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2014 Top Truck Challenge Contenders

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2014 Top Truck Challenge Contenders
Contributors: Ken Brubaker
Photographers: Readers

This is the moment you’ve been waiting for! It’s the time when you get to vote on who competes in Top Truck Challenge 2014 in Hollister, California!

Over the course of several months, we used our magazine, website, and social media to invite Four Wheeler readers to send in their entry forms for the incredible, 22nd annual, Top Truck Challenge. This weeklong event, also known as TTC, is one of the most unique and challenging off-road competitions in the world. It’s held at the Hollister Hills SVRA, a massive off-road park known for its varied terrain and intense obstacles. We tweak and twist those obstacles to create the one-of-a-kind, seven-event portfolio of events. The event list consists of the Tow Test, Frame Twister, Mud Pit, Obstacle Course, Hill Climb, Coal Chute, and Tank Trap. Each of these events is mega-extreme and test the driver and 4x4 in different ways.

To compete in TTC, all vehicles must meet the build and safety requirements listed in the official TTC rules, which can be found at www.fourwheeler.com/ttcrules. Each “team” in TTC consists of a driver and co-driver and 10 teams comprise the TTC field.

Now it’s up to you to select who the lucky, history-making competitors are for TTC 2014. Over the next several pages you’ll find scores of contenders that wish to compete. You may choose to pore over the details of each one and carefully analyze your selections or you may opt to blast through and vote with your gut instincts. You may even choose to simply thrown down a party-line vote and stuff the ballot box for your favorite brand of vehicle. No matter how you do it, select your 10 favorites and mark their corresponding entry number on the Official Ballot that follows this story. Simply mail the ballot to the supplied address by Monday, March 31, 2014 and we’ll tally the results. The top 10 vote-getting candidates will be notified the first week of April and invited to compete early in the month of June. Can you send in more than one Official Ballot? Sure! But each ballot must be the Official Ballot found in Four Wheeler—no copies will be accepted.

You are in control of who goes to the awesome TTC 2014. Vote now!

Rob Inglis, Calgary, Canada
1996 Dodge Ram 1500
As one of the few Mopar’s in the mix, Rob Inglis isn’t sheepish when it comes to putting his Ram to work. Inglis ensures us that complete bedsides will be affixed to the rear and the truck will be within TTC code if he gets voted in.
Engine: 512ci Mopar V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: Atlas II
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Double triangulated four-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers/double triangulated four-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers
Tires: 54-in Mickey Thompson Claw TTC
Special features: Ouverson axleshafts, PSC Motorsports front and rear hydraulic steering
Driver experience: 14 years

1963 international scout

Rick Jensen, Valley, Nebraska
1963 International Harvester Scout
Any Scout fans in the house? Apparently, because you voted this IH in as an alternate for 2013. This year, Jensen wants to return as one of the top 10. His International is ready and so is he. Will you give him the nod?
Engine: 440ci Chrysler V-8
Transmission: TF 727
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, Fabtech coil springs, Bilstein 6100 shocks/triangulated four-link, Fabtech coil springs, Bilstein 6100 shocks
Tires: 43-in Interco Super Swamper TSL SX
Special features: Chevy TBI, Ouverson Engineering & Machine axleshafts, ’79 Scout II chassis, front and rear hydraulic steering, Hummer H1 double beadlock wheels, dual batteries, high-torque starter, 30-gal fuel cell, engine-driven air compressor with 5-gal tank, Warn 8274 winch
Driver experience: 35 years

1992 gmc jimmy

Josh Harris, Portland, Oregon
1992 GMC Jimmy
You may remember this Jimmy from last year’s candidates. Or you may not. You see, since last year the rig has undergone some changes including narrowing of the front end. Does this Jimmy have the magic to slither through the nasty Canyon in the Tank Trap?
Engine: 6.0L GM V-8
Transmission: TH350, modified
Transfer case: NP203/205 Jed’s Machining Doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: 52-in Chevy leaf springs, slider shackle boxes, 14-in-travel shocks/60-in Chevy leaf springs, 14-in-travel shocks
Tires: 42-in Interco Super Swamper TSL
Special features: 350hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, Yukon chromoly front axleshafts, hydraulic-assist crossover steering, H1 beadlock wheels, exocage, Ramsey 9,500-lb winch
Driver experience: 14 years

1987 toyota pickup

Miles Kelley, Fallon, Nevada
1987 Toyota pickup
This is Kelley’s first attempt at TTC, but he’s coming to the table with some unique hardware like V-10 power and stout running gear. Would this machine sail over the logs in the Frame Twister? There’s only one way to find out.
Engine: 8.0L Dodge V-10
Transmission: TF 727
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Yukon spool
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coilovers/trailing arms, coilovers
Tires: 46-in Michelin
Special features: MasterCraft Safety suspension seats, full rollcage, Warn 12,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 10 years

