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2006 Top Truck Challenge Voting

Posted in Top Truck Challenge: 2006 on April 1, 2006
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Hard to believe it's that time already - it seems like we were sifting through last year's Top Truck ballots barely a couple of months ago - but once again, we're starting to make plans for the 14th annual running of Top Truck Challenge, this coming June in Hollister Hills. But before we can finalize our plans, you need to tell us who's coming out to play with us this year.

On the following pages are 50 of the toughest would-be competitors we could find for TTC 2006. Check out the photos and peruse the specs. Then go to page 47 in the April 2006 issue, fill out the ballot, make your picks of the 10 rigs you want to see compete, and mail it to us by the specified date. Once again, as always, only actual printed ballots from the April 2006 issue will be counted - all faxes, photocopies, and electronic submissions get tossed in the round file. (And yes, we welcome multiple ballots - you just gotta buy multiple magazines.) We'll add up the numbers and print the results, along with features of our 10 finalists, in the November issue, with event coverage to follow in December.

But for now, break out your fine-tuned trail acumen - it's time to separate the contenders from the pretenders.

1.Collin Williams
Lee's Summit, Missouri
1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ

Collin says he's wheeled every trail "from Moab to Kansas City." Now he's looking for a ticket to the Left Coast.

Engine: 5.3L GM Vortec V-8
Transmission: TH400HD
Transfer case: Atlas II 4.3
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Welded spiders
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, XJ coils/triangulated four-link, XJ coils
Tires: 44x18.5-15 cut TSL Swampers
Special features: 35-spline axles, 1350 U-joints, custom fuel cell, full hydro steering, Warn HS 9500i winch
Driver experience: 10+ years

2.Brad Pellett
Longview, Texas
2002 Dodge Ram 2500

Brad's philosophy: "If it don't crawl, let it eat!" Can a Cummins make the final cut this year?

Engine: 5.9L Cummins turbodiesel
Transmission: 45RFE
Transfer case: NVG271
Axles, f/r: 2 1/2-ton Rockwell/2 1/2-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Detroit
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coilovers/four-link, Sway-A-Way coilovers
Tires: 44-15 TSL Swampers
Special features: Edge programmer, four-wheel steering, Warn 15000 winch
Driver experience: 26 years

3.Mark Vann
Sonora, California
1979 Jeep CJ-5

Mark lists the Rubicon and Moon Rocks as favorite 'wheeling spots. Will the Mini 'Con be challenging enough?

Engine: 383ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP203/205
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana 60/Dynatrac ProRock Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Detroit
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, Doetsch Tech coilovers/Four-link, Sway-A-Way coilovers
Tires: 42x14.00-17 Super Swamper IROKs
Special features: Holley 650 carb, 35-spline axles, four-wheel steering, Warn 8000 winch
Driver experience: 10 years

4.Josh Sanborn
Glendo, Wyoming
2004 homemade rock buggy

Josh says he 'wheels on "private land," but now he's looking at a public debut if the readers vote him in.

Engine: 396ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: NP208
Axles, f/r: 2 1/2-ton Rockwell/2 1/2-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Welded spiders
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coils/Four-link, coils
Tires: 44x19.5-15 TSL Boggers
Special features: Hydraulic steering, custom fuel cell and bodywork, MileMarker 12000 winch
Driver experience: 10 years

5.David Austin
Yukon, Oklahoma
1988 Jeep Wrangler YJ

Moab-tested, this long-wheelbase TJ looks to "stretch" the field at Hollister Hills this year.

Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: SM465
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: 2 1/2-ton Rockwell/2 1/2-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: N/A
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/Four-link, coils
Tires: 44-inch TSL Swampers
Special features: Full hydro steering, wheelbase stretched 22 inches, Ramsey Patriot 9500 winch
Driver experience: 7 years

6.Chris Parkos
Prescott, Wisconsin
1983 Ford Ranger

A Ranger has never qualified for Top Truck Challenge. Could this be the year a Dearborn mini breaks through?

Engine: 460 Ford V-8
Transmission: Ford C6
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: Spool, Detroit
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, King coilovers/Four-link, King coilovers
Tires: 39.5x18-15 TSL Boggers
Special features: 1979 Bronco frame, Holley Pro-Jection, hydraulic steering, Warn 12000 winch
Driver experience: 8 years

7.Scott Sidwell
Glencoe, Minnesota
Mystery Jeep 1

The entry form says it's an 2005 Wrangler ... gotta be in there somewhere.

