limo Wagon
Vehicle: '51 M-38
OWNER: Craig Donalson, Apple Valley, CA
TIRES: 36x12.50-15 Swamper TSL
WHEELS: 15x10 wheels
SUSPENSION: 21/2-inch Pro Comp leaves with spring-over conversion
DRIVETRAIN: 350ci engine, 700R4 tranny, Dana 20 transfer case, Dana 44 front and rear, Detroit Lockers, 5.38 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: Frame stretched 24 inches
OTHER DOODADS: Scout power steering, 12,000-pound Warn winch, 20-gallon fuel cell, York air pump, four-wheel disc brakes
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: Rolled onto my side in my front yard
BEST MOD: Chevy engine and tranny
WORST MOD: Aftermarket springs

Ford Flyer
Vehicle: '72 Ford Bronco
OWNER: Todd Sucher, Cedar Hills, MO
TIRES: 33x12.50-15 Pro Comp Mud-Terrains
WHEELS: 15x8 chrome
SUSPENSION: 7-inch Skyjacker front with triple shocks, 6-inch Rough Country rear with dual shocks
DRIVETRAIN: 302ci, 4.11 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: High-rise intake manifold, cam, headers, bored 0.030 over
OTHER DOODADS: Racing seats, five-point harnesses, full rollcage, Superwinch

Taking a Different Route
Vehicle: '99 GMC Sierra 2500 SLT short box Crew Cab
OWNER: Warren and Helena Hobart, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
TIRES: 39.5x15-16.5 STS TrXus
WHEELS: 16.5x14 Eaton
SUSPENSION: 6-inch custom suspension, 3-inch body lift, torsion bars cranked, rear blocks, Rancho shocks
DRIVETRAIN: ZZ383 engine, 4L85E tranny, Autotrac transfer case, 14-bolt rear with Eaton E-Locker, front 9.25 IFS with ARB locker, 4.56 gears
PERFORMANCE MODS: JBA shorty headers, Superchips programmer, Airaid air filter, Poweraid spacer
OTHER DOODADS: Mittbilt nerf bars, ART airbags, KC drivelights
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT: Passing snowmobiles while crossing frozen lakes in Alberta
BEST MOD: Lockers and gears
WORST MOD: Could've had a straight axle for less money

More Mods Than You
Vehicle: '78 Jeep CJ-7
OWNER: Joan Beck, Mohave County, AZ
TIRES: 38x12.50-15 Interco Super Swampers SX
WHEELS: Allied 15x10 bead locks
SUSPENSION: '92 Wrangler 2-inch BDS leaves with spring-over, custom spring pivots at axles for driveshaft angle correction front and rear, custom ladder-type bars for axlewrap elimination front and rear, custom front double shackles (jackknife style)
DRIVETRAIN: 383ci stroker, 700R4 tranny, Dana 300 transfer case with 4:1 low range, Dana 60 high-pinion front with Dynatrac axles, Dana 60 high-pinion rear, 5.13 gears, ARB lockers
PERFORMANCE MODS: GM/Howell throttle-body injection
OTHER DOODADS: Custom Extra H.D. 1/2-inch wall with 12-inch slip shafts and CV joints. Disc brakes with dual diaphragm booster, custom modified Ford truck 4x2 box (tie-rod behind axle) and crossover steering. Power-steering pump and gearbox modified for AGR Rock Ram with air-actuated hydraulic bypass for pavement use, dual onboard air compressors 1.) 12 volt; 2.) modified GM A/C beltdriven with both interconnected for faster air-up, 25-gallon gas tank with 1/4-inch steel skidplate. Full rollcage. Complete drivetrain raised 3 inches for flush underbelly, eliminating body lift
BEST MOD: The custom fabrications by Precision Automotive in Kingman, Arizona [Ms. Beck definitely has more than a few years before reaching 76, as stated in April 2005's issue. Please excuse us, Joan!--Ed.]

Flashback Ford
Vehicle: '78 Ford F-250
OWNER: Chad Dale, Chico, CA
TIRES: 38x12.50-16.5 Swamper TSLs
WHEELS: 16.5x10 slotted mags
SUSPENSION: 8-inch custom
DRIVETRAIN: 400ci big-block, C6 tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 60 rear, Dana 44 front
PERFORMANCE MODS: Edelbrock intake, Edelbrock carb, noisy Pete Jackson geardrive, roller rockers, Cleveland heads, Comp Cams cam, Hedman Hedders
OTHER DOODADS: Disc brakes, onboard air
BEST MOD: Strong 400ci engine
WORST MOD: No Dana 60 front

Bronco Trek
Vehicle: '81 Ford Bronco
OWNER: Ron Green, Granite Falls, WA
TIRES: 36x12.50-15 Swamper TSLs
WHEELS: 15-inch chromies
SUSPENSION: Low-center-of-gravity Sawzall special
DRIVETRAIN: 351ci engine, Ford 9-inch rear with 31-spline axles and Detroit Locker, Dana 44 TTB front
PERFORMANCE MODS: Edelbrock intake and carb, MSD ignition, K&N air filter
OTHER DOODADS: Halogen back-up light, onboard air
BEST MOD: Edelbrock intake, Detroit Locker
WORST MOD: Stupid, cheap dual-battery isolator

Muddy Trailer
Vehicle: '04 Dodge Dakota SLT Quad Cab
OWNER: Chad Rowland
TIRES: 33-inch Nitto Terra Grapplers
WHEELS: 16-inch
SUSPENSION: Torsion bars cranked, block in rear, Pro Comp shocks, 3-inch body lift
DRIVETRAIN: 4.7L, Powertrax No-Slip rear locker
OTHER DOODADS: Hella 500s, tow hooks, custom front skidplate, Bully nerf bars

Samurai's Better Brother
Vehicle: '96 Suzuki Sidekick
OWNER: Dale Lister, Thornton, CO
TIRES: 35x15.50-15 Swamper SXs
WHEELS: 15x10 Rockcrawlers
SUSPENSION: Custom-made long-arm three-link front and three-link rear, TJ coils, long-travel shocks
DRIVETRAIN: 1.6L MPFI engine, three-speed TH180C tranny, Calmini 4.24:1 gears in transfer case, Toyota 9-inch rear with spool, Toyota 8-inch front with Detroit Locker, 5.20 gears
OTHER DOODADS: Custom front and rear bumper
BEST MOD: Swapping out the five-speed tranny for the auto
WORST MOD: Making my own limiting straps

Classic Bests
Vehicle: '46 Dodge WDX Powerwagon
OWNER: George Scott, Tomball, TX
TIRES: 38x11.50-16 Swamper TSLs
WHEELS: 16-inch five-lug split rims
DRIVETRAIN: 230ci engine, four-speed non-syncro mesh tranny, two-speed transfer case, rear locker, 5.83 gears

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