1993 ford f 250

Ty Creach, Harrisburg, Oregon
1993 Ford F-250
This Ford clearly has plenty of suspension flex, which could come in handy in the holes on the Hill Climb. We’re assuming that Creach has plans to add the required factory-style bedsides to his rig if voted in.
Engine: 351ci Ford V-8
Transmission: C6
Transfer case: NP205, Klune-V Extreme Underdrive
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Sterling 10.25
Traction aids, f/r: Welded/welded
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: 56-in leaf springs, 14-in-travel shocks/four-link, quarter-elliptical springs
Tires: 42-in Pitbull Rocker
Special features: 35-spline chromoly front axleshafts, hydraulic steering, Smittybilt 8,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 10 years

1978 ford f 150

Brad Daffin, Hamilton, Montana
1978 Ford F-150
An alternate in 2013, apparently Daffin had so much fun he wants to come back as a full-fledged competitor. The sheetmetal on his Ford is showing more bumps and bruises than at this time last year, but that just proves he’s been out wheeling. Will you let him wheel at TTC this year?
Engine: 521ci Ford V-8
Transmission: C6
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Sterling 10.5
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Bloody Knuckle Garage long-travel kit, coil springs/leaf springs, shocks
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSL Bogger
Special features: Many engine mods, 950cfm Holley carburetor, chromoly front axleshafts w/Longfield Super Axles U-joints, custom bumpers, rollcage, B.A.D. beadlock wheels, Warn M12000 winch (front), Warn XD9000i winch (rear)
Driver experience: 14 years

1985 ford ranger

Michael Steelman, Loomis, California
1985 Ford Ranger
With a flexy suspension, dovetailed rear end, and a smaller size, this Ranger could potentially do well in the Tank Trap’s infamous Canyon. Does it get the thumbs-up or not?
Engine: 2.8L Ford V-6
Transmission: Stock 5-spd manual
Transfer case: BW 1350/1354 doubler
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana 60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: 52-in Chevy leaf springs, Gabriel shocks/63-in Chevy leaf springs, Gabriel shocks
Tires: 39-in Interco Super Swamper TSL
Special features: AGR hydraulic-assist steering, TrailReady beadlock wheels, rollcage, dovetailed rear end, Warn M8000 winch, custom bumpers
Driver experience: 5 years

1993 jeep wrangler

Mitchell Toombs, Ashville, Alabama
1993 Jeep Wrangler
Somewhere in Alabama there’s a wheeler wanting to be in TTC 2014. That person is Toombs and his Jeep is outfitted with a simple collection of proven parts, though it will need the mandatory winch. Will you let him pack up his rig and go to California?
Engine: 355ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: Dana 300
Axles, f/r: Kingpin Dana 60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Lock-Right/welded
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: 6-in-lift leaf springs, Rusty’s Off-Road Products shocks/6-in-lift leaf springs, Rusty’s Off-Road Products shocks
Tires: 40-in Interco Super Swamper TSL
Special features: TBI, twin-stick T-case levers, Corbeau seats, rollcage
Driver experience: 3 years

1999 jeep wrangler

Rusty Walker, Morgan, Texas
1999 Jeep Wrangler
There are some TTC events that require superior low range crawl capability. For those, Walker’s Wrangler would have it made due to its maximum crawl ratio of 207:1. Will our TTC events cower in the shadow of the Walker Texas Wrangler?
Engine: 4.0L Jeep I-6
Transmission: BW T150
Transfer case: Atlas 4-spd, 10.3:1
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Welded/welded
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Triangulated four-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers/triangulated four-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers
Tires: 46-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claw
Special features: Four-wheel PSC Motorsports hydraulic steering, exocage, suspension seats, Warn 9.5ti winch
Driver experience: 13 years

1997 jeep wrangler

Richard Yeamans, Medford, Oregon
1997 Jeep Wrangler
This isn’t Yeamans’ first attempt at TTC, but he’s hoping this is the year his turbocharged Jeep wins your favor so he can show you what he and his rig can do. He’s a Rubicon Trail alumnus, but will that experience help him in the wicked Coal Chute?
Engine: 5.2L Chrysler V-8
Transmission: 46RH
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Grizzly Locker/spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 14-in-travel air shocks/four-link, 14-in-travel air shocks
Tires: 47-in Interco Super Swamper LTB
Special features: Turbocharged, MSD ignition, hydraulic steering, four-wheel disc brakes, double beadlock wheels, 1350 and 1410 driveshaft U-joints, Warn HS9500i winch
Driver experience: 21 years

