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2012 Top Truck Challenge Challengers

Posted in Top Truck Challenge: 2012 on April 1, 2012 Comment (0)
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Contributors: Ken Brubaker
Photographers: Readers

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Top Truck Challenge in 2012, we’re doing something never before done at the event and it will undoubtedly make our platinum anniversary one of the most unique, fascinating, and exciting Top Truck competitions to date.

We’ve sent a formal invitation to all of the past Top Truck Challenge Grand Champions to return to Hollister Hills, California, to go head-to-head in our weeklong thrashfest. We’re calling it the Top Truck Champions’ Challenge (TTCC). Past Grand Champions can drive the rig they competed in previously, or they can drive something new. As long as the vehicle meets the build and safety criteria laid out in the rules they’re good to go in this year’s competition. It’s going to be an amazing week as some of the world’s best off-road drivers are reunited at this unprecedented event to do battle in Hollister Hills’ inhospitable conditions.

As if TTCC wasn’t mind-blowing enough, we’ve added yet another twist. Back in the November and December ’11 issues of Four Wheeler, we announced that one lucky Four Wheeler reader would be invited to compete in TTCC. We invited you to fill out the official entry form and send it in for your chance to be voted in by the Four Wheeler readers. Many of you sent in your entry forms and here are the TTCC reader hopefuls. In this collection you’ll see a number of incredible first-time entries as well as some previous competitors that want to return to Hollister to do it all again. Entries came from all over the continental U.S. and even Canada, Alaska, Belgium, and Germany.

So now it’s your turn again. Turn to page 35 and remove the Official Top Truck Champion’s Challenge 2012 ballot, peruse the following collection of incredible rigs, and then vote for the one rig you want to see go head-to-head against past Top Truck Challenge Grand Champions. Please note that only the official ballot found in this issue of Four Wheeler will be accepted. Photocopies and/or faxes will be ignored. Just remove the Official Ballot and clearly write the corresponding entry number of your choice on the ballot and mail it to the supplied address by Saturday, March 31, 2012. You may send in as many official ballots as you wish. The reader you choose will be notified the first week of April and invited to compete in Top Truck’s legendary collection of events consisting of the Tow Test, Frame Twister, Mud Pit, Obstacle Course, Hill Climb, Mini Rubicon, and Tank Trap. So what do you say? Who is the chosen one?

1. Dusty Windust, Fairbanks, Alaska
1997 Dodge Ram 1500

Windust wants to bring his supercharged, small-block-powered, Rockwell-fitted, tube-wrapped Ram to the Lower 48. It’s a fine example of a trail-ready fullsize. But is it ready for the brutal Frame Twister?
Engine: 5.9L Chrysler V-8
Transmission: 46RE, manual valvebody
Transfer case: Atlas II, 3.8:1
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Ouverson spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Five-link, 16-in-travel RaceRunner coilovers/leaf spring, shackle flip
Tires: 54-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTCs
Special features: ProCharger supercharger, 9,000-lb Warn winch, PSC hydraulic steering, custom bed and doors, exocage
Driver experience: 21 years

2. Eric Kam, Manning, Alberta, Canada
86 Chevy K20

Kam says he personally built this rig over a two year timeframe and along the way he lost his fiancé over it. We’re not sure if he’s kidding about that last part, but he’s obviously all-in with this rig. Will you let him into TTCC?
Engine: 496ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Welded/welded
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom four-link, coilovers/custom four-link, coilovers
Tires: 46-in Interco IROKs
Special features: Electronic fuel injection, 5,000-lb Mile Marker winch, EVO spherical rod ends on the four-link bars, 20-in wheels, approximately 500hp
Driver experience: 10 years

