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2010 Top Truck Challenge Challengers

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2010 Top Truck Challenge Challengers
Photographers: Courtesy of the TTC hopefuls

Get your ballots, because it's time for you to tell us which 10 of the following rigs you'd like to see compete in Top Truck Challenge 2010. Take your sweet ol' time and intricately evaluate each rig based on your trail-honed experience, or just blaze through and go with your gut feelings. Any way you do it, the ballots you cast will decide who goes to Hollister, California, for the 18th running of TTC. The highest vote-getting rigs will compete in the legendary Tow Test, Frame Twister, Mud Pit, Obstacle Course, Hill Climb, Mini Rubicon, and of course, the ├╝ber-challenging Tank Trap.

All you have to do is turn to page 45, remove the Official Top Truck Challenge 2010 ballot, clearly write the corresponding entry numbers of your 10 choices on the ballot, and mail it to the supplied address by March 15, 2010. Only the Official Ballot from this issue is accepted (no photocopies or faxes). We'll tally the votes and unveil the TTC Top 10 in the November issue of Four Wheeler and on fourwheeler.com in mid-April. If you're chosen as one of the 10 competitors, you'll be notified during the first week of April.

By popular demand, we intend to introduce a "Buggy" and "Truck" class this year, and each class will consist of five rigs, plus one alternate from each class. We'll have more on that in a future issue.

For now, get your ballots, get a pen, and get comfortable, because it's time to vote!

1. Erik Nelson, Prince George, B. C., Canada
1990 Ford F-250
Snow and ice are brutal, but so are the mud and rocks of Hollister. Will you let Nelson unleash his diesel-powered Blue Oval?
Engine: International 7.3L turbodiesel V-8
Transmission: ZF 5-spd
Transfer Case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Sterling 101/4-in
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/leaf springs
Tires: 39.5x18-15 Boggers
Special features: Interco water-methanol injection, 6 inches of lift, rear shackle reversal, front shackle flip, 15,000-lb front winch, 12,000-lb rear winch, beadlock wheels, hydraulic-assist steering, 35-spline outers, 3-in body lift, 1350 U-joints
Driver experience: 10 years

129 1004 13+top truck challenge 2010+1990 ford f250

2. Matt Sanderson, Pocatello, Idaho
1982 Chevy Blazer
This narrowed rig seems to be built right, and the owner says he'll pitch the rear leaves and go with links if he gets voted in. Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Lock-Right/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/leaf springs
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swampers
Special features: Heavily modified engine with Holley fuel injection, Warn 8,000-lb winch, 35-spline outers, rear truss and pinion guard, hydraulic-assist steering, Tom Wood's driveshafts
Driver experience: 20 years

129 1004 12+top truck challenge 2010+1982 chevy blazer

3. Tony Luchini, Swanton, Ohio
1995 Jeep Wrangler
It looks like Luchini's YJ has everything you need and nothing you don't. Will you give him the nod?
Engine: 350ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH 700R4 w/reverse valve body
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt Rockwell hybrid
Traction aids, f/r: Welded spiders/welded spiders
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 16-in Sway-A-Way coilovers/four-link, 16-in Sway-A-Way coilovers
Tires: 44x19.5-15 Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: Hydraulic steering, Premier Power Welder, Powertank, Warn XD9000 winch, rear cage/chassis
Driver experience: 10 years

129 1004 15+top truck challenge 2010+1995 jeep wrangler

4. Brandon Goodwin, Belfair, Washington
1972 Ford Bronco
Goodwin is volunteering to take his fine looking Bronco through Top Truck's seven mega-challenging events. Has he heard about the body-eating Canyon in the Tank Trap?
Engine: 6.0L GM V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: Klune-V, NP205
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 21/2-ton/Rockwell 21/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Yukon Grizzly Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coilover/four-link, coilover
Tires: 42-in Interco IROKs
Special features: Full tube chassis, 9,000-lb front winch, 8,000-lb rear winch
Driver experience: 19 years

129 1004 16+top truck challenge 2010+1972 ford bronco

5. Christopher Garrison, Rancho Cordova, California
1988 Suzuki Samurai
A relative newcomer to four-wheeling, Garrison has a nice rig and an impressive list of conquered trails, including the Rubicon. Now he wants to conquer the biggest challenge of all.
Engine: 4.3L GM V-6
Transmission: TH 700R4 w/manual reverse valve body
Transfer case: Atlas 4-spd
Axles, f/r: Toyota/Toyota
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/welded spiders
Ratio: 5.29:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 16-in Fox air shocks/four-link, 16-in Fox air shocks
Tires: 39.5-in Interco IROKs
Special features: Trail Tough disc brakes, 12VoltGuy.com switch panel, Longfield Super Axles, Howe hydraulic steering, MRW wheels
Driver experience: 2 years

