Mother, May I?
Being stuck is no picnic, but being stuck on a holiday makes it that much more frustrating. Brad Coleman of North Bend, Oregon, took his '84 Toyota pickup out for a few runs through the mud on Mother's Day. This little mudhole only had about a 1/2 foot of water over the top, and Brad's first run presented no problems. After turning around and heading for a second lap, the Toyota slowed down as it broke the water. Bogging through the last half, the truck abruptly stopped. Brad tried the ever-useful put-it-in-Reverse method, but as he floored the gas, the rear end sank into the quicksand. Two different trucks tried prying the Toy' from the mud, but it wouldn't budge. Relief came five hours later when a friend finally pulled it out with a wench. "That was a long night," Brad said. Prior to Mother's Day, a small-block Chevy has just been placed beneath the hood. The cause of the burial, however, is being blamed by the lack of a front driveshaft. Yeah, and we wonder how Brad's mom felt about that excuse.
Building a dirt-worthy vehicle is a step-by-step process. Jody Dale of Shallotte, North Carolina, has been spending quite a bit of quality time with his S-10 and moving it up the line. To help the little pickup sit at the right height, Jody added a Fabtech 3-inch lift. Glassworks Unlimited fiberglass fenders were then bolted on to the front, followed by Fabtech's prerunner front bar. Fabtech tire carriers were mounted on a custom-fabricated bedcage taking up residence in the rear. A K&N air filter was placed under the hood, and a Flowmaster exhaust rounds out the mods. Within the cab, the interior has been upgraded with Wet Okole seat covers, a Sparco steering wheel, and Sparco pedals. Not to be forgotten, the truck sees across the whoops with Hella 500 driving lights. This nice package is carried on 15x7-inch American Racing wheels wrapped in 31x10R50 Dunlop A/Ts.