Engine: 514ci Ford V-8
Transmission: Ford C6HD
Transfer case: NP205/Klune V
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/spool
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Skyjacker leaves/Skyjacker leaves
Tires: 44x21-16 TSL Swampers
Special features: Custom frame, high-steer conversion, Holley Truck Avenger carb, Warn winch
Driver experience: 25 years

8.Rory Eckhardt
Casper, Wyoming
1979 Ford F-150

Rory says his Ford was "built for bogging." Your vote decides if it 'wheels the Mini Rubicon too.

Engine: 514ci Ford V-8
Transmission: Ford C6
Transfer case: NP203/205
Axles, f/r: 2 1/2-ton Rockwell/2 1/2-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Welded spiders
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, Peterbilt airbags/Four-link, Peterbilt airbags
Tires: 49-inch Super Swamper IROKs
Special features: Holley 1050 Dominator carb, pinion brakes, rear steer, Warn 8000 winch
Driver experience: 22 years

9.Corey Fowler
Ithaca, Michigan
Mystery Jeep 2

Corey calls his rig a "65 (?) Scrambler," but as there weren't no such critter, we'll let you figure it out.

Engine: 455ci Olds V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: 2 1/2-ton Rockwell/2 1/2-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Detroit
Ratios: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, Bronco coils/Reverse four-link, Bronco II coils
Tires: 44x19.5-15 TSL Boggers
Special features: Holley 770 Truck Avenger carb, custom cage and body panels, four-wheel steering, MileMarker 12000 winch
Driver experience: 6 years

10.Geoff Grothe
Washougal, Washington
1966 Ford Bronco

This clean-looking Bronco likes to play on the dunes. Is it flexy enough for the Frame Twister?

Engine: 5.0L Mustang V-8
Transmission: T-18
Transfer case: 4:1 Dana 300
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Welded spiders
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Triangulated four-link, Sway-A-Way coilovers/triangulated four-link, Sway-A-Way coilovers
Tires: 44-inch TSL Boggers
Special features: Body narrowed 8 inches, full hydraulic steering, custom tubing, Warn XD9000i winch
Driver experience: N/A

11.Addie Sheeley
Walden, New York
1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ

Addie was voted in last year, but had to cancel at the last minute. Will readers give her a second chance?

Engine: Corvette LS6 V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Atlas II 4.3
Axles, f/r: Dynatrac ProRock Dana 60/Dynatrac ProRock Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Detroit
Ratio: 4.88:1
Suspension, f/r: Rubicon Express 5.5-inch long-arm/RE 5.5-inch long-arm
Tires: 38.5x11.00-15 TSL Boggers
Special features: AGR hydraulic steering, Power Master welder, Warn 8274 winch
Driver experience: 20 years

12.Frank Wininger
Wasilla, Alaska
1973 Jeep CJ-5

If at first ... try again. An entrant last year, Frank's hoping the readers give him a shot this time around.

Engine: Ford 302 H.O. V-8
Transmission: NP435
Transfer case: Atlas II 4.3
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Spool
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, Sway-A-Way coilovers/Triangulated four-link, Rock Equipment coilovers
Tires: 44x19.5-15 TSL Boggers
Special features: 35-spline axles, wheelbase stretched 18 inches, full hydraulic steering, 22-gallon fuel cell, Warn 8274 winch
Driver experience: 8 years

13.Dana Bishop
Stockton Springs, Maine
1979 Ford F-350

More than a shop truck. Maybe a Top Truck?

Engine: Ford 468ci V-8
Transmission: Ford C6
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Spool
Ratio: 4.88:1
Suspension, f/r: Coil springs/Custom leaf springs
Tires: 44x16.5-19.5 Super Swamper Boggers
Special features: Rear PTO winch, full cage, racing seats
Driver experience: 13 years

14.Brett Jerome
Blue Springs, Missouri
1992 Jeep Wrangler YJ

A high-flying YJ built for serious fun.