129 1004 19+top truck challenge 2010+1988 suzuki samurai

6. Cody Ford, Coutts, Alberta, Canada
1980 Ford F-250
With a cab-mounted snorkel, bed-mounted radiator and transmission cooler, and a 600hp engine, this rig seems like it would be at home in the deep water of the Tank Trap. What do you think?
Engine: 400ci Ford V-8
Transmission: C-6 w/manual reverse valve body
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Sterling 101/4-in
Traction aids, f/r: Lock-Right/Lock-Right
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: Radius arms, panhard bar, air shocks/radius arms, panhard bar, air shocks
Tires: 38-in Interco TSLs or 18.4x16.1 agricultural on beadlocks
Special features: Heavily modified engine, Warn 8274 winch, dual electric cooling fans, driveshaft loops, full rollcage, five-point safety harnesses, dual batteries, hydraulic steering, center-mount hydraulic winch, 1410 U-joints
Driver experience: 10 years

129 1004 20+top truck challenge 2010+1980 ford f250

7. Dane Bathurst, Elk Grove, California
1985 Toyota 4Runner
Bathhurst has modified his 'Yota to suit his wheelin' style, and his style includes the Rubicon. Only four feet of the original frame, the hood, and the firewall remain. Everything else is custom.
Engine: 4.3L GM V-6
Transmission: Toyota 5-spd
Transfer case: Dual Toyota
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 21/2-ton/Rockwell 21/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Welded spiders/welded spiders
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Inverted four-link, Fox air shocks/inverted four-link, Fox air shocks
Tires: 42-in Interco TSLs
Special features: Propane injection, Warn 8274 winch, heavily modified body
Driver experience: 8 years

129 1004 25+top truck challenge 2010+1985 toyota 4runner

8. Eric Westover, Idaho Falls, Idaho
1987 Chevy K10
Westover says, "If it's in Idaho, I wheeled it." Now he wants to add Top Truck to his "Wheeled It" list. What say you?
Engine: 350ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/leaf springs
Tires: 44x19.5-16.5 Pitbull Rockers
Special features: Warn M10000 winch, 56-in front leaves, 63-in rear leaves, rollcage
Driver experience: 15 years

129 1004 24+top truck challenge 2010+1987 chevy k10

9. Jason Gray, Amity, Oregon
1975 Chevy Blazer
Narrowed front and rear, this Blazer looks like it's ready to slither right through the Tank Trap, and it's driven by a gent with 25 years of experience.
Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Air-actuated OX locker/welded spiders
Ratio: 4.10:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coilovers/four-link, Fox air shocks
Tires: 44-in Interco Boggers
Special features: Warn 9.5ti winch, Stazworks double beadlocks, High Angle Driveline driveshafts, PSC hydraulic steering, pneumatic bumpstops
Driver experience: 25 years

129 1004 27+top truck challenge 2010+1975 chevy blazer

10. Lehi Hartwell, Mountain Home, Idaho
1981 Chevy Suburban
Hartwell says his Suburban has a "really crappy body that I don't mind destroying." He has applied to run at Top Truck before, and he's hoping this is the year you'll give him the thumbs-up.
Engine: 383ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Stak 3-spd
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: OX locker/Ouverson spool
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/leaf springs
Tires: 47-in Interco Super Swamper LTBs
Special features: Warn 16.5 winch, Alloy USA chrome-moly front axleshafts, Longfield U-joints, AA Fab drive flanges, crossover steering, Redneck Ram hydraulic assist steering, Dutchman rear axleshafts, dual batteries, custom cage, custom sliders, custom bumpers, reinforced frame, H1 double beadlocks
Driver experience: 9 years

129 1004 28+top truck challenge 2010+1981 chevy suburban

11. Mike Karwath, Union, Kentucky
2009 Tube Chassis YJ
Almost completely custom with the exception of the YJ hood and grille, this rig's build list reads like a dream come true. But Karwath wants to prove that his rig is more than just a pretty face.
Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Stak Monster Box 3-spd
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 21/2-ton/Rockwell 21/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 18-in Fox air shocks/four-link, 18-in Fox air shocks
Tires: 44-in Interco Boggers
Special features: Ramsey 12,000-lb winch, propane injection, 420 horsepower, 480 lb-ft of torque, full tube chassis, re-centered H1 wheels
Driver experience: 15 years

129 1004 32+top truck challenge 2010+1932 2009 tube chassis YJ

12. P.J. Hale, Kempner, Texas
1948 Willys truck
A fine classic body atop a custom chassis and proven drivetrain. The Frame Twister is calling Hale's name. Will you let him answer?
Engine: 302ci Ford V-8
Transmission: AOD
Transfer case: NP243
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 21/2-ton/Rockwell 21/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson spool/Ouverson spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/three-link
Tires: 49-in Intercos
Special features: Fuel injection, Warn PowerPlant HD, four-wheel hydraulic steering, custom frame/cage
Driver experience: 20 years

