Without question one of the most interesting trucks at Top Truck Challenge 2013 was none other than Aaron Fava’s monstrous 1989 Chevy K30 crew cab pickup. The enormous size of Aaron’s truck made many second guess it thinking it wouldn’t be able to maneuver through the tight Top Truck Challenge courses and since a lot of last minute work was being performed on the giant Chevy, many believed it wouldn’t fair too well throughout the week. Aaron’s campsite looked like a small shop with tons of spare parts and tools to get the truck buttoned up before tech inspection.
Aaron and his spotter seemed to be one of the most calm and collected competitors at TTC and took all the challenges in stride without breaking a sweat, at least when their engine was running right. Electrical issues kept the marine 454 c.i. TBI V8 from running properly which really held the monstrous Chevy back in the Frame Twister as well as the Mud Pit. The next day however was a different story as Aaron and his spotter, Spike, managed to plow through the obstacle course with more finesse than even a dirtbike. Aaron’s awesome Chevy was also the only truck to finish the Tank Trap which helped him earn the coveted Driving Elegant Award for his impressive skills behind the wheel as well as using rear steer like a pro. Their Tank Trap strategy proved to be a wise one since they removed the windshield as well as the doors on the passenger side for easier access for the co-driver should they need to quickly winch through the trail. Aaron and Spike embodied the never give up motto at this year’s Top Truck Challenge and were an absolute blast to watch on many of the trails.
Truck: 1989 Chevy K30
Frame: Stock frame rails mounted on Fabrications MFG aluminum frame rails
Engine: ’96 Kodiak Marine 454 c.i. big block TBI V8
Drivetrain: TH400 automatic by TopGear with a B&M 2000 RPM stall converter, NP208 T-case to divorced NP205 T-case with a JB Fab Triple Stick shift setup, 2.5-Ton Rockwell front differential, 2.5-Ton Rockwell rear differential
Suspension: Mid 60‘s Dump Truck military wrapped front springs with F150 packs and hydraulic ram steering, 63-inch long ’99 Chevy Tahoe main springs with ’89 leaf packs and custom leafs
Wheels & Tires: 20x15-inch military wheels welded together with 48-bolt beadlock rings wrapped in 54-inch Super Swamper Boggers