Engine: Vortec 350ci V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: NP203/NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Welded spiders
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension f/r: Three-link, XJ coils/Four-link, XJ coils
Tires: 44-inch Super Swamper TSLs
\Special features: Full hydro steering, 117-inch wheelbase, upgraded driveline
Driver experience: 10 years

15.John Loyd
Billings, Missouri
1982 Jeep CJ-8

One serious CJ is what John is toying with here.

Engine: Vortec 383ci V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Atlas
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 4.88:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coil springs/Two-link, coil springs
Tires: 44-inch Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: Custom frame, full rollcage, hydro steering, interior air tank
Driver experience: 25 years

16.Cory Hanson
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1989 Toyota pickup

A bobbed, 'Mogged, and Tubed Toy.

Engine: 406ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH700R4
Transfer case: NP241 with Super Short 32-spline SYE kit
Axles, f/r: Unimog 404/Unimog 404
Traction aids, f/r: Cable Locker/Cable Locker
Ratio: 7.56:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link/Three-link, Fox shocks
Tires: 44x19.5-16.5 Super Swamper Boggers
Special features: Narrowed Unimog portal axles (!), exocage, four-wheel steering
Driver experience: 13 years

17.Dan Dibble
Collierville, Tennessee
2004 ASM rock buggy

A bulletproof buggy made for adventure.

Engine: 468ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: 32-spline Atlas 3.0
Axles, f/r: 2 1/2-ton Rockwell/2 1/2-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Ouverson Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link with Fox coilovers/Four-link with Fox coilovers
Tires: 44x15 Super Swamper Boggers
Special features: Four-wheel steering, 4340 axleshafts, racing seats, five-point harnesses
Driver experience: 21 years

18.Jason Payne
Bakersfield, California
1996 Chevrolet K3500 Silverado

Chevy gone wild. This naked Silverado is a minimalist's dream.

Engine: Vortec 454ci V-8
Transmission: 4L80-E
Transfer case: B-W 44-01/NP205
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension f/r: Dual triangulated four-link, Sway-A-Way coilovers/Dual triangulated four-link, Sway-A-Way coilovers
Tires: 44-inch Super Swamper TSL
Special features: Tapered and tubed frame, exocage, full underbody skidplate
Driver experience: 7 years

19.Chris Perry
Gasville, Arkansas
1987 Jeep Wrangler YJ

Will Chris' YJ be a Tank Trap tamer?

Engine: Vortec 350ci V-8
Transmission: 4L80-E
Transfer case: NP241
Axles, f/r: 2 1/2-ton Rockwell/2 1/2-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Detroit
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: 4.5-inch HD Rubicon Express leaves/4.5-inch HD RE leaves
Tires: 44-inch Super Swamper TSL
Special features: Not available at press time
Driver experience: 6 years

20.Terry Gilpin
La Porte, Texas
1984 Chevrolet K-3500

This is a Chevy Hi-Boy with high hopes.

Engine: Chevy 468ci V-8
Transmission: SM465
Transfer case: NP205/Rockwell T136
Axles, f/r: 5-ton top loader/5-ton top loader
Traction aids, f/r: Welded spiders/Welded spiders
Ratio: 6.44:1
Suspension, f/r: 12-inch springs, dropped hangers/12-inch blocks, lowered hangers
Tires: 56-inch Firestone R2
Special features: Onboard air, front and rear PTOs
Driver experience: 22 years

21.Bob Watson
North Bend, Oregon
1972 Jeepster Commando

Bob's Jeepster is ready to pour its Blue Oval heart out.

Engine: Ford 460ci V-8
Transmission: ZF five-speed with PTO
Transfer case: B-W 13-56
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana 60/High-pinion Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: ARB/ARB
Ratios: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/Leaf springs, antiwrap bar
Tires: 44-inch Super Swamper Boggers
Special features: Shortened 1992 Ford F-350 frame and drivetrain, 100hp nitrous system, rollcage, modular winch mounting
Driver experience: 30 years

22.Tyler Lucas
White City, Oregon
1973 Chevrolet K-20

Tyler is hoping his simply tough Bow Tie will impress the readers.