129 1004 33+top truck challenge 2010+1948 willys truck

13. Terry Estes, Kempner, Texas
1974 Jeep CJ-5
With Cummins power and a lengthened wheelbase, is there anything that can stop this Jeep? Tank Trap, anyone?
Engine: 3.9L Cummins 4BT I4 turbodiesel
Transmission: SM 465
Transfer case: NP205, Lomax 3:1
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 21/2-ton/ Rockwell 21/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker / Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, coil springs, panhard bar/three-link, coil springs, panhard bar
Tires: 47x17x16.5 Interco Super Swamper
Special features: 125-in wheelbase, onboard air, in-frame tank, 160-amp welder, rear steer, custom beadlocks
Driver experience: 30+ years

129 1004 36+top truck challenge 2010+1974 jeep CJ5

14. Chris and Kaylie Koll, Plymouth, California
1992 Jeep Wrangler YJ
Four doors and square headlights make this a unique ride. Will you allow it to meet its maker in the Tank Trap?
Engine: 385ci Fastburn V-8
Transmission: 727 TorqueFlite automatic
Transfer case: Klune Goliath/NP205, 32-spline 1410 outputs
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 21/2-ton/Rockwell 21/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker /welded spiders
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 16-in coilovers/four-link, 16-in coilovers
Tires: 49-in Interco IROKs
Special features: Four-door conversion, double beadlocks
Driver experience: 10 years

129 1004 35+top truck challenge 2010+1992 jeep wrangler YJ

15. Ed Buster, Rosebud, Texas
1978 Chevrolet "Big 10"
Straight from Texas comes this Big 10 with propane power. Mean and green, but is it tougher than our toughest obstacles?
Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: SM 465
Transfer case: Atlas 4.0 (10.3:1)
Axles, f/r: Chevrolet Dana 60 with Longfields/Chevrolet Dana 70 HD
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: 56-in leaf springs, anti-wrap bar, 15-in BBCS shocks/44-in leaf springs, antiwrap bar, 15-in BBCS shocks
Tires: 44-in Interco Boggers
Special features: H1 re-centered beadlocks, grooved tires, onboard air, full hydraulic steering, dual Optima Yellow Top batteries
Driver experience: 23 years

129 1004 39+top truck challenge 2010+1978 chevrolet

16. Mel Wade, Long Beach, California
2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JK
We've never had a JK compete in TTC. Will this be the year? If you want to watch a JK tested to the limit, vote it in. The decision is yours.
Engine: Supercharged 3.8L Jeep V-6
Transmission: 42RLE automatic
Transfer case: Stak 3-spd
Axles, f/r: Dynatrac Pro Rock 60/Dynatrac Pro Rock 60
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker / ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Off Road Evolution Double Throw Down coilover conversion/Off Road Evolution Double Throw Down Evo Lever
Tires: 42-in Goodyear MT/Rs
Special features: Warn 12.0 Endurance winch, Off Road Evolution bodywork
Driver experience: 35 years

129 1004 40+top truck challenge 2010+2007 jeep wrangler unlimited JK

17. Robert Taylor, Mobile, Alabama
1988 Jeep Wrangler YJ
We have YJs coming out of the woodwork for TTC, but this one appears to be a strong example of the breed. How strong remains to be seen, perhaps at TTC.
Engine: 4.6L Jeep I-6 stroker
Transmission: 999 TorqueFlite automatic w/Kevlar bands
Transfer case: Atlas
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/spool
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: 2-in Alcan springover conversion/four-link, TJ coil springs
Tires: 42-in Interco Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: Hydraulic steering assist, 15-gal RCI fuel cell, Corbeau seats, rear disc conversion
Driver experience: 25 years

129 1004 43+top truck challenge 2010+1988 jeep wrangler YJ

18. Dewayne Smith, Ephrata, Washington
1973 Jeep CJ-5
There are a lot of neat things that come from the Northwest, including snow and this air shock-sprung CJ-5. Snow is one thing, but a gooey mud pit beset by boulders and logs are another.
Engine: 350ci GM V-8
Transmission: SM 420
Transfer case: Atlas 4:1
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM Corporate 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Links, 2.5-in Fox air shocks/links, 2.5-in Fox air shocks
Tires: 49x21x17 Interco IROKs
Special features: "Heavily modified"
Driver experience: 9 years

