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Unread 02-25-2012, 12:15 PM   #1
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2012 top truck challenge

I am putting my money on 5, 6 and 10 to win TTC award.

2012 Top Truck Challenge Challengers
Who will be the chosen one?

From the April, 2012 issue of Four Wheeler
By Ken Brubaker, Sean P. Holman
Photography by Readers



To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Top Truck Challenge in 2012, we’re doing something never before done at the event and it will undoubtedly make our platinum anniversary one of the most unique, fascinating, and exciting Top Truck competitions to date.
We’ve sent a formal invitation to all of the past Top Truck Challenge Grand Champions to return to Hollister Hills, California, to go head-to-head in our weeklong thrashfest. We’re calling it the Top Truck Champions’ Challenge (TTCC). Past Grand Champions can drive the rig they competed in previously, or they can drive something new. As long as the vehicle meets the build and safety criteria laid out in the rules they’re good to go in this year’s competition. It’s going to be an amazing week as some of the world’s best off-road drivers are reunited at this unprecedented event to do battle in Hollister Hills’ inhospitable conditions.

As if TTCC wasn’t mind-blowing enough, we’ve added yet another twist. Back in the November and December ’11 issues of Four Wheeler, we announced that one lucky Four Wheeler reader would be invited to compete in TTCC. We invited you to fill out the official entry form and send it in for your chance to be voted in by the Four Wheeler readers. Many of you sent in your entry forms and here are the TTCC reader hopefuls. In this collection you’ll see a number of incredible first-time entries as well as some previous competitors that want to return to Hollister to do it all again. Entries came from all over the continental U.S. and even Canada, Alaska, Belgium, and Germany.

So now it’s your turn again. Turn to page 35 and remove the Official Top Truck Champion’s Challenge 2012 ballot, peruse the following collection of incredible rigs, and then vote for the one rig you want to see go head-to-head against past Top Truck Challenge Grand Champions. Please note that only the official ballot found in this issue of Four Wheeler will be accepted. Photocopies and/or faxes will be ignored. Just remove the Official Ballot and clearly write the corresponding entry number of your choice on the ballot and mail it to the supplied address by Saturday, March 31, 2012.

You may send in as many official ballots as you wish. The reader you choose will be notified the first week of April and invited to compete in Top Truck’s legendary collection of events consisting of the Tow Test, Frame Twister, Mud Pit, Obstacle Course, Hill Climb, Mini Rubicon, and Tank Trap. So what do you say? Who is the chosen one?


