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2008 Top Truck Challenge - 50 Challengers

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2008 Top Truck Challenge - 50 Challengers
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Well folks, it's time to cast your ballots. You get to choose who gets the nod to travel to Hollister, California, in June to compete in Top Truck Challenge '08. Yep, believe it; you have the power and the authority to decide which 10 of the following 50 Top Truck Challenge hopefuls get to compete in our weeklong mega-event.

Voting is easy. All you have to do is turn to page 50 and remove the Official Top Truck Challenge Ballot and then clearly write your favorite 10 rigs' corresponding entry numbers on the ballot and mail it to us at the supplied address. We'll tally the results and reveal the Top 10 in the November issue. That will be followed by detailed coverage of Top Truck Challenge '08 in the December issue.We only accept the actual official printed ballot found in this issue, so don't send us faxes or photocopies of the ballot because we'll just giggle and then ball `em up and throw `em at each other. Helpful hint: If you want to stuff the ballot box for your favorite rig or bestest buddy, you can feel free to do so. As a matter of fact, we encourage it because you'll have to buy multiple April issues to get the official ballot and that will keep the circulation department happy.

We know you're anxious to speak your mind by ballot, so we'll stop blabbing now so you can start voting.

1: Nazir Adam, Penn Laird, Virginia Tanner 4x4-built '06 Jeep CJ

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Adam says he has 'wheeled his rig everywhere from Moab to Tellico to Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania. Now he wants to turn his rig loose at Top Truck with his friend Frank Ross behind the wheel. Sound like an interesting arrangement?

Engine: 350ci GM Ram Jet V-8
Transmission: TH350, Kevlar internals
Transfer case: Atlas four-speed
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, Fox nitrogen shocks/Four-link, Fox nitrogen shocks
Tires: 42-inch Super Swampers
Special features: Warn winch
Driver experience: 16 years

2: Hoby Hulbert, Sylmar, California '62 Willys wagon

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This is Hulbert's first attempt to compete in Top Truck. With Rockwells and 49s, his rig seems to have a good foundation. If you vote him in, we wonder if he'll add a winch and replace the two-barrel carb with fuel injection before it's go-time.

Engine: 327ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: SM420
Transfer case: Divorced NP201
Axles, f/r: 2.5-ton Rockwell/2.5-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/Leaf springs
Tires: 49x21.0-16.5 Super Swamper IROKs
Special features: Hulbert says the body and frame are the only stock components.
Driver experience: 16 years

3: Joseph L. Cochran, Minneola, Florida '95 Jeep Wrangler

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It looks as though Cochran has assembled a stout rig. Now he wants to prove it at Top Truck. Are you down with sending this Sunshine State 'wheeler to the Golden State?

Engine: 4.0L I-6
Transmission: NV3550
Transfer case: Dana 300
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana 60/14-bolt, CTM U-joints
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 12-inch-travel Fox air shocks/Four-link, 12-inch-travel Fox air shocks
Tires: 39.5x15.0-17 Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: Front and rear Warn 9.5 XP winches, dual Optima batteries, PSC front and rear hydraulic steering, twin stick, RCI fuel cell, 17x8 KMC 36-bolt bead locks, Dedenbear knuckles, chromoly 35-spline axleshafts
Driver experience: 8 years

4: Rob Murphy, Millmont, Pennsylvania '04 Jeep Wrangler

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An incredible build list makes this trail-ready Wrangler stand out from the crowd. But could this beautiful rig be humbled in the Tank Trap?

Engine: Supercharged 4.0L I-6, methanol-injected
Transmission: NV3550 with Centerforce Dual Friction clutch
Transfer case: Flipped Dana 300 with 4:1 and 2.72:1 Klune-V
Axles, f/r: Full-width high-pinion Dana 44/Full-width Ford 9-inch with full-float conversion
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Spool
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Long-arm four-link, 14-inch-travel Fox coilovers/Long-arm four-link, 12-inch-travel Fox coilovers
Tires: 39.5x13.50-15 bias ply Super Swamper IROKs
Special features: 62mm throttle body, hydro-assist crossover steering, twin stick, pinion e-brake, on-board CO2 and nitrogen, rear backup camera, hand throttle, recessed exterior lights, rear steer, T-Max 10000 winch, scores of exterior mods
Driver experience: 14 years

5: Scott Krznar, West Middlesex, Pennsylvania '78 Ford F-250

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Krznar's massive Ford has a lot of heavy-duty stuff bolted onto the F-600 frame, including a massive lift. Can this height be the key to climbing over the Frame Twister's logs, or could it be the cause of an upside-down view of the finish line?

