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Top Truck Challenge 2011 Challengers: The Top 50

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Top Truck Challenge 2011 Challengers: The Top 50
Photographers: Readers

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?

129 1104 10 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+montalto 1981 ford bronco

#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

129 1104 09 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+dallner 1994 chevy s10

#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

129 1104 11 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+keller 1976 ford f350

#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

129 1104 12 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+edevold 1979 chevy suburban

#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

129 1104 14 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+valdez 2005 toyota buggy

#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

129 1104 13 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+middleton 1979 ford bronco

#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

129 1104 16 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+bishop 1979 jeep cj5

#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

129 1104 15 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+hall suzuki samurai buggy

#8 Josh Hall, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
Suzuki Samurai Buggy
Here's something unusual: it's a V-8-powered, nitrous-injected, Rockwell-rollin' Suzuki Samurai buggy. It certainly looks capable. Would you like to see how it handles those evil logs in the Frame Twister?
Engine: 6.0L Chevy V-8
Transmission: GM TH350 automatic
Transfer case: Atlas 2-spd 4.3:1
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2 1/2-ton/Rockwell 2 1/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Welded/welded
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, Sway-A-Way air shocks and bumpstops/four-link, Sway-A-Way air shocks and bumpstops
Tires: 47-in Interco Super Swamper LTBs
Special features: Nitrous injection (150hp), Kevko baffled oilpan, Walbro fuel pump, Griffin aluminum radiator, Art Carr shifter, Surplus Centre double-ended steering ram, modified transmission, Ouverson Engineering axleshafts, 1410 U-joints, rear steering, beadlock wheels, Warn winch
Driver experience: 12 years

129 1104 17 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+allison 1993 toyota pickup

#9 Calvin Allison, Sylva, North Carolina
1993 Toyota Pickup
Allison says he doesn't belong to a four-wheel drive club, he's a "one-man wolf pack." He's successfully prowled a number of trails including the Gulches in South Carolina, and now he wants to point his buggy toward California.
Engine: 2.4L Toyota I-4
Transmission: Toyota 5-spd
Transfer case: Inchworm Gear double case
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 5.86:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, FOX air shocks/four-link, Bilstein coilovers
Tires: 42-in Interco Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: Allied beadlocks, RPM Offroad drive flanges, PSC hydraulic steering, Optima YellowTop battery, T-Max 9,000-pound winch
Driver experience: 10 years

129 1104 18 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+montpas 1949 willys pickup

#10 Steven Montpas, Roseburg, Oregon
1949 Willys Pickup
With a compact 93-inch wheelbase, this unique rig looks like it could slither through the Mini Rubicon. If you send him to TTC, he says he'll steal an LT1 engine and 2 1/2-ton Rockwells from his other project and have 'em on this Willys by go-time.
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: NP465 automatic
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Welded/welded
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom double leaf-springs/custom double leaf-springs, triangle three-link
Tires: 47-in Interco Super Swamper LTBs
Special features: Edelbrock 650cfm carburetor with offroad kit, performance camshaft, headers, rear-mount radiator, 25-gallon fuel tank, 35-spline outers, Warn Premium hubs, Hummer double beadlock wheels, disc brakes, hydraulic steering, front and rear Warn winches
Driver experience: 13 years

129 1104 20 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+vizenor 2009 lil nasty buggy

#11 Shane Vizenor, Fisher, Minnesota
2009 "Lil Nasty" Buggy
Vizenor is throwing his hat in the ring for the first time. His rig looks like a textbook hardcore buggy build, and he's ready to head west. Will you clear him for take-off?
Engine: 502ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: PTC TH400 with manual valve body
Transfer case: Atlas 2-spd 4.3:1
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2 1/2-ton/Rockwell 2 1/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson locker/Ouverson locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 14-in King coilovers/four-link, 14-in King coilovers
Tires: 47-in Interco Super Swamper LTBs
Special features: Ouverson axleshafts, Ouverson pinion braces, PSC steering components, rear steering, separate power steering pumps for front and rear axles, Derale coolers for transmission and power steering, 1410 U-joints, High Angle driveshafts, Currie antisway bars, dual winches
Driver experience: N/A

129 1104 19 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+spencer 2009 fj40 buggy

