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TTC '11 Challengers: The Top 50

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Four Wheeler Staff | Writer
Posted April 1, 2011
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What Say You? Who Will Go To Hollister This Year

It's time to vote! Yep, it's time for you to tell us which rigs you want to see compete in our 19th annual Top Truck Challenge.

Kick back and peruse the 50 rigs we've compiled from reader submissions. Go with your gut instinct or analyze and scrutinize-it's up to you. No matter how you do it, you are the judge and jury in this process. The votes you cast are the deciding factor on which rigs are invited this June to Hollister, California, for our seven-event, super-mega throwdown at the Hollister Hills SVRA. The highest vote-getting rigs will be invited to compete in the legendary Tow Test, Frame Twister, Mud Pit, Obstacle Course, Hill Climb, and Tank Trap. By popular demand, separate "Truck" and "Buggy" classes will return for 2011. Each class will comprise five rigs and an alternate.

Only the official ballot found between the covers of Four Wheeler is accepted. Photocopies and/or faxes will be promptly made into paper airplanes and flown around our office. All you have to do is remove the ballot and clearly write the corresponding entry numbers of your choices and mail it to the supplied address by March 31, 2011.

You can send in as many official ballots as you wish. As a matter of fact, we encourage it because then we'll sell more magazines. The top vote-getters will be notified the first week in April. We'll unveil the TTC competitors on fourwheeler.com in mid-April and have an in-depth look at each in the November 2011 issue of the magazine.

So, what say you? Which of these rigs do you want to see at TTC 2011?

#1 Tony Montalto, Shelton, Washington
1981 Ford Bronco
Big axles, big meats, and big-block power. This big Bronco seems to have the ingredients to dominate the Truck Class. Will you put this rig on the menu?
Engine: 460ci Ford V-8
Transmission: Ford C6 automatic
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2 1/2-ton/Rockwell 2 1/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Yukon Grizzly locker/spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/leaf springs
Tires: 49-in Interco IROKs
Special features: Holley Truck Avenger carburetor, twin-stick T-case shifters, rear shackle flip, rollcage, beadlock wheels, Mile Marker 12,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 10 years

#2 Tim Dallner, Sebringville, Ontario, Canada
1994 Chevy S-10
Dallner's rig certainly looks lean 'n' mean. He hopes this is the year you give him the nod to head south to Hollister. Ya'll got some love for a locked 'n' loaded S-10?
Engine: 355ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: GM TH350 automatic
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2 1/2-ton/Rockwell 2 1/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link with ORI struts/four-link with ORI struts
Tires: 46-in agriculturals
Special features: Dart II heads, forged piston rods, 11:1 compression, tube chassis, rear-mounted radiator, front and rear winches, snorkel
Driver experience: 15 years

#3 Mike Keller, Milwaukie, Oregon
1976 Ford F-350
Keller built this massive rig in 2006, and he's wheeled it in everything from sand dunes to forest trails to competition events. Will you give him the nod to add Top Truck to his resume?
Engine: 460ci Ford V-8
Transmission: Ford C6 automatic
Transfer case: NP205, Klune-V
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, King coilovers and bumpstops/four-link, King coilovers and bumpstops
Tires: 44-in Interco Boggers
Special features: Howe hydraulic steering, chromoly axleshafts, Yukon Super Joint U-joints, Dedenbear knuckles, Wilwood brakes, High Angle 40-degree driveshafts, dual Warn winches
Driver experience: 25 years

#4 Scott Edevold, Bemidji, Minnesota
1979 Chevy Suburban
Edevold calls his rig the "Minnesota Mud Taxi," and he says if you vote him in he'll "put on a very good show" with a "never-say-die attitude." What do you think of that?
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: GM SM465 manual
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Yukon spool/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Pro Comp 6-in leaf springs, Pro Comp ES3000 shocks/Pro Comp 6-in leaf springs, Pro Comp ES3000 shocks
Tires: 38.5x15.0-15 Interco Boggers
Special features: Holley Truck Avenger carb, 16-in electric fan, dual Optima batteries, Weiand aluminum intake, 3-in snorkel, waterproofed, Sky crossover steering, 35-spline outers with drive flanges, Warn 9000-lb winch, full array of sliders and skidplates, custom tube doors, custom rollcage, Rhino-lined interior, 3-in body lift
Driver experience: 9 years

#5 Andy Valdez, Bloomfield, New Mexico
2005 Toyota Buggy
Valdez says he's "totally mesmerized by TTC." If chosen, he's thinking of upgrading to 2 1/2-ton Rockwell axles with 54-inch tires. He also has a number of other upgrades planned including a bigger engine ("at least 400 hp") and link-type front suspension with coilovers.
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: GM TH400 automatic
Transfer case: Atlas 2-spd 3.8:1
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/spool
Ratio: 4.88:1
Suspension, f/r: Toyota rear leaf-springs, 14-in-travel Bilstein shocks, 4-in-travel hydraulic bumpstops/four-link, Jeep TJ coil-springs, 14-in-travel Bilstein shocks
Tires: 42-in Interco Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: Throttle body injection, headers, high-mount hydro-assist steering, front chromoly axleshafts,TrailReady beadlock wheels, '82 Toyota frame, full rollcage, Warn 8274 winch
Driver experience: 20+ years

#6 Joshua Middleton, Shelton, Washington
1979 Ford Bronco
This big Bronco looks like it could slap the Mud Pit silly. There's only one way to find out for sure.
Engine: 460ci Ford V-8
Transmission: Ford C6 automatic
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Ford 10.25
Traction aids, f/r: Ox Locker/welded
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Skyjacker 9-in-lift leaf springs/Skyjacker 9-in-lift leaf springs, shackle flip
Tires: 44x18.5-16.5 Interco Super Swampers
Special features: Edelbrock 700cfm carb, Edelbrock Torker II intake, aftermarket camshaft, transmission modifications, beadlock wheels, rollcage, chromoly axleshafts, Mile Marker 12,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 6 years

#7 Jared Bishop, Hollister, California
1979 Jeep CJ-5
Bishop lives just a few miles from the Hollister Hills SVRA, but this is the first time he has entered Top Truck. Will you give this Hollister resident permission to head for the hills?
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: GM SM465 manual
Transfer case: Atlas 2-spd 4.3:1
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Welded/welded
Ratio: 4.10:1
Suspension, f/r: Jeep Wrangler YJ 2-in-lift leaf-springs/Chevy leaf-springs
Tires: 40x13.5-16 Interco Boggers
Special features: Fuel injection, hydraulic-assist steering, on-board welder, on-board air compressor, Warn 9,500-lb winch
Driver experience: 6 years

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