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2006 Ultimate Adventure Truck and Driver Profiles - John Hughbanks - 1979 Ford Bronco

John Hughbanks
Posted November 1, 2006

John Hughbanks - 1979 Ford Bronco

Driver: John Hughbanks

Age:30

Occupation:Shop manager, GM Truck Center

Where did you come from?:Littlerock, CA

Did you tow it out or drive it?:Towed

How long have you been off-roading?:15 years

What got you into 4x4s?:My dad

Favorite part of the trip:Sand dunes

What was your least favorite part of the trip?:The waterfall we had to winch up

Hardtop, soft top, or no top:Aluminum panel top

Would you want to work for a 4x4 mag now that you've met us and seen what we do?:Yeah, totally. I'd love to.

Would you kick out your co-driver if we had a supermodel to ride in your truck?:Probably not. She'd be no help on the trip.

Would you do it again next year, or would it be asking too much of your battered body?:Oh yeah, and the year after that.

Favorite truck on the trip (besides your own):Jerrod's K5 Blazer

Co-Driver:Mike Prochaska

Age:31

Occupation:Fabricator for One-Ton Off Road


Vehicle: Ford Bronco

Year:1979

Tires/Wheels:39-inch BFG Krawlers/Marsh Racing Extreme Duty

Steering:Crossover with ram-assist

Front suspension:2.5 14-inch King coilover, 2.5 hydraulic bumpstop, One-Ton Off Road radius arms

Rear suspension:2.5 16-inch King coilovers, 2.5 hydraulic bumpstops, four-link

Front drivetrain:Dynatrac 60/Detroit Locker/5.13:1 gears/300M outers/Spicer hubs

Rear drivetrain:14-bolt/full spool/5.13:1 gears/disc brakes

Driveshafts:Hi Angle Driveline 1350 CVs

Tranny:C6 with low planetary kit

Transfer case(s)/ratio(s)/other mods:NP203/NP205 with triple stick

Engine/Mods:472ci with forged pistons, 11:1 compression, ported/polished heads, Edelbrock intake, Holley carb, solid cam, roller rockers, Flowmaster mufflers, L&L headers

Bumpers/rails/rollcage:All-incorporated One-Ton Off Road rollcage and bumpers

Winch:Warn XP9500

What (on your truck) gave you problems during the trip?:Steering! Broke a steering ram, bent a tie rod

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