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6 Sick Rigs From Hammertown 2020

Jeeps, a fullsize Chevy crawler, a solid-axle Mercedez-Benz, and more at King of the Hammers

King of the Hammers 2020 kicked off and we were cruising Hammertown before dawn scouting for the wildest rigs on the lakebed.

King of the Hammers Action

Tom Pardini, with the help of his cohort of expert fabricators, took what used to be a Chevy Silverado 1500 with a single cab and a shortbed, and built it into an LS-powered, solid-axle, 39.5-inch-tire-sporting, rock-gobbling, sand-throwing machine.

Rock crawling Ford!

Keith Hardwick's Ford F-250 got its wheelbase shortened and its leaf springs relocated, among other things, to make it the beginnings of a hearty trail truck. Hopefully we'll see more from this machine.

Solid-axle swapped M-Class? Yes, and it's a Power Wagon chassis.

Kyle Herzog's M-Class rides around Hammertown 2020 on a repurposed Power Wagon chassis, gets its power from a 360 big-block, and is set up with a Dana 60 rearend and a Dana 44 in the front, with leaves to handle the flex of its 37-inch Nitto Trail Grapplers.

Named "Sally Wag"

Zach Canadas built "Sally Wag," the '68 Wagoneer, with a 350, 700R4 trans, doubler box bolted to the NP205 t-case, a 14-bolt in the back, and a Dana 60 holding the Air Locker, 5.13:1 gears, and 41.5-inch Pit Bulls.

How many Jeeps here?

Greg Pedersen started with a TJ, added YJ doors, and a JK grille. Next, he raked the windshield back 11 degrees, stuck on JK fenders in high-clearance style, and built a custom four-link suspension. What's he have now? A Jeep whose sleek looks look like a concept car found at Hammertown 2020.

Diesel power is only the beginning.

What do you make of this YJ? More to come...