129 1004 44+top truck challenge 2010+1973 jeep CJ5

19. Brandon Spears, College Station, Texas
1976 International Scout II
We have a soft spot for Scouts, and we generally cringe when we see them voted in at Top Truck. However, Spears seems to have what it takes to guide this International through the Canyon. What do you say?
Engine: 460ci Ford V-8
Transmission: Ford C6 automatic
Transfer case: Ford NP 203/205 Stazworks doubler
Axles, f/r: Ford high-pinion Dana 60, dually hub flanges/GM dually Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker /welded spiders
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: 3.5-in CORE coil springs, modified radius arms/four-link, stock Ford fullsize coils
Tires: 44-in Interco TSL SS (front), 44-in Interco TSL Bogger (rear)
Special features: Grooved tires, H1 wheels, double beadlocks, Warn 8,000-lb winch, RV cam, MSD ignition
Driver experience: 10 years

129 1004 48+top truck challenge 2010+1976 international scout II

20. Leo Kuether, Grand Forks, North Dakota
2007 Cole Works "Fat Girl"
All custom and clearly bad-ass, will Kuether's stoutly-built gal last until the Fat Lady sings?
Engine: 502ci Chevrolet Ramjet V-8
Transmission: TCI TH400 automatic
Transfer case: Atlas 3.0
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 21/2-ton/Rockwell 21/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson / Ouverson
Ratio: 6.72
Suspension, f/r: Triangulated four-link, Fox coilovers and air bumps/triangulated four-link, Fox coilovers and air bumps
Tires: 47x17x16.5 Interco TSL Boggers or 46x20x19 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws
Special features: Manual and reverse valve body, full hydraulic steering, Griffin transmission and steering coolers
Driver experience: 16 years

129 1004 49+top truck challenge 2010+2007 cole works

21. Kevin Simmons, Wakefield, New Hampshire
1937 Ford Pickup
Rat rod and mud truck mash-up! Yeah, that makes total sense to us, too. Want to see what that looks like amongst the rocks of the Mini-Rubicon or the logs in the Frame Twister? Then let your curiosity get the better of you.
Engine: 521ci Ford V-8
Transmission: C-6 automatic
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Sterling 10.25-in
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.10:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, air shocks/four-link, air shocks
Tires: 39.5-in Interco Boggers
Special features: "Rat rod that likes to play the mud," '79 Ford F-250 frame
Driver experience: 19 years

129 1004 52+top truck challenge 2010+1937 ford pickup

22. J.W. Lathum, Golconda, Nevada
1994 Ford F-350
Our readers love fullsize trucks, especially when they are built for TTC. Does this fullsize Ford have what it takes to earn your vote?
Engine: 5.8L Ford V-8
Transmission: Ford C-6 automatic
Transfer case: B-W 13-56 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Sterling 101/4-in
Traction aids, f/r: Welded spiders/welded spiders
Ratio: 4.11:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/four-link, quarter-elliptical leaf springs
Tires: 44x18.5x16.5 Interco Super Swamper Boggers
Special features: Smittybilt XRC-8 winch
Driver experience: 8 years

129 1004 51+top truck challenge 2010+1994 ford f350

23. Brian Barker, Plamondon, Alberta, Canada
1993 Ford Ranger
It's like a monster truck, but smaller. This highflying Canuck was built for abusive situations, and we think we might have just the one for it. Do you agree?
Engine: 540ci Ford V-8
Transmission: Hughes Racing C6
Transfer case: NP 205 twin-stick with Northwest Fab Black Box
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM Corporate 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker /spool
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 16-in King coilovers/four-link, 16-in King coilovers
Tires: 44-in Interco Boggers
Special features: Full manual and reverse valve body, 16.5 Warn winch, only thing left stock is the body
Driver experience: 15 years

129 1004 56+top truck challenge 2010+1993 ford ranger

24. Chris Kolb, Bradenton, Florida
1988 Chevrolet Suburban
When a rig has a reputation as a mall crawler, it takes a special kind of person to help the vehicle to shed that rap. Has Kolb guided this repentant and formerly 4x2 Suburban far enough to get your vote?
Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM Corporate 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/spool
Ratio: 3.73:1
Suspension, f/r: 52-in leaf springs, DIY4X hangers, Ford shock towers/four-link, progressive-rate coil springs
Tires: 39.5 Interco TSLs
Special features: Smittybilt XRC-10 winch, hydraulic steering assist, was formerly a two-wheel-drive truck
Driver experience: 4 years