Engine: Chevy 383ci V-8
Transmission: SM465
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: 2 1/2-ton Rockwell/2 1/2-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Welded spiders
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: 10-inch Superlift springs/Monster Fab shackle flip, 6-inch Tuff Country leaves
Tires: 53-inch Michelin XZLs
Special features: 750-cfm Edelbrock carb
Driver experience: 10 years

23.Brent Burton
Colstrip, Montana
1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ

Will this stretched TJ be Fun Four All?

Engine: Corvette LS1 350ci V-8
Transmission: 4L60-E
Transfer case: NP231/Klune-V 4:1
Axles, f/r: 2 1/2-ton Rockwell/2 1/2-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/Spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, Sway-A-Way coilovers/Four-link, Sway-A-Way coilovers
Tires: 53-inch Michelin XMLs
Special features: Four-door conversion, 133-inch wheelbase, Art Carr shifter, rollcage
Driver experience: 27 years

24.Sam Collins
Washougal, Washington
1966 Ford F-250

A flexy F-series with a mission to win TTC.

Engine: Ford 545ci V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP203/NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: ARB/Spool
Ratio: 6.83:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, Sway-A-Way coilovers/Four-link, Sway-A-Way coilovers
Tires: 44-inch Super Swampers (front), 44-inch Swamper Boggers (rear)
Special features: DOM tube frame, rear-mounted radiator, custom headers and exhaust
Driver experience: 10 years

25.John Hughbanks
Pearblossom, California
1979 Ford Bronco

John participated in 4-Wheel and Off-Road's 2005 Ultimate Adventure. Now he wants to participate in a real adventure.

Engine: Ford 478ci V-8
Transmission: Ford C6
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Detroit
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom radius arms, coil springs/Skyjacker 6-inch leaves, shackle flip
Tires: 44-inch Swampers (front), 44-inch Boggers (rear)
Special features: Custom torque converter, Warn 9500 winch, 35-spline outers, Art Carr shifter, crossover steering with hydraulic ram assist
Driver experience: 12 years

26.Justin Phillips
Tecumseh, Oklahoma
1987 GMC 2500

Justin's GMC is a battle-scarred veteran of the gnarly trails in Poteau and Clayton, Oklahoma. Now he wants to add some TTC scars.

Engine: Chevy 454 V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Twin-stick NP205
Axles, f/r: 2 1/2-ton Rockwell/2 1/2-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Detroit
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: 8-inch leaf springs/8-inch leaf springs
Tires: 44-inch Boggers
Special features: Warn 16500 winch, rear Ramsey 9500, onboard air, Holley EFI, rear steer
Driver experience: 6 years

27.Steve Thornton
Plymouth, Indiana
2000 Jeep Wrangler

Steve placed 2nd at Real Truck Club Challenge 2004. Now he wants to conquer Top Truck Challenge.

Engine: Supercharged Ford 5.0L V-8
Transmission: T-18
Transfer case: Twin-stick Dana 300
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/Spool
Ratio: 5.86:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom three-link, adjustable coils/Three-link, adjustable coils
Tires: 39.5-inch Boggers
Special features: Warn 9000 winch, 35-spline outers, high-steer with hydraulic assist
Driver experience: 15 years

28.Chad McDonald
Claremore, Oklahoma
1988 Jeep Wrangler

Clearly built to the hilt, but can Chad's open-diff'd "Toyota Recovery" Vehicle overcome the Obstacle Course?

Engine: Chevy 350 V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: Twin stick Dana 300
Axles, f/r: 2 1/2-ton Rockwell/2 1/2-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: None
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom leaf springs/Custom three-link
Tires: 44-inch Swampers (front), 44-inch Boggers (rear)
Special features: Warn 12000 winch, rear steer, Sway-A-Way air shocks
Driver experience: 8 years

29.Rob Thomas
Sandy, Utah
1999 Bummer

Rollin' on Rockwells. If selected, Rob says he's going to ditch his Swampers in favor of 49-inch IROKs.

Engine: Chevy 350 V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: 2 1/2-ton Rockwell/2 1/2-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: None
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: 8-inch leaf springs/8-inch leaves
Tires: 44-inch Swampers
Special features: Warn 9500 winch, awesome sound system, EFI
Driver experience: 6 years

30.Kevin Pjatak
Stratford, Connecticut
1988 Ford F-350

This bulletproof Ford is a definite player. But could its enormous size be its downfall?

