KOH 2020: Best Rigs of Hammertown
A Wrecker, a Willys, a Cummins-Swapped F-250, and more at King of the Hammers
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Bob Gwinner, of Wrightwood, California, brought his '62 Willys Wagon out to Hammertown and KOH 2020. The Wagon's body sits on a Scout II frame, gets its power from a Chevy V-8, and rides on a pair of Dana 44s.
Eddie Loomis visited KOH 2020 for the first time from Henderson, Nevada, and brought with him a desert-tan '84 Chevy K5 Blazer. Under the hood sits a tuned, ported, and injected 383, which sends its power to the SM465 transmission and into the Magnum Box and NP205 transfer case. The Blazer's front Dana 60 and rear 14-bolt are located by an Offroad Design coilover conversion in the front and the company's springs and shackle flip out back. Eddie rolls around the trails on a set of 40-inch Nitto Trail Grapplers.
Mike Woodward's '44 Willys MB Jeep is a recreation of what his Grandfather, Ken "Woody" Woodward once drove while he was a bomber pilot. The Flatty gets power from a 4.3L Vortec and sends it to the NP435 transmission. The Dana 300 transfer case splits power to the front Dana 44 and the rear Dana 60 axles, both filled with ARB Air Lockers and 5.31:1 gears. The Jeep rocks a set of Goodyear MT/R rubbers.
James Curtis came to KOH 2020 from Temple, Texas, with his '85 CUCV fit with a Holmes 440 wrecker bed. Without any PTO function on the NP208, the truck has a 24V electric winch from a Hummer, along with a winch from an MRAP and another Warn 18,000-pound 24V winch. James plans on using the rig for off-road recovery in the future.
Matt Swithenbank, from Paradise, California, did something a little different with his '94 Ford F-250. The truck now has a 6BT, Dana Super 60 up front and a Sterling 10.5 in the rear, both packed with ARB Air Lockers and 4.88 gears. RuffStuff trailing arms and custom-built links in the back, paired with King coilovers and air shocks give the truck impressive travel while the 40-inch Nitto Trail Grapplers flex into the wheelwells on Matt's custom-built bed. Other custom work includes the swinging tire carrier and rack for the rooftop (or in this case, bedtop) tent.
Tom Major hails from Lambertville, New Jersey, and brought his '02 Dodge Dakota to the trails of The Hammers. The back half of the truck's frame was chopped off and rebuilt to be stronger than ever. The 3.9L V-6 gives power to an AX15 transmission and an NP231 transfer case, where it's split between the front Dana 60 and the rear 14-bolt. The front differential has a Lock Right locker and 5.38:1 gears while the rear diff carries Lincoln's finest welded gears. The axles are located by a set of custom links and suspension duties are delegated to 2.5-inch King coilovers with 16 inches of travel.
We found Tim Nichols cruising Turkey Claw, a well-known trail at Johnson Valley, in his solid-axle-swapped Ford Ranger.