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Febuary 1998 Readers' Rides

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Cameron's Alaska Toyota
Jordan Cameron of Seldora, Alaska, says his '81 Toyota pickup has tons of rust and only one shock in front because the other was torn off. But with a dual-plane Offenhauser intake, a 390-cfm Holley, stainless steel headers, and DynoMax glasspacks, he has plenty of power to get past any problems rusted, busted parts might bring him.

Heid's Wisconsin Dodge
Mark Heid of Wautoma, Wisconsin, uses his '97 Dodge Dakota Sport as a daily driver. Mark bought the truck stock with 31x10.50 tires on 15x8 wheels and a 318ci Magnum V-8, to which he added stainless steel Gibson headers, Gibson after-cat exhaust, a K&N air filter, and a Mopar Performance computer module. A local body shop painted the rally stripes, and David installed the Mopar grilleguard, tonneau cover, and bedliner.

Gouin's Alabama Jeep
Scott Gouin from Huntsville, Alabama, rebuilt his CJ from the frame up, which included installing a 454 Chevy engine, Dana 60 axles with a Detroit Locker in the rear and an ARB Air Locker in the front, dual Rancho RS 9000s all around, and 39.5x18-16 Super Swamper TSL Boggers underneath. But this is no show truck; Scott says he built it to have fun.

The Garcias' Nevada Blazer
Henry and Vikki Garcia of Henderson, Nevada, use their pit bull Dra as a built-in antitheft device for their '80s K5 Chevy Blazer. The 4x4 rolls on 35-inch Dick Cepek A/Ts mounted on 15x8 rims under a 4-inch Rancho lift. The Garcias also installed Rancho shocks and Go Rhino! axle trusses.

Hackworth's California Bronco
The first thing Steve Hackworth of Monrovia, California, did to his '66 Ford Bronco after buying it from the second owner was hose it off inside and out. After that, he had the engine (which was in pieces in a box) rebuilt and added an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, a Holley 600 four-barrel carb, headers, and dual exhaust. The Ford Victory Red paint job is the most recent addition, and it has Steve agonizing over when and where the first scratch will be inflicted.

Williams' Colorado Ford
Robert Williams of Littleton, Colorado, completely rebuilt his '77 Ford F-150 daily driver and play vehicle from the ground up, and it took him 14 months of hard work and hard-earned money. Robert added a 61/2-inch Superlift suspension, a 3-inch body lift over 38-inch Super Swamper TSLs, a 460 bored 0.030 over, an Edelbrock Performer intake, a 750 Edelbrock four-barrel, a four-speed tranny, front and rear lockers, and an all-new interior.

Cronin's Rhode Island Ram
Ryan Cronin from Exeter, Rhode Island, has been pretty busy since he bought this '95 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4. The truck has Goodyear Wrangler R/Ts on 16x8 American Racing wheels, a Flowmaster exhaust system, a tonneau cover, a bug deflector, vent visors, window tint, and a Clarion stereo system. Still to come are a suspension lift, headers, and nerf bars.

Mayne's Minnesota Chevy Jacob Mayne of Northfield, Minnesota, described his Chevy 4x4 Extended Cab better than we could: "It's not a conversion and it's not a Suburban. It has a mid-'80s GM front clip and '77 running gear. The box is a '77 stepside, the taillights are from a Chevy van, and the wheels are 16-inchers made from aluminum. The color is Chevy Toreador Red. And the price tag is cause for divorce." Nice truck, Jacob. Hope you get to keep it.

The Wolynskis' New York Jeep When Chris and Shannon Wolynski of Vestal, New York, bought their '80 CJ-7, there were only 60,000 original miles on the 258 engine. Since then they've added a new cam, an Edelbrock four-barrel carb, Hedman headers, and an Offy high-rise intake. There's also a Grant steering wheel, but Chris says when he gets a break from touring the U.S. in a Freightliner, more mods will come.

Faltersack's Oregon Datsun
With a Jeep front and rear end, a Ford 2.6L engine, and a Ford transmission, there isn't too much left of Ernie Faltersack's 4x4 to call Datsun. Nonetheless, Ernie of White City, Oregon, says his '63 Datsun Cameo pickup is very fast in sand dunes, truck pulls, and mud bogs, and it works great off-road.

Milligan's California Toyota
Brian Milligan of Ventura, California, says that this '96 Toyota Tacoma Extra Cab 4x4 is the nicest Toy he's ever ridden in. Of course, it's his, but we don't see anything wrong with being proud. After all, Brian did all the work himself. Modifications include a 4-inch Explorer ProComp lift kit, 3-inch Downey leaves in the rear with Chevy 1/2-ton add-a-leaves, 32x11.50-15 Cooper mud tires, Flowmaster mufflers, and a JVC sound system, including a Bazooka Tube subwoofer and Infinity speakers.

Caha's Nebraska Ramcharger
After converting the hardtop to a soft top, Steve Caha of Omaha, Nebraska, kept going. The six-cylinder 225 was replaced by a 360 V-8 with a four-barrel Carter AFB, an Edelbrock manifold, and dual exhaust. The Dodge runs 31x10.50 BFGoodrich All-Terrains under a 3-inch lift. Plans include a body restoration-although it looks pretty good to us as is. But that's what happens once you start, Steve. Keep us posted.

La Hara's Montana International
Pete La Hara of Helena, Montana, owns this '68 International Travelall and the Honda Civic jump-car underneath it. The IH is stock except for the 30x9.50 Yokohama Mud Diggers. Pete confesses that he has too much time on his hands-he skied the Honda in some hills behind his house. We'd tell him to get a hobby, but it looks like he already has one.

