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Mild To Wild: Top 40 Readers' Rides

1948 Willys Cj2a
Ali Mansour
| Brand Manager, 4WD & Sport Utility
Posted February 1, 2011

Your best rigs from across the country

Old Iron
Willys Diesel
Vehicle: '48 Willys CJ-2A
Owner: Erik Moe, Casa Grande, AZ
Tires & Wheels: 7x16 military tires on stock wheels
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: T-18, Dana 25 front, Dana 44 rear, Lock Rights, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: 2.2L Mercedes diesel
Other Doodads: Warn hubs, steering gear box from a Jeep J-10, power steering pump from an International Travelall, Honda Civic seats, custom fuel cell
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great and takes me everywhere I need to go.
Anything You Would Change?: Not a thing.
Anything To Add?: The entire build took me three years to complete. While most of the delay was due to lack of funds and a learning curve, it was fun. Special thanks to my uncle Terry LaFuze for all of his help, as I couldn't have done it without him.

Eureka!
Vehicle: Eli E: '68 Chevy K-10
Owner: Eli Preyer, Eureka, CA
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.50 Yokohama Geolander Mud Terrains on 15x10 wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Tough Country
Drivetrain: SM465, NP203/205 ORD Doubler, Dana 44 front with True Trac, custom full-float 9-inch rear with ARB Air Locker, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: TBI 350ci, Edelbrock aluminum heads, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom bumpers, removable bed crane
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great

Pickup Parts
Vehicle: '47 Willys pickup body/'89 Dodge 4x4 pickup frame
Owner: Dave Evans, Elko, NV
Tires: 285/75/16s
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: TH400, NP205, Dana 60 front, Dana 70 rear with Detroit Locker, 3.50 gears
Performance Mods: 350ci
Other Doodads: Cab is from '53 Willys, original bed, shortened frame, CJ seats
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything You Would Change?: New radiator, softer spring pack

Silver Shadow
Vehicle: '75 Ford Bronco
Owner: Bryan Samuels, Cedar Hills, UT
Tires & Wheels: 35x16 Boggers on 15x10 American Eagle wheels
Suspension: Proto Fab 3 1/2-inch front, custom rear springs, Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: C-5, Dana 20, Dana 44 front with Detroit Locker, 9-inch rear with Detroit Locker, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 302ci, Howell fuel injection, K&N air filter, Flowmaster mufflers
Other Doodads: Cage, fiberglass door inserts, custom rocker panels and skids, Optima battery
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes

Free Body
Vehicle: '64 Ford F-250
Owner: Kevin Raedel, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Tires & Wheels: 37x12.50 Parnelli Jones Dirt Grips on 16x8 Mickey Thompson Classic IIs
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: C-6, Dana 24, Dana 44 front, Dana 60 rear, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 390ci, MSD distributer, Edelbrock carburetor and intake manifold, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, custom bumpers
Funniest Wheeling Incident: 50-hour round trip to pick up the rust-free cab in New Mexico!
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything You Would Change?: Could use a stiffer set of rear springs and a parking brake
Anything To Add?: I built the truck from the frame up in just two years with the help of my kids

Chevy Leave
Vehicle: '65 Chevy C-10 body/'83 Chevy 4x4 pickup frame
Owner: James B. Little, Senior Master Sgt., U.S. Air Force
Tires: Futura Dakota All-Terrains
Suspension: 3-inch
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 350ci with mild cam
Other Doodads: Bucket seats, overhead console
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything To Add?: After 24 years of service I bought this as a retirement present to myself

Rough Diamond
Vehicle: '74 Toyota FJ-40
Owner: Justin Bush, Walker, LA
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 heavy equipment tires on the front with 33x12.50 Dueler Mud Terrains out back, both on 15x8 wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Hell Creek, Skyjacker shocks
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 250ci
Other Doodads: Custom diamond-plate floor and 35-gallon fuel cell
Does everything work the way you want?: For the most part
Anything You Would Change?: Power steering and a little TLC

Classic Hawg
Vehicle: '66 Ford F-250
Owners: Dan & Mary Lahlum, Kathryn, ND
Tires & Wheels: 36x14 1/2 Ground Hawg Radials on 161/2x93/4 wheels
Suspension: 4-inch Skyjacker
Drivetrain: NP205, Dana 44 front, Dana 60 rear
Performance Mods: 460ci, Flowmaster exhaust
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything To Add?: It was a lot of work, but we're very proud of the truck we have today.

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