Showin Off! - September 2014
Home Built Mud Trucks!
Christopher Taylor loves to go off-roading in his ’08 Ford F-250, 6.4L Powerstroke 4x4. Panama City, Florida, is where he calls home, and Cam-Am is his toy of choice. The truck has an added K&N cold-air intake, a Diablo programmer for added power, and a 12-inch suspension lift for height. A Top Gun Customs four-link kit is installed up front, and traction bars are in the rear. Christopher is rolling on 38x15.50R20 Super Swamper radial tires wrapped around 20x14 chrome Fuel Hostage rims. Some other cool mods include a set of AMP electric dropdown steps, hydro dipped interior panels, a Pioneer AM/FM DVD player with a backup camera, and two 10-inch Kicker subs. His trailer is loaded up with a ’12 Cam Am 800 Commander, a ’13 Can Am 1000R Maverick, and a ’14 Can Am 1000R Maverick Max four seater.
Mow Money MowerSports out of Holly, Michigan, built this badass lawn mower, which is known as A Cut Above the Rest. Shawn “AirBoss” Wiley owns this mega-mower, which is built out of a ’68 Bolens 1250. This soon-to-be-four-wheel-drive rig is running 44x21.5 V-tread tires on 20-inch wheels. They are currently upgrading this rig to 4WD with all-wheel steering. By the way, it floats too!
This Chevy-powered ’86 Toyota pickup is owned by Mickey Ricchio from Independence, Iowa. MudRat, as it is known, has 36 inches of flex with a leaf spring–style suspension. A bow tie on the grille shows his pride for this fun little mud truck.
If you cruise around Sinton, Texas, you may see Jordan Benton roaming the streets in his ’08 Chevrolet 1500. He has put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this rig, which is known as The Beast. The factory 5.3L Vortec engine has a K&N cold-air intake, high-flow headers, and dual exhaust. A 6-inch Pro Comp suspension lift has counteradjustable coils for spring rate settings, and it’s sitting on 18-inch Moto Metal rims. 35x12.50 Toyo Open Country MTS tires keep the mud slingin’. Don’t let the shine fool you though—Jordon’s truck will get down and dirty with the big boys in the mud pits. Check out their truck club, Southern Twisted, on Facebook.
John A.J Fideli II travels to every mud hole he can, including Mud Muckers and Devils Garden in Clewiston, Florida. His ’78 Ford F-250 Ranger sits on 42-inch mud tires with a Dana 44 front axle and a Dana 60 rear. This mud truck is powered by a Ford 460ci engine that has an upgraded cam, headers, and carburetor. Added MSD ignition helps the spark, and a Holley high-performance fuel pump keeps it full of fuel. John is from Fort Myers, Florida, and you can see him at almost every single Redneck Yacht Club event.
John Lynch from Gillette, Wyoming, takes his ’81 K5 Blazer to the mud pits any time he can get off work. The factory 350ci engine is built up a little bit with some basic power adders in order to turn the 44-inch Super Swamper TSL tires that are mounted on 15-inch wheels. The plan is to add a bigger lift and more aggressive tires. John is a big fan of Mud Life magazine and has plans to build his own mega truck one day.
Evilways is the name of this ’85 Chevy K5 Blazer, and Deep-n-Dirty Boggers is the name of the mud club it’s in. A 454ci BBC with some head work, a 570 solid lift cam, Dominator intake, and a 850-cfm Holley carburetor get it moving. A fully welded 10-bolt front axle with Yukon Gear & Axle chromoly axleshafts is combined with a 14-bolt rearend that is also welded up and running 4.56 gears. A factory-built 208 transfer case is linked up to a Turbo 400 trans, which can easily handle the engine power. 42-inch Super Swampers on 15x10 wagon rims is the current setup, but Tom Formento has plans to put Rockwells and tractor tires under it.
Connor Spangler from the SideYard Boggers owns this ’93 Chevy S10 named Mammas Nitemare. This rig has a custom-built, 14-inch lift and a basically stock 454ci Chevy big-block. A 208 transfer case sends power to a Dana 60 rear axle and a Dana 44 front. Both axles run 4.10 ratio gears and have no problem turning the 40-inch Ground Hawg tires. Conner’s plan is to swap out the 454 with a 383ci Stroker motor and 456 gears. His dad contributed physical help and parts for the build of his very first mud truck, and Connor couldn’t be more grateful.