Anyone who has ever been addicted to something great knows that they have to keep feeding the cravings day in and day out. You can't seem to accomplish or focus on anything accept fulfilling the need for that one true desire. For some people that feeling comes from sports, hunting, speed in a fast machine, or beating the heck out of a truck in the mud. For Don Coulon of Pass Christian, Mississippi, it comes from spending the weekend at the mud park racing his killer '98 Chevy Silverado 1500.
Don first caught our eye at the freestyle contest at Iron Horse Mud Ranch in Perry, Florida, which he just happened to win. This adrenaline junkie pushed his truck to the limits by jumping over and blasting through every obstacle on the course. As the crowd egged him on, Don made one final massive jump, clearing an extremely wide mud pit and just barley clearing the landing. The smile on his face was big enough to see from the back row. Mud officially runs in Don's veins, and there's no cure for his addiction.
After attending a few events and riding in a few cool rigs, Don decided enough was enough. It was time to build his own. Starting with some 1 1/2-inch Schedule 40 pipe, Don fabricated the complete tube frame giving the truck a 144-inch wheelbase. A triangulated four-link suspension with 14-inch-travel Big Shock Bonzi coilovers with landing gear (bumpstops) were installed for a smooth landing. Once the 24x12 wheels from Opie LaBarbera at Chop Fab in Lakeland, Florida, were built they were wrapped in 14.9x24 Farm King tires. The functional wheel and tire combo was bolted to 2 1/2-ton axles and controlled with a 3-inch fully hydraulic PSC steering kit.
Don picked up a 383ci Stroker V-8 and had it completely reengineered by Professional Engine and Dyno Services out of Mobile, Alabama. Modifications included J&E Pistons, Plasma Moly rings with a 13:1 compression ratio, a roller cam from Comp Cams, and ported and polished aluminum Brodix Track One heads. With the Quick Fuel carburetor and MSD ignition the Chevy is pushing around 625 hp. Monster Transmission built the TH400 high-performance race transmission with a reverse full manual valve body and a 3,500- to 3,800-stall speed. Don needed a transfer case that would be able to handle the abuse he would throw at it, so he installed a Profab transfer case, custom-built driveshafts from Stan's Powertrain, and Wilwood pinion brakes. The truck was then sprayed with PPG Teal and Silver Chevy for color.
Clearly Don is fully consumed by his addiction, and we don't blame him. When you spend $40,000 and eight weeks of your life building the perfect mud truck, the last thing you want to see is your build sitting in the driveway. Don can be found at most national mud events around the country, including Iron Horse in Perry, Mudder's Park in Alabama, West GA Mud Park, and even some events in Louisiana. He wants to thank his fiancee, Angie, for all the late nights of grinding and sanding, Daniel Mundy for all the insight, Travis Bourg for the welding expertise, and his family for all the patience. Don is proof that mud is an addiction the whole family can get behind and support.