#12 Brooke Spencer, Sagle, Idaho
2009 FJ40 Buggy
Chrysler-powered, Rockwell-axled, coilover-suspended and Toyota-bodied, this rig is very unique. Would you like to see it blasting up the Hill Climb? Full disclosure: Spencer says that it will be driven by Ron Adams, Jr.
Engine: 440ci Chrysler V-8
Transmission: Chrysler Torquflite 727
Transfer case: NP205, Klune-V Goliath
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: Four-link, 2.5 Sway-A-Way coilovers, Fox bumpstops/four-link, 2.5 Sway-A-Way coilovers, Fox bumpstops
Tires: 46-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claws
Special features: Propane-powered, DOM chassis, Warn 8274 winch
Driver experience: 5 years

129 1104 22 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+peterson 1997 jeep grand cherokee

#13 Robert Peterson, Morgan Hill, California
1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Have you ever seen a ZJ on 39.5s? How about a ZJ on 39.5s in the Tank Trap? Sounds like a recipe for entertainment to us. If you give him the votes, he'll bring it!
Engine: 5.2L Chrysler V-8
Transmission: Chrysler 42RE automatic
Transfer case: Atlas 4.3:1
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/mini-spool
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, 14-in Fox Racing 2.5 air shocks/four-link, 16-in Fox Racing 2.5 air shocks
Tires: 39.5x13.5-16.5 Interco IROKs
Special features: PSC full hydraulic steering, homemade welder and on-board air, Hummer beadlocks, front and rear winches, Currie Antirock
Driver experience: 20+

129 1104 21 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+key 2008 rtc chassis buggy

#14 Randall Key, Weelowee, Alabama
2008 RTC Chassis Buggy
Maybe this custom-built buggy is the key to TTC victory. Do you think it has the credentials to compete? Only your votes will get him in.
Engine: 523ci Ford V-8
Transmission: Ford C6 automatic
Transfer case: Stak 3-spd Monster Box
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2 1/2-ton/Rockwell 2 1/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Locker/spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, King 2.5 coilovers/four-link, King 2.5 coilovers
Tires: 47x14-16.5 cut Interco Super Swamper LTBs
Special features: Double beadlocked MRW wheels, 2-in Ouverson axleshafts, full PSC hydraulic steering, Wilwood brakes, Corbeau seats, Warn RC9000 winch
Driver experience: 5 years

129 1104 23 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+smith 1984 jeep cj8 scrambler

#15 Randy Smith, Hermiston, Oregon
1984 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler
We are huge Scrambler fans, and while this one certainly looks like a TTC competitor, do you really want to see it get tuna-canned in the Tank Trap? Knowing our readers, the answer is probably "Yes."
Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: GM Turbo 400 automatic
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/spool
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/leaf springs, traction bar
Tires: 42-in Pitbull Rockers
Special features: Full hydraulic steering, 35-spline chromoly front axleshafts, AFW frame
Driver experience: 20 years

129 1104 24 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+yeoman 1995 jeep wrangler

#16 Jake Yeoman, Reno, Nevada
1995 Jeep Wrangler
Here is one from the square headlight crowd to prove that YJs are real Jeeps. Is it worthy of the Top Truck field? Let him know by casting your vote.
Engine: 4.0L Jeep I-6
Transmission: Chrysler AX15 manual
Transfer case: Atlas 5.0
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: None Listed
Ratio: 7.17:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coilovers/four-link, coilovers
Tires: 49-in Interco IROKs
Special features: Warn 8274 winch, PRP Seats, chromoly axles
Driver experience: 16 years

129 1104 25 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+seely 1969 chevy suburban

#17 Jeff Seely, Sexsmith, Alberta, Canada
1969 Chevrolet Suburban
Hailing from Alberta, Canada, Seely and his Suburban are ready to leave some paint, glass, and sheetmetal in the Tank Trap. Do you want to watch?
Engine: 502ci GM V-8
Transmission: GM TH400 automatic
Transfer case: Divorced NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: 52-in leaf springs/radius arm, coil springs
Tires: 44-in Interco Boggers
Special features: Full hydraulic steering, high steer with double-ended ram beadlocked wheels
Driver experience: 15 years

129 1104 26 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+miller 1986 chevy s10

#18 Telly Miller, Viroqua, Wisconsin
1986 Chevrolet S-10
It isn't often that someone wants to sacrifice their S-10 at of the altar of Top Truck, but this is no ordinary S-10. Will you give it a chance to compete?
Engine: 355ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: GM TH350 automatic
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coil springs/three-link, coil springs
Tires: 39.5x15-18 Interco Super Swamper Boggers
Special features: Propane injection, custom 2x4 box tube frame, custom
beadlocks, hydraulic steering, onboard air, Optima battery, four-wheel disc brakes
Driver experience: 18 years

