Diesel Challenge Build-Off - Part 4Posted in Project Vehicles on April 8, 2014 Comment (0)
As you already know, the whole idea behind our diesel challenge build-off is to give a comparison between building a bog truck and a race truck. We’re here to show you exactly how much work is required to make rigs like these and how each preforms in a variety of terrains. Massive mega trucks such as these don’t get thrown together overnight, and there is major amount of custom engineering involved. Parts are expensive and problems will always pop up, especially when time is a factor. Weeks seem to go by like days when deadline are involved, especially when your competitor is constantly taunting you on Facebook and the builders are trying to keep up with day-to-day business. That’s exactly what the Plan B Fab guys and the Pela Motorsports crews are dealing with, and we’re lovin’ every minute of it.
Rob Pigue and Jason Devorac at Plan B Fab had been cutting, bending, and welding 1¾-inch DOM steel tubing around the clock to build a high-strength frame cradle under their ’01 Ford F-350 Power Stroke. This big-bellied cradle design will give it extra strength when the guys are jumping the soon-to-be 5-ton truck at Redneck Yacht Club. After the cradle was fabricated, Jason focused on mounting the 19-inch drop SCS transfer case. He added a splined section to the cradle so the gearbox can be easily removed and serviced. A double triangulated four-link suspension will give the truck the stability it needs for racing tight tracks and jumping. This Ford will also be the first bog truck running dual nitrogen shocks at each corner and a reverse sway bar setup that we will get into detail with in another issue.
Rob Pigue seems to think this truck will be on the track by the time this issue hits the newsstands, and that’s got Adam Pela more than a little nervous. If you are not aware, the Pela Motorsports team is building a completely different race truck. The full-tube chassis, twin turbo Duramax Chevy is designed for speed and hardcore off-road performance. Pela is going all out with this build, including a custom fabricated chassis from Dennis Rueger’s shop, All Out Performance. The current progress on this one-of-a-kind rig is an assembled chassis, and performance parts are being added to it daily. The guys test-fitted the trick Fiberwerx Off Road Fiberglass body before final welds were laid down. Once the completed rolling chassis leaves All Out Performance it is headed straight to Pela Motorsports for the drivetrain installation and tuning.
Time is catching up with both builders as they race to be the first one completed and practice for the upcoming competition. In the next issue we hope to have two completed mud rigs ready for powdercoat and paint. The two racers and shop owners have been diehard competitors since almost birth and functional gearheads nearly just as long.