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Four Wheeler|July 2021
THIRTEEN FASCINATING 4X4S from the2020 Fall 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals
Brian Shelton

One of the great things about a 4-Wheel Jamboree is that these events draw hundreds of 4x4s. This offers the opportunity to easily peruse a wide range of four-wheeldrive rigs sporting a wide range of modifications.

The three-day 39th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana. We attended the event and during our travels around the fairgrounds photographed some of the many cool 4x4s. The collection that follows should offer something for all 4x4 fans.

For more information on the 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals series visit 4wheeljamboree.com.

Tim’s ’72 Chevy K5 Blazer

Tim McCaffrey’s carefully crafted K5 Blazer stood out from the crowd, not only for its bright white paint, but because of the right mix of modifications sprinkled throughout his build. Coming from Oswego, Illinois, Tim named his Blazer “Red Rocker” as an ode to Sammy Hagar. The truck sits on a 6-inch suspension lift supported by a 10-bolt axle in the front and a 12-bolt axle in the rear, both with 3.73 gears. Power is provided by a 383 stroker, sent through a built TH350 three-speed automatic transmission mated to an NP205 transfer case, which gets the 35x12.50R18 tires turning with ease. This rig also features a customfabricated rollbar.

Jim’s ’66 Ford Bronco

Jim Fugit of Shelbyville, Indiana, built his Bronco so it could hang with hot rods on the strip and stalk Jeeps on the trail. It’s powered by a small-block Ford 351 Windsor V-8 with GT40 heads and a hearty 0.512-inch-lift, 110-degree lobe separation angle camshaft, topped off with a Shelby Cobra intake. A front Dana 44 and rear Ford 9-inch support the truck. Skyjacker Softride leaf springs provide 4.5 inches of lift to free up room in the wheelwells for the 33x11.50R17 tires.

Rick’s ’88 Ford F-350

Rick Legrow of Centereach, New York, has been a regular at the 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals for many years. His F-350 “Longfoot” serves as a tribute truck to America’s military. Powered by a 514ci stroker making 626 hp and 837 lb-ft of torque, combined with 5.38 gears in the front Dana 60 and rear GM 14-bolt, this big rig has no problem turning the beefy 54-inch tires. The rig uses a combo of Coilover remote-reservoir shocks and remote-reservoir bypass shocks on all four corners. The 10,000-watt stereo system packs a serious punch. The truck tells the story of America’s modern military history through beautifully detailed airbrush illustrations, starting with WWI and continuing all the way to the Global War on Terrorism. Rick had the countless hours of airbrush work started in 1990 and has continued to add to it through the years to honor the men and women of America’s military.

Justin’s ’72 GMC K10

Justin St. John of Indianapolis, Indiana, conducted a full frame-off restoration of his K10. All the original body parts were able to be fully restored and maintained, making this an all-original, numbers-matching truck, not counting the 4-inch suspension lift. The original drivetrain was refreshed, including the small block 350ci V-8 mated to a TH350 automatic transmission and NP205 transfer case. The factory 10-bolt front axle and 12-bolt rear axle with 4.10 gears turn 35x12.50R15 tires.

Mark’s ’74 Toyota FJ40

Mark’s ’74 is a totally different animal in comparison to his bone-stock Project Elephant ’78 FJ40. Mark went full custom with this old Cruiser and took no shortcuts along the way. The entire truck, including the body and frame—which have been powder coated—and all the badges, hinges, and lights are genuine Toyota. Mark stuffed an Isuzu 4BDT11 turbodiesel between the frame rails. The exhaust is routed through a 3-inch downpipe that runs into a 4-inch straight pipe and finally into a 5-inch exhaust tip, all stainless steel. The suspension on the truck is also unique as it consists of a spring-over-axle configuration with custom shackles, King shocks, and stabilizers. Wilwood disc brakes on all four corners stop the truck on a dime. The wheels are 26x16 Forgiato Svolta-T with 37x13.5 RBP Repulsor M/T tires. Mark is responsible for all the work.

Mark’s ’78 Toyota FJ40

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