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Showin Off! - March 2014

Posted in News on March 12, 2014
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If you live near Jupiter, Florida, you have probably seen Jason Grove’s ’93 Toyota being towed around town. He regularly takes this 2 1/2-ton monster to events all over the state, and when there isn’t an event you can find him off-roading with his buddies in the Corbett Wildlife Area. Believe it or not, the factory-installed 22RE four-cylinder motor still powers this rig and it is bolted to an 18-inch drop Cyclone transfer with a 3.5:1 gear ratio. The killer low-budget truck was built and assembled on a trailer in a driveway for less than $1,500. Jason would like to thank Josh Schoen, Chris Farris and Robert Diterlizzi for their help putting the truck together.

Pam McKeever is a huge fan of Mud Life and spends most of her weekends off-roading. Her Toyota is rolling around on big ol’ 44-inch tires and is powered by a big-block V-8.

The body of this rig is a ’52 Jeep Willys, which has been bolted onto a 440ci-powered ’72 Dodge 3/4-ton pickup chassis. Chris and Belinda Bayne run this truck at the local mud races in the Modified classes.

Edward Maddox’s ’95 Ford F-150 sits proud on 40-inch Super Swamper TSL Boggers and gets plenty of mud time. A 302ci V-8 engine and four-speed granny low transmission kick the horsepower and torque down to the front Dana 44 axle and rear Ford 9-inch.

Philip Natale’s ’77 Ford F-150 Custom still retains the factory installed four-wheel drive but is powered by a fully built 351ci V-8 motor and four-speed transmission. Philip cruises around Lumberton, Mississippi on a set of 38.5x14.50x15 Super Swamper SX tires wrapped around 15x10 Eagle 589 wheels. The rig also sports a facelift using a ’79 grille and square headlights.

This race truck, Never Satisfied, calls Texas home. It is owned by Randy Roberts. The massive, 638ci big-block has three stages of nitrous oxide, giving it big power. Randy had an FTI single-speed Powerglide transmission installed along with a chain-driven transfer case. A 9-inch Ford rear axle and a Dana 30 front are Randy’s choices. The rig has racked up multiple titles, such as the 2013 MRA Modified Points Champion, 2013 MRA Outlaw Pro Stock Champion, and 2013 ArkLaTex Outlaw Championship.

George Leonard bored and stroked the 351W in his ’69 Ford for additional horsepower and better performance off-road. Because he wheels the truck hard, he replaced the factory frame with a custom-built, full-tube chassis for strength and durability. The 44-inch Super Swamper tires have been cut for extra traction. George has plans to replace the current axles with 2 1/2-ton military axles when the time is right.

This ’00 Ford F-350 Super Duty is still powered by the dependable 7.3L turbodiesel motor and runs like a top. Leo Cisneros made a few modifications by installing Dana 60 axles, a 4-inch Tuff Country suspension lift, 33-inch Toyo Open Country tires, and a 4-inch exhaust system.

Jeff Finklea loves playing in the mud with his gigantic ’97 12-valve Cummins Dodge Ram. Five-ton Rockwells replaced the puny factory axles, and a Profab transfer case transfers power and torque. 26-inch wheels and 23-1 tractor tires help the Ram power its way through the mud. The crew at DG Custom Fab in Jacksonville, Florida, built the truck for Jeff. He plans to bog it till the wheels fall off! Jeff wants to throw a big thanks out to the entire DG Custom Fab team, Turbo Matt’s Diesel Performance, and especially Mud Life magazine for bringing the events to the masses.

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