Shorty Ford F-150 Romps in the Slop: Muddy Monday

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Short wheelbase F-150 mud truck dominates much of the pit, but it ends up getting stuck in a deep hole.

This week’s Muddy Monday video comes to us from the Mudclips YouTube channel and it features a 10th generation Ford F-150 playing in the pit of the Perkins Mud Bog in Pinckney, Michigan. This is short wheelbase mud truck does a great job of cruising across the relatively dry expanse of mud, but as strong as it runs at the beginning of the video, we are reminded at the end of the clip that everyone gets stuck sooner or later.

The Machine

Sadly, there are no details on the truck in this video, so we can only go on what we can see. The body of this truck is from the 10th generation, which ran from 1997 through 2003. It has a regular cab, but the bed is shorter than any stock bed offered in that era. The wheelbase of this truck is shorter than that of a regular cab pickup, so we have no idea whether the underpinnings are from a 10th generation F-150 or any F-150 at all. If could be a half-ton chassis shortened or it could be from some other model, but in terms of front-to-rear length, it is a cool looking truck.

Shorty Ford F-150

Aside from the unique length, this Ford truck obviously has a powerful V8 with the exhaust coming up through the hood and an elaborate suspension setup, creating gobs of ground clearance and making room for the huge tractor tires. It also has a red-and-blue police light bar on the roof and the bed has clearly been gutted.

Shorty Ford F-150

Truck Hits Hard, Mud Hits Back

The video begins with the F-150 racing through the mud, heading away from the camera, speeding across the shallow dirt before digging through some deeper mud. That is followed by another run where the truck blasts across a portion of the pit where the dirt is dry and not very deep, but even when it does hit a deeper hole, it digs right up and out.

Shorty Ford F-150

The third run finally gives us a chance to see the front end of the F-150, with the truck storming towards the camera before turning away to tackle a deep hole, but that was the final clear run of the video.

On the last run, the F-150 races away from us, off into the distance before turning to drive left-to-right across the pit. Unfortunately, it hits what looks to be the deepest hole of the pit, with the driver’s side wheels sinking deep into the mud and stopping the truck in its tracks.

Shorty Ford F-150

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