3.Aaron Hair, Spanish Fork, Utah
2011 Custom Buggy

Hair has entered TTC previously, but since then he has built this custom four-seat buggy from scratch. It has big-block power, Rockwell axles, and four-wheel steering. Will you let him steer it to California?
Engine: 455ci Buick V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson locker/Ouverson locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, track bar, 16-in-travel Radflo coilovers, Radflo hydraulic bumpstops/four-link, Radflo coilovers, Radflo hydraulic bumpstops
Tires: 52-in tractor tires
Special features: Quadrajet carburetor, Ouverson axleshafts, 9,500-lb Bulldog winch
Driver experience: 13 years

4. Tony Hudson, Bonifay, Florida
1982 Toyota SR5

Hudson says his Toyota has been “jumped, floated, smashed and fixed, stuck, and broke many times.” Sounds like he has already been to Top Truck.
Engine: 22R Toyota I-4
Transmission: 340AL
Transfer case: Marlin Crawler, 4.7:1
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/spool
Ratio: 7.17:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf/leaf
Tires: 54-in Interco Super Swamper TSL Boggers
Special features: Supercharger, High Angle Driveline driveshafts, 35-spline Moser axleshafts, rollcage, five-point safety harnesses, 8,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 20 years

5. Draken Off Road, Garrettsville, New York
1985 Jeep Cherokee

About the only XJ parts left on this machine is some of the bodywork. The rig sports muscle, flex, and grunt, which is exactly what it would need in the Tank Trap.
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP203/Dana 300 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 44/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Draken Off Road four-link/Draken Off Road four-link
Tires: 39.5-in Pitbulls
Special features: Throttle body injection, front and rear Superwinch winches
Driver experience: 25 years

6. Barney Hoover, Terrell, Texas
1982 Jeep CJ-7
Hoover’s AMC-powered CJ is a classic example of a trail-ready machine. If you vote him in he says the rig will get 18-inch-travel ORI struts, a new rollcage, and larger tires.
Engine: 360ci AMC V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: NP203/Dana 300 doubler
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson locker/Ouverson locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Wishbone, coilovers/wishbone, coilovers
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: Howell fuel injection, Mean Green alternator, PSC hydraulic steering, RCI fuel cell, Magnaflow exhaust, Art Carr shifter, Bart beadlock wheels, Warn M8274-50 winch, Auto Meter gauges, Tuffy security box, GenRight rear armor
Driver experience: 13 years

7. Ron George, Osceola, Iowa
1973 Ford Bronco

No stranger to Top Truck, George competed in 2007 and earned a respectable Third Place finish. He’s back with a new front axle and transmission among other things and he wants to line his Bronco up against the Grand Champions.
Engine: 420ci Ford V-8
Transmission: C6
Transfer case: BorgWarner 13-45
Axles, f/r: Dana 70/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 5.86:1
Suspension, f/r: One-link, coil/one-link, coil
Tires: 49-in tractor tires
Special features: Propane injection, rear-mounted radiator, hydraulic steering, rear disc brakes, 24-in beadlock
wheels, plastic bucket seats, 9,000-lb Superwinch winch
Driver experience: 25 years

8. Tyler Humphries, Hinton, Alberta, Canada
1987 Chevy S-10

Humphries says his rig is all owner-fabbed on a budget. He says he’ll add a Detroit Locker to the front axle if chosen and he’ll be ready at “go-time.”
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP205, divorced
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Open/welded
Ratio: 4.10:1
Suspension, f/r: 52-in leaf springs, Rancho shocks, custom spring hangers/63-in leaf springs, Pro Comp shocks, custom spring hangers Tires: 49-inch Interco Iroks
Special features: Quadrajet carburetor, front and rear Warn 8274 winches
Driver experience: “Since birth”

9. Nazir Adam, Penn Laird, Virginia
2011 Custom “Blower” Buggy

Adam is a TTC alumni as we ll as a regular at other off-road competitions and trail rides. He wants to truck his state-of-the-art buggy across the North American continent and go head-to-head with the top dogs.
Engine: 427ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: Culhane Racing TH400
Transfer case: Atlas 3.8:1, w/HD gears
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom four-link, Fox coilovers/custom four-link, Fox coilovers
Tires: 42-in BFGs
Special features: Mast Motorsports EFI, supercharged, four-wheel steering, Ouverson axleshafts, Violator U-joints, Ouverson spools, HID light bar, Branik aluminum links, JE Reel driveshafts, Warn 9,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 15 years