129 1004 57+top truck challenge 2010+1988 chevrolet suburban

25. Scott Edevold, Bemidji, Minnesota
1979 Chevrolet Suburban
This Minnesota Mud Taxi is hopeful for your vote. Do you think a Suburban on 38s will create enough excitement for you?
Engine: 350ci GM V-8
Transmission: SM 465
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 44/GM Corporate 12-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Richmond spool/Eaton Locker
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: Pro Comp 6-in leaf springs/Pro Comp 6-in leaf springs with add-a-leaf
Tires: 38.5x15x15 Interco TSL Boggers
Special features: 1981 Navy-issued body, front and rear Warn winches, 3-in body lift, dual Optima Red Top batteries
Driver experience: 8 years

129 1004 59+top truck challenge 2010+1979 chevrolet suburban

26. Jeffrey Kupiel, Woodstock, Connecticut
1980 Jeep CJ-7
With some serious ponies lurking under the hood, this CJ looks to be an interesting contender. The only question we have is, what's up with the 1/2-ton axles?
Engine: 401ci AMC V-8 w/ NOS and H20 injection (1,300 hp)
Transmission: TH 400
Transfer case: B-W Quadra-Trac
Axles, f/r: Dana 44/Dana 44
Traction aids, f/r: Open/E-Locker
Ratio: 3.73:1
Suspension, f/r: Double-triangulated four-link/double-triangulated four-link
Tires: 35-in Toyo Open Country Mud Terrains
Special features: Warn 8274 winch
Driver experience: 40 years

129 1004 60+top truck challenge 2010+1980 jeep CJ7

27. Derek Trent, Sparks, Nevada
"151-Proof" Buggy
This rig looks like it could pack a serious punch. Do you want to see it under water at TTC? Vote now.
Engine: 403ci GM LS2 V-8
Transmission: TH 400
Transfer case: Atlas II (3:1)
Axles, f/r: Portal-Tek Super 14/Portal-Tek Super 14
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coilovers/four-link, coilovers
Tires: 42-in Interco IROKs
Special features: Ramsey winch, tube chassis, fuel cell, J.E. Reel drivelines
Driver experience: 20 years

129 1004 63+top truck challenge 2010+buggy

28. Peps Paloma, Moreno Valley, California
1998 Toyota Tacoma
This green machine may fall short in the power department, but rest assured, Peps says he knows how to turn heads on the trail. Will you give him a chance to prove it?
Engine: 2.4L Toyota I-4
Transmission: Toyota W-56 manual
Transfer case: Dual Toyota w/Marlin Crawler adapter
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana70
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit/spool
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: 5-in All-Pro leaf springs/5-in All-Pro leaf springs, Bilstein shocks
Tires: 42-in Interco Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: Full cage, beadlocks, twin sticks
Driver experience: 15 years

129 1004 64+top truck challenge 2010+1998 toyota tacoma

29. Joachim Gueppner, Neidenstein, Germany
"Sledge Hammer" Garage-Built Buggy
If picked, Joachim may very well get our Long Distance award. However, first he needs your vote.
Engine: 502ci GM Ramjet V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Atlas II (3:1)
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 21/2-ton/Rockwell 21/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: N/A
Suspension, f/r: Double-triangulated 4-link, Sway-A-Way 2.5-in air shocks/double-triangulated 4-link, Sway-A-Way 2.5-in air shocks
Tires: 54-in Interco Boggers (not shown)
Special features: PSC hydraulic steering, Ramsey 9500 Patriot Profile winch, Stazworks double beadlocks
Driver experience: 15 years

129 1004 68+top truck challenge 2010+garage built buggy

30. Bruce Norval, Sturtevant, Wisconsin
1988 Jeep Wrangler YJ
Undoubtedly, Bruce knows his way around a mud bog, but will his Jeep succumb to the savage terrain of the Mini Rubicon? There's only one way to find out.
Engine: 302ci Mercury V-8
Transmission: T-18
Transfer case: NP 205
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 21/2-ton/Rockwell 21/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Welded spider/welded spiders
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coil springs/four-link, coil springs
Tires: 48-in Michelin XLs
Special features: Ramsey 9000 winch
Driver experience: 9 years

129 1004 67+top truck challenge 2010+1988 jeep wrangler YJ

31. Ryan "Spider" Moore, Duncan, B. C., Canada
1981 Chevy K5 Blazer
This rig has graced our pages a time or two before, but this time Ryan has some new additions that should make for some good entertainment on the DVD.
Engine: Supercharged 454ci GM V-8, propane injection
Transmission: Dual SM 465 manuals
Transfer case: NP 205
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 5-ton/Rockwell 5-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Welded spiders/welded spiders
Ratio: 6.44:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, coilovers/double-triangulated four-link, coilovers
Tires: 54-in Mickey Thompson Claws (not shown)
Special features: M12000 Tabor winch, four-wheel steering, full tube chassis
Driver experience: "Long enough"