Engine: 460ci Ford V-8
Transmission: Ford four-speed
Transfer case: Pair of NP205s
Axles, f/r: 2.5-ton Rockwell/2.5-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/Spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: 20-inch-lift leaf springs/20-inch-lift leaf springs
Tires: 60x18.4-30 tractor
Special features: 750-cfm Holley double-pumper, aluminum high-rise intake, through-the-hood headers, 1410 U-joints and yokes, front and rear ladder bars, hydraulic steering, 15000 winch
Driver experience: 10 years

6: Tim Dallner, Sebringville, Ontario, Canada '94 Chevy S-10

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"I think the cab is stock," Dallner says. Looks like he aims to keep it that way, too. He has conquered Canadian trails, now he wants to give Hollister's worst a try. Will you let him have a shot, eh?

Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8 with EFI
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: ORD-doubled NP203/205
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana 60/High-pinion Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Spool
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 16-inch-travel King coilovers/Four-link, 16-inch-travel King coilovers
Tires: 44-inch Boggers
Special features: Warn 8000 winch; exocage; bead locks
Driver experience: 12 years

7: Cole Deason, Coker, Alabama '05 Bluetorch Fusion three-seater

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This custom rig seems to have the right formula, but can it withstand the rigors of the Frame Twister and Tank Trap?

Engine: 406ci Chevy V-8 with EFI and nitrous
Transmission: Built 700R4, manual reverse valve body
Transfer case: Atlas 3:1
Axles, f/r: 2.5-ton Rockwell/2.5-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: None/None
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 16-inch-travel Fox coilovers/Four-link, 16-inch-travel Fox coilovers
Tires: 46-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claws
Special features: Front and rear steer with return-to-center, 2-inch-diameter Ouverson Engineering axleshafts, aluminum heads, Warn 9000 winch, custom bead locks
Driver experience: 6 years

8: Dave Green, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada '06 homemade buggy

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Another member of the Canadian Contingent wants to head south and challenge our evil events. With a diesel powerplant and a stout drivetrain, this rig looks good to go. Are looks deceiving? Vote him in and find out.

Engine: 5.9L 12-valve Cummins turbodiesel
Transmission: NV4500
Transfer case: NP241
Axles, f/r: 2.5-ton Rockwell/2.5-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, King coilovers/Four-link, King coilovers
Tires: 46-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claws
Special features: Warn 12000 winch, bead locks
Driver experience: 25 years

9: Lance Longioth, Medford, Oregon '97 Chevy S-10 Blazer

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Compared to many entrants, Longioth's Blazer is ultra-luxurious with leather seats and air conditioning. He says it was important to him that everything functions. Question is: Will the important stuff still function when the rig is cab-deep in Hole Six of the Tank Trap?

Engine: 4.3L Chevy V-6
Transmission: 4L60E
Transfer case: NP231 and electric shift NP233 (mated via aluminum adapter plate)
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Spool
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, airbags, Rancho RS 9000 shocks/Four-link, airbags, Rancho RS 9000 shocks
Tires: 38-inch Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: MileMarker 12000, custom bumpers and rock sliders, hydro-assist steering, rear-mounted fuel tank, transmission cooler, on-board air, throttle-body spacer
Driver experience: 12 years

10: Jeremy Naeger, Bloomsdale, Missouri '04 buggy

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Naeger gets right to the point: "We will do what it takes to finish and try like heck to win." Gotta love that attitude. Will you give him a chance?

Engine: 350ci GM Ram Jet V-8 with nitrous
Transmission: TH400 with reverse valvebody
Transfer case: ORD-doubled NP203/205 with 1410 yokes
Axles, f/r: 2.5-ton Rockwell/2.5-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: OEM locker/OEM locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 16-inch-travel King coilovers/Four-link, 16-inch-travel King coilovers
Tires: 49-inch Super Swamper IROKs
Special features: Warn 8000 winch, Wilwood dual-disc driveline brakes, Custom Differentials 47-spline axleshafts, front and rear steering, 17x12 Trailready bead locks, fan-cooled hydraulics, two Optima Yellow Top batteries, rear-mounted aluminum radiator with "monster" Spal electric fan
Driver experience: 16 years

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Be sure to check out pages 2, 3, 4, & 5 to see all the rest of this years TTC Hopefuls!

11: Brandon Lammers, Monument, Colorado '71 Ford Bronco

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Lammers has conquered some gnarly trails in and around his home state of Colorado. Now he wants to roll west and attempt to tame Top Truck. Are you going to grant him his wish?

