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September 1998 Readers' Rides

1967 International Scout 800 Side Shot
Posted September 1, 1998

New York Blazer, Iowa Scout and More

Udovich's New York Blazer
John Udovich of Naples, New York, drives this '88 Chevy Blazer. His wife Niccole jokes, "If the garage were on fire, John would get his truck out and then check to see if I was all right." His Blazer sports 38-inch Swampers on steel wheels, a 14-bolt Corporate rear, a Dana 44 in front (both trussed and locked), an ACCEL ignition system, and a Warn Enforcer bumper with an 8,000-pound winch. A custom interior houses a built-in stereo system and increased storage.

Starbuck's Iowa Scout
Seventeen-year-old Aynsley Starbuck of Des Moines and her father restored this '67 International Scout 800 Series to as close to original as they could. They rebuilt almost everything from the transfer case to the cooling system and rewired the electrical system. It rides on steel rims with Cooper all-weather mud and snow tires at all four corners. Now the truck looks and performs as good as it did when it was new.

Kaylin's South Carolina Jeep
Kevin Kaylin of Gaffney, South Carolina, is a state trooper who often gets asked, "Is that thing legal?" He has proven to be unstoppable on the trails in his '78 Jeep CJ-7. Perhaps that's because of the 44-inch TSL Swampers and Boggers, the Chevy 454, the built TH350 tranny, the GM 14-bolt rear, and the Dana 60 front axle. So, is that thing legal? He never said, but who would issue the ticket if it weren't?

Copley's West Virginia Dodge
Brian Copely and his dad, Ken, of Culloden, West Virginia, race their '77 Dodge in mud bogs. Brian won his first event and has continued to do well. The truck has a 440 V-8 beefed up with a Mopar Performance cam, lifters, and valvespring combo, a Cloyes double-roller timing chain, a Holley 750, and more. It rides on 36-inch Buckshot mudders that provide plenty of winning traction on this mud-bog-only truck.

Towler's Michigan Ford
Tim Towler of Monroe, Michigan, wanted to keep his '95 Eddie Bauer F-150's appearance as stock as possible, even with a 6-inch lift and 36-inch Super Swampers under the fenderwells. The Swampers are mounted on the factory wheels. A K&N air filter and Hypertech control module juice up the 5.0L V-8, and a four-speed automatic slushbox takes care of the gear-shifting duties. Tim mounted PIAA driving lights up behind the special cutouts in the bumper

Castro's Texas Chevy
Eddie Castro of Harlingen, Texas, owns this '74 Chevy Stepside. It has a 4-inch lift and a 3-inch body lift, making room for 40-inch Ground Hawgs. The 454 big-block provides gobs of torque, and it gets some help from ACCEL ignition. Seven KC HiLiTES attached to a Grizzly lightbar brighten the darkest of dark trails. Tunes come from a Kenwood stereo with a 400-watt Jensen amp.

Snyder's West Virginia Bronco
Ryan Snyder of Parkersburg, West Virginia, bought his '75 302 Sport Bronco in its original factory condition-if you don't count the wasps' nests and rusted-off tailgate. The previous owner hadn't racked up a lot of miles, but he had used the Bronco to push snow every winter for 11 years. After removing the rusty plow bolts, Ryan took the Bronco home, where he did all the drilling, cutting, riveting, sanding, and painting himself to get it back into shape.

Lienhard's Wisconsin Cherokee
Donald Lienhard of New London, Wisconsin, has done a lot of work to his '82 Cherokee Chief. For starters, he installed a 3-inch Rancho suspension lift and a 3-inch Trail Master body lift. The 258 inline-six provides V-8-like power with help from an Offenhauser dual plane manifold, Clifford headers, a 390-cfm carb, and dual exhaust. This Cherokee rides on Keystone chrome wheels with 33-inch Super Swampers attached to Dana 44 axles. A Lock-Right locker is in the rear.

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