Alex Sanders: 2008 Chevy Buggy

Top Truck Challenge 2011 Competitors: Show & Tell

Sean P. HolmanPhotographerKen BrubakerPhotographer, WriterDouglas McCollochWriter

Buggy class: No-Buck Buggy
Well, it wasn’t exactly assembled for free, but the buildup cost for Alex Sanders’ entry in our Buggy Class was, in its owner’s words, “$2,000 in parts.” Cobbled together out of owner-fabricated components and junkyard finds, this “real-world” buggy sets a new standard in a class that’s usually associated with expensive, high-dollar buildups. Does it have the right stuff to compete with the rich kids? We’ll let you know next month.

The Details

  • Owner name/city: Alex Sanders/Salem, AR
  • Occupation: Mechanic
  • Vehicle model: 2008 Chevy buggy
  • Estimated value: “$2,000 in parts”
  • Engine/aspiration: 350ci Chevy V-8, bored 0.040 over; Mahle pistons, custom 305 heads, Engine Tech valve springs, Erson roller rockers; Edelbrock Torker II manifold, Flowmaster exhaust
  • Transmission: GM Muncie 465
  • Transfer case: NP205
  • Suspension (f/r): Custom grader ball, coil springs, custom shocks/custom grader ball, coil springs, custom shocks
  • Axles (f/r): 2½-ton Rockwell/2½-ton Rockwell
  • Axle ratio: 6.72:1
  • Wheels: 20-in steel military
  • Tires: 54x19.50-20 Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTC

Alex Sanders, Team #40

  • Most looking forward to: “Tank Trap. It looks like it will be the type of thing I try to find every time I go wheel. Besides, what kind of trails are fun if they’re easy?”
  • Not looking forward to: “Frame Twister. Those logs just look like they wanna break your rig.”
  • Playing on his iPod/CD player: “Powerman 5000.”
  • Sanders says: “I’m that guy who, even if you have never met me, will stay as long as it takes to get you mobile again or get you out of the trails, even if I break my own rig in the process. I will help, no matter what, and will never ask for anything in return. I just enjoy getting to go play in my rig and have the most possible fun I can have while doing it.”