Automotive brand wars have been going on between friends and enemies for just over a hundred years now, and it’s a debate that will likely go on forever. The staff here at Mud Life shows no favoritism towards any particular brand because we know that each manufactured truck is designed to be tough and reliable. Some vehicle designs may have a few flaws here and there, but finding and upgrading those flaws is all part of the mud game. “Build it, break it, fix it” is the motto we live by. When you run your truck as hard as we do, it is bound to break sooner or later.
Most hardcore off-roaders get into the sport by snapping some factory-installed components and replacing them with upgraded parts from one of our great advertisers. An addiction sets in with the very first upgrade, and they are quite possibly hooked for life. Now with stronger parts, the truck can tear through the same mud hole that swallowed it up last time. The sense of accomplishment is indescribable, and a brand loyalist is born. That’s exactly what happened to these six Chevy owners when they originally got mud in their blood, and now they own some of the baddest rigs in the country.
Who knew that a small automobile manufacturer from Detroit would be part of mega truck debates over 100 years later? Louis Chevrolet cofounded the Chevrolet Motor Company in 1911 with a plan to produce a single vehicle called the Chevrolet Classic Six, which at the time was known simply as the Chevrolet. The original design was a well-constructed car that had a front-mounted six-cylinder engines, a cone-style clutch, and a three-speed gearbox mounted at the rear axle. The Classic Six had a 299ci cast iron block that was able to produce around 40 hp—crazy compared to Chevy’s new 630hp LS9 engine that is available in Corvettes and CTS-V Cadillacs. Regardless of your love for a particular brand, anyone should be able to appreciate the American ingenuity that General Motors has made available to the public. We are not sure that GM intended for us to bury their beloved vehicles in the mud, but as long as they continue to build trucks we are going to see how deep we can sink ’em.
One of our first digital issues will focus on some sick Ford mega trucks, but this one is dedicated to a few hardcore Chevy guys. These off-road rigs were built specifically to get muddy, and the owners are hardcore Mud Life fans. We don’t feature trailer queens—action shots are always required—so flip through the next few pages and read all about these unbelievable big boy toys!
1989 Chevy S-10
Owner: Dave Gilliam
Engine: 540ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: FTI Turbo 400
Transfer case: 12-inch SCS Gearbox
Suspension: Cradled 4-link
Axles: 5-ton military axles
Shocks: 30-inch CNC Nitro shocks
Wheels: 26x16 DG Customs
Tires: 18.4x26 Goodyear Eagle GT R2