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Tim Dallner: 1994 Chevy S-10

Posted in Top Truck Challenge: 2011 on November 1, 2011
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Contributors: Douglas McColloch
Photographers: Sean P. Holman

Truck class: Best of Both Worlds
When we broke up Top Truck into separate Truck and Buggy classes, we knew we’d eventually run into a rig (or two) that left us wondering which category it belongs in. Tim Dallner’s S-10 was a case in point, with a partial/chopped frame, the looks of a truck, and lots of buggylike DOM tubing. Whatever it is, it’s got power under the hood to keep up with the truck guys in the bogs, and the suspension flex to hold its own with the rock buggies. Readers were similarly impressed and voted in Tim’s Ontario-based Chevy to play at TTC.

Enveloped in owner-built DOM tubing, this slick S-10 relies on 54-inch TTC Claws wrapped around 20x12 Stazworks wheels to keep rolling. Warn winches with synthetic rope, both front and rear, keep the rig moving when the tires can’t, and a custom snorkel re-routes the air intake above the Chevy’s roofline; that should be sufficient for the Tank Trap’s Water Hole 1, but after that, who knows?

The Details

  • Owner name/city: Tim Dallner/Sebringville, Ontario, Canada
  • Occupation: Tool and die maker
  • Vehicle model: 1994 Chevrolet S-10
  • Estimated value: $30,000
  • Engine/aspiration: 355ci Chevy V-8, bored .030 over; Clevite cam, pistons; Dart II heads; balanced and blueprinted; Edelbrock intake, custom exhaust
  • Transmission: B&D Transmission TH350 w/full manual throttle body
  • Transfer case: Off Road Design NP203/205 doubler
  • Suspension (f/r): Four-link, Currie Johnny joints, 16-in ORI struts/four-link, Currie Johnny joints, 16-in ORI struts
  • Axles (f/r): 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
  • Axle ratio: 6.72:1
  • Wheels: 20x12-in steel Stazworks beadlock
  • Tires: 54x19.50-20 Mickey Thompson TTC Claw

Tim Dallner, Team #2

  • Most looking forward to:“Tank Trap. It looks like a lot of fun if everything holds together.”
  • Not looking forward to:“Frame Twister. Don’t want to leave my axles in the log pit.”
  • Playing on his iPod/CD player:“Don’t own one, and the wife won’t let me touch hers.”

Up front, a custom four-link with Currie Johnny Joints provide articulation, while ORI struts offer 16 inches of travel and limiting straps prevent the axle from going AWOL at full droop. The Rockwell 2½-ton has been stuffed with Ouverson shafts, a Yukon locker and 6.72:1 gears. Steering is full hydraulic, with custom Heim joints courtesy of Evolution Machine.
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