Top 10 Farm Truck Builds
Hard-working trucks, and a few that just look the part.
People love farm trucks, but do they even know what the term means? As far as we're concerned, a farm truck can be a truck that literally works on a farm, one that used to work on a farm, or a truck that looks like it could have worked on a farm. The definition can extend to patina, functionality, or both. So, what we're saying is pretty much anything can be a farm truck in some regard.
With that in mind, let's take a look back at 10 of our favorite diesel- and gas-powered farm truck builds from the Four Wheeler Network archives. Enjoy!
We love old trucks. They remind us of a better time and adventures past, still sweet in our memories. Their look, feel, smell, sounds, and more all spark memories of fun and exploration. Still, old trucks are old, and they're usually in need of some updating and refreshment. Nothing makes an old truck look and feel better than a new suspension lift, a fresh set of tires, and some nice new wheels. Fact is, Redferd, our 1978 Ford F-250 Custom 4x4, needs lots of refreshment, but the building blocks are solid and ripe for another 41 years of on-road and off-road miles.
Joel Elliott joined Four Wheeler's Overland Adventure with his vintage overland truck build—a 1949 International KB2 on a 3/4-ton Chevy chassis. Read on to see what it took for his truck to tackle everything the East tossed at us.
We met Matt Swithenbank and his 6BT Cummins-powered 1994 Ford F-250 at the 2020 King of the Hammers race. His diesel-powered Ford caught our eye with its custom-built tube bed, overland tent, and 40-inch tires. Read more about how the truck came to life!
The first steps in off-road truck ownership usually include installing a lift, wheels, and tires; but where in those instructions did it say to strap horse and buggy wheels on your Duramax? Well, this may be outside the realm of normalcy, but who are we to judge? Where some folks opt for the strongest, most lightweight, and most durable wheels; tires with the most puncture-resistant sidewalls and the most aggressive tread patterns; and a lift kit specifically engineered for the make and model of their ride, others choose horse and buggy wheels.
Frank Gray had always been fond of vintage vehicles, and growing up on the family farm he first learned to drive in a late-'40s Willys pickup. While hunting for another antique tractor to restore for his collection, he ran across this 1951 Willys 4WD pickup sitting on blocks. It was in relatively good condition, despite sitting idle for over 15 years. A deal was soon struck with the owner, and Frank had a new project vehicle in hand.
It's a 1950 Ford F-6 two-ton dump truck that does wheelies, and no one planned any of it. The Roadkill project truck known as Stubby Bob started with a surprise in episode 44 when Mike Finnegan bought the truck off a farm as a gag. We then shortened the wheelbase from 158 to 104 inches for no apparent reason and walked away from it when the brakes didn't work well enough for a road trip. The truck carries a supercharged big-block Chevy aft of the cab and drives the rear wheels through a Gearstar 4L80E transmission and an antique boat V-drive we scored off the coolest dude ever, Slim at Slim's Fab Farm, home of rad choppers and wheelstanding vintage vans. In one of our favorite episodes, we threw this all together and created the world's most unlikely and treacherous wheelstander, with Stubby Bob capable of slicing a trailer hitch through asphalt like a boss.
After a lifetime of working on the farm, you can bet that the old F-150 was tired and badly needed a face-lift to bring some spark back into its life. So Tim and Patrick of St. Genevieve, Missouri, took their Ford out back to the shop where they totally disassembled it, sandblasting parts as they went. They replaced all the sheetmetal, primed it, completely repainted everything with a Dupont Chroma base in Victory Red, and then topped that with four coats of clear.
If you ask a Crosley Farm-O-Road owner if his rig is a 4x4, he'll answer, "Of course! Four traction tires, and all four are powered." He doesn't mention that all four of those traction tires are on the same axle. The Crosley Motor Company is best remembered for building economical small cars way before it became popular, but they also had connections to the world of four-wheel-drive and utility vehicles.
Farm truck. That's what most people think of when you tell them you bought a longbed, crew-cab pickup. "Oh, how many acres do you have?" But to be fair, sometimes the assumption is that you run a logging company or maybe you pull a fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailer around all the time. Point being, when you think of a longbed, crew-cab pickup, off-road performance rarely springs to mind.
My nephew, Troy, is on my wife's side of the family. He purchased my father-in-law's farm, and like his grandpa, he's supporting his family by farming. Troy has many traits of my late father-in-law, including being a man of few words, very hard working, and frugal. Maybe that frugality is why there are so many old Super Dutys scattered around his farm. Why buy a new $80,000 Super Duty when you can buy a broken one for cheap and get it running? And if you can buy one for cheap, well, is one ever enough?