The 2012 Cheap Truck Challenge Intro
Part 2: Wheelin’ Ain’t Cheap, But It Can Be
By Fred Williams, Photography by 4WOR Staff
Our hobby of making 4x4 vehicles go off the easy paved roads isn’t as cheap as some other hobbies. Take Frisbee for example; all you need is a Frisbee and maybe a dog. Or fishing; grab a rod and some worms and find a body of water. And don’t forget hiking; just go outside and walk and violà! You’re hiking. You can do all of these cheap, or you can buy the top-of-the-line Frisbee, fishing rod, or hiking boots and now your hobby is expensive. Four-wheeling is no different. Cheap Truck Challenge, which began last month, is an attempt to show that wheeling can be done in the dirt on a close to dirt-poor budget.
The goal is simple. Imagine you’re a kid flipping burgers or mowing lawns all summer long, and you want to buy a truck and go four-wheeling (this isn’t hard to imagine if you are in fact a kid mowing lawns this June, July, or August). In Cheap Truck Challenge we’re showing you how we bought three different 4x4s on a budget of $2,012 and then fixed them up with another $2,012. After that we are going to wheel the bajeezus out of them (as many a kid with a low-buck truck will do) to have fun—er, we mean to scientifically determine if there is a single best way to build a low-buck, no-frills, cheap, ugly 4x4 (and have fun doing it).
By Fred Williams
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