129 1104 28 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+gagne 1986 chevy c k1500

#19 Neal Gagne, Lewiston, Maine
1986 Chevrolet C/K1500
Not quite the pickup it was when new, this square-body Chevy has been transformed in to a TTC-tackling extreme trail machine. If you agree, cast your vote.
Engine: 496ci GM V-8
Transmission: GM TH400 automatic
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/spool
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Triangulated four-link, 16-in FOA coilovers/triangulated four-link, 18-in FOA coilovers
Tires: 39.5x13.5-16 Interco IROKs
Special features: 12,000-pound winch, exocage, narrowed front clip
Driver experience: 20 years

129 1104 27 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+stewart 1986 chevy blazer

#20 Rich Stewart, Tualatin, Oregon
1986 Chevrolet Blazer
This Oregonian K5 has a set of bull horns mounted to the roof. That should be worth a few votes right there. No one has ever competed with horns at Top Truck before-want to make it a first?
Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: GM TH400 automatic
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Locker/locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: 6-in Superlit lift springs/shackle flip, stacked springs
Tires: 42-in Interco Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: Propane injection, hydraulic steering, 9,000-lb Mile Marker winch, front and rear disc brakes, bull horns
Driver experience: 10 years

129 1104 30 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+harris 1992 gmc s15 jimmy

#21 Josh Harris, Portland, Oregon
1992 GMC S-15 Jimmy
Someone is obviously a little crazy to exocage a four-door S-15 Jimmy. Crazy people do well at TTC. Do you want to see Harris get crazy with his Jimmy in the Tank Trap?
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: GM 700R4 automatic
Transfer case: NP241/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Powertrax Lock-Right/welded spiders
Ratio: 4.10:1
Suspension, f/r: 52-in Chevy leaf springs, Pro Comp shocks/56-in Chevy springs, zero rate add-a-leaf, Pro Comp shocks
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper Boggers
Special features: Solid axle conversion, exocage, racing seats, Ramsey 9500 winch,
Driver experience: 10 years

129 1104 29 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+hudson 1982 toyota sr5 pickup

#22 Tony Hudson, Bonifay, Florida
1982 Toyota SR5 Pickup
Toyota's are a delicacy of the Tank Trap. The last Toyota to drive in was pulled out in several pieces. Will you let this rig redeem the Toyota name by voting it in?
Engine: Supercharged 2.2L Toyota I-4
Transmission: Toyota A340 automatic
Transfer case: Marlin Crawler gear-drive 4.7:1
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/spool
Ratio: 7.17:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/leaf springs
Tires: 54-in Interco Boggers
Special features: Supercharged LC Engineering 22R, driveshaft hoops, kill switches, 9,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 20 years

129 1104 32 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+fisher 1990 toyota pickup xtracab

#23 Corey Fisher, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1990 Toyota Pickup Xtracab
Toyota guys are showing up in force this year, and this may be one of the meanest we've ever seen. Is it mean enough to scare the rest of the competition? You decide!
Engine: 502ci GM Performance Ram Jet V-8
Transmission: GM TH475 automatic
Transfer case: Atlas II 3.8
Axles, f/r: Unimog 419/Unimog 419
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 6.52:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, King 2.5-in coilovers/four-link, King 2.5-inch coilovers
Tires: 46-in Mickey Thompson TTC Claws

129 1104 31 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+cockram 1983 jeep cj7

#24 Bruce Cockram, Clive, Iowa
1983 Jeep CJ-7
It is good to see classic Jeep iron built to compete at TTC. This classic CJ-7 may look docile, but it has the goods. We love old Jeeps at TTC-do you?
Engine: 401ci AMC V-8
Transmission: NP435 manual
Transfer case: Atlas II 4.3
Axles, f/r: GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.10:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, wishbone, coil springs/ Four-link "X", coil springs
Tires: 44-in Interco TSL
Special features: 100-percent owner-built, YJ frame, full hydraulic steering, beadlocks, Ready Welder, Centerforce clutch, street-legal, hardtop still fits
Driver experience: 14 years

129 1104 33 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+ketchum 1983 chevy blazer

#25 Zak Ketchum, Marysville, California
1983 Chevrolet Blazer
Celebrating vehicular diversity: What else can you say about a rig sporting a Camaro radiator, Taurus cooling fans, and Honda Civic headlights? "Basically the body is stock, and that's it," says its owner.
Engine: Propane-injected 355ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: GM SM465 manual
Transfer case: Dual NP 203/205
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2 1/2-ton/Rockwell 2 1/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: None noted
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Dual triangulated four-link, 2.5x18 Fox shocks/ 63-in Chevy springs, Teraflex shackles
Tires: "Bald" 44-in Interco Boggers
Special features: Mile marker 12,000-lb winch, tube dash and front clip, full hydro steer w/double-ended ram, 3.0 Ballistic Fabrication joints
Driver experience: 5 years

