Trio of Ford Trucks Dominate the Pulling Competition: Muddy Monday

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Ranger hangs tough with the bigger Ford F-Series trucks, pulling the weight to the end of the 300-foot course.

This week’s Muddy Monday video comes to us from the Mudd Boggin in Florida YouTube channel and it features three Ford pickups flexing their muscles at the Central Florida Motorsports Park Diesel in the Swamp 2017 event held by  This includes an F-Series truck from the late-1970s, an F-Series from the early-1980s and a first generation Ranger, with the smallest truck offering up the biggest effort.

The Competitors

There are three Ford pickups shown in this video on the pulling course, all of which have clearly been modified to handle the big sled. There are no details on any of these trucks, but they clearly all have big, powerful engines, elaborate suspension and chassis upgrades and tires designed for digging into the dirt for the best possible traction.


The first is a sixth generation F-Series with exhaust stacks sticking up through the hood, flanking a low-profile hood scoop. The second is a first generation Ranger with a huge cowl induction hood and the third is a seventh generation F-Series with headers and an air filter sticking up through a huge hole in the hood. The seventh generation truck also appears to be a nitrous oxide bottle mounted over the radiator, but it looks like that might be painted on.

In any case, all three of these trucks are built to pull and they do their jobs well.

1g Ford Ranger

The Battle

The sixth generation F-Series goes first and turns in a solid run, seemingly getting to the end of the 300-foot course, although we cant actually see the measurement marks. We can see the what appears to be the end of the row of cones lining the course and the truck is past that mark.

Next, the “Money Pit” Ranger takes its first turn and like the ‘70s F-Series, the small truck cruises to a point around the end of the track.

1980s Ford Truck Pulling

The 1980s Ford truck goes third and after a slow start, the engine screams as this black beast appears to pull the sled further than either of the other two pickups in the video.

Finally, the video ends with the truck from the 1970s making another run, seemingly coming up a little short, and the Ranger goes last, looking like it made it further than either of its larger relatives.

Ford Ranger Wins

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