Engine: 7.3L diesel V-8
Transmission: NV4500
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: 2 1/2-ton Rockwell/2 1/2-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson Locker/Detroit
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Skyjacker 6-inch leaves, ORU shackle reversal/custom 6-inch leaves
Tires: 46-inch Michelin XMLs
Special features: Warn 16500 winch, rear Warn 12000, rear steer, USA 6x6 four-wheel disc brakes with 17-inch rotors and F-550 calipers, Ouverson 2-inch axleshafts (front)
Driver experience: 12 years

31.Steve Scerini
Sweet Home, Oregon
1975 Dodge Ramcharger

Steve has entered Top Truck before, but hopes 2006 is going to be the magical year that he finally gets to represent the Mopar crowd.

Engine: Chrysler 360 V-8
Transmission: TorqueFlite 727
Transfer case: Atlas II 3.8:1
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Detroit
Ratio: 5.86:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom coil spring conversion/Chevy Suburban leaf springs
Tires: 42-inch Swampers
Special features: Warn 9000 winch, onboard air with air tanks, dual batteries, custom fuel tank, Edelbrock intake, Truck Avenger carb
Driver experience: 7 years

32.Aaron Keith
Ponca City, Oklahoma
1986 Jeep CJ-7

Most of Aaron's 'wheeling experience has been in Oklahoma. Now he wants to broaden his horizons.

Engine: Chevy Vortec 350 V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Atlas II 3.8:1
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Detroit
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom three-link, TJ coils, Rancho shocks/Custom single-link, TJ coils, Rancho shocks
Tires: 44-inch Swampers
Special features: Warn 12000 winch, Holley Pro-Jection, Tuffy box
Driver experience: 6 years

33.Chrystal Smith
Idaho Springs, Colorado
1990 Suzuki Samurai

Chrystal wants to bring her modified Samurai to TTC and give the boys a banzai hi-yahh! Will she be TTC's first female driver?

Engine: Suzuki 1.3L I-4
Transmission: Stock five-speed
Transfer case: Calmini Rock Crawl 4.0:1
Axles, f/r: Custom Spidertrax (6 inches wider than stock)
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Detroit
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: 6-inch YJ spring-over, Doetsch Tech shocks/YJ spring-over, Doetsch Tech shocks
Tires: 33-inch Goodyear MT/Rs
Special features: Warn 8000 winch, four-wheel disc brakes, Toyota power-steering conversion
Driver experience: 7 years

34.Dewayne Rhodes
Walla Walla, Washington
1987 Ford Ranger

This Ranger has no bolt-on kits of any kind, and the owner completed all of the buildup/fabrication.

Engine: Ford 4.0L V-6
Transmission: 2000 Ranger five-speed
Transfer case: NP205 with custom range box made from Ranger transfer case
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana 44/High-pinion Dana 44
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Electrac/ARB
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom five-link, air springs/Five-link, air springs
Tires: 38.5-inch Boggers
Special features: Warn 9500 winch, rear Warn 8000, rear steer, hardened axleshafts and U-joints, custom aluminum flatbed, four-wheel disc brakes
Driver experience: 10 years

35.Robert Heath
St. Francisville, Louisiana
2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

This astounding Unlimited was taken from showroom-stock to trail animal in only 15 days. Its credentials are impeccable, but so are the Tank Trap's.

Engine: Chevy Ram Jet 350 V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: Atlas II
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Detroit
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, Sway-A-Way coilovers/Four-link, Sway-A-Way coilovers
Tires: 42-inch IROKs
Special features: Warn HS9500 winch, alloy axleshafts, CTM U-joints, hydraulic steering, 161:1 crawl ratio
Driver experience: 13 years

36.Robert Boggio
Winnemucca, Nevada
1986 Chevy S-10 Extended Cab

Robert says that prior to TTC his heavily outfitted S-10 will have double bead locks, a 100hp nitrous kit, an exocage, and a snorkel.

