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March 2013 Readers’ Rides

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Cheap Truck Challenger
Vehicle: 1985 Dodge Ram W350
Owner: Chris Pease, Ravenswood, WV
Tires & Wheels: 39.5-inch Boggers on 15-inch steel beadlocks
Suspension: 6-inch Pro Comp
Drivetrain: Dana axles, welded rear, 4.11 gears
Performance Mods: 360ci
Other Doodads: Bobbed 20 inches
Does everything work the way you want?: Works great
Anything you would change?: Front locker, hydraulic-assist steering, more power, 5.13 gears
Anything to add?: After reading your latest Cheap Truck Challenge shootout I figured I should show you what else you can build on the cheap. As of right now I have $5K in it. It’s been a fun build for sure!

Sweet 16
Vehicle: 1978 Ford F-150
Owner: Josh Julson, Whitehall, WI
Tires: 33x12.50 Pro Comp M/Ts
Suspension: Stock
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: 302ci
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Bigger engine and an overdrive transmission
Anything to add?: I originally paid $1,800 for the truck and have done all the work myself over the past 16 years

TurboKick
Vehicle: 1993 Suzuki Sidekick
Owner: Waldemar Santos
Tires & Wheels: 39.5-inch Boggers on 15x10 Allied beadlocks
Suspension: Benji Custom’s 4-link with Rusty’s coils and Monroe shocks
Drivetrain: TH350, NP203, GM 81⁄2-inch front, Dana 60 rear, Detroit Lockers, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: Twin-turbo 4.3L Vortec with Garrett T3/T4 turbos, Edelbrock intake manifold with six multiport injectors, BBK Performance throttle, MegaSquirt ECU
Other Doodads: In-roof Cherokee radiator, custom bumpers, Warn hubs, 3M Wrap
Does everything work the way you want?: Everything works great

Trail Blazing
Vehicle: 2002 Chevy TrailBlazer
Owner: Mike Bossier, Upper Marlboro, MD
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch Nitto Mud Grapplers on 17-inch Mickey Thompson wheels
Suspension: Custom solid-axle conversion with leaf springs, Rancho shocks
Drivetrain: 4L60E, NP231C with a slip-yoke eliminator, Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear, Detroit Lockers, 4.88 gears
Performance Mods: Custom intake and exhaust
Other Doodads: Tom Wood’s driveshafts, Neilage rock sliders, KC lights, roof rack, MDB Fab front bumper, custom tire carrier, onboard air
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Add hydro-assist
Anything to add?: For those interested in TrailBlazers, www.offroadtb.com is a great enthusiast site with lots of info

Resto Renegade
Vehicle: 1978 Jeep CJ-7
Owner: Grant Allen, Mebane, NC
Tires & Wheels: 33x12.50 BFG A-Ts on 15x10 Mickey Thompson wheels
Suspension: Spring-over axle conversion, Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: T-15, 1-piece rear axle conversion, 3.54 gears
Performance Mods: 304ci, Edelbrock intake and carburetor, Flowmaster exhaust
Other Doodads: Custom high steer, Fabtech spare tire mount, Nardi steering wheel, Flaming River steering column
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: 350ci, TH400, wide-track axles

Beam Me Up
Vehicle: 2004 Ford Ranger
Owner: Scotty, Avon, IN
Tires & Wheels: 42x15 TSLs on 15x10 wheels
Suspension: Custom solid-axle conversion with 61⁄2-inch Early Bronco front coils, Bloody Knuckle Garage F-150 radius arms, Pro Comp Chevy 1⁄2-ton 51⁄2-inch rear springs, Belltech shackles
Driveraint: High-pinion Dana 44 front, Ford 9-inch rear, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: Headers, Borla exhaust, custom engine tune
Other Doodads: 3-inch body lift, 9K winch, custom sliders and bumpers
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Hearing my buddy say, “Sure, it will fit,” then proceeding to get my first real body damage!
Does everything work the way you want?: Mostly
Anything you would change?: Lockers, coilovers, and 4-link rear