Engine: 351ci Ford V-8 with Edelbrock EFI
Transmission: C6
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: 2.5-ton Rockwell/2.5-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Semi-elliptical/Semi-elliptical
Tires: 46x19.5-15 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws
Special features: USA 6x6 wheels, T-Max 12500 winch, dual Optima batteries, 16-gallon fuel cell, front and rear steering, James Duff fiberglass door inserts
Driver experience: 12 years

12: Debbie Chadbourne, Clovis, California '77 Chevy Blazer

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TTC team member Noel Chadbourne may have been taken from us, but his legacy lives on. This rig belongs to Debbie "Dozer" Chadbourne, and she wants to put the narrowed and bobbed Blazer through its paces with driver Steven Sills behind the wheel.

Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: ORD-doubled NP203/205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf spring/Leaf spring
Tires: 46-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claws
Special features: The only thing stock is "part" of the body
Driver experience: 10 years

13: Randy Swartz, Azusa, California '77 Chevy truck

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Swartz was an alternate last year. This year, he's not only looking to compete, but he plans to leave a winner. "The competitors of TTC 2007 were fortunate we weren't in the Top 10," he says. He goes on to say, "We will be a show-stopper in TTC 2008." So will you let him prove it's not all hot air?

Engine: 540ci Merlin V-8
Transmission: SM465
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60, Longfield inner and outer axleshafts/14-bolt, Yukon axleshafts
Traction aids, f/r: Limited-slip/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom-lengthened leaf springs, Sway-A-Way remote-reservoir shocks/Custom-lengthened leaf springs, Sway-A-Way remote-reservoir shocks
Tires: 49-inch Super Swamper IROKs
Special features: Stretched wheelbase; shortened frame ends; narrowed front clip; loads of holes drilled to lighten truck; snorkel, engine, transmission, and transfer case moved 12 inches rearward; equal length driveshafts with 1410 joints; 17x14 Weld Racing wheels; hydraulic bumpstops
Driver experience: 20 years

14: Dan Eldredge, Conroe, Texas '84 Chevy Blazer

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Or, uhh, what's left of a Blazer. Whatever it is, it's certainly got good flex and wheelbase for events like the Twister--but will the Turbo 350 survive the gearbox-burning hell of the Tank Trap?

Engine: 5.3L Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: Twin-stick NP205/203 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Welded
Ratio: 6.17:1
Suspension, f/r: Rough Country 4-inch leaf springs/Custom four-link, 6-inch XJ coils
Tires: 46-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claws
Special features: Warn 8274 winch, double bead locks, full hydro steering, 4340 axleshafts
Driver experience: 10 years

15: Brad Burrell, Lodi, California '72 Toyota FJ-40 Land Cruiser

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Back in the day, a pink Toyota would've been the butt of a lot of trail jokes. But judging by the way Brad's '40 is set up, this Rubicon vet is the one having the last laugh nowadays.

Engine: 350 Chevy TPI V-8
Transmission: NV4500
Transfer case: Ford NP205
Axles, f/r: Ford high-pinion Dana 60/Ford high-pinion Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: 2 1/2-inch Jeep Wagoneer spring-overs, 2-inch spring hangers/2 1/2-inch Wagoneer spring-overs, 2-inch hangers
Tires: 44x18.5-16.5 Super Swampers
Special features: Warn 8274 winch, bead-locked H1 rims, high-steer arms, full rollcage, Hanson front bumper, Auto Meter gauges, "Pink Panther" paint
Driver experience: 17 years

16: Jason Blanton, Kirkland, Washington '84 Ford Bronco II

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With over 250 feet of tubework, this rig should be well-enforced and light in weight. A Bronco II has never been invited to Top Truck--could Jason's nice-looking specimen put an end to the jinx?

Engine: 5.0L Ford Mustang V-8
Transmission: C4 automatic with Carr manual valvebody
Transfer case: Stak three-speed Monster Box
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom four-link, 2-inch Sway-A-Way coilovers/Custom four-link, 2-inch Sway-A-Way coilovers
Tires: 41x13.50-20 IROKs
Special features: Warn 8000 winch, full hydro PCS steering, Trailready bead locks, four-wheel disc brakes, cutting brakes, fuel cell, all coolers and radiator relocated to back of truck, 250 feet of tubing
Driver experience: 10 years

17: Robert Scarrow, Calgary, Alberta, Canada '06 four-seater buggy

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The buggy brotherhood was in full force among our entrants this year, and Robert's four-seater, with an arsenal of bulletproof drivetrain parts, looks well set-up for the rigors of Top Truck. If you vote him in, you'll see how well it works.

