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February 2006 Weird Readers Rides

Posted in Features on February 1, 2006
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Vehicle: Custom Built Buggy
Owner: Nathan Marple, Cresswell, OR
Tires: Swampers
Suspension: 24 inches of independent travel using Fox shocks, independent hydraulically actuated torsion-arm
Drivetrain: Vortec V-6 engine, TH700R4 auto tranny, homemade transfer case with 4:1 reduction, Toyota independent suspension differentials front and rear, chromoly axles
Other Doodads: Four-wheel disc brakes, four-wheel steering, chromoly frame

Vehicle: '94 Chevy Z28 Camaro
Owner: Mick Allison, London, OH
Tires & Wheels: 33x14.50-16.5 Boggers on 16.5x12 Eagles
Suspension: Custom four-link
Drivetrain: LT1 engine, 4L60E tranny, NP208 transfer case, 10-bolt front, 14-bolt rear
Performance Mods: 3-inch exhaust
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Yep, I have a fast four-wheel drive

Vehicle: '89 GMC Safari Van
Owner: Bob Gust, Nanticoke, PA
Tires & Wheels: 32x9.50-15 TSL Swampers on 15x8 aluminum wheels
Suspension: Rancho and Wilkes-Barre springs in front and rear, Skyjacker Nitro shocks
Drivetrain: 4.3L V-6, TH700R4 auto tranny, Borg-Warner 1345 transfer case, Dana 44 front, stock rear axle, 3.73 gears
Performance Mods: Holley TBI, Hypertech chip
Anything You Would Change: Rear axle

Vehicle: '72 Cadillac Victoria Funeral Coach
Owner: Chris Null, Hanover, PA
Tires & Wheels: 44x18.5-15 Ground Hawgs on 15x12 wagon wheels
Suspension: 12-inch Superlift, 10 shocks
Drivetrain: 383 Magnum big-block Chrysler, 727 tranny, NP203 transfer case, Dana 60 front with Powertrax, Dana 60 rear with 35-spline Yukon axles and spool, 6.17 gears
Performance Mods: Edelbrock 750-cfm carb, MSD 6A ignition
Other Doodads: Full rollcage, Honda Prelude seats, five-point harnesses, 22-gallon fuel cell
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Almost rolling it the first time out
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Driveshafts need to be heavier duty

Vehicle: '65 Coot ATV
Owner: Jason McCord, Peoria, IL
Tires & Wheels: Nondirectional tires with bar chains
Suspension: Not really
Drivetrain: 12hp tractor engine, two-speed tranny, locked differentials
Other Doodads: Rudder and propeller for water excursions
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: It may not look good, but it goes great!

Vehicle: '27 Ford Model T
Owner: Daniel Lindsay, via e-mail
Suspension: '55 stock Willys with spring-over conversion
Drivetrain: 350ci engine, '55 stock Willys axles and gearbox
Performance Mods: V-8 engine
Other Doodads: Parts from almost every manufacturer

Vehicle: Volkswagon Beetle
Owner: Chad Breitenfeldt, Faribault, MN
Tires & Wheels: 39.5-inch cut Boggers on 15-inch chrome
Suspension: Rancho leaf springs
Drivetrain: AMC 360ci, TorqueFlite 727 tranny, Atlas II transfer case, Dana 60 front with spool, 14-bolt rear with Detroit Locker, 4.10 gears
Other Doodads: Custom rollcage and frame, rear disc brakes, 12,000-pound MileMarker winch
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Covering my dad's truck with mud while he was trying to do the same thing to me. I won.
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Yes, but I'm still changing things
Anything You Would Change: Swap in a 500ci Caddy motor

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