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2009 Ultimate Adventure 2002 Ford F250 Super Duty - The Ultimate Ranch Truck

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Kevin McNulty | Writer
Posted August 1, 2009
Photographers: 4-Wheel & Off-Road Staff

Building The Ultimate Adventure Rig For 2009

The soon-to-be Ultimate Ranch Truck was challenged by tough trails a few years back. The truck even made it through Upper Hellderado in Moab (with a lot of winching) and sat idle in our parking lot for years. It's time to wake and remake this giant up, so keep reading for the transformation from parking-lot pile to Ultimate Ranch Truck.

Without question, the Ultimate Adventure is the highlight of the year for us at 4-Wheel & Off-Road. The UA takes the staff and some loyal readers and sponsors-along with a handful of good ol' boys unofficially adopted by the magazine-on one of the toughest four-wheeling adventures in America. Past Ultimate Adventures have taken us over thousands of miles of torturous trails and long highway runs in just a few short days.

If you are contemplating applying for future events or have already been chosen for this year's UA, then there are a few important factors you will need to have to successfully finish the Ultimate Adventure. First, you need an ample amount of moxie, a fun-loving attitude, and excellent off-road driving skills. You need to like cold burritos in the pouring rain. And most importantly, you need a well-built trail rig. Oh, and no whining!

Last year's Ultimate Adventure had 19 vehicles start in South Dakota and 19 finish in Northern Colorado, but only 3 successfully survived without breakage or catastrophic failure. Some of the vehicles limped to our final destination in Rangely, Colorado, held together with ingenuity, good wrenching, and scrap parts.

No question about it. If you want to test a rig's durability, this is the event to do it on!

Over the years, the staff at 4WOR has built some incredible trail machines, and every one of them has survived and finished UA. However, that's not to say the rigs have survived carnage-free or without breakdowns. They certainly have not. Therefore, this year we are taking years of UA experience and a leftover '02 Super Duty relic from events gone by and transforming it into the pride of our fleet, the Ultimate Ranch Truck. That's right, the Ultimate Working Ranch Truck! Our crazy goal is to have this huge truck perform on the trail, yet function like a well-equipped ranch truck, fitted with all the tools a good wrench and ranchman would ever need while still aiming for the no-breakage trophy at the end of the adventure.

Off-Road Design in Carbondale, Colorado, has stepped up to the plate and is going to help us build the Ultimate Ranch Truck. The father-and-sons team of James (pops), Stephen, and Brandon Watson, along with their master fabricator and mechanic Tom Cherry, will provide us with the skillful craftsmanship they put into all their products and fullsize truck builds.

We are still in the early planning and building stages of the truck, and we have a good blueprint for reconstruction. Nevertheless, if you have any suggestions or some trick mods you'd like to see us add to the rig, don't hesitate to email us your suggestions.

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