Engine: Chevy 400 V-8
Transmission: TH400 with Holley MPFI
Transfer case: Twin-stick NP205
Axles, f/r: 35-spline Dana 60/35-spline Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Welded
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Reverse-triangulated four-link, 16-inch-travel triple-stage King coilovers/Reverse four-link, 16-inch King coilovers
Tires: 47x17-16.5 Interco LTBs
Special features: Warn 8274 winch, 1350/1410 CV joints and 1410 yokes, Dedenbear knuckles, Poly Performance drive flanges, Trailready bead locks, full hydro steering, dual Optima batteries, Corbeau seats, Auto Meter gauges, Heim-jointed suspension links
Driver experience: 19 years

18: Clayton Kraatz, Calgary, Alberta, Canada '06 Evolution Twister buggy

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If you saw this rig in last November's issue, you know it's a masterpiece of engineering. Now, 2007 alternate Clayton wants the chance to play for all the marbles at Hollister this year. Wanna give him another crack at the Top Truck championship?

Engine: 468 Chevy propane-injected V-8
Transmission: JW Transmissions Powerglide two-speed
Transfer case: Casale marine V-drive to Stak three-speed
Axles, f/r: Arvin-Meritor F-106 3-ton/Arvin-Meritor F-106 3-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 7.17:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 26-inch-travel Knight Stalker shocks/four-link, 26-inch Knight Stalker shocks
Tires: 49-inch Interco IROKs
Special features: Evolution bead-lock wheels, Warn 12000 winch, spherical rod ends on all link bars, full hydro steering
Driver experience: 16 years

19: Wayne Sheeley, Walden, New York '63 Jeep FC-170

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Two years ago, Wayne's better half made TTC history as our first female competitor. Now he wants to make history as the first-ever Jeep Forward-Control owner to compete. We trust the pooch won't be his codriver.

Engine: 427 Chevy V-8
Transmission: B&M-prepped TH400
Transfer case: Atlas II 4.3
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Modified Clayton long-arm kit, Currie Anti-Rock sway bar/Clayton long-arm kit, Currie sway bars
Tires: 44-in TSL Boggers
Special features: Warn 8274 front winch, Ramsey 8000 rear winch, Yukon axleshafts, PSC hydro steering, Tom Wood's driveshafts
Driver experience: 25 years

20: Tim Cameron, Franklin, Tennessee '07 Coleworx buggy

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One thing's certain--Tim's not afraid of getting airborne in his buggy. He didn't mention a winch in his spec sheet, but we trust he'd have one in place if you vote him into our Top 10.

Engine: 502 Chevy Ram Jet V-8
Transmission: TCI-built TH400
Transfer case: Atlas 3.0
Axles, f/r: 47-spline Rockwell 2 1/2-ton/47-spline Rockwell 2 1/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson locker/Ouverson locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Heim-jointed four-link, 3.0 coilovers/Heim-jointed four-link, 3.0 coilovers
Tires: 44x16.5 cut TSL Boggers
Special features: Rear steer, 1-inch double-ended steering rams, BeCool radiator, double bead-locked wheels
Driver experience: 5 years

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Be sure to check out pages 3,4 & 5 to see the rest of the TTC '08 Hopefuls!

21: Cheston Beck, Clinton, Utah '78 IH Traveler

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Save some sheetmetal, very little remains stock on this sweet-looking Moab rock rig. It's been quite a while since we've had a Harvester in Hollister. Should Beck's Traveler get the chance to make the trip?

Engine: 460 Ford V-8, bored 0.030 over
Transmission: C6
Transfer case: Chevy NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Dual-triangulated four-link, Deaver 6-inch coils, Pro Comp shocks/4-inch Scout leaf springs, Revolver shackles, Pro Comp shocks Tires: 42-inch TSL Super Swampers
Special features: Warn M12000 winch, Edelbrock 750 carb, weld-on bead locks, eight-point rollcage, bed-mounted fuel cell, bed bobbed 12 inches, front axle relocated forward 2 inches, crossover ram-assist steering, custom half-doors, Zolatone paint, Warn hubs
Driver experience: 14

22: Kenneth E. Johnson, East Syracuse, New York '83 Jeep Scrambler

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There's no winch in this photo, but Kenneth assures us he has installed one since the pic was taken. Rockwell axles and lockers are always a potent combo--will it be enough to win our voters' support?

Engine: 302 Ford V-8 with Comp roller valvetrain
Transmission: T-18 four-speed
Transfer case: NP205 with 1410 yokes
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2 1/2-ton/Rockwell 2 1/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Skyjacker 6-inch Chevy leaf springs/Rusty's Off Road 5 1/2-inch Cherokee rear leaves, double shackles
Tires: 44-inch Swamper Boggers
Special features: 12,000-pound T-Max winch, USA 6x6 double bead locks, 19-gallon fuel cell, full rollcage
Driver experience: 7 years

23: Kevin Myers, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota '04 Jeep Wrangler TJ

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Given the 54-inch tires, those boulders Meyers is climbing must be monsters. He'd certainly be at home in the Mini Rubicon, and perhaps our readers will give him the chance to crawl it at TTC `08.

