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Cars > Challenges > “The Beast” Vs “Hill Billy”

 

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beastburb

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BUILTFORDTOUGHx
9

M–24
Chalfont, Pennsylvania
United States

 

1985 Chevrolet Suburban

“The Beast”

1984 Ford Ranger 4x4

“Hill Billy”

 
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About “The Beast”

Was just driving along a little twolane hwy. here in oklahoma one day, delivering a unit for work some way from home.... When i looked over to the side of the road and seen this truck, had been looking for a good 4x4 for a bit. My first thought was holy %^$# big enough? I mean most of your hardcore wheelers use jeeps or full custom tube frame buggys... But who am i kidding, i mean iv had 4x4s in the past but im by no means a hardcore wheeler or seasoned pro... So i decided id stop and look at it on the way home, it had all the "right" stuff 350sb not the 305, no rust, pretty decent body, powerwindows, cruise, and of course 6" lift and 35's with good tread. I knew i would be heading back this way to pick up the unit i had delivered, so i slept on it. At first i couldnt get over how big the thing was, i mean common its like a small house on wheels and weighs over 7,000lb, Then i got to thinking maybe thats not such a bad thing... Never being one to "follow the crowd" i started looking at the pluses... What does this truck have the jeep guys dont? Storage!! lots of it and dry storage at that! Hell not oly can i bring everything i may ever need with me out on the trail i still have room to sleep in the thing if i had to! Another thing was seating, room for 5 comfortably meant all my buddys could ride too. So about a week later i was in the area called to ol'boy up that had it, drove it and it just hummed down the hwy smooth and strait... looked it over one last time, he was asking $2500 for it. However i knew it had been for sale a while and he expressed to me that he really needed to get rid of it. So i offred him $1900, and he handed me the title! =)

About “Hill Billy”

Here is the 1984 Ford Ranger 4x4 that my brother and I own. We found it for sale in a field in bad shape, but knew its potential. The owner wanted $400 for it originally, but my brother talked the seller down to $360 and we took it home. "Hill Billy" is a constant work in progress. We are always looking for ways to improve it's appearance and performance. The engine is a 115 horsepower carbureted 2.8 L Ford Cologne V6. The ranger has a 5-speed Mazda M5OD-R1 manual transmission. Over the course of a few months, my brother and I had achieved the basic look we wanted for the truck. With many new parts, add-ons, modifications, and styling, the truck now looks better and runs better than it has in years. And after about a year i bought an old ranger with a lift kit and swapped the suspension to achieve the lift on the original truck.

 

Specs for “The Beast”

SB Chevy 350 4bbl all stock(for now)
Dana 44 front axle, Corprate 12bolt rear(3.73 gears)
6in. Lift & 35x12.5x15" off brand mudders.

Specs for “Hill Billy”

ENGINE: Carbureted 2.8 L Ford Cologne V6
HORSEPOWER: 115
TRANSMISSION: 5-speed Mazda M5OD-R1
CITY MPG: 15-17
HIGHWAY MPG: 23-25

 

Factory Options for “The Beast”

AC, power windows/locks, cruise, locking rear diff

Factory Options for “Hill Billy”

.Carbureted 2.8L V6
.5-speed Mazda M5OD-R1 transmission
.4-wheel drive w/ manual locking hubs
.2-door
.Single cab
.Sunroof
.Door vent windows

 

Mods for “The Beast”

Flex Fan, Aftermaket Muffler, GT Grant stering wheel, JVC CD/MP3 player, Custom fit toolbox, spray in bedliner in cargo area and all doorjams.

Mods for “Hill Billy”

.Magnaflow performance muffler
.Magnaflow exhaust tip
.Edelbrock air cleaner
.Edelbrock oil breather
.MSD TFI ignition coil
.Holley choke
.Trailmaster[i/] 4" suspension lift kit
.Custom "woodland" paint job
.Spray-in bedliner
.Bedside tie-down hooks
.KC daylighter off-road lamps
.Bully cab marker lights
.Bully LED tail light strip
.Ford front license plate
.Custom brush guard
.Bug shield
.BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires
.Stainless steel shift knobs
.Mossy Oak seat cover
.Mossy Oak steering wheel cover
.Mossy Oak visor organizer
.Mossy Oak visor CD holder
.Rhino Liner interior floor
.Pioneer head unit
.CB radio
.High-range CB antenna
.Window decals

 

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