1. Dusty Windust, Fairbanks, Alaska
1997 Dodge Ram 1500
Windust wants to bring his supercharged, small-block-powered, Rockwell-fitted, tube-wrapped Ram to the Lower 48. It’s a fine example of a trail-ready fullsize. But is it ready for the brutal Frame Twister?
Engine: 5.9L Chrysler V-8
Transmission: 46RE, manual valvebody
Transfer case: Atlas II, 3.8:1
Axles, f/r: 2˝-ton Rockwell/2˝-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/Ouverson spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Five-link, 16-in-travel RaceRunner coilovers/leaf spring, shackle flip
Tires: 54-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTCs
Special features: ProCharger supercharger, 9,000-lb Warn winch, PSC hydraulic steering, custom bed and doors, exocage
Driver experience: 21 years
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10. Mel Wade, Fullerton, California
2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
His products are legendary, and now Wade, owner of Off Road Evolution, wants to show how some of them work in action during Top Truck’s seven legendary events. The Tank Trap is ready for Wade. Is Wade ready for the Tank Trap?
Engine: 427ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Stak 3-spd
Axles, f/r: Dynatrac ProRock60/Dynatrac ProRock80
Traction aids, f/r: ARB Air Locker/ARB Air Locker
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: EVO Double ThrowDown/EVO EVOLever Double Throwdown Tires: TBA
Special features: Warn winch, ATX wheels, King shocks, JE Reel driveshafts, EVO rollcage
Driver experience: 25 years
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5. Draken Off Road, Garrettsville, New York
1985 Jeep Cherokee
About the only XJ parts left on this machine is some of the bodywork. The rig sports muscle, flex, and grunt, which is exactly what it would need in the Tank Trap.
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP203/Dana 300 doubler
Axles, f/r: Dana 44/GM 14-bolt
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/welded
Ratio: 5.38:1
Suspension, f/r: Draken Off Road four-link/Draken Off Road four-link
Tires: 39.5-in Pitbulls
Special features: Throttle body injection, front and rear Superwinch winches
Driver experience: 25 years
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6. Barney Hoover, Terrell, Texas
1982 Jeep CJ-7
Hoover’s AMC-powered CJ is a classic example of a trail-ready machine. If you vote him in he says the rig will get 18-inch-travel ORI struts, a new rollcage, and larger tires.
Engine: 360ci AMC V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: NP203/Dana 300 doubler
Axles, f/r: 2˝-ton Rockwell/2˝-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson locker/Ouverson locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Wishbone, coilovers/wishbone, coilovers
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSLs
Special features: Howell fuel injection, Mean Green alternator, PSC hydraulic steering, RCI fuel cell, Magnaflow exhaust, Art Carr shifter, Bart beadlock wheels, Warn M8274-50 winch, Auto Meter gauges, Tuffy security box, GenRight rear armor
Driver experience: 13 years
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12. Addie Sheeley, Walden, New York
2006 Jeep Wrangler
Sheeley competed in TTC ’06 and returned to co-drive for her husband in TTC ’09. Now she wants to challenge the Champions in her newest machine.
Engine: 350ci LS6 Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Atlas, 4.3:1
Axles, f/r: Dana 60 high-pinion/Dana 60 high-pinion
Traction aids, f/r: Detroit Locker/Detroit Locker
Ratio: 5.13:1
Suspension, f/r: Long-arm, King coilovers/long-arm, King coilovers
Tires: 44-in Interco Super Swamper TSL Boggers
Special features: Fuel injection, PSC hydraulic steering, double beadlock wheels
Driver experience: 28 years.
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13. Corey Timson, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
2010 Jeep Wrangler Buggy
After being tripped up by some mechanical failures, Timson roared back to life in TTC ’11 and turned the fastest time in the Tank Trap for the Buggy Class, which showed just what the buggy was capable of. Will you let him come back and finish the job?
Engine: 496ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: Atlas II, 3.0:1
Axles, f/r: 2˝-ton Rockwell/2˝-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson locker/Ouverson locker
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Triangulated four-link, Fox 2.0 coilovers, Timbren bumpstops/triangulated four-link, Fox 2.0 coilovers, Timbren bumpstops
Tires: 54-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTCs
Special features: Blue Torch Fusion 4 chassis, fuel injection, rear-mounted radiator w/dual 16-in fans, Derale engine oil and power steering coolers w/fans, lots of Ouverson axle upgrades, PSC hydraulic steering, electric proportional rear steering, Stazworks wheels
Driver experience: Yes
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15. Todd Cianciulli, Talty, Texas
79 Jeep CJ-5
Ciancuilli is throwing his hat in the ring for the first time. His rig looks very capable with a collection of tried-and-true components. He wants to prove that you don’t mess with Texas. Will you give him the nod?
Engine: 350ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: NP203/Dana 300 doubler
Axles, f/r: 2˝-ton Rockwell/2˝-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Ouverson spool/Ouverson spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, ORI struts/four-link, ORI struts
Tires: 47-in Super Swamper LTBs
Special features: Fuel injection, rear steering, PSC hydraulic steering, RCI 15-gal fuel cell, Warn PowerPlant winch
Driver experience: 8 years
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16. Shawn Purcell, Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, Canada
1980 Jeep CJ-7
Purcell has never entered TTC before, and we’re wondering why. His rig is built well and it’s powered by a 668hp engine that cranks out 654 lb-ft of torque. Could this rig make the Tow Test look like child’s play?
Engine: 540ci Chevy V-8
Transmission: Powerglide
Transfer case: Profab
Axles, f/r: 2˝-ton Rockwell/2˝-ton Rockwell
Traction aids, f/r: Spool/spool
Ratio: 6.72:1
Suspension, f/r: Four-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers/four-link, 16-in-travel King coilovers
Tires: 14.0x20 BKTs
Special features: Holley 850cfm double-pumper carburetor, electric high-flow water pump, aluminum four-core radiator with electric fan, transmission cooler, 12-in-drop transfer case, PSC hydraulic steering, racing seats, five-point racing harnesses, 60-liter fuel cell, 11,000-lb winch
Driver experience: 14 years
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As much as id like to see addie 12# go at it again I dont think 44's stand a chance at ttc anymore.
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love the greenmonster..cool looking cj
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