1993 Ford F-350 Destroys Every Rock in Its Path

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Motor Trend‘s Dirty Every Day web series is a highly entertaining show showcasing nothing but off road escapades.  This latest episode, chronicling the transformation of a 1993 F-350 from mildly capable off roader to all out rock destroyer, is perhaps the best one yet.

Purchased with the intention of making it a mild, fun, off road toy, the owner quickly got tired of the truck and put it up for sale.  But the prodding of a colleague put the wheels in motion for something much more – a truck that could go anywhere and do anything.

The result is a crew cab, long bed, rock crawling beast.  A set of ridiculous 54-inch Mickey Thompson tires were sourced to give this mile long truck the ground clearance it needed to scale giant rocks (and Chevrolet Impalas).  With only a small block providing motivation, lower gearing and hydraulic steering went in to make it driveable with those giant meats.

Notably, the stock 1 ton axles were left in place.  What was required, however, was lots of cutting.  The wheel wells had to go, along with pieces of the front bumper.  A 6-inch lift in the front was necessary to keep from cutting into the firewall.  It’s about as low tech and low buck as you can get, which only adds to the charm.

After a mere 3 days’ work, the “monster truck” is finished and making coffee runs.  It then makes the trip to legendary Johnson Valley for a true test – navigating some of the toughest rock trails in the world. After a few struggles in the sand, the F-350 begins to find its groove.

Despite the obvious lack of power and engineering, the big girl performs pretty flawlessly, chewing up giant rocks with ease.  It’s a true testament to American ingenuity and what can be accomplished with an old truck in just a few days’ time.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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