Owens' California Bronco
Derek Owens of Fresno, California, acquired this '75 Ford Bronco from his neighbor, Brent Uriarte, when he was only 16 years old. Cumulatively, they put together an unstoppable truck complete with an '82 302 engine, a C4 tranny, custom exhaust, Detroit Lockers, and a Dana 44 and Ford 9-inch combo. The rig rides on 33-inch BFGoodrich A/Ts on 15x10 Outlaw wheels under a 4-inch Rancho suspension lift and a 2-inch body lift, with Rancho RS 5000s all around.
Pendexter's Maine Chevy
For a Northern Maine Technical College Autobody Program project, Trevor Pendexter of Washburn, Maine, went all out on this '80s Chevy pickup. After installing a 4-inch Skyjacker suspension lift and a 3-inch body lift to accommodate 35x15.50 Super Swampers, Trevor says there was no turning back. The formerly stock, V-6-equipped pickup received a small-block 400 engine with headers and dual exhaust and a few coats of DuPont Chroma Premier paint along with matching rims.
Benson's California Suzuki
As a member of the Victor Valley 4 Wheelers, Randall Benson of Apple Valley, California, has plenty of pals to hit the trails with in his '87 Suzuki Samurai. Riding on 31-inch Remington Mud Brutes, the 4x4 is outfitted with el cheapo add-a-leaves, Con-Ferr shackles, Currie greaseable shackle bolts and poly bushings, Explorer ProComp ES3000 shocks, and Powertrax Lock-Rights in each axle. Engine mods include Calmini tri-Y headers and 2-inch exhaust.
Hovren's California Bronco II
It was a matter of principle for Ken Hovren of Riverside, California, to see his '84 Ford Bronco II in Readers' Rides. "I understand the disgust with the Mustang II in the '70s, but this is different," Ken says. We couldn't agree more. We like 'em, but we just don't see a lot of 'em. Ken's is equipped with a 2-inch body lift, a Rancho steering stabilizer, a Warn manual hub conversion, Energy Suspension bushings, and MSD ignition.
Riffle's West Virginia Ford
Randall Riffle of Nettie, West Virginia, owns this '96 Ford F-150. The engine is the factory 302, but it's more than enough power for exploring the trails near Randall's home. The truck rides on Goodyear Wrangler M/Ts on American Racing wheels, with Rancho RS 5000s in each corner. Additional accessories include a Lund tonneau cover and sunvisor and custom graphics along the doors and bed. Future mods include glasspacks, a body lift, and a grilleguard.
Craft's New Jersey Dodge
Donald Craft of Burlington, New Jersey, owns this '96 Dodge 2500. A 5.9L engine with a K&N air filter turns the 33x12.50R16.5 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrains mounted on Ultra aluminum wheels. Danas in the front and rear keep the truck rolling over or through most anything. Additional mods include Bushwacker fender flares, Lund vent shades and bugshield, aluminum side rails, a Texas Star 125 modulator, and a President CB with a Wilson 1000 antenna.
Mack's California Ford
This '92 Ford F-150, which belongs to Kevin Mack of Arcadia, California, may not be a 4x4, but you might think so after glancing at it. Running the stock 302 engine, the 4x2 pickup has an in-cab cage that extends into the bed, front and rear prerunner bumpers, Beard seats, five-point racing belts, fiberglass front and rear clips, and 4.10 limited-slip gearing. Kevin finished off the rig by adding 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrains and a 7-inch lift.
Cochrum's Texas Bronco
Nineteen-year-old Art Cochrum of Houston, Texas, uses his '89 Ford Bronco as a daily driver. After installing Hedman headers and 2 1/2-inch Flowmaster dual exhaust on the 302 engine, Art got the bug and couldn't stop. A 7-inch Superlift suspension lift came next, along with six ES3000 Explorer ProComp shocks and 35-inch BFGoodrich A/Ts on 15x10 Progressive wheels. Art made the interior more livable with a Pioneer stereo, a disc changer, and 10-inch JBL woofers.