We have to wonder whether this vintage 1950 Chevy pickup ever could have foreseen its future life as a dirt-jumpin’, mud-slingin’, alcohol-burnin’ spectacle. Chances are, probably not.
Still, this video from Barcroft Cars reinforces our belief that you can, in fact, teach an old dog new tricks – if you have the money for it. The owner of this mud truck, Ryan Camp, had been to just enough truck events as a spectator to get tired of sitting on the sidelines. So, he pulled together somewhere around $80,000 to convert an old 1950 Chevy Advance Design pickup into his own personal bog-fordin’ machine.
The end result, a truck affectionately called the “Sick 50,” is not only eye-catching and unique, but also packs one heck of a wallop. It has a supercharged 540 cubic-inch (8.8-liter) mill under the hood, and it runs on ethanol. The front and rear axles are each 2.5-ton, and of course, it has the added structural rigidity of the regulation frame and roll cage.
Sure, there are plenty out there who might say that Ryan Camp has taken and ruined a perfectly fine piece of vintage Americana. But for every one such person, there must be at least one who applauds his unique “Sick 50” build.