The Ultimate Adventure is coming around the corner, our yearly weeklong off-road-trip when we pack all our gear in a 4×4 and take about 20 of our closest friends, advertisers, and readers for an adventure.
Every year we build a new truck to lead the Ultimate Adventure trip, a vehicle that can cruise down the highway and still rockcrawl, mud bog, and trail ride. The goal is to show that you can build something that can tackle hard trails one day and asphalt the next, as well as have a good time doing both.
We have built a lot of cool vehicles in the past for Ultimate Adventure, but recently we’ve been building mostly brand-new trucks—a new Ford last year, a new Jeep before that, another new Ford before that, and so on. One response we’ve gotten from readers was they want to see something older, and this time around we’re doing just that. Depending on your age you may or may not consider a ’90 Dodge truck old, but either way this is our truck for 2014.
We’ve had this Dodge for years. It was originally purchased as a parts truck for other magazine project vehicles. It’s been getting dusty and disassembled for a while, and only recently was it even considered to be put “back on the road.” Now this sow’s ear is going to get polished and pampered into a fine wheeling machine. After which it will get beaten and abused on our Ultimate Adventure trip for 2014.
Watch It Transform
The buildup of the Tug Truck will be documented in these pages, but also as an episode of Dirt Every Day on the Motor Trend channel on Youtube.com Expect to see it air on November 13, 2014. Also plan on a week of Ultimate Adventure coverage on the Motor Trend Channel airing the first week of December 2014.