10. Mel Wade, Fullerton, California
2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

His products are legendary, and now Wade, owner of Off Road Evolution, wants to show how some of them work in action during Top Truck’s seven legendary events. The Tank Trap is ready for Wade. Is Wade ready for the Tank Trap?
Engine: 427ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Stak 3-spd
Axles, f/r: Dynatrac ProRock60/Dynatrac ProRock80
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: EVO Double ThrowDown/EVO EVOLever Double Throwdown Tires: TBA
Special features: Warn winch, ATX wheels, King shocks, JE Reel driveshafts, EVO rollcage
Driver experience: 25 years

11. Scott Edevold, Bemidji, Minnesota
1979 Chevy Suburban

Edevold calls his ‘burb the “Minnesota Mud Taxi” and you voted him in to TTC ’11, but due to a last-minute situation beyond his control, he couldn’t make it. This year he’s good to go, and he wants to show what his bobbed and narrowed fullsize is capable of.
Engine: 355ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: SM465
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, Offroad Design shackles, Pro Comp ES9000 shocks/Pro Comp 6-in leaf springs, Offroad Design shackle flip with HD shackles, relocated Pro Comp ES9000 shocks
Tires: 38-in Interco Super Swamper TSL Boggers
Special features: Holley Truck Avenger 670 cfm carburetor, Weiand intake, aluminum four-core radiator with 16-in electric fan, dual Flowmaster exhaust, Centerforce clutch, twin-stick T-case shifters, Sky crossover steering, dual Optima YellowTop batteries, custom 3-in snorkel, drive flanges, eight-point custom rollcage, RCI six-point race harnesses, RCI 15-gal fuel cell
Driver experience: 10 years

12. Addie Sheeley, Walden, New York
2006 Jeep Wrangler

Sheeley competed in TTC ’06 and returned to co-drive for her husband in TTC ’09. Now she wants to challenge the Champions in her newest machine.
Engine: 350ci LS6 Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Atlas, 4.3:1
Axles, f/r: Dana 60 high-pinion/Dana 60 high-pinion
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Long-arm, King coilovers/long-arm, King coilovers
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSL Boggers
Special features: Fuel injection, PSC hydraulic steering, double beadlock wheels
Driver experience: 28 years

13. Corey Timson, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
2010 Jeep Wrangler Buggy

After being tripped up by some mechanical failures, Timson roared back to life in TTC ’11 and turned the fastest time in the Tank Trap for the Buggy Class, which showed just what the buggy was capable of. Will you let him come back and finish the job?
Engine: 496ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Atlas II, 3.0:1
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson locker/Ouverson locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Triangulated four-link, Fox 2.0 coilovers, Timbren bumpstops/triangulated four-link, Fox 2.0 coilovers, Timbren bumpstops
Tires: 54-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTCs
Special features: Blue Torch Fusion 4 chassis, fuel injection, rear-mounted radiator w/dual 16-in fans, Derale engine oil and power steering coolers w/fans, lots of Ouverson axle upgrades, PSC hydraulic steering, electric proportional rear steering, Stazworks wheels
Driver experience: Yes

14. Nick Devlin, Keizer, Oregon
1987 Toyota 4Runner

Devlin has taken creative license to produce a rig that is fitted with proven off-road components. Now he wants to test those components in places like our Hill Climb against past Grand Champions. Will you let this 1-ton Toy do battle?
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: Atlas 4-spd, 10.34:1
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom three-link/custom dual-triangulated four-link
Tires: 42-in Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: H1 beadlocks, custom tube work, Warn 9,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 15 years

