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2009 Top Truck Challenge Competitor: Christopher Smith's 2003 Ford F350 Super Duty

Posted in Top Truck Challenge on November 1, 2009
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Contributors: Douglas McColloch
Photographers: Sean P. Holman
Unadorned OE white sheetmetal conceals the full tube chassis, also built by Lavender & Associates, with rock sliders fabbed from 2-inch DOM tubing and additional metalwork by Longhair Customs. A set of PIAA driving lights and a Warn 15000 with Viking 3/8-inch synth-line accent the front end, and those 20-inch aluminum Trailreadys should help keep the Boggers on their beads.

On the surface, it doesn't seem like a fair fight. Chris Smith hails from San Martin, California, just a few miles up the road from Hollister Hills, and by his own admission has wheeled the park's numerous obstacles on many occasions. In addition, his TTC Super Duty was built by none other than Toby Lavender, the architect behind our Top Truck-inspired Mega Titan and our head judge at TTC. We also know, however, that "home-field advantage" at Top Truck has been an illusion up until now.

Owner name/city: Christopher Smith/San Martin, CA
Occupation: Stucco contractor/property management
Vehicle model: 2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty
Estimated value: $150,000
Engine/aspiration: 363ci Ford Power Stroke turbodiesel V-8, studded heads; HUEI injection, Hypermax injectors and six-position tuner
Transmission: BD Diesel 5R110 automatic, torque converter, valve body, deep-sump pan
Transfer case: Stock
Suspension (f/r): XXX Traction three-link, Knight Stalker nitro shocks/XXX Traction four-link, Knight Stalker nitro shocks; Knight Stalker/Cryo Engineering swaybar
Axles (f/r): 2 1/2-ton Rockwell, Ouverson shafts/2 1/2-ton Rockwell, Ouverson shafts; OE lockers, Ouverson pinion brake kit; Howe full hydro front and rear steer
Axle ratio: 6.72:1
Wheels: 20x13 aluminum TrailReady
Tires: 54-in Interco Super Swamper Boggers

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