Engine: 1999 Chevy Vortec 6.0L V-8
Transmission: 1994 4L80-E
Transfer case: NP203/205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 70HD
Traction aids, f/r: ARB/ARB
Ratio: 4.88:1
Suspension, f/r: Rear 1/2-ton Chevy leaves, add-a-leaf, Pro Comp shocks/Wagoneer leaves, Pro Comp shocks
Tires: 44-inch Swamper TSLs
Special features: Warn 9500ti winch, 35-spline axleshafts, CTM U-joints (front), crossover steering with hydro-assist
Driver experience: 32 years

37.Mike Sullivan
Hesperia, California
1974/1990 Chevy Blazer

Mike says that "almost everything has been cut, bent, twisted, or modified" in some way. If he is chosen, we can guarantee even more of that.

Engine: Chevy 454 V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP203/205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Detroit
Ratio: 5.86:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/Leaf springs
Tires: 42-inch TSLs
Special features: Warn M12000 winch, line-lock rear brakes, Humvee wheels, hydraulic-assist steering, 1988 V3500 frame cut to fit Blazer body
Driver experience: 6 years

38.Brian H. Buck
Seymour, Wisconsin
1990 Ford Ranger

Brian says his Ranger was built "by hand using common materials and nothing on this truck is high-dollar or fancy." He's also positive and upbeat when he says that his truck "competitively performs with any truck." Brian, if you're chosen we'll let you prove it in the Tank Trap.

Engine: Propane Ford 460 V-8
Transmission: Ford C6
Transfer case: NP203/205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Welded spiders
Ratio: 3.77:1
Suspension f/r: Four-link, coil springs/Three-link, elliptical springs
Tires: 42-inch Swampers
Special features: Receiver-mounted 12,000-pound winch, bobbed bed, heavy-wall driveshafts, 122-inch wheelbase
Driver experience: 6 years

39.Kevin Meyers
Elk River, Minnesota
2004 Jeep tube Buggy

This Blue Torch buggy has what it takes, but will the readers grant Kevin's dirty desires? Vote today!

Engine: Vortec 454 with full roller valvetrain
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Atlas four-speed
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Detroit
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, King coilovers/Three-link, King coilovers
Tires: 49-inch TSL IROKs
Special features: Hydraulic steering, Holley 950 Pro-Jection, four-wheel disc brakes, on-board welder, 18-gallon fuel cell, Warn HS 9500 winches front and rear
Driver experience: 17 years

40.Zack Moore
Roseburg, Oregon
1984, Toyota pickup

Zack's Yota is ready to rock. The only question is: Will the 38s get Zack through the mud pit?

Engine: Chevy 350 V-8
Transmission: SM465
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Lock Right/Detroit
Ratio: 4.10:1
Suspension, f/r: 4-inch YJ leaf springs/63-inch Chevy leaves
Tires: 38-inch TSL Swampers
Special features: Homemade flatbed, bumpers and rock sliders, crossover steering, Warn M8000 winch
Driver experience: 10 years

41.Terry Sipe
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
1992 Ford F-550 Aerostar

With 600 hp on tap, this minivan is no mall cruiser. Do readers want return of the flexivan this year?

Engine: 383ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TCI TH350
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 70/Dana 80
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Detroit
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: 22-inch leaf springs/24-inch leaves
Tires: 44-inch Super Swampers
Special features: Hydraulic steering, 2004 F-550 frame, 1992 Aerostar body, aftermarket neon lighting and strobes
Driver experience: 30 years

42.Brent Wade
Napa, California
1988 Suzuki Samurai

Located just two hours north of Hollister Hills, this underdog might have a slight advantage when it comes to driver experience.

Engine: Sidekick 1.6L EFI I-4
Transmission: Stock five-speed
Transfer case: Stock with 6.5:1 low gear
Axles, f/r: Toyota/Toyota
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Detroit
Ratio: 4.30:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/Leaf springs
Tires: 35-inch TSL Boggers
Special features: Homebuilt snorkel, Ramsey 8000 winch, CV driveshafts, custom bumpers
Driver experience: 10 years

43.Shawn McNearney
Kellogg, Idaho
1943 Willys MB Crawler

Shawn's competition rock rig would be right at home on the Mini Rubicon. We only wonder if he knows how deep the water gets in the Trap.

Engine: Propane Chevy 350 V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: Atlas II
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana 60/High-pinion Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Welded spiders/Welded spiders
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, King coilovers/Four-link, Walker Evans air shocks
Tires: 37-inch BFG Krawlers
Special features: Custom body, Warn 8274 winch, hydraulic steering
Driver experience: 10 years

44.Wesley Wells
St. Augustine, Florida
1969 Kaiser M135A

Fully equipped, this beast looks to be a fierce competitor for this year's event. Will the readers agree?