Engine: 502 Chevy ZZ Ram Jet V-8
Transmission: TCI-built TH400 with full manual valvebody
Transfer case: Atlas 6.0
Axles, f/r: 47-spline Rockwell 2.5-ton/47-spline Rockwell 2.5-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson locker/Ouverson locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, King 3.0 coilovers, Currie Anti-Rock sway bar/Four-link, King 3.0 coilovers, Currie sway bar
Tires: 54x19.5-20 TSL Boggers
Special features: Front and rear Warn 9500 winches, four-wheel disc brakes, drive flanges, full hydro steering, onboard air, dual alternators, Powertank, front and rear cutting brakes, 18-gallon fuel cell, Staun bead locks, CD player for trail tunes
Driver experience: 17 years

24: Jeffrey J. Bentley, Champaign, Illinois '91 Jeep Wrangler YJ

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A relative newcomer to four-wheeling, Bentley has already managed to build himself a quite-capable YJ. Now he says he's ready for the ultimate hard-core `wheeling challenge. Readers, what say ye?

Engine: Chevy 350 TPI V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: Atlas II 3.8
Axles, f/r: 35-spline high-pinion Ford Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Eaton E-locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom four-link, Walker Evans shocks/Custom four-link, Walker Evans shocks
Tires: 49-inch IROKs
Special features: Warn 9.5ti winch, full rollcage, 12-gallon RCI fuel cell, full hydro steering, wheelbase lengthened to 106 inches, chromoly axleshafts, CTM joints, Tom Wood's driveshafts, Marsh bead locks, AP Racing seats
Driver experience: 3 years

25: Corey Fowler, Ithaca, Michigan Mystery Jeep Scrambler

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A bridesmaid in past TTC balloting, Fowler has not yet made a list of Top 10 finalists. We love the Olds powerplant and the beefy suspension specs. Will our readers give Corey the nod this year?

Engine: Balanced 455 Oldsmobile V-8, bored 0.030 over, 770 Truck Avenger carb
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Divorced NP205
Axles, f/r: Rear Rockwell 2.5-ton/Rockwell 2.5-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom four-link, Bronco coils, Pro Comp shocks/Four-link, Bronco coils, Pro Comp shocks
Tires: 44x19.5-15 Super Swamper Boggers
Special features: MileMarker 12000 winch, FK spherical rod ends, suspension links fabbed from 1 3/4x0.125 DOM tubing, Marsh wheels, custom front and rear Reese hitch receivers, full hydro steering, full rollcage
Driver experience: 7 years

26: Debbie Chadbourne, Clovis, California '04 Homebuilt Dozer

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Friend of TTC Debbie Chadbourne sent in two sterling entries this year. If this legendary West Coast rig is chosen, she says her late husband's homebuilt buggy will be piloted by driver Ken Boatman.

Engine: 502 Chevy propane-injected V-8
Transmission: SM465
Transfer case: NP205 with Klune-V
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 2 1/2-inch Race Runner coilovers/Four-link, Race Runner 2 1/2-inch coilovers
Tires: 49-inch Super Swamper IROKs
Special features: "Too much to mention." (Debbie)
Driver experience: 20+ years

27: Dale M. Wilson, Belding, Michigan '79 Jeep CJ-7

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Well-engineered monster Jeeps have been successful in the past; does this one have what it takes to get your vote?

Engine: 509ci GM V-8
Transmission: Turbo 350
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: 2.5-ton Rockwell/2.5-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Welded
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: 12-inch Superlift '73-'87 Chevy leaf springs/8-inch custom leaf springs with 4-inch blacks and anti-wrap bar
Tires: 49x21/16.5 Interco IROKs
Special features: The list of mods is extensive; we wish we had the room to print it all here. Some of the highlights include a modified Quadrajet carb, a TH350 with all the fixings, and a heavily reinforced frame Dale says is "bombproof."
Driver experience: 15 years

28: Ryan Lloyd, Waterloo, Illinois '89 Jeep Wrangler YJ

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Looks like this is a Jeep that has lived a hard life and is asking for more. Be careful of what you wish for--you might just get the Tank Trap.