15. Todd Cianciulli, Talty, Texas
79 Jeep CJ-5

Ciancuilli is throwing his hat in the ring for the first time. His rig looks very capable with a collection of tried-and-true components. He wants to prove that you don’t mess with Texas. Will you give him the nod?
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: NP203/Dana 300 doubler
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson spool/Ouverson spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, ORI struts/four-link, ORI struts
Tires: 47-in Super Swamper LTBs
Special features: Fuel injection, rear steering, PSC hydraulic steering, RCI 15-gal fuel cell, Warn PowerPlant winch
Driver experience: 8 years

16. Shawn Purcell, Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, Canada
1980 Jeep CJ-7

Purcell has never entered TTC before, and we’re wondering why. His rig is built well and it’s powered by a 668hp engine that cranks out 654 lb-ft of torque. Could this rig make the Tow Test look like child’s play?
Engine: 540ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: Powerglide
Transfer case: Profab
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers/four-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers
Tires: 14.0x20 BKTs
Special features: Holley 850cfm double-pumper carburetor, electric high-flow water pump, aluminum four-core radiator with electric fan, transmission cooler, 12-in-drop transfer case, PSC hydraulic steering, racing seats, five-point racing harnesses, 60-liter fuel cell, 11,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 14 years

17. Cheston Beck, Clinton, Utah
1964-1978 Internationalish Scoutish

The name and the rig might be familiar because Mr. Beck competed in Top Truck in 2008. Will the lessons he learned help him to pilot the updated Scout to victory this time in the Champions’ Challenge? It is up to you to let him find out.
Engine: 460ci Ford V-8
Transmission: C6
Transfer case: NP205 and Northwest Fab Black Box
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson spool/Ouverson spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 16-in-travel Fox coilovers, FOA bumpstops/four-link, 14-in-travel King coilovers, Fox bumpstops Tires: 54-in Interco Super Swamper TSL Boggers
Special features: Full front and rear hydraulic steering, 15,000-lb Warn winch, EVO rod ends, Stazworks beadlocks
Driver experience: 18 years

18. Tim Dallner, Sebringville, Ontario, Canada
1994 Chevy S-10

Dallner, a TTC veteran from 2011, wants another shot at the Tank Trap. We last saw him recover from being on his side and underwater in Water Hole 3 to cross the finish line. Will you let him in again to put on another show for us?
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH350, manual valvebody
Transfer case: Offroad Design NP203/NP205 doubler
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Grizzly Locker/Grizzly Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, ORI struts/four-link, ORI struts
Tires: 54-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTCs
Special features: Full front and rear hydraulic steering, 100hp nitrous, Warn winch
Driver experience: 20+ years

19. Andrew Gibson, Peoria, Arizona
1974 Chevy K10

Andrew Gibson of Peoria, Arizona has a certain K10 that he thinks would be a perfect fit amongst the greats at TTCC. Do you think this Chevy would look at home in the hills of Hollister?
Engine: 468ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP205, divorced
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/leaf springs
Tires: 53-in tractor tires
Special features: 600hp, 1410 U-joints, 9,500-lb Warn winch, full cage, extreme water-proofing
Driver experience: 18 years

20. Mike Erickson, Sand City, California
1973 Chevy K30

This California wheeler loves hitting the trail so much that he built a truck big enough for his friends to come along. If you vote him in, he’ll need all those seats for his support crew.
Engine: 454ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP208
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/leaf springs
Tires: 39.5-in Interco Super Swamper TSL Boggers
Special features: Front 12,000-lb MileMarker winch, rear 6,000-lb 24-volt Warn winch, custom flatbed, six seats with five-point harnesses
Driver experience: 10 years

21. Larry Dowd, Winnemucca, Nevada
1980 Chevy K10

First-time entrant Larry Dowd wants to represent the readers at TTCC with his narrowed Chevy. Will you let him show up the reigning champs in the Frame Twister?
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coilovers/quarter-elliptical triangulated four-link
Tires: 49-inch Interco IROKs
Special features: Narrowed and shortened body, 12,000-lb Warn winch
Driver experience: 10 years