129 1104 34 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+murphy 2004 jeep wrangler

#26 Rob Murphy, Milmont, Pennsylvania
2004 Jeep Wrangler
This show-winning TJ's a veteran of Rausch Creek and the Hot Rod Power Tour, but it's yet to secure an invite to Hollister Hills. This is Rob's fourth consecutive attempt to crash our party. Will readers show his 400:1 crawl gearing some TTC Love this year?
Engine: 355ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: GM SM420 manual
Transfer case: Dana 300 4:1, Klune-V 2.72:1
Axles, f/r: Kingpin Dana 60/Sterling 10 1/4-in
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom three-link, Fox 14-in coilovers/custom four-link, Fox 12-in coilovers
Tires: 42x14-17 Interco IROKs
Special features: Holley Pro-Jection, Comp Xtreme 4x4 cam, T-Max 10,000-lb winch, Staun double beadlocks, hydro-assist steering, custom exocage/interior cage and half-cab, Light Force foglights, Craftsman wrench shifters
Driver experience: 17 years
Special features: 7075 Aluminum links, Warn 9.5ti winch
Driver experience: 12 years

129 1104 35 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+daley 1979 chevy blazer

#27 Steve Daley, Tigard, Oregon
1979 Chevrolet Blazer
Pictured here slickrocking at Moab, this Blazer's owner is representin' the Broke Bastards Offroad Club. Perhaps charitably minded readers will reward his efforts with the riches that accompany Top Truck fame. Or at least with the cool swag that our competitors get.
Engine: 359ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: GM TH350 automatic
Transfer case: Atlas 4-spd 10.34:1
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/full-floater GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded spiders
Ratio: 4.10:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom leaf springs/custom leaf springs, DIY shackle flip
Tires: 42-in Interco TSLs
Special features: PSC full hydro steering, Warn 8274 winch, H1 beadlocks, .250-in-wall High Angle drivelines, Yukon chromoly axleshafts and joints, rear disc brake conversion
Driver experience: 10 years

129 1104 36 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+buffo 1991 toyota 4runner

#28 Sal Buffo, Salinas, California
1991 Toyota 4Runner
Hollister Hills is in this rig's backyard, and its owner proved the point by sending us this photo of it navigating the Mini-Rubicon. A word of warning, though: we run the Mini-'Con in the opposite direction, and it is much, much nastier when our architects are done with it.
Engine: 2.2L Toyota I-4
Transmission: Toyota W56A manual
Transfer case: Dual Marlin 4.7 Crawlers
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.17:1
Suspension, f/r: 5-in All Pro leaf-spring lift/63-in Chevy leaf springs
Tires: 39.5x18-16.5 Interco Super Swamper Boggers
Special features: Warn 9.5 Xp winch, Stazworks dual beadlocks, PSC full hydro steering, Superior chromoly axleshafts
Driver experience: 14 years

129 1104 38 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+whitford 2010 any 7 offroad 11th hour buggy

#29 Brian Whitford, Oakley, California
2010 Any 7 Offroad 11th-Hour Buggy
A veteran of the Cal-Rocs competition rockcrawling series, this rig's owner uses it to "preach responsible recreation, trail awareness and trail volunteerism." We'd be happy to reward an attitude like that with an invitation to Hollister-but it's not our call to make. Readers?
Engine: 302ci Ford V-8
Transmission: Ford C4 automatic
Transfer case: Atlas II
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/spool
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coilovers/four-link
Tires: 39-in BFGoodrich Krawlers
Special features: None noted
Driver experience: 15 years

129 1104 37 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+garrison 1988 suzuki samurai

#30 Chris Garrison, Rancho Cordova, California
1988 Suzuki Samurai
This Suzuki's owner obviously isn't afraid to treat it to some big air on the whoops, and he claims it's been tested on the Rubicon as well. We haven't had a Suzuki in our test field for many years, and none has ever emerged victorious. Perhaps this rig will break the Samurai losing streak?
Engine: 4.3L Chevy V-6
Transmission: GM TH700R4 automatic
Transfer case: Atlas 4-spd
Axles, f/r: Trail Gear Rock Assault/Trail Gear Rock Assault
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.29:1
Suspension, f/r: Radflo four-link, coilovers/Radflo four-link, coilovers Tires: 39.5-in Interco IROKs
Special features: Warn M8000 winch
Driver experience: 3 years

