From Hauler To Haulin' Ass
We're not sure we can remember the last time we saw a dualie-or what's left of a dualie-kickin' butt on the trail. Bob Williams of Las Vegas couldn't bear to part with his reliable old tow vehicle, so he sought to make it into his play toy that would now see the other side of the trailer. Bob wanted a 4x4 that had more room than his old Jeep, with big-block power and big axles that didn't break every time he gunned it on the trail. His solution? To bob (no pun intended, Bob) his single-cab dualie, gut it, make it a four-seater, throw in a single rear-wheel axle, and mount some gnarly suspension that'll allow this thing to show up shorter-wheelbase vehicles on the tough obstacles as well as in the desert.
We caught up with Bob in Moab during Easter Jeep Safari this year. At 132 inches, his truck definitely gets the prize for the longest rock rig we saw in Moab this year, and after watching him in action, we wonder if we'll be seeing more super-long 4x4s on the trail next year.
Tech SpecsBody: '83 Chevy K30 dualie, bobbed and fully caged
Engine: Goodwrench 454ci with Holley carburetor, MSD ignition
Transmission: TH400 with custom valvebody work
Transfer Case: NP205 with custom 1480 U-joint front driveshaft
Front Axle: Dana 60, Powr-Lok differential, 4.56 gears
Rear Axle: Dana 70, full spool, 4.56 gears
Tires & Wheels: 38.5x16-16 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws on custom 16x10 bead locks
Suspension: 63-inch rear leaves, Skyjacker 8-inch lift front leaves, King 14-inch-stroke remote-reservoir shocks, Marvin Shaw hydraulic bumpstops