Engine: 383ci GM V-8 (est. 550 hp)
Transmission: Turbo 350
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: 2.5-ton Rockwell/2.5-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Coil spring, four-link/Coil spring, four-link
Tires: 46-inch Michelins
Special features: All of the brackets on this rig were hand-made, and the only things left stock are the frame and body. The axles are chromoly, and the steering full hydro.
Driver experience: 7 years

29: Scott Morris, Sunman, Indiana '07 Machine Wave Weapon Chassis

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Morris has been standing on the sidelines for many years, always voting for his favorite TTC rigs. This year he says he is ready to shoot it out with big boys. Will you give him his shot?

Engine: 502ci GM V8
Transmission: Turbo 400
Transfer case: Four-speed Atlas with 10:1 low range
Axles, f/r: Dana 80 center, Rockwell outers/Dana 80 center, Rockwell outers
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Triangulated four-link, Fox 2.5x18-inch Fox air shocks/Triangulated four-link, Fox 2.5x18-inch Fox air shocks
Tires: 49x21/20 Interco IROKs
Special features: This vehicle was built and designed with TTC in mind, and with hybrid axles, a full tube chassis, Stazworks double internal bead locks, Howe steering, and an interesting suspension, it has the credentials to compete.
Driver experience: 19 years

30: Eric Stephens, Paradise, California '70 Chevrolet C-10

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The exoskeleton on this Chevy just hints at how serious this rig is about taking on the brutal elements at TTC.

Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: Turbo 400
Transfer case: Doubled NP203/205
Axles, f/r: 2.5-ton Rockwell/2.5-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link with 14-inch Sway-A-Way shocks/Three-link with 14-inch King shocks
Tires: 52-inch Michelin XLs
Special features: Exoskeleton, rear steering, and the suspension to beat concrete culverts into submission.
Driver experience: 40+ years

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Be sure to check out pages 4 & 5 to see the rest of the TTC '08 Hopefuls!

31: Marty York, Moline, Illinois '82 Chevrolet K-20

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The rig belongs to the President of the Mud Slut Offroad club. Think it'll do well in our Mud Pit?

Engine: 383ci GM V-8
Transmission: Maxwell-built Turbo 400
Transfer case: Divorced NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Ox Locker/Spool
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: 12-inch Superlift leaf springs/8-inch leaf springs with shackle flip
Tires: 44x19.5x16.5 Interco Boggers
Special features: Built to whomp mud with reckless abandon, and yank itself out with the 12,000-pound Warn winch if necessary. The Holley 750 double-pumper on the stroked small-block gets those big Boggers spinning.
Driver experience: 5+ years

32: Jason Gray, Amity, Oregon '75 GMC K-10

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Gray says thanks for the chance to compete, and is hoping he'll get to show what his checkered-flag GMC is made of at this year's TTC.

Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: Turbo 400
Transfer case: Doubled NP203/205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/14-Bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Ox Locker/Welded
Ratio: 4.10:1
Suspension, f/r: /52-inch leaf springs/Triangulated three-link with 2.5-inch Fox air shocks
Tires: Interco 44-inch Boggers
Special features: Tube-framed and narrowed, this fullsize GMC looks like it would fit mighty nice up in the Tank Trap canyon, while the 44-inch Boggers look like it might just defy the Mud Pit.
Driver experience: 13 years

33: Justin Foxworthy, Georgetown, California '84 Toyota Pickup

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There is no fear when it comes to trail damage in this rig, and that is why this Toyota will feel right at home at TTC. Do you want to see it compete?

Engine: 4.3L GM V-6
Transmission: Turbo 400
Transfer case: Atlas II 4.3
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs, Bilstein shocks/Leaf springs, Bilstein shocks
Tires: 42-inch Interco Super Swampers
Special features: It may not be the prettiest rig, but if it can't scare the boulders out of the way, it looks like it doesn't mind pushing them. Full hydro steering, beefy chromoly axles, and Bilstein shocks make the case for this rig.
Driver experience: 9 years

34: Gary Porter, Copemish, Michigan '77 Ford F-150

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All about function here, save the pretty for the tow rig in the parking lot.

Engine: 514ci Ford V-8
Transmission: Ford C6 with E4OD internals
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Ox Locker/Welded
Ratio: 4.88:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, King coilovers/Four-link, King coilovers
Tires: 44-inch Interco Boggers
Special features: Fourteen-inch King coilovers, a front mid-mounted engine (moved back 18 inches), and Ramsey PTO winch make this essentials-only F-150 one for the Ford guys to get excited about.
Driver experience: 24 years

35: Terry Sipe, Carlisle, Pennsylvania '92 Ford Aerostar

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Seriously, how could you not?