129 1104 39 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+fava 1989 chevy crew cab

#31 Aaron & Lisa Fava, Gold Beach, Oregon
1989 Chevrolet Crew Cab
For some reason, we suspect this rig would be right at home in our TTC Mud Pit. The Hill Climb and Obstacle Course, though, might be somewhat less-than-accommodating to this skywalking fullsize. Our readers will have the final word, one way or another.
Engine: 454ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: GM TH400 automatic
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2 1/2-ton/Rockwell 2 1/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Welded spiders/welded spiders
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: 56-in rear 1-ton springs/65-in '91 Chevy rear springs
Tires: 49-in Interco IROKs
Special features: Boyce hydro steering, Rancho RS5000 shocks, "rust"
Driver experience: 20 years

129 1104 40 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+daly 1988 jeep wrangler

#32 Robert Daly, Silver Springs, Nevada
1988 Jeep Wrangler
This rig's owner claims he takes it 'wheeling "three to four times a day." We wonder how you can hold down a regular job that way (heck, even we don't have that much spare time), but regardless, if selected by the readers, he promises to bring his "go for the win!" driving style to Hollister Hills.
Engine: 5.3L Chevy V-8
Transmission: GM TH400 automatic
Transfer case: Atlas II 4.3
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana 60/Dana 60-70 hybrid
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Lockers
Ratio: ARB Air Lockers
Suspension, f/r: Three-link,14-in King coilovers/four-link, 14-in King coilovers
Tires: 44-in Interco Swampers
Special features: Chromoly axleshafts, aluminum radiator and upper suspension links, hydroboost four-wheel disc brake conversion, PSC steering kit w/double-ended ram, Currie Anti-Rock swaybars
Driver experience: 31 years

129 1104 42 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+timson 2010 blue torch fabworks yj buggy

#33 Corey Timson, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
2010 Blue Torch Fabworks YJ Buggy
"No stock equipment," this rig's owner reminds us. A good thing, too, since everyone knows that those unmodified OEM buggies can't wheel worth a darn. On the other hand, with a few (dozen) hardcore modifications, they can be built to climb (or blast through) brick walls, and this rig appears quite capable of both.
Engine: 8.1L GM V-8
Transmission: GM TH400 automatic
Transfer case: Stak Monster Box 3-spd
Axles, f/r: Shortened Rockwell 2 1/2-ton/shortened Rockwell 2 1/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson locker/Ouverson locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Triangulated four-link, 16-in Fox coilovers/traiangulated four-link, 16-in Fox coilovers
Tires: 49-in Interco IROKs
Special features: Warn 9.5ti winch in front, 3,500-lb winch in rear, Ouverson 6-piston-caliper brake kit, 47-spline Ouverson axleshafts, PSC hydro four-wheel steering, Stazworks double beadlocks, dual Optima RedTops, custom fuel cell
Driver experience: 14 years

129 1104 41 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+hill 1986 suzuki samurai

#34 Andrew Hill, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
1986 1/2 Suzuki Samurai
We can't ever recall a Top Truck entrant running a VW turbodiesel engine, let alone one that came out of a T3 Syncro. While somewhat down on power (150 ponies, to be precise), this rig makes up for it with low-low gearing. Readers, care to send some fahrvergnugen to Hollister Hills?
Engine: 1.9L VW TDI I-4
Transmission: Stock
Transfer case: Stock w/ Trail-Creeper 6.5:1 low-range
Axles, f/r: Stock
Traction aids, f/r: Lock-Right/spool
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: "Buggy leaves," dropped shackles/four-link
Tires: 39-in Interco IROKs
Special features: Superwinch 10,000-lb winch, custom exocage, Line-Lock
Driver experience: 3 years

129 1104 44 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+bathurst 1985 toyota 4runner buggy

#35 Dane Bathurst, Elk Grove, California
1985 Toyota 4Runner/Buggy
Hammers-tested, this tube-framed Toyota comes courtesy of the NorCal-based Hooligan Rock Crew. A Toyota has never won at Hollister before, but rigs running 53-inch Michelins have. Will readers give this rig a chance to bring some kaizen mojo to Hollister this summer?
Engine: Propane-injected 4.3L Chevy V-6
Transmission: Toyota 5-spd manual
Transfer case: Dual Marlin Crawler
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2 1/2-ton/Rockwell 2 1/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Welded spiders/welded spiders
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Trangulated four-link, Fox 18-in air shocks/triangulated four-link, Fox 18-in air shocks
Tires: 53-in Michelin XMLs
Special features: Warn 8274 winch, full hydro steering, custom tubework, 12voltguy switch panel, Fox 4-in air bumps, custom pinion brakes
Driver experience: 10 years