129 1004 71+top truck challenge 2010+1985 chevy k5 blazer

32. Jim Olson, Boise, Idaho
1978 Chevy Silverado Truggy
This rig represents the average wheeler we see on the trail, but will the average wheeler pick it to represent at TTC? It's up to you.
Engine: 350ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH 400
Transfer case: NP 203/205 w/ORD Doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM Corporate 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Ox Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Multilink, 14-in Fox coilovers/multilink, 16-in Fox coilovers
Tires: 44-in Pit Bull Rockers
Special features: H1 beadlocks, Warn 12000 winch, exocage, onboard air, air bumps
Driver experience: 5 years

129 1004 72+top truck challenge 2010+1978 chevy silverado truggy

33. Kevin Engleking, Seymour, Indiana
1990 Ford F-150
Surprise, you're entered. Kevin's girlfriend secretly sent in this entry in hope of making his dream a reality. Let's hope she's his spotter if he gets enough votes.
Engine: 351ci Ford Windsor V-8
Transmission: Stock 5-spd
Transfer case: NP 205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/ Ford 101/4-in
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded spiders
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Radius arms, three-link, coil springs/triangulated four-link, coil springs
Tires: 46-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claws
Special features: Ramsey Pro 9000 winch
Driver experience: 12 years

129 1004 75+top truck challenge 2010+1990 ford f150

34. Christopher Bowman, Mountain Home, Idaho
1982 Dodge W300
Want to see corn-fed Mopar muscle duke it out in the Tank Trap? Cast your vote!
Engine: 360ci Dodge V-8
Transmission: TorqueFlite 727
Transfer case: Twin-stick NP205
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 21/2-ton/Rockwell 21/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Welded spiders/welded spiders
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/leaf springs, shackle flip
Tires: 44-in Interco Boggers
Special features: Rear cutting brake, Optima battery, Warn 8274 winch
Driver experience: 10 years

129 1004 76+top truck challenge 2010+1982 dodge w300

35. Sean Lipscomb, West Point, Virginia
1976 International Scout
Scouts always seem to do well at TTC-could this be Sean's lucky year?
Engine: 383ci GM V-8
Transmission: T-18
Transfer case: NP 203/205 w/ORD doubler
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 21/2-ton/Rockwell 21/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Ouverson spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, coil springs/four-link, coil springs
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: Rear steer, aircraft landing lights, Warn 12000 winch
Driver experience: 16 years

129 1004 80+top truck challenge 2010+1976 international scout

36. Joe Quichocho, Mangilao, Guam
Tube Chassis CJ-7 Buggy
This island buggy may soon be Stateside for a week of serious TTC thrashing. We think it would look cool sitting in the middle of the Mud Pit. Do you?
Engine: 502ci GM V-8 (550 hp, 580 lb-ft)
Transmission: Hughes TH 400 w/manual valve body
Transfer case: Atlas 4-spd (5.44:1)
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 21/2-ton, Rockwell 21/2-ton)
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson 47-spline locker/Ouverson 47-spline locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, Fox coilovers/four-link, Fox coilovers
Tires: 44-in Interco Boggers
Special features: Custom-built chassis, rear steer, Trailready double beadlocks, 2-in Ouverson axleshafts, Auto Meter gauges, Corbeau seats, ACCEL fuel injection, MSD ignition, Warn HS 9500i winch, Will run 47-in Super Swamper LTBs if voted in
Driver experience: 9 years

129 1004 81+top truck challenge 2010+tube chassis CJ7 buggy

37. Joe Collins, Middleburg, Florida
1986 Ford Ranger
This rig belongs to the founder and organizer of Florida's South Eastern Tough Truck Challenge event series. Will the readers enable Joe to participate in the real thing?
Engine: 414ci Ford Windsor V-8
Transmission: Monster Motorsports C6
Transfer case: NP 203/205 w/ORD doubler
Axles, f/r: Dynatrac Pro Rock 60/GM Corporate 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.88:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, air bags/four-link, air bags
Tires: 46-in Mickey Thompson Claws
Special features: Warn 9500 winch, full exocage
Driver experience: 10 years

129 1004 84+top truck challenge 2010+1986 ford ranger

38. Cory Casper, Idaho Falls, Idaho
1998 Dodge Durango
Back for more? Yep. If picked, last year's alternate will again show off his SUV's abilities at TTC, but this time, the points will be counted.
Engine: 429ci Ford V-8
Transmission: C6
Transfer case: B-W 1345 manual
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 21/2-ton/Rockwell 21/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Grizzly Locker/Grizzly Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, coilovers/6-in Superlift leaf springs
Tires: 47-in Pit Bull Growlers
Special features: Warn 15000 winch, dual batteries, re-centered H1 beadlocks, Trail Gear hydraulic steering
Driver experience: 14 years

