COMPILED BY Drew Hardin
CHEAP TRUCK CHALLENGER
VEHICLE: ’85 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!
VEHICLE: ’78 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
VEHICLE: ’93 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 8½-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
VEHICLE: ’02 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
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VEHICLE: ’87 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: ’67 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
VEHICLE: ’78 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
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VEHICLE: ’04 Ford Ranger OWNER: Scotty, Avon, IN TIRES & WHEELS: 42x15 TSLs on 15x10 wheels SUSPENSION: Custom solid-axle conversion with 6½ -inch Early Bronco front coils, Bloody Knuckle Garage F-150 radius arms, Pro Comp Chevy ½-ton 5½-inch rear springs, Belltech shackles DRIVETRAIN: 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
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 2½x16 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
VEHICLE: ’89 Jeep Cherokee OWNER: Clark Weiss, Elk Grove, CA TIRES & WHEELS: 33-inch Goodyear DuraTracs on 15x8 wheels SUSPENSION: Custom 3½-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
VEHICLE: ’82 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.
VEHICLE (year, make, model)
OWNER (name, city, state)
TIRES & WHEELS (size, make, model)
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DRIVETRAIN (tranny, transfer case, axles)
PERFORMANCE (engine mods)
DOES IT WORK THE WAY YOU WANT?
ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE?
FUNNIEST WHEELING INCIDENT
ANYTHING TO ADD?