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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by fireplug, Jan 18, 2007.
I've never understood why people build those things... they're just so, fugly, for lack of a better word.
What the heck do you use it for? It doesnt look like it would fit down any hunting trails, and it looks like it would suck in the mud.
First of all D44 with 55" Firestones????????
WHAT IN GODS NAME WAS THIS MAN THINKING?!?!?!?
and the fact that the air filter is STILL located on the engine, and yet the cab is 6 feet off the ground?? I sense some VERY expected flloding to happen!
thirdly, it's not my style.... I have seen them on TV before, looks like fun to go into a swamp with, but you could never take it on a trail....
Well you could, but the blind spot would be out of this world.... All the tree braches would be in your face!!
Ha says he uses it at all mud shows I dont think puddles in his backyard should be called a mud show!!
one of the mags has a pic of one with chevy drivetrain on a 89 frame with a solid axel, looks just like this one
I thought that thing was a scissor jack at first
That's exactly what I was thinking....
Maby you guys will like this one better. Its a Chevy
Swamp buggy's are nothing new. People have been building them for as long as I can rember. They have been around since the 1930s or so. They make good hunting rigs. They have been racing them for over 50 years in Florida
You can get around fine with D44s and 55" tires. You drive them real slow. They are geared real low and the mud cushions most of the shock.
why hate it? it's a mud buggy, thats what it's used for. putzing around in marshy/swappy areas at a very slow speed. also used a a hunting platform.
A 351 big block?
Florida has alot of 'unique' trucks... http://www.trucksgonewild.com Basically the same concept... just easier on the eye. Plus these guys run Rockwell's.
You bring up some excellent points.
My iddy biddy 46" XML's weigh 220lbs A PIECE!! Not including the heavy steel rims. So those tires have to weigh at least 350lbs a piece.
And I'm a little concerned about running my tires on my mere 1 ton axles. So there's no way he runs those tires on that D44!! No way!!
I would of left the pontoons on it
Yeah, as you can tell by the auction, the seller doesn't know anything about motor vehicles. Whoever sold it to him told him it had a 351 big block, I am guessing. Of course, it also makes it sound "cooler" to dumbasses with lots of money to spend.
One other thing you guys didn't even notice, it has a CLOSED KNUCKLE d44 up front, with drum brakes!!!!!!!! You must not have to stop that often (or ever?) when you're out in the swamp.
For reference, the stock drums on the front of my '69 GMC 3/4 ton were borderline suck for DD'ing with no load! Can't imagine adding 1500 lbs of unsprung weight and then trying it!
The tires basically float and you are moving very slowly, so the axles hold up just fine. They will get into areas that would stop a boat or truck.
As to stopping, you just let off of the accelerator. Remember, its in a swamp moving slowly.
What's funny to me about this thread is the number of "experts" on swamp buggys....
LOL Not only do they no knothing about Swamp Buggys. Dont know anything about Fords either.
The 351 engine (Except the Winsor) is a Big Block Ford. It is a member of the BB 335 family. The 351 C engines have a shorter stroke and deck height so it uses a SBF bell housing but it is still a BBF engine. The 351 M engines are a destroked 400 and use a BBF bell housing.. The only SBF 351 is a 351 winsor.
Before you guys start trashing and laughing at someone you should at least know what you are talking about.
BTY Many swamp buggys dont have brakes. Brakes Not really needed and totally useless in the deep mud they just get gooped up and rust away anyhow.
Thats exactly what I was thinking.
Man,,I grew up with these when I lived in Florida,,,some of these are even built with tracks. AKA Fulltracks and Half tracks...
I have ridden on many of these,and believe me you ain't lived untill you've ridden on a full track with a blown big block that will run about 60 MPH thru the swamp.
picture one of these with tracks that will pull "wheelstands" at the hit of the throttle and mow down sawgrass and float across mud and water at 60 -70 mph..
they are definately BAD ASS...
Yeh, I believe its the M or Cleveland that is the BB ford
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