2012 volkswagen bug

Shane Jolley, Cleburne, Texas
2012 Volkswagen Bug
Jolley says his rig is a 2012 model, which gives a pretty good idea of when it was built. You voted a Volkswagen Rabbit pickup into TTC 2012. Is it the Bug’s turn this year? Jolley, that thing is going to need a winch to conform to the rules. Wait, it’s not a Thing, it’s a Bug.
Engine: 350ci GM V-8
Transmission: SM 465
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: Wishbone/wishbone
Tires: 49-in Interco IROK
Special features: It’s powered by propane
Driver experience: 13 years

1966 toyota fj40

Greg Mandile, Loveland, Colorado
1966 Toyota FJ40
Mandile built this vehicle from the ground up. The rig is lengthened 2½ feet and all of the bodywork from the doors rearward is custom made. There’s a lot more to this diesel-powered rig that make it special. To see the machine in action, you’ll have to vote it in.
Engine: 3.9L Cummins I-4 turbodiesel
Transmission: TH400
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: Four-link, Bilstein 9100 coilovers/four-link, Bilstein 9100 coilovers
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSL
Special features: Holset HX35 turbo, water-to-air intercooler, triple-stick T-case levers, homemade driveshafts, homemade internal beadlock wheels, four-wheel hydraulic steering, dual Optima YellowTop batteries, army surplus canvas safari top, Warn 8274 winch
Driver experience: 20 years

2004 dodge ram 3500

Dana Williams, Hilo, Hawaii
2004 Dodge 3500
This Hawaiian is looking to come to the mainland with his high-flying rig. He has a few tire options to choose from and says that he isn’t afraid of punishing his old company truck. Will you say aloha to this big kahuna?
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Transmission: 48RE
Transfer case: NP273
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson locker/spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coil springs/leaf-springs
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSL
Special features: Ramsey 12,000-lb winch, 100hp injectors, Edge programmer, Ouverson axleshafts, pinion brakes, internal rollcage
Driver experience: 18 years

1971 toyota land cruiser

Raymond Towner, Fort Walton Beach, Florida
1971 Toyota Land Cruiser
Towner is a retired Air Force aerospace ground equipment technician with substantial welding/fabricating/troubleshooting experience. That experience could possibly come in handy after a meeting with the logs in the Frame Twister.
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: 700-R4
Transfer case: “Stock Land Cruiser greatness”
Axles, f/r: “Land Cruiser awesomeness”
Traction aids, f/r: Lock-Right/Lock-Right
Ratio: 4.10:1
Suspension, f/r: 2-in-lift leaf springs, shackle reversal, shocks/Toyota FJ55 leaf springs, spring-over, shocks
Tires: 38.5-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claw
Special features: Fuel injection, Longfield Super Axles axleshafts, beadlock wheels, Saginaw power steering, rollcage, rock sliders, disc brakes, Warn 8274 winch
Driver experience: “Before I can remember”

1992 gmc k1500

Jeff Noggle, Medford, Oregon
1992 GMC K1500
Is this a perfect example of a trail-ready fullsize truck, or what? It’s built with proven parts and now the owner wants to prove it can dominate TTC’s seven sick events. How do you think this truck would look powering through the Obstacle Course?
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/welded
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, panhard bar, coilovers/double triangulated four-link, coilovers, traction bar
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSL Bogger
Special features: Chevy Astro steering box, triple-stick T-case levers, 1410 driveline U-joints, hydraulic-assist steering, rollcage, fuel cell, Warn 12,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 15 years

1959 fiat 1100

John Martinson, Yelm, Washington
1959 Fiat 1100
Now here’s something you don’t see every day. Or maybe ever, for that matter. A rare Italian car on a tube chassis with Toyota power and ‘mog axles. Since this photo was taken the machine has been painted and lowered. Would you like to see it in action? If so, you know what to do.
Engine: 2.7L Toyota I-4
Transmission: Toyota
Transfercase: Atlas 4-spd
Axles, f/r: Unimog 404/Unimog 404
Traction aids, f/r: Factory mechanical locker/factory mechanical locker
Ratio: 7.56:1
Suspension, f/r: Sway-A-Way air shocks, Fox bumpstops, sway bar/Sway-A-Way air shocks, Fox bumpstops, Currie sway bar
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSL
Special features: DOM tube frame, exocage, Warn 9,000-lb winch (front), Warn 8,000-lb winch (rear)
Driver experience: 7 years

1990 toyota pickup

Ben Babauta, Hagatna, Guam
1990 Toyota pickup
Getting a vehicle from the island of Guam to the U.S. is neither easy nor inexpensive. Nonetheless, Babauta is up for the challenge. All he needs is for you to give his V-8-powered Toyota the go-ahead.
Engine: 385ci Fast Burn GM V-8
Transmission: Hughes Performance-built TH400
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/spool
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: JQ Fabrications-built four-link, 16-in-travel Fox coilovers/JQ Fabrications-built four-link, 18-in-travel Fox coilovers
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSL Bogger
Special features: GM Ram Jet fuel injection, fiberglass fenders and bedsides, custom tailgate, JQ Fabrications-built exocage, MasterCraft Safety seats, air conditioning, Warn 8,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 20 years

1983 chevy k10

Ryan Agan, Hollister, California
1983 Chevy K10
This is Agan’s first attempt at TTC, even though Hollister Hills SVRA is his stomping grounds. He may have experience in the park, but how would he do when lined up against nine other incredible 4x4s?
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: 52-in leaf springs, shocks/triangulated four-link, ORI struts
Tires: 42-in Interco IROK
Special features: Reverse manual valve body in transmission, relocated front springs, crossover steering w/hydraulic-assist, front chromoly 35-spline axleshafts, triple-stick T-case levers, rollcage, 12,000-lb Smittybilt winch
Driver experience: 6 years

1991 ford f 250

Daryl Horsley, Winfield, British Columbia, Canada
1991 Ford F-250
Horsley was part of Glen Green’s pit crew at TTC 2013 and now he wants to return as a competitor in his big Ford. Will you give him the opportunity?
Engine: 460ci Ford V-8
Transmission: C6
Transfer case: BW 1356/NP205 doubler
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana 60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/spool
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coil springs, shocks/four-link, coil springs, shocks
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSL Bogger
Special features: Rollcage, B&M transmission shifter, fuel cell, racing seats and restraints, chromoly axleshafts, onboard air, 10,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 15 years

1974 chevy k20

Mike Nixon, Denair, California
1974 Chevy K20
Nixon says that all the work on his rig was done on a budget in his driveway. He even made his own tube bender. The rear of the rig is bobbed and dovetailed, and by TTC time he hopes to have the front end narrowed and coilovers installed.
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Behemoth Drivetrain Strong Box underdrive/NP205
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Yukon Grizzly Locker/welded
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, “junkyard” coil springs, shocks/four-link, “junkyard” coil springs, shocks
Tires: 53-in Michelin
Special features: PSC Motorsports hydraulic steering, Stazworks internal dual beadlock wheels, aluminum fuel cell, five-point safety harnesses, rollbar, Smittybilt XRC 12
Driver experience: 20 years

1979 toyota land cruiser

Mario Escamilla, Los Angeles, California
1979 Toyota Land Cruiser
Escamilla says that he has been working on his rig for the past five years. One of the first places he wants to take the Cruiser now that it’s done is TTC. What say you?
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Stock leaf springs, shocks/stock leaf springs, shocks
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSL Bogger
Special features: Custom fender flares, Warn Premium hubs, rollcage, Warn 9,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 10 years

1983 jeep cj 7

Chuck Kammer, Murrieta, California
1983 Jeep CJ-7
Now that Kammer has your attention with this photo of him climbing the side of a building in his CJ-7, he’d also like your vote. Would the Tank Trap be nothing more than a speed bump to his CJ? There’s only one way to find out.
Engine: 427ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: 4L80E
Transfer case: Atlas II, 4.3:1
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana 60/high-pinion Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, King coilovers/four-link, King coilovers
Tires: 43-in Interco Super Swamper TSL SX
Special features: TPI, 600hp, rollbar, custom body and frame, Allied beadlock wheels, Warn 9.0Rc winch
Driver experience: 21 years

1987 jeep scrambler

Trevor Sidwell, Victoria, Minnesota
1987 Jeep Scrambler
Sidwell says he wheels his huge, 1,000hp Jeep “as much as possible,” and past trips have taken him to Wisconsin and South Dakota. Now he wants to add California to the list. Looks like he’d have the advantage in the deep water holes of the Tank Trap.
Engine: 547ci Merlin V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Profab Machine
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coilovers/four-link, coilovers
Tires: 54-in Interco Super Swamper Bogger
Special features: Supercharger, Kevlar/fiberglass body, Warn 15,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 11 years

1985 chevy k2500

Eric Kam, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Keith Baasch, Boise, Idaho
1993 GMC 1500
Keith Baasch’s GMC pickup is currently in the process of getting a new front end and fenders placed on the back of the truck, so he will be regulation-ready soon. Keith says he’s been preparing for TTC by competing in his hometown’s Tuff Truck Challenge. Will that give him the edge?
Engine: 5.7L GM V-8
Transmission: 4L60E
Transfer case: NP241
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: 52-in leaf springs/four-link, coil springs
Tires: 39.5-in Interco IROK
Special features: Custom flatbed, hydraulic steering, 10,000-lb winch, exocage, narrowed front clip, H1 double beadlocks
Driver experience: 15 years

2007 jeep wrangler

David Schlossberg, San Luis Obispo, California
2007 Jeep Wrangler
Sometimes even executives need to get out of the office. Schlossberg, president of Synergy Manufacturing and Poly Performance wants to trade his office for TTC. Will you grant him his wish?
Engine: 3.8L Chrysler V-6
Transmission: NSG 370 6-spd manual
Transfer case: Atlas II, 5:1
Axles, f/r: Currie RockJock 60/Currie RockJock 70
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Synergy Manufacturing long-arm, Fox coilovers, Fox bumpstops/Synergy Manufacturing long-arm, Fox coilovers, Fox bumpstops
Tires: 41.5-in Pitbull Rocker
Special features: 35-spline front axleshafts, 40-spline rear axleshafts, Warn Zeon 10 winch
Driver experience: 20 years

1985 toyota pickup

Angus Ogg, Elma, Washington
1985 Toyota pickup
Angus Ogg says he’s been a fan of TTC since he was a kid and now he wants to come join in the action. If you vote Ogg in, his plans are to swap out the Toyota axles for a set of 2½-ton Rockwells, add a multilink suspension, fully-hydraulic steering, and possibly propane injection and 54s!
Engine: 383ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Toyota/Toyota
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/spool
Ratio: 4.10:1
Suspension, f/r: 6-in-lift All-Pro Off-Road leaf springs/5-in Trail-Gear leaf springs
Tires: 38.5-in Interco Super Swamper Bogger
Special features: Ramsey winch
Driver experience: 6 years

1969 toyota fj40

Nate Strohmaier, Placerville, California
1969 Toyota FJ40 Don’t let the all the fancy touches and custom electronic half-doors that flip down to create entry steps fool ya, this FJ seems to be trail-ready and it’s a regular on Fordyce and the Rubicon.
Engine: 4.7L Toyota V-8
Transmission: ’01 Toyota Tundra
Transfer case: ’01 Toyota Tundra
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, 18-in-travel Fox coilovers/three-link, 16-in-travel Fox coilovers
Tires: 46-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claw
Special features: Four-wheel disc brakes w/Wilwood calipers, hydraulic steering, Ouverson Engineering & Machine locking hubs, H1 beadlock wheels, Currie Enterprises Antirock sway bar, rollcage, cruise control, Warn 9,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 17 years

1972 international pickup

Earl Middleton, Shelton, Washington
1972 International pickup
It may look International, but this big pickup is more Ford than anything else. Is its classic appeal enough for you to give it the nod?
Engine: 460ci Ford V-8
Transmission: C6
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Sterling 10.25
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: 8-in Skyjacker leaf springs/Skyjacker leaf springs
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper Bogger
Special features: Smittybilt winch, 17-in B.A.D beadlock wheels, internal rollcage, 3-in body lift, ’89 Ford F-350 frame
Driver experience: “Dawn of time”

2002 jeep wrangler

Joel Villeneuve, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
2002 Jeep Wrangler
Have you ever wondered how a Wrangler would perform with 757 horsepower? If you vote Joel Villeneuve in, you will have the chance to find out. Villeneuve says that if he gets voted in the front spool will be swapped for a selectable locker and air cylinders will accompany the King coilovers at each corner.
Engine: 632ci Pat Musi Racing V-8
Transmission: NV4500
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/welded
Ratio: 4.10:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 14-in-travel King coilovers/four-link, 14-in-travel King coilovers
Tires: 46-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claw
Special features: Warn winch, hydro-assist steering, internal cage
Driver experience: 15 years

1972 chevy blazer

Jeremy Brown, Sherwood, Oregon
1972 Chevy Blazer
This classic Blazer has entered the TTC ring before, but it is now under new ownership. Want to give this Blazer another shot at glory? The choice is yours.
Engine: 454ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: SM465
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: 6-in-lift Tuff Country leaf springs/6-in-lift Tough Country leaf springs
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper Boggers
Special features: Front and rear Warn winches, Redneck Ram hydro-assist, Gray Fab weld-on beadlocks, Offroad Design adapter and 32-spline NP205 conversion
Driver experience: 13 years

1979 international scout 2

Adam Furlon, Pemberton, British Columbia, Canada
1979 International Scout II
A Cummins-powered Scout with 1-ton axles? Sounds interesting to us, but will you give the classic International the green light?
Engine: 5.9L 12-valve Cummins I-6
Transmission: TF 727
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 80
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, Fox coilovers/Three-link, Fox air shocks
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper Bogger
Special features: PSC Motorsports fully-hydraulic steering, water-methanol injection, RCI fuel cell, custom cage
Driver experience: 20 years

1997 jeep wrangler

Cory Grunewald, Victoria, Texas
1997 Jeep Wrangler
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and Cory Grunewald took that seriously when it came to upgrading the powerplant in his Wrangler. While many opt for the popular and powerful LS 6.2L, Grunewald stepped up to the massive 8.1L GM V-8. Now it’s up to you if you want to see this third-coast wheeler in the big show.
Engine: 496ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Atlas II, 3.8:1
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana 60/high-pinion Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 4.56:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, 16-in-travel ORI struts/triangulated lowers w/wishbone upper
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSL
Special features: Dayton 10,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 20 years

1995 chevy s 10

Matt Christian, Duncan, Oklahoma
1995 Chevy S-10
Matt Christian wheelie wants to get into TTC (see what we did there?). His rig is now sporting a supercharged V-8, Hybrid Rockwell axles, and 54-inch Claws. We say he’s TTC ready. Do you?
Engine: 5.3L GM V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Offroad Design NP203, LoMax 205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Gearhart Eng. hybrid 2½/5-ton Rockwell/Gearhart Eng. hybrid 2½/5-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, ORI struts/four-link, ORI struts
Tires: 54-in Mickey Thompson Claw TTC
Special features: Magnuson supercharger, Warn 9.5ti winch front, Badlands 12,000-lb winch rear, pinion brakes, custom cage and frame
Driver experience: 14 years

2001 jeep wrangler

John Ewing, Fort Worth, Texas
2001 Jeep Wrangler
Will this be a knife to a gunfight? John Ewing says no. He states that he “appreciates the chance to compete and show what a Jeep Wrangler and a skilled driver can really do (when) compared to V-8s and a heavy foot.” That sounds like fighting words to us! Are you ready to let him duke it out?
Engine: 4.0L Chrysler I-6
Transmission: 5-spd manual
Transfer case: Atlas II, 5.0:1
Axles, f/r: Dana 44/Dana 44
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.88:1
Suspension, f/r: GenRight three-link, 14-in-travel King coilovers/GenRight triangulated four-link
Tires: 37-in Maxxis Trepador
Special features: Warn Zeon winch, GenRight armor
Driver experience: 17 years

1997 toyota 4runner

Luke Graham, Chariton, Iowa
1997 Toyota 4Runner
Will a long-travel suspension and 40-inch tires be enough for this clean 4Runner to take top prize? We’re thinking a snorkel is probably in Luke Graham’s future!
Engine: 3.4L Toyota V-6
Transmission: Stock automatic
Transfer case: Stock
Axles, f/r: Trail-Gear 9-in/Trail-Gear 9-in
Traction aids, f/r: Grizzly Locker/Grizzly Locker
Ratio: 5.43:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, 14-in-travel Fox coilovers/three-link, 12-in-travel emulsion shocks w/coils
Tires: 40-in Nitto Trail Grapplers
Special features: 17-in forged Raceline beadlocks, Warn VR8000, custom bumpers
Driver experience: 10 years

1995 chevy s 10

Richie Tremblay, Strathmore, Alberta, Canada
1995 Chevy S-10
Richie Tremblay’s rig started out as a ’84 Chevy ¾-ton farm truck. Over the years, he’s wrenched on and upgraded the original platform until it became what you see here today. He says if you vote him in he will ditch the ag tires for a set of TTC-compliant treads and move to beadlock wheels.
Engine: 454ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP205
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, 16-in-travel King coilovers/four-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers
Tires: TBD
Special features: Propane injection, front and rear Warn winches
Driver experience: 20 years

1986 jeep cj 7

Scotty Guthrie, Wallace, California
1986 Jeep CJ-7
CJ’s have been a part of TTC for years. This one is far from stock and has an estimated 500 horsepower coming from the transplanted 5.7L V-8. Even with plenty of ponies, will 39s be enough to tame the Mud Pit?
Engine: 5.7L GM V-8
Transmission: 700-R4
Transfer case: STaK 2-spd, 5.4:1
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Grizzly Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, 14-in-travel Sway-A-Way coilovers/double-triangulated four-link, 14-in-travel Swap-A-Way coilovers
Tires: 39-in BFGoodrich Krawler T/A KX
Special features: KMC beadlock wheels, Howe hydraulic steering, RCI fuel cell, cutting brakes, Warn winch
Driver experience: 21 years

2007 jeep wrangler unlimited

Mel Wade, Fullerton, California
2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Off Road Evolution owner and EVO Mfg president Mel Wade uses his Wrangler for everything from racing King of the Hammers to hauling the kids to soccer practice. Using off-the-shelf EVO Mfg parts, Wade is ready to test his wares against all that TTC has to offer. Are you ready to see how Unlimited his Jeep really is?
Engine: 6.1L Hemi V-8
Transmission: TF 727
Transfer case: Atlas 4-spd
Axles, f/r: ProRock 60/ProRock 80
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: EVO Mfg Double Throwdown/EVOLever Double Throwdown
Tires: 40-in Nitto Trail Grappler K-Spec
Special features: Warn winch, EVO Mfg cage, bumpers, and sliders, ATX beadlock wheels, MasterCraft Safety seats, J.E. Reel driveshafts
Driver experience: 15 years

1975 jeep cj 5

Chris Brown, San Jose, California
1975 Jeep CJ-5
The 304-powered CJ-5 made plenty of memorable impressions when it was first introduced. Will you let Chris Brown make some history of his own in this year’s TTC?
Engine: 304ci AMC V-8
Transmission: TF 727
Transfer case: Atlas II
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 60
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Leaf springs, air shocks/triangulated four-link, air shocks
Tires: 42-in Interco Super Swamper TSL
Special features: Front and rear Warn winches, propane injection, hydraulic steering, H1 double beadlocks
Driver experience: 17 years

1993 gmc 1500

Keith Baasch, Boise Idaho
1993 GMC 1500
Keith Baasch's GMC Pickup is currentyly in the process of getting a new front end and fenders placed on the back of the truck, so he will be regulation-ready soon. keith says he's been preparing for TTC by competing in his hometown's Tuff Truck Challenge. Will that give him the edge?
Engine: 5.7L GM V-8
Transmission: 4L60E
Transfer Case: NP241
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/14 bolt
Traction aids, f/r: ARB air locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension f/r,: 52-in leaf prings/four link, coil springs
Tires: 39.5-in Interco IROK
Special Features: Custom Fflatbed, hydraulic steering, 10,000-lb winch, exocage, narrowed front clip, H1 double beadlocks
Driver experience: 15 years

1982 jeep scrambler

Tommy Wilhelm, Kaw City, Oklahoma
1982 Jeep Scrambler
Despite having front and rear 14-bolt axles, Tommy Wilhelm has plenty of work to do to get his Scrambler-buggy within TTC specs. Will you give him the chance to cover the buggy?
Engine: 5.7L GM V-8
Transmission: 700-R4
Transfer case: WMS NP203/203/205 triple-stack
Axles, f/r: Custom 14-bolt/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, coil springs/three-link, coil springs
Tires: 44-in Pitbull Rocker
Special features: Warn 8274 winch
Driver experience: 4 years

1988 nissan pathfinder

Clay Gibbons, Central Point, Oregon
1988 Nissan Pathfinder
The Chevy front grill is a telling sign that this ’88 Pathfinder has more fullsize GM parts than original Nissan components. The rig will need a few finishing touches to make it entirely up to TTC code, but it’s pretty close. Owner Clay Gibbons says that if he gets voted in an exocage is one of the first mods on the list.
Engine: 8.1L GM V-8
Transmission: Allison 1000
Transfer case: NP205
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link/four-link
Tires: 46-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claw
Special features: Front and rear Warn winches, interior cage, fuel cell, custom beadlocks, hydraulic steering
Driver experience: 20 years

1993 chevy silverado

Caleb Gay, Suisun, California
1993 Chevy Silverado
Fullsize, four-links, and a supercharged V-8, sounds like a great recipe to us. If you want to see this big Bowtie get down and dirty, all you have to do is vote!
Engine: 350ci GM V-8
Transmission: NV4500
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 6.17:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers/four-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers
Tires: 42-in Goodyear Wrangler MT/R
Special features: Vortec supercharger, 10,000-lb Warn winch, hydro-assist steering, custom subframe
Driver experience: 3 years

1968 dodge power wagon

Merv Zerr, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
1968 Dodge Power Wagon
Minus the tractor tires, Merv Zerr’s ’68 Power Wagon looks almost TTC ready. Its height could prove interesting in the off-camber Tank Trap Canyon, but it looks more than ready for the Pit. The question is- do you want to see more?
Engine: 440ci Chrysler V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Stock
Axles, f/r: 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Double-triangulated four-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers/double-triangulated four-link, coil springs
Tires: TBD
Special features: 15,000-lb winch, cage, Corbeau seats, Ouverson axleshafts, custom subframe
Driver experience: 20 years

Ryan Pierce, Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada
1984 Toyota pickup
There’s no shortage of Canadian entries this year, and Ryan Pierce’s mega Toyota is just one of the big trail rigs looking to dominate our U.S. event. Will the Maple flag run high this year? It has in the past.
Engine: 434ci GM V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Dual cases
Axles, f/r: Dana60/Dana 70
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.88:1
Suspension, f/r: Double triangulated four-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers/double triangulated four-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers
Tires: 46-in Mickey Thompson Claw
Special features: Custom subframe, Corbeau seats, full cage
Driver experience: 20 years

