Lifted Vintage Ford Truck Massacres a Mud Bog

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The driver of this classic Ford F250 has a simple method for getting through mud: lots of lift, big tires, and plenty of gas.

Everyone with even the slightest interest in automobiles has at least one fantasy driving scenario. More than likely, they have several. Sports car enthusiasts may daydream about taking a Bugatti Chiron up to its top speed at Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany. Those who are into convertibles probably think about having an entire week to drive all of the Pacific Coast Highway in a vintage Chevrolet Camaro ragtop. As this video from Youtuber Buddy713 shows, the driver of a 1979 Ford F250 recently experienced an ideal situation for a truck nut. He got the chance to drive his lifted truck as fast as possible through mud without worrying about getting a ticket for speeding or trespassing.

According to the video’s comments section, the truck belongs to a man named Jacob Hildebrant. Aside from its flamboyant orange paint, his rig is all business. It rides high on a substantial lift and meaty tires. The massive 514-cid V8 under the flat hood breathes through a pair of exhaust stacks that stand tall and shout angrily only inches away from the windshield.

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Even at idle, Hildebrant’s F250 sounds like an absolute beast. Its sonic force fills the open adult playground he effectively has to himself and only grows when it smashes against the trees in the nearby woods. Once Hildebrant puts his right foot down, the 514 roars forward, pulling the rest of the truck with it through yards of dark Michigan mud.

ford-trucks.com 1979 Ford Truck Flings Up Black Mud

It does a number on the F250’s paint, leaving diagonal streaks across its doors and fenders, but doesn’t even phase the tires. They just dig in and roll out of the muck. Hildebrant spends minutes tearing through the soft earth at full speed and volume, leaving the already chewed-up land scattered and splattered in new places.

ford-trucks.com 1979 Ford Truck Flings Up Black Mud

If this all seems a little too good to be true, it kind of is. Reality sets in at the end of Hildebrant’s dream day. During one of his runs, he breaks four spider gears, turning his mighty 4X4 into a two-wheel-drive vehicle. He decides to run it as-is…and ends up planting his truck at an angle in a ditch so hard that he has to be pulled out.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his JK Forum profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

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