January 20, 2005I'm looking at getting a 1966 international pickup. I was just wondering about any ideas that could be provided for a top-notch mud machine.
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January 20, 2005lots of HP, preferably from a fuel injected big block or a stout small block.
Big axles, 2 1/2 ton rockwells are good if you plan to have a super high HP motor and really big tires (44's+++) or a D60 front and a 14bolt rear or something similar--HEAVY DUTY AND QUALITY PARTS (axle stubs, hubs, ring/pinion, locker, etc). GEAR YOUR AXLES FOR THE SIZE TIRE YOU WILL RUN!! 4.10 gears generally don't give the results of a 5.13 gear when you are running 44" tires!
Big tires, Super Swamper Boggers work very well in mud. If mud is all you plan on doing, then this would be a very good tire for you. If you plan to do some trail riding, some rocks, and alot of mud...then check out the TSL. I would say a minimum size of 40" no matter what tire you go with.
Stout running gear (in addition to the axles)--Automatic your style? Check out a custom built Chevy TH400, or a modded up Chrysler 727Torqueflight. You can never have too tough of a tranny. Coolers are a must on mud machines, auto trannys like to be cool, heat will kill one QUICK! Manual tranny your style? Check out the NP435 4spd found in many 1 ton Dodges and Chevys, unbreakable is a good word for this one.
Also, Ujoints are an important link in your system...better ones offer better service than cheapies or the bone stock ones.
Waterproofing is a must. Waterproof wiring, air intake, axle vent hoses, tranny vent hoses, gas tank vent hose, and any thing that has moving parts and requires seals...axle housing, etc.
WATER AND DIRT WILL EAT BEARINGS, GEARS, AND EVERYTHING ELSE ON YOUR RIG!!! (trust me)
GET A WINCH, AND GET A BIG ONE...For a vehicle w/ large (40+") tires that plans on getting buried in a deep mud hole, I would go w/ no less than a Warn HS9500i (or one of the newer Ti or whatever models) with a snatch block and chains on hand. If your rig is really heavy, go w/ the new Warn 16.5 or a 15,000 or a 10,000. They are slower, but they will pull you out of the deepest mud hole or rut.
Ummm....build 'er up, shoot some pics, and then let your right foot determine where it will and will not go...
If it won't go through the mudhole you want it to, then think nitrous, bigger tires, blower/supercharger, lower gears, or perhaps just some better driving!!
HOPE I HELPED GET YOU STARTED....
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