129 1104 43 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+howerton 1970 chevy c10

#36 Jason Howerton, Gilroy, California
1970 Chevrolet C-10
Plenty flexy and not down on power, this Gilroy-based Chevy surely knows its way around the Frame Twister. There's no such thing as home-field advantage at TTC, though, and no local has ever won the competition. Perhaps Jason's rig will break the streak?
Engine: 8.1L Chevy V-8
Transmission: GM SM465 manual
Transfer case: Jed's Adapter NP203/205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/full-floater GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded spiders
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/leaf springs
Tires: 42-in Interco Super Swampers
Special features: Warn 8274 winch, "nothing is stock"
Driver experience: 10 years

129 1104 45 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+wade 1989 jeep wrangler

#37 Jess Wade, Mount Pulaski, Illinois
1999 Jeep Wrangler
At first glance, this TJ's drivetrain seems pretty unremarkable-until you get to those axles. With that setup, ground clearance should be abundant, and since this photo was taken at the Badlands, we assume this rig's owner knows his way around some pretty nasty rockpiles. Readers will make the final call. Engine: 4.0L Jeep I-6
Transmission: Chrysler AX15 manual
Transfer case: Cable-shift Atlas 3.8
Axles, f/r: Unimog 2 1/2-ton portal/Unimog 2 1/2-ton portal
Traction aids, f/r: OE locker/OE locker
Ratio: 7.56:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, coilovers/three-link, coilovers
Tires: 44-in Interco TSL Boggers
Special features: Warn 9500 winch, Hummer 12-bolt beadlocks, PSC full hydro steering, 11/4-in Heim joints, Mastercraft seats, RCI fuel cell
Driver experience: 18 years

129 1104 46 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+towner 1972 toyota fj40 land cruiser

#38 Raymond Towner, Fort Walton Beach, Florida
1972 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser
Old Land Cruisers are the epitome of coolness to us, and this '72 seems well set-up for challenging trails. On the other hand, a truck on 35-inch tires hasn't won at Hollister since 1994, and the obstacles at Hollister aren't just challenging, they're sheer hell. The Tank Trap trolls are licking their chops.
Engine: 350ci Chevy TBI V-8
Transmission: GM TH700R4 automatic
Transfer case: TLC/Advance Adapters
Axles, f/r: Toyota 8-in/Toyota 8-in
Traction aids, f/r: Lock-Right/Lock-Right
Ratio: 4.11:1
Suspension, f/r: 3-in lift springs, shackle reversal, Rancho RSX5000 shocks/FJ-60 springs over axle, Rancho RS9000 shocks
Tires: 35-in BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2s
Special features: Four-wheel disc brakes, Longfield axleshafts, custom cage, Optima battery
Driver experience: 18 years

129 1104 47 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+fanning 1982 chevy k30 crew cab

#39 Jon Fanning, Tigard, Oregon
1982 Chevrolet K30 Crew Cab
This cool-looking 1-ton relies on old-school leaf springs to make room for the Boggers. That long wheelbase should help out this rig on the Hill Climb, but the Frame Twister and Obstacle Course are another story altogether.
Engine: 454ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: GM TH400 automatic
Transfer case: NP203/205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: 8-in Superlift springs/6-in Superlift springs, 2-in blocks
Tires: 39.5-in Interco Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: Warn 12,000-lb winch, H1 beadlocks, custom flatbed, rear disc brakes, crossover steering w/ram assist
Driver experience: 10 years

129 1104 48 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+sanders 2008 chevy buggy

#40 Alex Sanders, Salem, Arkansas
2008 Chevy Buggy
This rig's owner claims its unique front suspension is capable of 33 inches of travel. All we can say is, we'll believe it when we see it, and perhaps our readers will give us the chance by voting it into this year's field. We're always ready to be amazed by homegrown engineering at TTC.
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: GM SM465 manual
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2 1/2-ton/Rockwell 2 1/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Welded spiders/welded spiders
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: "Custom grader ball"/leaf springs
Tires: "46s"
Special features: Warn 8,000-lb winch in front, 15,000-lb winch in rear, full hydro steering, 30-degree carb adapter "to prevent flooding"
Driver experience: 11 years

