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February 2010 Readers' Rides

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February 2010 Readers' Rides

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

Muddy Mover
Vehicle: '87 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Tim Winget
Tires & Wheels: 32x11.50 Wild Country TXRs on 15x10 American Racing wheels
Suspension: 5-inch Tomkin with 2-inch front coil spacers
Drivetrain: Rear Lock Right
Performance Mods: 4.0L, K&N intake, Flowmaster exhaust
Does everything work the way you want?: No, it needs more power
Anything you would change?: Bigger engine, axles, and tires.

Frankly Tall
Vehicle: '89 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Frank George, Lithia, FL
Tires: 38.5x15 TSLs front, 38x15 Boggers rear
Suspension: Custom 11.5-inch
Drivetrain: NP205, 10-bolt front, 12-bolt rear with a Lincoln locker
Performance Mods: 305ci
Other Doodads: Cage, crossover steering, traction bars
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Pro Fab transfer case and front and rear four-link suspension

Tal Tales
Vehicle: '91 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Tal Ehlers, Loa, UT
Tires: 31x10.50 BFG M-Ts
Suspension: 4.5-inch Rough Country
Drivetrain: NP231, high-pinion Dana 30 front with an Ox Locker, 81/4-inch rear with an Auburn Locker, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, Jet Performance Chip, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers built by CRB Off-Road Products
Funniest Wheeling Incident: I went on a search and rescue training exercise and thought the Jeep was unstoppable. That was until I got buried in the sand. I aired the tires down to 10 psi and was able to back out. The only thing hurt was my pride.
Does everything work the way you want?: This Jeep rocks! I use it for emergency response and it has never let me down.
Anything you would change?: Bushwacker flares and 33-inch tall tires

Job Well Done
Vehicle: '94 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Andy Angell, Midvale, UT
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 BFG A-Ts on 15x10 chrome wheels
Suspension: 7.5-inch Rubicon Express with Pro Comp shocks
Drivetrain: AW4, NP231, high-pinion Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear with a Lock Right, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, K&N intake, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Optima battery, Warn winch, Bushwacker flares, custom bumpers and sliders
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes it does!
Anything you would change?: Add a front locker
Anything to add?: Keep up the good work. You guys make the best off-road magazine!

EXO-XJ
Vehicle: '98 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Matt Jory, Lake Elsinore, CA
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 MTRs on 15x8 Allied beadlocks
Suspension: 4.5-inch Rubicon Express springs with a Rock Crawler long arm, ACOS adjustable coil spacers, Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: AW4, NP231 with TeraFlex 4:1 kit, high-pinion Dana 30 front with an ARB Air Locker, Dana 44 rear with a Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, K&N intake, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom exo-cage
Does everything work the way you want?: So far so good
Anything you would change?: 1-ton axles

Country Roamer
Vehicle: '94 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: James Santo, Everett, WA
Tires & Wheels: 32x11.50 BFG M-Ts on 15x8 steel wheels
Suspension: 4.5-inch Rough Country
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 4.0L
Other Doodads: Safari Snorkel, Rough Country diff guard, Smittybilt winch, AJ's Armor front bumper
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Spent an entire day wheeling in the rocks only to get a flat tire on the way home from a nail in the road!
Does everything work the way you want?: So far
Anything you would change?: Needs lockers and sliders

Rusty Road
Vehicle: '88 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Derek Odom
Tires: 33-inch Mud Kings
Suspension: 4.5-inch Rusty's Off Road
Drivetrain: Aussie front locker
Performance Mods: 4.0L
Other Doodads: Custom front bumper, sliders, and skidplates; winch
Does everything work the way you want?: Getting there
Anything you would change?: 4.56 gears

Hard Tail
Vehicle: '92 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Dylan Dickey, Golden, CO
Tires & Wheels: 32x11.50 BFG M-Ts on 15x8 steel wheels
Suspension: 3.5-inch Rubicon Express
Drivetrain: AW4, NP231, high-pinion Dana 30 front, 81/4-inch rear
Performance Mods: 4.0L, header, custom exhaust, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers, sliders, and tire carrier
Does everything work the way you want?: Needs more rear flex
Anything you would change?: New rear springs and lockers

Body Builder
Vehicle: '03 Ford Ranger
Owner: David Carmichael
Tires & Wheels: 32-inch All Terrains on stock wheels
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Rear limited slip, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, K&N intake, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift
Does everything work the way you want?: So far
Anything you would change?: Suspension lift in the works

Stock Can Too
Vehicle: '97 Ford Ranger
Owner: Lee Stoltz, Canby, OR
Tires & Wheels: 31-inch BFG M-Ts on 15x8 steel wheels
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 4.0L
Does everything work the way you want?: It's a good start.
Anything you would change?: Lockers, gears, lift, and sliders would all be nice

Big-Block Bogger
Vehicle: '85 Ford Ranger
Owner: Glen Coombs, NC
Tires & Wheels: 36x12.50 TSLs on 15x7 steel
Suspension: Custom 4-inch with Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: NP205, Dana 60 axles, Lincoln Lockers, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 509ci, 1050 Dominator carburetor, Crane ignition, MSD distributor, K&N filter
Does everything work the way you want?: Not yet
Anything you would change?: 5.13 gears, cage, bigger tires

Nitto Joe
Vehicle: '04 Ford Ranger
Owner: Joe Ignudo, Newark, DE
Tires & Wheels: 33-inch Nitto Terra Grapplers on 16x8 Eagle alloys
Suspension: 4-inch Superlift
Drivetrain: BW1354, Dana 35 front, 8.8-inch rear, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, Volant intake, Magnaflow exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom sliders
Does everything work the way you want?: So far
Anything you would change?: Rear locker and more power
Anything to add?: Great magazine!

