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Showin Off! - May 2014

Posted in News on May 2, 2014
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Austin Felts from Nashville four-wheels the heck out of his ’99 Chevy Blazer 4x4, and the factory 4.3L motor is still running strong. A K&N intake, throttle body spacers, and a chip help the performance, while a Flowmaster muffler helps it breathe. The 31x10.50x15 BFGoodrich tires on MB wheels give it traction off-road, and a flip-screen DVD player controlling a custom audio system keeps Austin and his passengers entertained. He tells us it’s a great truck with lots of torque and power, and he’s looking forward to adding a 3-inch suspension lift.

This ’51 Chevy Panel Wagon is owned by Bill Dickerson from Poplar Bluff, Missouri. He loves the mud and buries it in the mud at major events like Bricks Off Road Park any chance he gets.

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The 5.9L V-8 engine keeps this ’97 Dodge Ram moving and a simple 6-inch lift and 35x12.50x15 tires get this rig thorough most of the muck. Miguel Angel Cuevas loves the truck and hits the dirt and mud on the weekends.

This ’98 Jeep Wrangler Sahara sports a 6-inch Rubicon Express suspension lift, Rough Country shocks, and ARB front and rear lockers for traction. Protecting the Jeep are rocker guards and bumpers from Smittybilt. A Mile Marker 10,000-pound hydraulic winch keeps it out of trouble. The Tom Wood’s custom-built driveshafts smoothly and dependably transfer the power from the engine and transmission to the axles. A Rugged Ridge crossover HD steering system keeps Greg Isajewicz’s Jeep straight and in line.

Troy Browning’s ’93 Jeep YJ is a custom build from top to bottom. He swapped out the original running gear for an ’02 Chevy ¾-ton drivetrain before implanting a 5.3L LS motor. The Dana 44 front axle and ¾-ton Corporate full-floating axle beef up the Jeep. A Chevy 350ci small-block is mated to an automatic transmission and an NP205 transfer case. The SOA 10½-inch lift and 40-inch Super Swamper Boggers give the Jeep ground clearance and get it through the thick stuff. Troy loves to go four-wheeling at Tuttle Creek, Kansas, with the White Knuckle Off-Road crew.

Maurice Monasterio’s ’04 F-150 has 5.13 gears front and rear, a Boland air intake, Banks Performance exhaust, and an 8-inch CST suspension lift. It is currently riding on a set of 35x12.50x18 mud-terrain tires.

West Palm Beach, Florida, is a hotspot for big rigs. Tyler Gilb’s ’87 Chevy can be seen on the street nearly every day. He picked up this truck when his brother passed away and has plans to build it in his honor. The four-linked suspension bolts to a custom subframe, and it all rides on Big Shock coilovers. A Cyclone transfer case turns the 14.9x24 Superior Traction tires and custom wheels. All the axle and shock brackets were made at Dirtroad Performance. Blue LED undercarriage lighting along with a 34-inch LED light bar turn the nights into day for wheelin’ fun. Tyler is a huge fan of Mud Life, and we are a big fan of his truck!

Steve Nistuk named his ’80 GMC K1500 Shannon, and it has never left Calgary, Canada, where it creeps around town and through the snow and mud. A 3-inch body lift and a 4-inch suspension lift give it the ideal height for Steve. The stock GM 5.7L engine is still powering the truck, but he will soon replace it with a 350ci small-block Chevy powerplant. A few homemade components like the snorkel and the bumpers give it character. The goal is to add a Dana 60 front and a GM 14-bolt rear; both axles will have 4.10 gears and lockers.

At only 23, Cody Cowart of Mims, Florida, has one of the cleanest ‘75 Custom Deluxe Chevys around. The 350ci engine has been bored 0.030 over before a RV high-performance cam was added. The 203 transfer case has two-wheel-drive high and low along with four-wheel high and low. This gearing helps control the fuly built ½-ton axles. The front and rear lockers were installed along with 456 gears for killer performance in the mud. 12-inch Superlift springs allow the body of the truck to sit above the 38x15.5x15 Dick Cepek MTs tires. Dual Flowmaster exhaust and a functional Cal induction hood add to the styling of this rig.

Here’s a killer picture of Russ Barbara’s ‘08 Ford F-350 rollin’ some coal in Long Island, New York. After 4.88 gears from Yukon Gear & Axle were added, an Eaton locker was installed so both wheels would burn rubber. A fully built Suncoast competition transmission was ordered, and the factory heads were milled and restudded for strength. The engine tune is taken care of thanks to an H&S programmer. This Ford has a custom fabricated four-link suspension up front and track bars in the rear. Upgraded brakes will help stop the 40x15.50x20 Toyo Open Country tires and KMC Monster wheels.

This ’81 Chevy K20 Custom Deluxe longbed is an everyday driver! The 350ci V-8 has a few additions, like a Holley 600-cfm carburetor and custom exhaust. The 3-inch body lift allows the truck to clear the 36-inch Super Swampers. Her name is Black Betty Bam-a-lam!

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