22. Leroy Latham, Golconda, Nevada
2008 home-built buggy

Leroy Latham competed in Top Truck back in 2009 and must love punishment, because he has thrown his rear-engined buggy back into the ring for TTCC. You aren’t going to let TTC 2009 be his last, are you?
Engine: 460ci Ford V-8
Transmission: C6
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: 3-ton Rockwell/3-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit No Spin/welded
Ratio: 6.80:1
Suspension, f/r: Triangulated four-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers, King hydraulic bumpstops/triangulated four-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers, King hydraulic bumpstops
Tires: 54-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTCs
Special features: Warn 8274 winch, “all stock”
Driver experience: 10 years

23. Joachim Güeppner, Schoenbrunn, Germany
2007 Sledge Hammer buggy

You may remember Germany’s own Joachim Güeppner from his entry back in 2010. He is so hungry for Top Truck that he is willing to ship his rig all the way to California to represent the readers. Are you interested in seeing the buggy from Deutschland?
Engine: 502ci Chevy Ram Jet V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Atlas II, 3.0:1
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, Sway-A-Way 2.5 air shocks/four-link, Sway-A-Way 2.5 air shocks
Tires: 54-in Interco Super Swamper TSL Boggers
Special features: Rear steer, home made
Driver experience: 15+ years

24. Daniel & Phillip Sparks, Fayetteville, Arkansas
1982 Chevy S-10

Here is an S-10 that has been built with the Tank Trap in mind. If you love S-10s like Brubaker loves S-10s, this might just be the rig that you want representing your interests at TTCC.
Engine: 6.0L Vortec V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Atlas 5.0
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson spool /Ouverson spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Triangulated four-link, Wildhorse coil springs, Rancho 9000XL shocks/ triangulated four-link, Wildhorse coil springs, Rancho 9000XL shocks
Tires: 47-in Interco Super Swamper LTBs
Special features: Dual Optima YellowTop batteries, Ouverson pinion brakes, 3-in Ballistic joints, Summit aluminum radiator
Driver experience: 5 years

25. Rob Murphy, Millmont, Pennsylvania
2004 Jeep Wrangler TJ

Will five times be the charm? After four unsuccessful attempts at entering Top Truck, will you finally let Rob have his way with the courses in Hollister?
Engine: 355ci propane-injected Chevy V-8
Transmission: SM420
Transfer case: Dana 300/Klune-V doubler
Axles, f/r: Dodge kingpin-style Dana 60/Sterling 10.25
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, 14-in-travel coilovers/cantilevered four-link, 12-in-travel coilovers
Tires: 47-in Interco Super Swamper LTBs
Special features: MRT beadlocks, full-hydro steering, custom half-cab, exo cage, 10,000-lb T-Max winch
Driver experience: 18 years

26. John Retzloff, Covelo, California
1977 GMC K15

Last year John rolled past the gates of Hollister Hills as a last-minute alternate. He got a taste of what TTC is all about, but now he is ready for the full meal.
Engine: 454ci propane-injected GM V-8
Transmission: SM465
Transfer case: Custom dual NP205s
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 leaf springs/63-in leaf springs
Tires: 53-in Goodyears
Special features: 20-in Velocity wheels, 9,500-lb Warn winch, street legal, half-doors, Staun double beadlocks
Driver experience: 16+ years

27. Paul Hill, Archdale, North Carolina
1988 Ford/Jeep hybrid

What happens when you mate a Ford F-250 with a Jeep Wrangler YJ? Well, we don’t know what to call it either, but it looks beefy enough to hold its own at TTCC. Are you as curious as we are?
Engine: 7.3L International Power Stroke turbodiesel V-8
Transmission: 4R100
Transfer case: NP273
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Grizzly Locker/Grizzly Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Parallel four-link, 16-in-travel coilovers/triangulated four-link, 16-in-travel coilovers
Tires: 52-in Michelin XZLs
Special features: YJ crew cab, Harbor Freight 12,000-lb winch, Summit Racing seats, custom heavy-duty ABS braking system
Driver experience: 18 years