Well Treated
Vehicle: Custom wood cab, '70s Ford truck chassis
Owner: Robert DeBeque, Bliss, NY
Tires: 39.5-inch Iroks
Suspension: Custom
Drivetrain: NV435, NP205
Performance Mods: 390ci
Other Doodads: Treated pine and 100-year-old cypress
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great, knock on wood
Anything to add?: It works great as a mud truck!

Canyon Tracker
Vehicle: '05 GMC Canyon body
Owner: Bill Feeley, Roscoe, MT
Tires & Wheels: Tracks
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Four-speed auto
Performance Mods: 242 hp
Other Doodads: Front and rear 8,000-pound winches, OnStar, heated seats
Does everything work the way you want?: Sure does

Mono Bug
Vehicle: '68 VW Beetle
Owner: Kevin Gilliam, Lawrenceburg, KY
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Cooper Discoverers on 15-inch alloy
Suspension: Stock '89 Mitsubishi Montero with the torsion bars cranked and the spring hangers relocated
Drivetrain: Front and rear lockers, 4.62 gears
Performance Mods: 2.6L
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers and sliders
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great!
Anything you would change?: 4.3L

VW-7
Vehicle: '01 VW Beetle body, '85 CJ-7 chassis
Owner: Nathan A. Sipe, Carlisle, PA
Tires & Wheels: 33x14.50 Baja Belteds on 15x10 Mickey Thompsons
Suspension: 4-inch Superlift, Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: TH400, Dana 300, Dana 30 front, AMC 20 rear
Performance Mods: 350ci
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Upgrade the axles
Anything to add?: Seriously, who wouldn't like a lifted Bug with a V-8?

Hi From Sydney
Vehicle: '98 Toyota Hilux
Owner: Tyce Clee, Sydney, Australia
Tires & Wheels: 285/75/16 Yokohama Geolander Mud Terrains on 16x8 King wheels
Suspension: 2-inch Fulcrum
Drivetrain: Rear locker
Performance Mods: Stock
Other Doodads: ARB front bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: Yep
Anything you would change?: More body protection, 2-inch body lift, gears, a front Air Locker

High & Wide
Vehicle: '85 Toyota
Owner: Tyler Holland, Auburn, CA
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 MTRs on 15x10 steel
Suspension: 5-inch All Pro up front, 63-inch Chevy springs in the rear, Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: 700R4, Dana 44 front, 14-bolt rear
Performance Mods: 4.3L
Other Doodads: Warn winch, hy-steer, sliders, custom bumpers, hydro boost
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes. For what it is, it works great.
Anything you would change?: Selectable lockers and dual transfer cases

Tough Runner
Vehicle: '94 Toyota 4Runner
Owner: Jeff Simpson, Bella Vista, AR
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 BFG A-Ts on 15x8 Enkei wheels
Suspension: Cranked torsion bars and 3-inch Pro Comp rear coils
Drivetrain: Auto-to-manual conversion, manual hubs
Performance Mods: Stock
Does everything work the way you want?: It's getting there
Anything you would change?: Solid-axle conversion, lockers, winch, 38-inch-tall tires
Anything to add?: It's tough to beat these old Toyotas

4NC
Vehicle: '87 Toyota 4Runner
Owner: Bryan Sherbet, West Jefferson, NC
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 Baja Claws on 15x10 Mickey Thompsons
Suspension: 3-inch
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: Cold air intake
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, light bar, Smittybilt bumper
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Solid-axle conversion, 4.88 gears, 38-inch-tall tires

Real American Hero
Vehicle: '43 Willys MB
Owner: Lyle Templeton, Overland Park, KS
Tires & Wheels: 6.00x16 military tires on stock wheels
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 134ci
Other Doodads: Browning .30 ammo boxes, extra fuel cans
Funniest Wheeling Incident: When my son Travis was 5 (now in his 30s) he drove the Willys into a creek that engulfed the jeep with both of us in it!
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything to add?: This jeep has tackled everything from the Rubicon Trail to the Big Bear pass in Colorado. It was built as a rolling memorial to my father who was a tank driver in Europe during WWII.

