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Top Truck Challenge 2011 Competitors

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Four Wheeler Staff | Writer
Posted April 1, 2011
Photographers: Readers

What Say You? Who Will Win?

It's time! The 19th annual Top Truck Challenge is upon us and these 12 lucky people have gotten the call to bring their amazing rigs up to Hollister Hills for a chance to take on our seven hellish challenges. Who are you cheering for?

2011 Top Truck Challenge Truck Class Competitors!

#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

#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

#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

#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

#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

Truck Class Alternate
#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

2011 Top Truck Challenge Buggy Class Competitors!

#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

#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

#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

#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

#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

Buggy Class Alternate
#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

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