Homegrown Mud Trucks
This killer-looking '99 GMC Jimmy has been reengineered to ride on 21/2-ton Rockwell military axles and 26X18 R2 tractor tires. A 383ci stroker motor powers The Beast, and a SCS gearbox transfers the power to the axles. Look out for Brady Panarotti's rig if you're ever in Jennings, Florida.
William Dawn has been a huge fan of Mud Life and The LACSs since the beginning. Just after these pictures were taken his '98 Ford F-350 received a new 6-inch lift and a set of 38-inch tires. He promises new pictures with some hot southern girls. We're looking forward to seeing them.
Nikki Radford is a lifelong reader of Mud Life and other off-road titles. Now as a disabled Navy veteran, off-roading has become the love of her life outside of the military. Her '98 Jeep XJ makes her smile when things get tough. Currently her Jeep is riding on a 4-inch Rough Country suspension lift and 33x12.50x15 Sport King all-terrain tires. A new set of JRC off-road bumpers, a brushguard, a stinger, and some Hella 500 lights were bolted on. Nikki is a member of the Michigan Jeepers off-road club and an organization that helps wounded veterans called 4 Wheel to Heal. She wants to thank her good friend Stephanie Posey for taking this killer photo of here and her awesome Jeep XJ.
Chuck Wallick's '88 Chevy Cheyenne has a 6-inch suspension lift and a 3-inch body lift for the oversized tires and ground clearance. This badass Chevy is riding on 36-inch and is powered by a 350ci motor bolted to a 350 turbo transmission.
This '94 Chevy S-10 is owned by Shane Snell from Byron, New York. The mudder is powered by a 358ci Chevy motor and rolls on 21/2-ton Rockwell axles and 12.4x28 V-tread tires. A set of four coilovers and a four-link suspension control the truck when it's in the pits. Shane's rig is named Lil' Beefy, and he loves driving it hard!
Alcohol fuel powers the 468ci Ford motor stuffed into this '66 Ford F-250. Jeremy Brockway muds this rig in Peoria, Arizona, as often as possible. A Ford C6 transmission with a manual reverse valve body shifts through the gears. The Dana 60 front and rear axles are fitted with 5.38 gears, and the cut 40-inch Super Swamper Boggers are mounted on beadlock wheels. The radiator, transmission cooler, and battery have been moved to rear. A full rollcage was fabricated in the cab. Dual bucket seats and five-point harnesses were bolted in to keep the passengers safe. Jeremy and his dad spent two years building it, and they can't wait to travel all over Arizona to race their pride and joy.
Cassandra Hall agrees that there is nothing better than a day of mudding in Iowa! Her '96 Ford Bronco is hard to see in this photo, but that just proves that she knows how to have fun.
Mud Buddy's ATV Park in Hallettsville, Texas, is Carole's favorite place to go mudding with her brand-new Can-Am outlander 650 X mr. She absolutely loves to get her rig stuck in the mud and also taking it deep trough the swamps of Texas.
14.9-24 Tractor tires and 1-ton axles get this '77 Ford F-250 deep into the woods for weekend off-roading. Garren Foster built this in his driveway near Queen Creek, Arizona, and plans to go bigger and badder in the future.
Jeff Raulerson has been a subscriber almost since issue one. This is his '95 Toyota Tacoma. It has a 377ci smallblock Chevrolet motor running on alcohol, and a turbo 400 transmission with and SCS transfer case with 2WD/4WD. Jeff built the frame, and the wheels are custom 24x14 built by Plan B Fab with 14.9x24 BKT 171s. 14-inch Fox coilover shocks allow this rig to ride smooth.
Maintaining the Toyota drivetrain, Brooks Abney was able to build this '88 Toyota Pickup with 24 inches of lift on 39.5-inch Super Swamper Boggers. With the addition of 5.29 gears and a spool in the rearend, this Toyota is ready to run!