Underdrive
Vehicle: '58 Willys Pickup
Owner: Tim Sapieka, WI
Tires & Wheels: 235/85/16 All Terrains on 16x61/2 steel Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 305ci
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers
Does everything work the way you want?: The gears are a little high and limit my highway speed to 45 mph
Anything you would change?: Five-speed transmission

Vintage Pickings
Vehicle: '63 Willys Pickup body, '84 Chevy Blazer chassis
Owner: Todd Jess, Apple Valley, CA
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 Pro Comp Xterrains on 16x8 Mickey Thompson Classic Locks
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: TH350, NP203, Dana 44 front, 10-bolt rear
Performance Mods: 350ci, Dart heads, Comp cam, MSD ignition, Be Cool radiator, Hedman Hedders
Other Doodads: Extended front fenders, Vintage Air A/C, line lock brake switch
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything to add?: I started off with nothing more than a shell of the Willys truck and a Blazer frame. It has been a fun five years getting the pickup to where it is today.

Never-ending Will
Vehicle: '62 Willys Wagon
Owner: Dave Horn, Canoga Park, CA
Tires: 33x12.50 BFG M-Ts
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: AW4, Dana 300, Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear, 4.10 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L plucked from an '00 Jeep Cherokee
Other Doodads: Digital dash
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Dynatrac 60 axles, lockers, cage, seats
Anything to add?: It's an ongoing project

3:1
Vehicle: '62 International Scout
Owner: Lance Neufeld, Tracy, CA
Tires: 7.00x16 military tires
Suspension: 1.5-inch shackles and one additional leaf per spring pack
Drivetrain: T-18, Dana 20, Dana 27 front, Dana 44 rear, 4.27 gears
Performance Mods: 152ci, bored 0.030 over
Other Doodads: 1-inch body lift; custom tire carrier, skidplates, and top
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Cage, top, half-doors, winch
Anything to add?: I built this Scout over four years using parts and pieces from three donor Scouts

In A Pickle
Vehicle: '66 International Scout
Owner: Dan Hauf, Billings, MT
Tires & Wheels: 33x9.50 BFG A-Ts on 15x8 Outlaws IIs
Suspension: Custom 9-inch
Drivetrain: Dana 20, 10-bolt axles
Performance Mods: 304ci, K&N air filter
Other Doodads: Brushguard, 44-gallon tank
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything to add?: My friends call it the pickle

Yellow There
Vehicle: '79 International Scout
Owner: Steve Talbot, Burley, ID
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 BFG A-Ts on 15-inch wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Skyjacker
Drivetrain: 727, Dana 300, Dana 44 axles, ARB Air Lockers, 4.09 gears
Performance Mods: 345ci, Holley carburetor, Magnaflow exhaust
Other Doodads: Sweet "pimp" edition steering wheel
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Needs lower gears

Scout Scholar
Vehicle: '71 International Scout II
Owner: Rodger Jachim, Yelm, WA
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 BFG M-Ts on 15-inch wheels
Suspension: Spring-over axle conversion with stock springs, Pro Comp shocks
Drivetrain: T-19, Dana 20, Dana 44 front, Dana 44 rear with a Lock Right, 4.27 gears
Performance Mods: 345ci
Other Doodads: Optima battery, custom cage
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
Anything you would change?: Bumpers, winch, soft top
Anything to add?: I've been a longtime reader and learned a lot from the magazine over the years

Dartboard
Vehicle: '52 Dodge M-37 body, '80 Chevy 3/4-ton chassis
Owner: Gil Worel, Hixton, WI
Tires & Wheels: 44-inch Boggers on 15x12 beadlocks
Suspension: Custom leaves up front and a four-link rear, Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: TH400, NP203/205 Doubler, Dana 60 front with an ARB Air Locker, 14-bolt rear welded, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 500ci
Other Doodads: Warn winch, custom bodywork, Optima batteries, cage
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Dark Horse
Vehicle: '79 Ford Bronco
Owner: Jason Blanks, Roopville, GA
Tires & Wheels: 44-inch Boggers on 15x12 Monster wheels
Suspension: 6-inch Skyjacker
Drivetrain: C-6, NP205, Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear, Detroit Lockers, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: 351ci, K&N filter, Holley carburetor, ACCEL wires
Other Doodads: Optima battery, Warn hubs, Mile Marker winch, Jeff's Bronco Graveyard front bumper, custom rear bumper, cut fenders, Corbeau seats
Does everything work the way you want?: No
Anything you would change?: Needs better brakes, hydraulic assist steering, and a lower gearset in the transfer case. A selectable front locker would be nice too.

Mili-Push
Vehicle: '42 Chevy G-506
Owner: Steve Patryn, Jonesboro, ME
Tires: 7.50-20 military front, 8.25-20 commercial truck rear
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 235ci
Other Doodads: Multiple winches, PTO, push blade
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Push blade configuration

Brown Bag Lunch
Vehicle: '72 Jeep CJ-5
Owner: Dante Pillon, Stockton, NJ
Tires & Wheels: 33x13.50 LTBs on 15x10 Rock Crusher wheels
Suspension: Spring-over axle with Trailmaster shocks
Drivetrain: Dana 20, Dana 30 front, Dana 44 rear
Performance Mods: 304ci, dual exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom skidplates
Does everything work the way you want?: It's slowly getting there
Anything you would change?: Lunchbox lockers front and rear

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