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February 2008 Classic Readers Rides

Posted in Features on February 1, 2008
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Vehicle: '72 Chevy K5 Blazer
Owner: Monte Stuve, Marana, AZ
Tires & Wheels: 285/75R16 BFGoodrich All-Terrains on 16-inch Ultra mags
Suspension: 4-inch lift
Drivetrain: 372ci V-8, TH350 tranny, NP208 transfer case, custom driveshafts, Dana 60 front with 35-spline axles, 14-bolt rear with disc brakes, 4.11 gears
Performance Mods: Stroked motor, steel crank, roller cam, geardrive
Other Doodads: Dakota Digital dash
Anything to add?: I was recently hurt very badly and have been unable to finish this truck

Vehicle: '57 Dodge
Owner: John Hamilton, Hartland, MI
Tires & Wheels: 35-inch Goodyear mudders
Suspension: 4-inch lift
Drivetrain: 315ci V-8 engine, NP420 tranny, NP201 transfer case, Dana 44 front, Dana 60 rear with Truetrac, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: Dual exhaust
Other Doodads: 2-inch body lift
Anything to add?: Found it in a farmer's field and paid $1,200

Vehicle: '51 Willys
Owner: Jim Fechtig, Chandler, AZ
Tires & Wheels: 235/85R16 General load-range E tires on 16-inch steel
Suspension: '84 Ford 8,600 GVW chassis
Drivetrain: 460ci big-block, four-speed Warner tranny, Dana 44 front axle, Dana 60 rear with limited slip
Other Doodads: Warn locking hubs, stretched body, flatbed, power steering, electric cooling fan, air horns, electric leather seats, Bud Light tap shifter handle
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Everything works good, but I need A/C for life in AZ

Vehicle: '69 Jeepster Commando
Owner: Dave, Pat, and Dan Seeley, Ormond Beach, FL
Tires & Wheels: 31x10.50R16 BFG All Terrains on 16x8 American Racing
Suspension: Front add-a-leaves, rear custom springs, Pro Comp shocks
Drivetrain: 225ci V-6 engine, three-speed console-shift TH400 tranny
Performance Mods: Flowmaster mufflers with 3-inch pipes Funniest wheeling incident: Lug nuts coming off on ride home from purchasing it

Vehicle: '61 Willys Wagon
Owner: John Sykes, Elmira, NY
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50R15 Courser LTs on 15x10 chromies
Suspension: Custom lift
Drivetrain: 283ci Chevy engine, four-speed rock crusher, original transfer with twin stick, Dana 44s front and rear, 3.55 gears
Performance Mods: Edelbrock 600-cfm four-barrel carb, can, Edelbrock Vic Jr. intake manifold, block-hugger headers
Other Doodads: Changed heads to adapt to unleaded gas
Anything to add?: It took six expensive years to build, but it was worth it!

Vehicle: '52 Jeep M38 with '52 M100 Trailer
Owner: Jerry Cramer, Medford, OR
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50-15 Swampers on 15x10 steel
Suspension: 2 1/2-inch Rancho
Drivetrain: 350ci engine, TH350 tranny, Dana 18 transfer case with overdrive, Dana 25 front, Dana 44 rear with Dutchman axles and full spool, 5.38 gears
Other Doodads: Custom engine-driven onboard air with rollbar reservoir
Anything you would change: Get rid of the RCI seats
Anything to add?: My daughters painted the Jeep and trailer with a brush. It looks great!

Vehicle: '67 Chevy K10
Owner: Tim Brown, Albertville, MN
Tires & Wheels: 38x12.50-16.5 Swampers on 16.5x9.75 Rock Krawler wheels
Suspension: 8-inch Skyjacker springs, ORD greasable shackle, Skyjacker Softride shocks, rear block and add-a-leaf
Drivetrain: Small-block, SM465 manual tranny, NP205 transfer case, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 350 bored 0.040 over, steel crank, cam, Holley intake and carb, MSD distributor, Flow Tech headers
Other Doodads: 4-inch steering arm, Pro Comp drag link, ORD front crossmember
Does Everything Work The Way You Want?: Yes, for the most part
Anything you would change: 4-inch Tuff Country rear springs and ORD shackle flip

Vehicle: '76 Ford Bronco
Owner: Cornell Kempenaar, Ramona, CA
Tires & Wheels: 31x9.50-15 tires on 15x8 wheels
Suspension: James Duff 2 1/2-inch
Drivetrain: 302ci engine, C4 tranny, Ford 9-inch rear with Detroit Locker
Performance Mods: 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Front disc brakes, uncut fenders, gas hood struts, Line-X on tub
Anything to add?: It was a cool father and son project

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