Brad Daffin and his 1978 Ford 150 were voted in as an alternate for this year’s Top Truck Challenge. Brad works in the landscaping business and seemed to be an expert when it came to picking lines on trails. He’s really talkative and an extremely helpful and friendly guy, in fact, he volunteered to help out as part of the recovery vehicles during the Tank Trap. It was amazing how easily his big red Ford moved through the water holes in the Tank Trap while on his way to recover stuck rigs.
Brad also had the only truck in the group that made a full pull hauling the 40,000-pound cement truck up the hill during the Tow Test. His strategy was certainly a unique one as he bolted on a set of 200-pound wheel weights to help keep the momentum up while digging for traction up the hill. It worked in his favor as the 521 c.i. Stroker V8 roared up the hill hauling with it the heavy cement truck. At the awards ceremony, we noticed that Brad had hurt his leg the night before and when we inquired about it he mention he may or may have not done it by racing across the hoods of all the TTC rigs which were stacked tire to tire in camp. Needless to say, Brad is looking forward to entering Top Truck Challenge again next year and hoping to get voted into the top 10. All we can say is we hope he makes it in too since he’s a really good driver that knows his truck well.
Truck: 1978 Ford 150
Engine: 521 c.i. stroker big block V8
Drivetrain: C6 automatic, NP203/NP205 doubler T-case with triple stick shifter, Dana 60 front differential with a Detroit Locker, Sterling 10.25 rear differential with Lincoln Locker, 5.13 gears Suspension: 7-inch Bloody Knuckle Garage long travel suspension, long travel leaf springs in rear
Wheels & Tires: 17-inch B.A.D aluminum wheels wrapped in 44x19.5R17 Super Swamper Boggers