A few months back we headed south to Punta Gorda, Florida, to watch the finales of the Mega Truck Bad Boys racing circuit at the world-famous Redneck Yacht Club. After meeting up with a great friend of the magazine and driver of the Sensei Racing mud truck, we made a few calls and in less than 10 minutes we had a 5-ton party buggy next to us that was ready to roll. The massive Kicker speakers were vibrating the mud off the other rigs, and the beautiful bikini clad ladies were dancing like the beads were made of gold. Before Wendell “Weasel” Guy of Auburndale, Florida, even had the chance to ask us to climb up into his one-of-a-kind rig we were already onboard and our camera guys were firing away. So he did what anyone else in this situation would do—crank up the music and floor it! Nothing sounds better than some ridiculously loud music in tune with a built ’12 Chevy 468ci V-8 held wide open!
Central Florida Machine out of Winter Garden built the motor for this swamp buggy known as Thinkin’ Dirty Ridin’ Purty. After balance and blueprinting, a Brand X camshaft with a lift of .832 was installed along with Lunati connecting rods and pistons, Big Nasty One intake manifolds, and a Big Nasty Dominator 1150 carburetor. A TH400 transmission with a custom billet 3,500-stall converter controls the SCS gearbox that currently holds a 4.10 gear ratio. Weasel took it upon himself to build the driveshafts that connect the drivetrain to the seemingly unbreakable 5-ton axles that sit at both ends of this rig. Both axles are locked up for traction and use a set of Wilwood brakes in the rear.
Once Weasel finished fabricating the tube chassis, Competition Coatings powdercoated the entire carriage bright red. 12-inch Big Shocks and a fully custom fou-link suspension system were used in the build to control the buggy. Weasel also built his own custom 26-inch wheels, which are fitted with 23.1 26L Goodyear tires. Steering is handled by a custom-fabricated steering system Weasel designed in his spare time.
By trade, Weasel leads a busy life and has to supervise his crew all day, so the nights and weekends are his time to relax. This buggy was built with one purpose in mind: to have fun! One look at the graphics designed by All About Graphics and the killer-looking red leather interior installed by AJ’s Upholstery in Auburndale, Florida, and this buggy just screams party!
In order to take great action shots at some of the mud events, it’s important to have our camera crew out in middle of the mud pits where the action is and the big trucks play. It’s usually a part of the mud park even the 1-ton guys stay away from, with the deep holes you don’t hear about unless you have a buddy with a massive custom-built bogger. Until we get our project trucks done we have wheeled the mud pits and parks shooting away with guys like Weasel. It’s always a great experience. Thanks man.
- 2011 Chevy swamp buggy
- Owner: Wendell “Weasel” Guy, Auburndale, Fla.
- Engine: 568ci Chevrolet big-block
- Transmission: TH 00
- Transfer Case: SCS, 4.10 gear ratio
- Suspension: Custom 4-link front and rear
- Axles: 5-ton Rockwells
- Shocks: 12-inch Big Shocks coilovers front and rear
- Tires & Wheels: Goodyear 23.1 26L tires, custom 26-inch wheels