Andrews' Colorado Nissan
David Andrews of Fort Collins, Colorado, started building his '86 Nissan Hardbody convertible in 1991, adding what he could afford and custom-making the rest. The truck rides on 33-inch tires and American Racing rims under Bushwacker fender flares and a 4-inch body lift with Rancho RS 5000 shocks. It features a homemade rollbar and pushbar and a hardtop courtesy of Desert Rat and a Sawzall.

Zitofsky's New York Bronco
Jeremy Zitofsky of Ronkonkoma, New York, says he spends all of his spare time and money on his '88 Eddie Bauer Edition Ford Bronco, which is obvious after one look. He's had it for only two years but in that time he's added 33x14.50 Dick Cepek tires on 15x10 American Racing rims, a 3-inch Trail Master body lift, an Alpine sound system, a Go Rhino! grilleguard, Flowmaster mufflers to assist the stock 351 Windsor engine, and a custom-made, snap-on soft top.

Van Dusen's Texas Chevy
Scott Van Dusen is a volunteer firefighter in Houston, Texas. This '84 Chevrolet 3/4-ton is his daily driver and his fire and rescue rig. The 6.2L diesel engine gets help from a Banks turbocharger, oil cooler, and trans cooler, and the suspension is an Explorer ProComp 4-inch lift with dual front shocks and poly bushings. The tires are 33x12.50-16.5 Bridgestone Dueler A/Ts. Rescue equipment includes fire extinguishers, a crowbar, rappelling equipment, a BLS fire-aid kit, oxygen, rescue ropes, and a Porta Power tool.

Hansford's Texas Blazer
The Paluxy River bottom in Bluff Dale, Texas, is Boots Hansford's favorite place to off-road his '88 S-10 Blazer, which rolls on 31x11.5 Kelly Safaris under a 3-inch body lift. A 4.3L V-6 with trick heads and a Holley two-barrel makes the wheels turn, and an Alpine six-disc changer with Kicker speakers and box provide him with tunes. Boots' Blazer is his second love; his '88 Harley drag bike comes first.

Willis' Florida Chevy
Michael R. Willis II from Haines City, Florida, likes Readers' Rides so much, he decided to show us his '93 Chevy K1500 4x4. The truck is outfitted with a 3-inch body lift, 33x12.50-15 Wildcat Radials on American Eagle rims, dual exhaust, and Rugged Trail gas shocks. Plans include upgrading the stock 305 to a 350 and replacing the stock 3.73 gears with 4.10s.

Kutilek's Arkansas Jeep
Jay Kutilek from Rogers, Arkansas, travels in style in his '88 Jeep Wagoneer Limited, which rides on 29-inch Yokohama Super Diggers and has a 4 1/2-inch Rubicon Express lift kit, a Dana 30 in front, and a Dana 35 in the rear. The leather seats, air conditioning, and Alpine stereo keep him cruising in comfort on and off the road.

Doyle's North Carolina Ford
Shawn Doyle does most of his four-wheeling in his '84 Ford F-150 on the sandy beaches near his home in Wilmington, North Carolina. With almost 14 inches of lift, the truck rides on 40-inch Super Swampers and is powered by a 351 Windsor.

Bell's New York Ugly Jeep
A few months ago, whenever Shelby Bell turned a corner in his '84 Jeep CJ-7, the tires started rubbing on the fenders. Shelby from Trumansburg, New York, says he fixed that with a cut or two with a Sawzall. The Jeep (or half-Jeep) will evolve into three Jeeps next summer, giving up its engine and tranny to one and its seats, radiator, hood, and fenders to another. What's left will be sandblasted, rebuilt, and covered with fiberglass. Watch those corners, Shelby.

Sansoucy's New Hampshire Ugly Chevy
Eleven-year-old David Sansoucy of Rochester, New Hampshire, sent us this photo of his ugly '78 Chevy K5 Blazer. David says when he bought the rig in 1996, it had all of its body parts, including a gas cap that he lost and replaced with a sock and a 350 V-8 that needs a lot of work. Since then, he's begun to strip it down. He plans to do more modifications when he has more money.

Barding's Illinois Ugly Ford
Wild Bill Barding's '77 Ford F-250 was a lawn ornament and a dog house in his front yard in Manito, Illinois, for four years before a $100 LTD station wagon donated a 460 V-8. (Bill sold the wagon to a scrap yard for $98. A $2 big-block!) Can you believe it: An engine rebuild kit came next, with an RV cam, 650 Holley double pumper, L&L headers, and 3-inch Flowmasters. At the rate Bill's working on it, his truck won't be ugly for very long. But for now...

Lete's Washington Ugly Ford
Tony Lete, of Centralia, Washington, calls his ugly '54 Ford four-door, crop-top convertible The Thang, and we'll admit, it really is somethang. With a Dana 44 from a '65 International, a '65 Ford tranny and transfer case, a '78 Ford 302 engine, a Chrysler power steering pump, and a '55 Chevy bumper, this little mud bogger is so mixed up it doesn't know what it is.

Stovalls' Montana Ugly Dodge
Jess and Cathy Stovall of Livingston, Montana, say their '68 Dodge WM-300 Power Wagon has seen some duty as a U.S. Marine Corps engineer service truck. The Dodge has a 10,000-pound winch, a 251ci flathead six, and military 9.00-16 tires with a 35-inch-inflated diameter. Safe top speed is about 40 mph, and, in 115 miles of snowplowing, 51 gallons of gas were consumed. Jess and Cathy, this truck isn't ugly, it's hungry.

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