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February 2010 Readers' Rides

1979 Chevy Blazer
Ali Mansour
| Brand Manager, 4WD & Sport Utility
Posted February 1, 2010

40 Of The Wildest, Weirdest, & Best-Built Homegrown 4x4s

Just Chevy
Vehicle: '79 Chevy K-5 Blazer
Owner: Justin Cunningham
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG A-Ts on 15x10 American Racing wheels
Suspension: Custom 4-inch
Drivetrain: TH350, NP203
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: Custom front bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Exhaust pipes hang out too far in the back

Rubicon K-5
Vehicle: '72 Chevy K-5 Blazer
Owner: Marc Peterson, Reno, NV
Tires: 37-inch Boggers
Suspension: 6-inch, Offroad Design rear shackle flip
Drivetrain: SM420, NP205, Dana 60 front with a Detroit TruTrac, 14-bolt rear with a Detroit Locker, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 406ci
Other Doodads: Offroad Design crossover steering Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

All Go
Vehicle: '76 Chevy Blazer
Owner: Charles Cathey, Atoka, OK
Tires & Wheels: 42x15 TSLs on 16x93/4 steel
Suspension: 6-inch Pro Comp
Drivetrain: SM465, NP205, Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear with a Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 454ci
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers and a lot of fender trimming
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Accidentally rolling the truck on its lid with my father-in-law riding shotgun.
Does everything work the way you want?: Mostly
Anything you would change?: Doubler setup from Offroad Design and fully hydraulic steering
Anything to add?: This Chevy was built using junkyard parts and is built for go, not show

Garage Jimmy
Vehicle: '74 GMC Jimmy
Owner: Brian Hartsell, Cassopolis, MI
Tires & Wheels: 38.5x15 TSLs on 16-inch wheels
Suspension: Custom 4-inch
Drivetrain: TH350, NP203, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear with a Detroit Locker, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 454ci
Does everything work the way you want?: It's getting there.
Anything you would change?: Dana 60 front, hydraulic-assist steering, and a cage
Anything to add?: Everything was built in my home garage

Frank Daily
Vehicle: '81 GMC Jimmy
Owner: Frank Gillespie, Des Moines, IA
Tires & Wheels: 44x19.5 Boggers on 16x12 Mickey Thompson Classic IIs
Suspension: 8-inch springs
Drivetrain: TH350, NP205, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear
Performance Mods: 355ci
Other Doodads: Rhino-lined floor, heavily trimmed fenders
Does everything work the way you want?: So far
Anything you would change?: Big-block engine and bigger tires
Anything to add?: It's a daily driver!

High River Crawler
Vehicle: '74 Chevy Blazer
Owner: Eric Raymond, Riverton, WY
Tires & Wheels: 35x16 Boggers on 15x10 aluminum wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Pro Comp with Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: SM465, NP205, Dana 44 front, rear Lock Right, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 350ci, Edelbrock Performer intake, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Custom front bumper and Ramsey winch
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part, yes
Anything you would change?: Cage, paint, and new 63-inch rear springs with a shackle flip

Heavyweight
Vehicle: '82 Chevy Suburban
Owner: Thad Manson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Tires: 35x12.50 Kumho Venture Mud Terrains
Suspension: 6-inch
Drivetrain: 700R4, NP208, 10-bolt front, semifloat 14-bolt rear, 4.11 gears
Performance Mods: 454ci
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, custom bumpers, Warn winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Truck works great
Anything you would change?: Dana 60 front, full-float 14-bolt rear, and 38-inch tall tires
Anything to add?: This truck's a bit heavy, 7,500 pounds

Road Hawg
Vehicle: '89 Chevy Suburban
Owner: Eric Jones, Plainville, CT
Tires: 40-inch Ground Hawgs
Suspension: 6-inch Superlift
Drivetrain: 700R4, Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear
Performance Mods: 350ci
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

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