129 1104 49 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+stegall 1987 suzuki samurai

#41 Chad Stegall, Lumberton, Texas
1987 Suzuki Samurai
In its owner's words, this Lone Star Suzuki "is hungry for some Mini-Rubicon." That's good, because our landscape architects at Hollister Hills are always hungry for competitor carnage. Perhaps our readers will give Chad's Samurai the chance to conquer the ultimate rockcrawl test this year.
Engine: 383ci Chevy stroker V-8
Transmission: GM TH700R4 automatic
Transfer case: Not noted
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2 1/2-ton/Rockwell 2 1/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Welded spiders/welded spiders
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 16-in Fox coilovers/four-link, 16-in Fox coilovers
Tires: 49-in Interco IROKs
Special features: "Nothing stock besides the hood"
Driver experience: 15 years

129 1104 50 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+mcmillion 1986 suzuki samurai

#42 James McMillion, Tahoma, California
19861/2 Suzuki Samurai
Photos of your rig on the Rubicon always grab our attention, and this Rubi-tested Suzuki runs an intriguing mixture of Samurai, Toyota, and Chevy parts. Those 37-inch Goodyears might be a little short for the Mud Pit, but we'll never know for certain unless you decide this rig belongs in Hollister this year.
Engine: 1.3L Suzuki I-4
Transmission: Stock w/ Trail Tough mount
Transfer case: Twin-stick Suzuki w/6.5:1 low-range
Axles, f/r: '88 Toyota, Longfield shafts/Toyota high-pinion
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.29:1
Suspension, f/r: Toyota rear springs over axle/1/2-ton Chevy leaf springs
Tires: 37x12.50 Goodyear MT/Rs
Special features: Calmini header, Warn 8,0000-lb winch, "mighty long skidplate," rear drive disconnect, beadlocks, frame stretched 6 inches
Driver experience: 11 years

129 1104 52 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+casper 1998 dodge durango

#43 Corey Casper, Ammon, Idaho
1998 Dodge Durango
If this rig looks familiar, it should-Corey's Durango was an alternate two years ago. He didn't quite make the cut for last year's event, so he's back once more, trying to crack the Top 10 for TTC XIX.
Engine: 429ci Ford V-8,
Transmission: Ford C6 automatic
Transfer case: NP 205
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2 1/2-ton/Rockwell 2 1/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Grizzly locker/Grizzly locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, Fox coilovers/6-in Superlift 1/2-ton Dodge leaf springs
Tires: 47-in Pitbull Rockers
Special features: 12,000-lb Warn winch, rear steer, dual batteries, Light Force lights
Driver experience: 15 years

129 1104 51 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+retzloff 1977 gmc k15

#44 John Retzloff, Covelo, California
1977 GMC K-15
Approach and departure angles are not a big concern for this rig, and we're always impressed with an owner who buys a set of 53-inch government surplus tires to run on his rig. Perhaps readers will reward him for his selfless act of patriotism (helping to pay down the deficit, ya see)-and besides, we've never seen these particular treads at Hollister before.
Engine: Propane-injected 454ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: GM SM465 manual
Transfer case: Custom doubled NP205s
Axles, f/r: Dana 60, relocated 5 inches forward/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Ox Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.88:1
Suspension, f/r: 53-in springs, overload leaf/63-in springs, overload leaf, dropped spring hangers
Tires: 53x16R20 government-surplus Goodyear
Special features: Warn 9500ti winch, PSC hydro steering, WFO Concepts Hy-Steer, ORD steering box, bed narrowed to 48 inches, dual; front receiver hitches
Driver experience: 16 years

129 1104 54 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+estes 1974 jeep cj5

#45 Terry Estes, Kempner, Texas
1974 Jeep CJ-5
This rig was selected as the Truck Class alternate last year, but it was unable to attend. Perhaps readers will give Terry's CJ a second chance. With rockcrawling time spent at Clayton, Katemcy, and Las Cruces on its resume, we know this rig will feel right at home in our Mini-'Con.
Engine: 3.9L Cummins 4B I-4 turbodiesel
Transmission: GM SM465 manual
Transfer case: Low-Max 3:1 NP 205
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: Three-link, coil springs, panhard bar/single-link, coil springs, panhard bar
Tires: 47x17-16.5 Interco Super Swampers
Special features: Warn 8274 winch, full hydro steering, Wilwood pinion disc brakes, full 2-in DOM tube rollcage, dual Optima RedTops, 160-amp welder, custom beadlocks
Driver experience: 33 years

