Joe Quichocho: 2009 Custom Jeep CJ-7 Buggy
Top Truck Challenge 2010 Competitors: The Dirty Dozen
About 3,800 miles west of Hawaii is the island of Guam (about 212 square miles), which is home to Joe Quichocho, his incredible custom '09 CJ-7 buggy, and about 181,000 people. He ran a gauntlet of red tape to get his rig from its island home to Hollister, even enduring an unnerving delay as the rig was held up in customs.
Joe Quichocho, Team #36
- Most looking forward to: "The Frame Twister. Because in past DVDs it looks challenging regardless of your tire size, so I'd like to see what my rig is capable of."
- Not looking forward to: "There's not a single event I'm not looking forward to. I'm excited to be a part of it all this year and I'm anxious for each event. I'm just going to have fun and do the best I can in each one."
- Playing in his iPod/CD player: "Led Zeppelin."
- Quichocho says: "I didn't attend any formal school for welding, but I did go to school for automotive. And I have A/C certification. I learned to weld from my father and through simple trial and error."
- Owner name/city: Joe Quichocho/Mangilao, Guam
- Occupation: Welder/fabricator, JQ Fabrications
- Vehicle model: 2009 custom CJ-7
- Estimated value: $65,000
- Engine/aspiration: 502ci GM V-8/Accel intake and fuel injection, Hooker headers, dual Flowmaster Delta Force mufflers
- Transmission: Hughes TH400, full manual valvebody, Winters shifter Transfer case: Atlas 4-spd
- Suspension (f/r): Four-link, 2.5 Fox remote-reservoir coilovers/four-link, 2.5 Fox coilovers
- Axles (f/r): 2.5-ton Rockwell, Ouverson locker and axleshafts/2.5-ton Rockwell, Ouverson locker and axleshafts
- Axle ratio: 6.72:1
- Wheels: 20x12 Stazworks
- Tires: 54x19.5-20 Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTC