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Trail’s End: August 1998, A Work ’n’ Play K30 Wrecker

Posted in Features on August 23, 2016 Comment (0)
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Through the years we’ve featured many cool reader 4x4s in Four Wheeler and some doubled as work-ready rigs. One was Alex Christianson’s ultra-cool ’85 Chevy K30 wrecker that we featured in the Aug. ’98 issue. Interestingly, Alex was a former Top Truck Challenge alumni, and he competed in the 1997 event in his ’69 Blazer. He did really well too, winning the Tank Trap, Mini Rubicon, and Mud Pit events. We ran into him a few weeks after Top Truck at the Bloomsburg 4-Wheel Jamboree in Pennsylvania, where we had a chance to photograph his “other” rig.

The wrecker had a 350hp, 420–lb-ft 355ci V-8 engine topped with an Edelbrock Performer intake and 650-cfm Holley carb, NP 435 four-speed manual transmission, NP205 T-case with 2-ton output shaft and 1410 yokes, Detroit Sof-Locker–equipped Dana 60 front axle, Detroit Locker and disc brake-equipped 14-bolt rear axle, 5.13:1 diff gears, 12-inch-lift front leaf springs, custom steering, 44-inch Boggers on 14-inch-wide Weld wheels, and much more. The story indicates that the wrecker body was custom made and to handle the weight of the boom two crossmembers were added to the truck’s frame, the rear 12-inch-lift rear springs with 2-inch blocks were custom made, and a pair of shocks were located at each end of the rear axle. The truck had a 15,000-pound Braden PTO winch pulling the boom cable and a 12,000-pound Warn winch up front.


“Do you have a rig set up for work and play?”

The story also noted that during the time that elapsed between us photographing the rig and publishing the story the truck received a number of upgrades including a 454ci big-block engine topped with a Holley 650 cfm carb, NV4500 five-speed manual transmission, Dana 70 rear axle, 5.87:1 diff gears and a 35,000-pound rear winch to pull the boom cable.

Alex’s K30 is a fine example of a work-ready 4x4, and it got us wondering how many of you have dual-purpose rigs. Do you have a rig set up for work and play? Does your rig toil during the week and then carry you to off-road bliss on the weekend? If so, stop what you’re doing and email a photo and brief description to ken.brubaker@fourwheeler.com!

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