129 1004 83+top truck challenge 2010+1998 dodge durango

39. Roger King, Sparta, Tennessee
1964 Dodge WM300 Power Wagon
This rig's owner says he can stretch his wheelbase 36 inches "on the fly." We sure wouldn't mind seeing for ourselves how that setup works. Readers?
Engine: 408ci Dodge V-8 stroker
Transmission: Dodge NP435
Transfer case: Divorce-mount NP205
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 21/2-ton/Rockwell 21/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Ouverson spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom coilover, four-link/custom coilover, four-link
Tires: 49-in Interco IROKs
Special features: "Lots of stuff" including rear steer, Warn 8274 winch, and 36-inch adjustable wheelbase "on the fly"
Driver experience: 15 years

129 1004 89+top truck challenge 2010+1964 dodge WM300 power wagon

40. Eric Lozier, Clifton, Colorado
1987 Suzuki Samurai
It has been a few years since a Suzuki made an appearance at Top Truck. We've never hosted a Suzuki on Rockwells, however, and this Sami appears well set-up for the Mini-Con.
Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH350 w/TH400 converter
Transfer case: 3-spd Stak Mini Monster Box
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 21/2-ton/Rockwell 21/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson locker/Ouverson locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom coil, three-link/custom coil, four-link, 16-in nitro shocks
Tires: 38-in Interco Boggers
Special features: Smittybilt XRC8 winch in front, Ramsey 8000 in rear, full hydro steering, Holley 670 Pro-Jection, 36-in frame extension, front and rear cutting brakes, six-core radiator
Driver experience: 25 years

129 1004 88+top truck challenge 2010+1987 suzuki samurai

41. Casey Leftwich, Conyers, Georgia
1977 Jeep CJ-5
We don't know if there are any boulder fields as nasty as the Mini-Rubicon in the Georgia woods, but this CJ-5 certainly doesn't shy away from rockcrawling.
Engine: 6.0L GM Vortec V-8
Transmission: TH350 w/reverse manual valve body
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler, Art Carr shifter
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Welded spiders/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs, traction bar/custom four-link, 18-in nitro shocks
Tires: 46-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claws
Special features: Warn 9500 winch, full hydro steering, Optima battery, rear disc brakes, "heavily modified frame"
Driver experience: 10 years

129 1004 92+top truck challenge 2010+1977 jeep CJ5

42. Rory Sandstrom, Spring Creek, Nevada
1981 Jeep CJ-7
This rig's owner wheels it "every chance I get," adding, "My full-throttle assault vehicle is more than ready for TTC." Our loyal readers will make the final call.
Engine: 350ci Chevy Ramjet V-8
Transmission: Turbo 350
Transfer case: NP205 w/3:1 low-range
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom soft-ride relocated leaf springs, Fabtech shocks/custom soft-ride relocated leaf springs, Fabtech shocks
Tires: 42-in Super Swampers
Special features: Warn 8000 winch, frontend moved 51/2 forward, rearend moved 3 inches back, AGR ram-assist steering
Driver experience: 14 years

129 1004 93+top truck challenge 2010+1981 jeep CJ7

43. Rob Espinoza, Pico Rivera, California
1973 Ford pickup
Besides giving us an idea for another TTC event, this aspirant proves he isn't afraid to whomp his truck. Still, a winch would be a handy addition before braving the hazards at Hollister Hills.
Engine: 460 Ford V-8, bored .060 over
Transmission: C6 automatic
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: 35-spline cut Dana 60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: N/A
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom 63-in leaf springs/custom 61-in leaf springs
Tires: 44-in Interco Boggers
Special features: 850cfm Holley carb, 32-bolt beadlocks, 1410 yokes, custom tube bed
Driver experience: 24 years

129 1004 97+top truck challenge 2010+1973 ford pickup

44. Travis Oliver, Salem, Virginia
2000 Jeep Wrangler
About the only "Jeep" components remaining beneath the sheetmetal are its engine and transmission. If voted in, however, "A V-8 swap will be done," according to its owner.
Engine: 4.0L Jeep I-6
Transmission: NV3550
Transfer case: Stak 3-spd Monster Box
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 21/2-ton, Ouverson shafts/Rockwell 21/2-ton, Ouverson shafts
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson locker/Ouverson spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, Fox 18-in coilovers/four-link, Fox 18-in coilovers
Tires: 47-in Interco grooved Swamper LTBs
Special features: Superwinch Epi9000 winch, 1410/1350 CV joints, 2-in DOM suspension links, Trailready beadlocks, RCI fuel cell, 116-in wheelbase, 102-in width
Driver experience: 10+ years