Engine: LDT 465 turbo multifuel
Transmission: 3053A five-speed
Transfer case: Rockwell T-136
Axles, f/r: 2 1/2-ton Rockwell/2 1/2-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Detroit
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Stock leaf springs/stock leaves
Tires: 48-inch Michelin Terras
Special features: 30,000-pound PTO winch, 12,000-pound Warn winch, full hydraulic steering, custom snorkel
Driver experience: 10 years

45.Chris and Miya Dowds
Petaluma, California
1984 Jeep CJ-7

These two are Rubicon natives. Their Jeep is set up right for the type of trail work they enjoy, but will it work at TTC?

Engine: 4.2L Jeep I-6
Transmission: NP435
Transfer case: Dana 300 with 4:1 low
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Detroit
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: BDS 4-inch spring-over/BDS spring-over
Tires: 39.5-inch Super Swampers
Special features: Mopar EFI, chromoly high-steer, PSC hydraulic steering, MileMarker 9000 winch
Driver experience: 12 years

46.Tyler Kehde
Garden Hill, Manitoba, Canada
1982 Toyota Pickup

This Toyota lacks some very important equipment for some areas of the competition. However, with good luck, a skilled driver, and a proactive crew, it might happen.

Engine: 350 Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: Stock
Axles, f/r: Dana 44/Dana 44
Traction aids, f/r: Toyota electric locker/Toyota electric locker
Ratio: 4.11:1
Suspension, f/r: 14-inch leaf springs/14-inch leaves
Tires: 40-inch Ground Hawgs
Special features: Rear-mounted radiator, MileMarker 12000 winch
Driver experience: 3 years

47.Jeremia Yanna
Bradenton, Florida
1966 Ford Bronco

Big power, big axles, and plenty of experience. Will this tube-frame Bronco make the cut?

Engine: Ford 460 V-8
Transmission: C6
Transfer case: NP203/205
Axles, f/r: 2 1/2-ton Rockwell/2 1/2-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Welded spiders
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 2-inch Sway-A-Way coilovers/Four-link, Sway-A-Way air shocks
Tires: 44-inch Super Swampers
Special features: Rear 8500 Ramsey winch, front Warn 12000 winch, fully hydraulic steering, rear steer, four seats
Driver experience: 14 years

48.Christian Rigal
Moraga, California
1971 Toyota FJ-40

This FJ buggy looks like it has what it takes to qualify. Will the readers pick Christian to represent Toyota enthusiasts this year?

Engine: Chevy TPI 350 V-8
Transmission: SM465
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: 2 1/2-ton Rockwell (not shown)/2 1/2-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/Detroit
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 18-inch air shocks/Stock FJ-40 leaves
Tires: 49-inch IROKs (not shown)
Special features: Sectioned body lowered 8 inches to frame, fuel cell, Warn HS9500 winch, 111-inch wheelbase, "lead-weighted right foot"
Driver experience: 1 year

49.Mike Taufen
St. Cloud, Minnesota
1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ

Mike's YJ represents the basic TTC equation. Beefed and ready for action, could this 500hp Jeep be the next TTC champion?

Engine: Chevy 350 V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Atlas II 4.3
Axles, f/r: Dana 60, D70 outers/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: ARB/Detroit
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: Five-link, King coilovers/Five-link, King coilovers
Tires: 44-inch Super Swampers
Special features: Warn 16500 winch, heavy-duty CV driveshafts, Be-Cool radiator, hydraulic steering
Driver experience: 12 years

50.Noel "Dozer" Chadbourne
Clovis, California
2004 Rock buggy

The name says it all. The choice, however, is yours.

Engine: Propane Chevy 502 V-8
Transmission: SM465
Transfer case: NP205, Klune V
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/Detroit
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, 2 1/2-inch Race Runner coilovers/Four-link, Race Runner coilovers
Tires: 46-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claws
Special features: Hydraulic steering, Dedenbear knuckles, aluminum radiator, Warn 9.5ti winch, custom tube chassis
Driver experience: 20 years

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