Update: I forgot the lede entirely. The engine in his new beast? The legendary straight 6 12 valve Cummins diesel. He said 1000HP, which it’s known to handle, but I don’t know what it took to reach that.
I dropped by my mechanic’s shop Friday after a nearby shop had spent the day trying and failing to reproduce my starter problem (sigh). He showed me his latest build, a crawler with 54” tires.
These things are yuuuuuuge. He’s cutting about 40 pounds off the tires and enhancing traction by removing tread.
When I first walked into his lobby I spotted these, which had come off the axles because they were too small, only 40”.
It turns out 5 ton axles are, indeed, beefy.