129 1004 96+top truck challenge 2010+2000 jeep wrangler

45. Sam "Slinky" Silveira, San Jose, California
Custom tube buggy
This Top Truck hopeful might be sporting the oddest drivetrain in TTC history. Regardless, this Mazda-powered buggy boasts the Rubicon, Fordyce and "all Hammers" among its many conquests.
Engine: 1.3L '88 Mazda 13B rotary
Transmission: Mazda RX7 automatic
Transfer case: Suzuki Samurai
Axles, f/r: Hybrid Toyota-Unimog/hybrid Toyota-Unimog
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 4.10:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, coil sprngs, panhard rod/four-link, coil springs
Tires: 42-in Interco IROKs
Special features: Warn 6000 winch
Driver experience: 17 years

129 1004 99+top truck challenge 2010+custom tube buggy

46. John Retzloff, Covelo, California
1977 GMC K-15
Simple and sweet, this GMC is a humble example of old-school truck building. Will readers give this Rubicon vet the chance to compete in our Truck Class this year?
Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: SM 465
Transfer case: Twin NP205s w/custom adapter
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Ox Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.88:1
Suspension, f/r: 52-in relocated Chevy leaf springs/63-in Chevy leaf springs
Tires: 53-in Goodyears
Special features: Warn 9500ti winch, PSC hydro-assist steering, Summit headers, Dynomax exhaust
Driver experience: 15 years

129 1004 100+top truck challenge 2010+1977 GMC k15

47. Rob Murphy, Millmont, Pennsylvania
2004 Jeep Wrangler
This driven-daily TJ came with two full pages of meticulously typed specs, but the one that really caught our eye was "391:1 final drive, and can still go down the highway at 70!"
Engine: 355ci Corvette V-8 w/'89 Suburban TBI
Transmission: SM420, Centerforce clutch
Transfer case: 4:1 Dana 300, Klune V 2.72:1
Axles, f/r: Power Wagon Dana 60, Mile Marker hubs/Ford Sterling 101/4-in, '89 Chevy rotors and calipers
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom three-link, 14-in coilovers/double triangulated four-link, 12-in coilovers, custom cantilevers
Tires: 42-in Interco IROKs
Special features: T-Max 10,000-lb winch in front, 8,000-lb winch in rear, hydro-assist steering, 200-amp alternator, Staun beadlocks, Tom Wood's driveshafts, serpentine belt conversion
Driver experience: 16 years

129 1004 104+top truck challenge 2010+2004 jeep wrangler

48. Ryan Knoche, Hamburg, New York
1990 Suzuki Samurai/buggy
Who says that New Yorkers don't rockcrawl? Not the owner of this 10-year creation, which started its life as a stock Samurai and is piloted here by Ryan's co-driver, Mindi Lane.
Engine: 4.3L GM full roller V-6
Transmission: TH700R4 w/full manual valve body
Transfer case: NP203/205 Jed's Machine doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Dual-triangulated four-link, 16-in King air shocks/dual-triangulated four-link, 16-in King shocks
Tires: 47-in Interco Super Swamper LTBs
Special features: Warn 9000ti winch, PSC steering, Yukon axleshafts, 1410 driveshafts, dimple-died lower links
Driver experience: 15 years

129 1004 103+top truck challenge 2010+1996 suzuki samurai buggy

49. Tim Alderson, McKeesport, Pennsylvania
1986 Chevy Blazer
Tim's turbo Chevy would appear to work well both on- and off-road, since it's doing both in this photo. Top Truck, though, is another level altogether. Readers, it's your call.
Engine: Turbocharged 355ci Chevy V-8 w/nitrous
Transmission: TH350, TCI clutches, manual valve body
Transfer case: NP208
Axles, f/r: GM 10-bolt/full-floating GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Welded spiders/welded spiders
Ratio: 4.10:1
Suspension, f/r: Coil springs, panhard rod/quarter-elliptical leaf springs
Tires: "44s"
Special features: 8,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 6 years

129 1004 107+top truck challenge 2010+1986 chevy blazer

50. Darren Sinkey, Oroville, California
1989 Ford Bronco
If chosen by our readers, this hopeful pledges to drive his rig to Top Truck. He may even have completed his promised right-hand drive conversion by then.
Engine: 351ci Ford Windsor V-8
Transmission: C6 automatic
Transfer case: Triple-stick NP203/205
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana 60, chrome-moly shafts, 300M Longfields/shaved GM 14-bolt, disc brakes
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, Sway-A-Way Racerunner coilover shocks/leaf springs, four shocks
Tires: 47-in Interco Swamper LTBs
Special features: Full exocage, dual 20-lb CO2 tanks, four Optima YellowTop batteries, onboard welder, 40-gal fuel cell
Driver experience: 25 years

129 1004 110+top truck challenge 2010+1989 ford bronco

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