1969 ford bronco

Tracker J. Bain, Myrtle Creek, Oregon
1969 Ford Bronco
It’s clear that there is plenty of fab time in this early Bronco. Will you let this wild horse come and play?
Engine: 429ci Ford V-8
Transmission: NP435
Transfer case: NP203/205 doubler
Axles, f/r: High-pinion Dana60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Grizzly Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 18-in-travel coilovers/four-link, 18-in-travel coilovers
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper Boggers
Special features: Warn 8274 winch, cage, custom body and suspension stretch, Ballistic 14-bolt shave kit, hydraulic steering, custom aluminum fuel cell, Allied 15x10 beadlock wheels, Warn hubs
Driver experience: “Since birth”

1949 willys pickup

Verne Simons, Peoria, Arizona
49 Willys Pickup
Jp magazine’s Verne Simons wants to cross over into Four Wheeler with his ’49 Willys pickup project. Simons has a bit of work to do before the rig is ready to go, but that’s not stopping him from putting his name in the hat. Want to see how a Jeep guy will fare in a truck challenge? All it takes is a vote!
Engine: 440ci Dodge V-8
Transmission: NP435
Transfer case: Offroad Design NP203/205 Doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 4.88:1
Suspension, f/r: Synergy Mfg three-link, 3-in-lift TJ coil springs/Synergy Mfg four-link, 3-in-lift TJ coil springs
Tires: 42-in BFGoodrich T/A KM2
Special features: Stretched TJ frame, Warn 8274 winch, custom cage, G2 chromoly axleshafts, bobbed bed
Driver experience: 26 years

2003 jeep wrangler

Tim Aker, Okeana, Ohio
2003 Jeep Wrangler
Aker has owned this street-legal, surpercharged Wrangler for six years and he’s a regular on Midwest, Utah, and South Dakota trails. He says he’ll put on a show if voted in, because he’s not driving across the country to come in Second.
Engine: 4.8L Jeep I-6
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: Atlas 4-spd
Axles, f/r: Kingpin Dana 60/14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/spool
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Three-link, 14-in-travel King coilovers, Currie Antirock sway bar/four-link, 14-in-travel King coilovers, Currie Antirock sway bar
Tires: 43-in Interco Super Swamper TSL
Special features: Supercharged, 500hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, heavy-duty T-case gears, 110-in wheelbase, Yukon front axleshafts with CTM U-joints and stub shafts, Yukon drive slugs, Branik Motorsports rear axleshafts, shaved and trussed axles, PSC Motorsports hydraulic steering, 20-in Stazworks double beadlock wheels, aluminum fuel cell, GenRight rockers, Ace Engineering bumper and stinger, full rollcage, CJ-style fold-down rear tailgate, air conditioning, LED lighting, Warn XD9000i winch
Driver experience: 18 years

1988 suzuki samurai

Joshua Hardy, Ben Lomond, California
1988 Suzuki Samurai
Looking like the love child of a Suzuki and a Chevy truck, Hardy’s Samurai is one-of-a-kind coolness. It’s been on the Rubicon and the Hammers, and now Hardy wants to go head-to-head with TTC’s seven events.
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: SM420
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: Four-link, 16-in-travel remote-reservoir FOA coilovers/three-link, 19-in-travel Knight Stalker remote-reservoir coilovers
Tires: 46-in Michelin XML
Special features: Hydraulic steering, custom beadlock wheels, pinion brakes, headers, five-point restraints, custom transfer case adaptor, aluminum radiator, Smittybilt XRC 8 winch
Driver experience: 10 years

1986 toyota 4runner

Roy Mussatti, Ironwood, Michigan
1986 Toyota 4Runner
Mussatti is confined to a wheelchair and he uses hand controls to pilot his 4Runner. “I’m ready to take on the famous Tank Trap and competition,” he says. Will you give Mussatti the go-ahead to make the trip to California?
Engine: 2.4L Toyota I-4
Transmission: Toyota automatic
Transfer case: Toyota 2-spd
Axles, f/r: ’83 Toyota/’90 Toyota
Traction aids, f/r: Locker/locker
Ratio: 5.29:1
Suspension, f/r: 5-in-lift Trail-Gear leaf springs, 3-in-lift Rubicon Express shackles, Skyjacker shocks/3-in-lift Trail-Gear leaf springs, 3-in-lift Rubicon Express shackles, Skyjacker shocks
Tires: 39.5-in Interco Super Swamper TSL Bogger
Special features: Header, larger throttle body, Trail-Gear hydraulic-assist steering, crossover steering, electric radiator cooling fan, 2.5-in-diameter exhaust, Chevy 1-ton master cylinder, Chevy 100-amp alternator, Trail-Gear 12-in front driveshaft slip-yoke, U-bolt flip kit, Trail-Gear axle armor, Alcoa wheels, rear disc brakes, Smittybilt 10,000-lb winch, hand controls with Sure-Grip Tri-Pin Spinner Knob
Driver experience: 21 years

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