28. Cliff Steelman, Walla Walla, Washington
1963 Ford F-100

Cliff Steelman first saw the Tank Trap at TTC in 2000 and barely made it home in time to see his second daughter enter the world. With the blessing of his supportive wife, Cliff is ready to take a run at the Trap once again.
Engine: 455ci Oldsmobile V-8
Transmission: NP435
Transfer case: NP203/NP205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs/three-link, coil springs
Tires: 49-in Interco IROKs
Special features: Warn 8274, John Deere combine steering ram, rear-mounted radiator
Driver experience: 27 years

29. Chris Durham, Easley, South Carolina
1949-2004 Jeep

He entered his rig sporting a Petersen’s front license plate. Will you hold it against him or let him be a part of our own ultimate adventure known as the Top Truck Champions’ Challenge?
Engine: 360ci Mopar V-8
Transmission: Chrysler 904
Transfer case: Atlas 3.0
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana 60/Shaved GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Custom multilink, Zone coils and shocks, Daystar bumpstops/ Custom multilink, Zone coils and shocks, Currie Antirock sway bar, Daystar bumpstops
Tires: 42-in Goodyear MT/Rs
Special features: Walker Evans 17x9 beadlocks, AGR hydraulic assist, Superior axleshafts, 1-in body lift; Warn RC 9,000-lb winch; rear line-lock; Chris Durham Motorsports hood, front bumper, top, and bed; 110-in wheelbase
Driver experience: Born behind the wheel

30. Ryan Knoche, Hamburg, New York
1990 Suzuki Samurai

It is thought that New Yorkers are tough, but the Tank Trap is tougher. Knoche wants to prove that wrong and has entered his Sammy once again. Does this Samurai buggy have the chops to go up against the best of the best?
Engine: 4.3L GM V-6
Transmission: TH700R4, manual valvebody
Transfer case: NP205/205 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-travel King internal bypass coilovers/ Dual-triangulated four-link, 16-in-travel King internal bypass coilovers
Tires: 47-in Interco Super Swamper LTBs
Special features: 9,000-lb Warn winch, 40-spline RCV shafts, rear steer
Driver experience: 16 years

31. Burmann Axel, Helststraat, Belgium
2011 Poison Spyder Bruiser buggy

In the U.S., Belgium is known for really good wheat beers and tasty waffles, but not so much for awesome 4x4s. Burmann Axel wants to change that by representing the readers and proving Belgium is more than just a tasty meal. He also promised us beer and waffles.
Engine: 502ci Chevy Ram Jet V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Atlas
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/ ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 4.88:1
Suspension, f/r: Linked, King shocks/linked, King shocks
Tires: 42-in Interco IROKs
Special features: Triple 24-volt Gigglepin winches, built for KOH
Driver experience: 22 years

32. Aaron Fava, Gold Beach, Oregon
1989 Chevy K30

When this K30 left the factory in 1989, we are pretty sure it didn’t know it would one day end up being volunteered for a sheetmetal rearranging at the hands of TTCC. You know what they say about size and Top Truck? If not, vote Fava’s K30 in to find out.
Engine: 454ci Kodiak Marine V-8
Transmission: TH400 w/NP208 range box
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Welded/welded
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: 56-in leaf springs/65-in leaf springs
Tires: 49-in Interco IROKs
Special features: Racesource hydraulic steering, custom dual beadlocks, four-wheel disc brakes
Driver experience: 21 years

33. Doug Evans, Hayfork, California
1999 Dodge Ram 3500

Normally we worry about full-bodied rigs shedding body panels during TTC, but Doug Evans was nice enough to remove all of his ahead of time. We’d say that makes him good to go. Mud pit anyone?
Engine: 5.9L Cummins turbodiesel I-6
Transmission: Stock auto
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Double-triangulated four-link/double triangulated four-link
Tires: 49-in Interco IROKs
Special features: Onboard welder, onboard air, nothing stock
Driver experience: 10 years

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