Tony Montalto: 1981 Ford Bronco

Top Truck Challenge 2011 Competitors: Show & Tell

Sean P. HolmanPhotographerKen BrubakerPhotographer, WriterDouglas McCollochWriter

Truck class: Bronc-ohhh
A fullsize Bronco rollin’ on 54-inch-diameter Claws? How sick is that? When you voted Tony Montalto’s ’81 Bronco into Top Truck, it was sporting 49-inch tires. The rig already had a pair of stout 2½-ton Rockwell axles and plenty of height, so the upgrade to the massive 54s was almost painless.

The Details

  • Owner name/city: Tony Montalto/Shelton, WA
  • Occupation: Equipment Operator
  • Vehicle model: 1981 Ford Bronco
  • Estimated value: $20,000
  • Engine/aspiration: Ford 460ci V-8/Holley Truck Avenger 670 cfm carburetor, Flowmaster 40 Series mufflers
  • Transmission: C6
  • Transfer case: Borg-Warner 1345
  • Suspension (f/r): Superlift 12-in-lift leaf springs, Skyjacker shocks, traction bar/Superlift 8-in-lift leaf springs, 6-in-lift blocks, Skyjacker shocks, traction bar
  • Axles (f/r): 2½-ton Rockwell, Ouverson spool, Toyota pinion brake/2½-ton Rockwell, Ouverson spool, Toyota pinion brake
  • Axle ratio: 6.72:1
  • Wheels: 20x12-in steel Stazworks double beadlock
  • Tires: 54x19.5-20 Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTC

Tony Montalto, Team #01

  • Most looking forward to: “Tank Trap. Little bit of everything in one shot.”
  • Not looking forward to: “Rock Crawling. Little experience. Prefer MUD!”
  • Playing in his iPod/CD player: “Tool.”

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