Engine: 383ci GM V-8 (est. 600 hp)
Transmission: TCI Turbo 350
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: 2.5-ton Rockwell/2.5-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, Bilstein coilovers/Four-link, Bilstein coilovers
Tires: 44x18.5x16.5 Interco Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: It is a ginormous Aerostar minivan on Rockwells, `nuff said.
Driver experience: 30 years

36: John Retzloff, Covelo, California '77 GMC K-10

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Lots of backyard ingenuity could make this the sleeper of the competition.

Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: SM465
Transfer case: Doubled NP203/205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Ox Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.88:1
Suspension, f/r: 6-inch-lift Superlift leaf springs, 1.5-inch shackle/63-inch-length Chevy leaf springs
Tires: 38x15.5/16.5 Interco TSLs
Special features: Narrowed body and functional mods, such as stiffened frame, new suspension mounting positions, AGR steering.
Driver experience: N/A

37: Skip Gay, Windsor, Maine '94 Jeep Wrangler YJ

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For the square-headlight-loving Jeep enthusiasts out there, this may be your pick.

Engine: 355ci GM V-8 with nitrous (est. 500 hp)
Transmission: SM465
Transfer case: NP205 with pinion brake
Axles, f/r: Dana 60 narrowed/Dana 60 narrowed
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 40 inches of travel/Quad-elliptic three-link, 40 inches of travel
Tires: 44-inch Interco Super Swampers
Special features: Really trick suspension with 40 inches of claimed wheel travel, a 500hp nitrous-enhanced V-8 and hardly anything left stock--here is another rig that looks like it was built to pass the TTC test.
Driver experience: 25 years

38: Omar Quijada, Tucson, Arizona '97 Jeep Wrangler

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A TJ built for the rigors of wheeling, but will it stand up to the rigors of the Tank Trap?

Engine: 350ci Vortec V-8
Transmission: 4L60E
Transfer case: Stak three-speed Monster Box
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.10:1Suspension, f/r: Triangulated four-link/Triangulated four-link
Tires: 42x14.50/15 Interco Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: With custom four-linked suspension, a Stak Monster three-speed transfer case, and a fuel-injected Vortec small-block and four-speed automatic transmission, a really cool new-school buildup that looks ready to take on TTC.
Driver experience: 6 years

39: Robert Taylor, Mobile, Alabama '88 Jeep Wrangler YJ

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This potent package remains simple for reliability's sake.

Engine: EFI 4.0L I-6 stroked out to 4.6L
Transmission: TF 999
Transfer case: Atlas II (3.8)
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Spool
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Alcan 2-inch springs over axle/Four-link, 4-inch TJ coil springs
Tires: 42-inch Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: Warn 9,000-pound winch, Tom Wood's driveshafts, bead-locked wheels
Driver experience: 20 years

40: Rich Sterzoy, Mobile, Alabama '89 Jeep Wrangler YJ

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This rig represents a non-traditional arrangement of trail-proven brute. Will it be enough to secure Rich a spot in the Top 10? It's up to you.

Engine: 4.2L I-6 bored 0.030 over
Transmission: NV3550
Transfer case: Atlas II 3.8
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Alcan springs over axle/Four-link, quarter-elliptical springs
Tires: 42-inch Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: Howell EFI, DUI distributor, PSC hydraulic steering, full rollcage, Dedenbear knuckles, fuel cell, bead locks, Poison Spyder body armor, Warn 8,000-pound winch, Tom Wood's driveshafts
Driver experience: 20 years

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41: Rick Duckett, Ballwin, Missouri '97 Ford F-350

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To some, Rick may have committed the ultimate sin; however, in our opinion it only betters his chances of persuading would-be voters. There may be more than meets the eye lurking under this Ford's sheetmetal.

Engine: 468ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Divorced NP205
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2.5-ton/Rockwell 2.5-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Welded/Welded
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/Leaf springs
Tires: 49-inch Super Swamper Iroks
Special features: Balanced and blueprinted 468, full-roller valvetrain, Holly Dominator carb, hydraulic steering, full cage, double bead locks
Driver experience: 15 years

42: Brandon Goodwin, Port Orchard, Washington '71 Ford Bronco

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This mix-match of componentry is inarguably well-suited for battle, though diehard brand loyalists may prevent Brandon's creation from competing based on principal. Cast your vote today.

Engine: Chevy 350 TPI V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: NP205 with Klune V
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2.5-ton/Rockwell 2.5-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/Spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coilover shocks/Four-link, coilover shocks
Tires: 47-inch Super Swamper LTBs
Special features: Warn 8274 winch, full hydraulic steering front and rear, full tube chassis
Driver experience: 17 years

43: Byron Hair, Spanish Fork, Utah '77 Jeep Wagoneer

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Not your grandmother's Wagoneer. This big-block-powered monster allows Byron some serious potential; however, permission to compete is up to you.

Engine: 455ci Buick V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Divorced NP205
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2.5-ton/Rockwell 2.5-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Welded
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, coil springs/Three-link, coil springs
Tires: 53-inch Michelin ZXLs
Special features: 20-inch bead locks, a six-point cage, custom bumpers, 12,000-pound winch
Driver experience: 10+ years

44: Frank Ross, Evarts, Kentucky '72 Chevy K-5 Blazer

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Not much K-5 remains, yet Frank still wants to hold it down for Blazer brotherhood. We're cool with it, as long as the readers speak up and vote this Kentucky tube chassis in.

Engine: 350ci propane-injected Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: NP203
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2.5-ton/Rockwell 2.5-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, Race Runner air shocks/Four-link, Race Runner shocks
Tires: 44-inch Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: All tube chassis, PSC hydraulic steering, 9,000-pound T-Max winch
Driver experience: 20 years

45: Danny Marlow, Cedar Falls, Idaho '86 Chevy S-10

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LPG motivates this redefined version of beef. Able to spin 8,000 rpm all day long, we expect a strong showing for this home-brewed concoction. The question is: Will it convince our readers?

Engine: Balanced 468ci propane-injected Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2.5-ton/Rockwell 2.5-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Welded
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coilover shocks/Three-link, coilover shocks
Tires: 13.6/28 Firestone agriculture
Special features: Full exocage, hydraulic steering, bead locks, full roller valvetrain, 1410 U-joints, pinion brakes, 80,000-psi rod ends on four-link arms
Driver experience: 6 years

46: Phillip James, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada '88 Chevy Blazer

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Equipped? Sure is, as long as you count the underdog. Will James' lack of tire prevent his sweet S-10 from securing the necessary votes? You decide.

Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH700R4
Transfer case: NVG231 planetary doubler, NVG241HD
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Spool
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, Walker Evans coilover shocks/Double-triangulated four-link, XJ coils
Tires: 42-inch Super Swamper IROKs
Special features: 10-point cage, bead locks, 4340 shafts, Warn XD9000 winch
Driver experience: 10 years

47: Josh Sanborn, Glendo, Wyoming '04 Tube Buggy

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Practice makes perfect, right? Only you can decide if Sanborn and his Bogger-laden creation have what it takes to tackle the Tow Test.

Engine: 502ci Chevy Ram Jet V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2.5-ton/Rockwell 2.5-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Welded/Welded
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coil springs/Four-link, coil springs
Tires: 44-inch Super Swamper Boggers
Special features: Hydraulic four-wheel steering, fuel cell, bead locks, hand-fabricated body
Driver experience: 12+ years

48: Ryan Carruthers, Airdrie, Alberta Canada '85 Chevy 1500

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Carruther's long list of equipment ends with "Bring on the Tank Trap!" We'd like to take him up on that, but the decision is up to you. Send in your vote today!

Engine: 406ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Stak three-speed
Axles, f/r: 416 Unimog 4-ton/Unimog 4-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Selectable air locker/Selectable air locker
Ratio: 6.52:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coilover shocks/Four-link, coilover shocks
Tires: 47-inch Super Swamper LTBs
Special features: Double bead locks, Warn 12,000-pound winch, full roller valvetrain, 150hp nitrous, Holley MPI, interior and exocages, cutting brakes, dual batteries, sealed electronics, onboard air
Driver experience: 8 years

49: Jeff Wood, Las Cruces, New Mexico '66 Jeep CJ-5

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Jeff's holding it down for our fellow oil burners. With a whole assortment of custom fabbed parts, this Jeep should be pretty interesting to see compete.

Engine: 3.9L Cummins turbodiesel I-6
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2.5-ton/Rockwell 2.5-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, coil springs/Four-link, coil springs
Tires: 49-inch Super Swamper IROKs
Special features: Propane injection, aluminum radiator, 20-inch steel wheels with internal bead locks, Freightliner steering box, Warn 9.5XI winch, onboard air, custom fuel cell, full cage, 117-inch wheelbase, flat belly, Ouverson axleshafts, over 1,400 hand-fabricated pieces.
Driver experience: 26 years

50: Dusti Domenici, Cool, California '97 Jeep Wrangler TJ

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Domenici's rig is a proven rockhound, though stunted by stock power and 40-inch tires, some may tend to overlook this cool rockcrawler.

Engine: 4.0L Jeep I-6
Transmission: Stock AX 15
Transfer case: Atlas four-speed
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Rubicon Express leaf springs/Four-link, coil springs
Tires: 40-inch Goodyear MT/Rs
Special features: None listed
Driver experience: 7 years

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