129 1104 53 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+koll jeep 4 door

#46 Chris & Kaycie Koll, Sutter Creek, California
Jeep 4-Door
This monster four-door conversion would appear to be as well set-up for hardcore wheeling as any TTC rig can be. Then again, building a bombproof 4x4 is only half of the equation at Hollister-you've gotta drive it, and winch it, and winch it some more.
Engine: 5.3L Chevy V-8, Patriot heads, nitrous
Transmission: TCI TH400 w/manual valve body, 3,000-rpm stall converter
Transfer case: Twin-stick Ford NP205, Klune-V Goliath
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2 1/2-ton/Rockwell 2 1/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson locker/Ouverson locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 16-in Fox coilovers/four-link, 18-in Fox coilovers
Tires: 49-in Interco IROKs
Special features: Patriot heads, nitrous, claims "3,500hp on N.O.S.", 12,000-lb winch, Staazworks double badlocks, 1.25-in Heim joints, four-door conversion, double-ended steering ram, FOA bumpstops, Ouverson axleshafts, "'70s paint job"
Driver experience: 10 years

129 1104 56 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+baggerman 1994 jeep wrangler

#47 Mike Baggerman, Pilot Hill, California
1994 Jeep Wrangler
Another veteran of the Hammers and the Rubicon, this '94 YJ is ready for rocks. It may not look like much from the outside, but looks can be deceiving, and its parts list is quite stout. Readers, it's your call to make.
Engine: 350ci Chevy TBI V-8
Transmission: NV4500 manual
Transfer case: Stak 3-spd
Axles, f/r: Rockwell 2 1/2-ton/Rockwell 2 1/2-ton
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson locker/welded spiders
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, ORI struts/four-link, ORI struts
Tires: 47-in Interco IROKs
Special features: Warn 8274 winch, "everything is non-stock except the tub, hood and grille"
Driver experience: 15 years

129 1104 55 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+palomo 1998 toyota tacoma

#48 Peps Palomo, Moreno Valley, California
1998 Toyota Tacoma
Looking at the spec sheet, this Tacoma's build agenda is simple and straightforward. Yet it's conquered the Hammers, the Rubicon, and Moab, so sometimes simplicity is the best ticket to success. Readers get to decide whether this Toyota passes muster, or if it'll need to wait for another year.
Engine: 2.4L Toyota I-4
Transmission: Toyota 5-spd
Transfer case: Dual Toyota w/Marlin adapter
Axles, f/r: 1-ton Dana 60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/spool
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: 5-in All-Pro leaf springs/5-in All-pro leaf springs
Tires: 42-in Interco Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: Warn 9.5xwp winch, custom cage
Driver experience: 16 years

129 1104 57 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+king 1987 ford f150

#49 Phillip King, Springfield, Missouri
1987 Ford F-150
This rig's tech sheet was three pages long, typed and single-spaced. Suffice to say, it's got more unique modifications and hop-ups in it than we could ever list in this article-and the only way you'll ever find out what they are is to punch a ticket to Hollister for this fastidiously built Ford.
Engine: Propane-injected 429ci Ford ThunderJet V-8 w
Transmission: NP435 manual
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Ford Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Yukon Grizzly
Ratio: 4.88:1
Suspension, f/r: "Late '70s" Ford F-150 radius arm, 6-in coil springs/leaf springs
Tires: 44-in Interco TSL Boggers
Special features: Edelbrock Performer carb, Warn M12000 winch, frame shortened 7 inches in rear, cab shortened 8 inches, custom bed, Redneck Ram hydro-assist, 1410 Spicer yokes and U-joints, York compressor, 130psi air tanks in both bumpers, Lexan windshield
Driver experience: 14 years

129 1104 58 o+129 1104 top truck challenge 2011 challengers the top 50+shoush 1988 suzuki samurai

#50 Robert Shoush, Kirksville, Missouri
1988 Suzuki Samurai
We received a quite a few Samurai entries this year, and because of this, we'd guess there's a pretty good chance that at least one of them will be among our 10 competitors. Will this Missouri-based '88 be the lucky one? It's your call.
Engine: Propane-injected 4.3L Chevy V-6
Transmission: GM TH350 automatic
Transfer case: Dana 300
Axles, f/r: Toyota/Toyota
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/spool
Ratio: 5.29:1
Suspension, f/r: four-link/four-link
Tires: 40-in Firestone agricultural
Special features: 12,000-lb recon winch, chromoly axleshafts, "the only thing stock is the frame"
Driver experience: 12 years

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