His ’n’ Hers
Vehicle: 1987 Chevy Suburban
Owner: John Whitney
Tires & Wheels: 42-inch Pit Bull Rocker bias-plies on 16.5x9.75 Pro Comp wheels
Suspension: Skyjacker 6-inch lift
Drivetrain: 700R4 converted to full manual reverse-shift, Dana 60 front w/ ARB, 14-bolt rear w/ Detroit Locker, 5.13 gears
Performance Mods: ZZ383 stroker V-8 w/ FAST injection
Other Doodads: Body bobbed 18 inches w/ fastback, onboard air, and welder
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Driving down a section of trail in only hub-deep water and suddenly the water came up over the hood. Surprised reaction and skinny pedal got us out without assistance.
Does everything work the way you want?: So far, yes
Anything you would change?: More suspension travel
Anything to add?: Tube doors and extend the cage to stiffen the front end

Vehicle: 1967 Dodge Power Wagon
Owner: Kelly Whitney
Tires & Wheels: 42-inch Super Swamper TSL bias-plies on 16.5x9.75 aluminum Turbine wheels
Suspension: Skyjacker 6-inch lift
Drivetrain: NV4500 w/ Atlas 4.3, Dana 60 front, 14-bolt rear w/ Detroit Locker, 4.10 gears Performance Mods: Rock Ram, crossover high-steer
Other Doodads: Hydraulic winch, tilt front-end
Funniest Wheeling Incident: Popped the clutch with too much throttle after a stall during a climb and launched unexpectedly
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: Cummins diesel someday
Anything to add?: A handthrottle and 4-link suspension

Shack Bully
Vehicle: Tube-chassis Jeep
Owner: John Himmaugh
Tires & Wheels: 49-inch Interco Iroks on 16x16 double beadlocks
Suspension: 4-wheel steering, Ouverson locker front, spool rear, 4-link, King 21⁄2x16 coilovers
Drivetrain: 502ci GM V-8, Turbo 400, Offroad Design 203-205 doubler, Rockwells
Performance Mods: Affordable fuel injection, NOS
Other Doodads: There’s tons more

High Mileage
Vehicle: 1989 Jeep Cherokee
Owner: Clark Weiss, Elk Grove, CA
Tires & Wheels: 33-inch Goodyear DuraTracs on 15x8 wheels
Suspension: Custom 31⁄2-inch, Bilstein shocks
Drivetrain: Dana 30 front, Dana 35 rear, Truetracs, 4.56 gears
Performance Mods: 4.0L, MagnaFlow exhaust
Other Doodads: JCR bumpers and sliders, Rusty’s skids, custom fender trimming with TJ flares, Lebaron hood vents, Corbeau Moab seats
Does everything work the way you want?: Yes
Anything you would change?: 9-inch power brake booster Anything to add?: It is my daily driver and currently has over 330K on it

Bondo Betty
Vehicle: 1982 Chevrolet Scottsdale K20
Owner: Dick Cherry
Tires & Wheels: 31x9 Uniroyal/AT on 16x8 Xtreme aluminum
Suspension: Stock w/ ORD shackle kits
Drivetrain: Stock
Performance Mods: ’76 Corvette 350, Crane cam, roller rockers
Other Doodads: Cyclone headers, Weiand intake, Hydro-assist brakes
Does everything work the way you want?: Works perfect for an old guy’s truck.
Anything you would change?: Lift and tires
Anything to add?: Rescued from Offroad Designs’ junkyard by my son, who rebuilt every moving part and gave it to his dad (me) for Christmas 3 years ago. I did the body, and Maaco did the paint job.

Submission Information
Send us a picture of your ride if you’ve never done so. We keep a surplus of Readers’ Rides submissions, but only one submission per person, and we love all off-road vehicles so send in your entries whether your rig is stock or not. Make sure each digital image is at least 1,600 by 1,200 pixels (or two megapixels) and saved as a TIFF, EPS, or maximum-quality JPEG file. Write to: Readers’ Rides, 4-Wheel & Off-Road, 831 S. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245 Email to: readersrides@4wheeloffroad.com

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