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Steve Olliges Class 8 build

Class 8 is not dead - Steve Olliges Class 8 build
Class 8 is not dead – Steve Olliges Class 8 build

Steve Olliges has a long history in desert racing dating back to the early 80’s when he got his start racing a Ford Bronco in the Mint 400. He has multiple class wins and championships over the last three decades and continues his racing career with John Swift in a Geiser built Trophy Truck.

Steve recently turned to Mark Newhan to build a new Class 8 truck based on a 1979 Ford F150. This is the first in a multiple part series showing the build, completed vehicle, driver profile and first test of the truck. Click here to see the final feature.

Mark Newhan takes the class 8 roller to the fiberglass shop for a custom built hood and fenders. Stock hood & fenders are on for mockup
Mark Newhan takes the class 8 roller to the fiberglass shop for a custom built hood and fenders. Stock hood & fenders are on for mockup

Specs:

1979 Ford F150 based class 8 truck

Fabrication: Mark Newhan

Wheel base: 119

Track width: (overall) 88”

Front suspension: custom I-beam design with custom 4130 Blitzkrieg beam ends, Pro Am knuckles, spindles and hubs with 6 on 6.5 bolt circle. Pro Am calipers. Fox 4.4 external bypass shocks, Fox 3.0 coil over with 21 inches of travel. Custom steering linkage driven by a Lee Manufacturing 9.0:1 ratio and supported by a 2.0 Lee ram assist.

Rear suspension: Custom 3 link with Dirt-Tech 60” trailing arms, Dirt-Tech 4.0 Pro housing, 36 spline TT axles, Gear works 10” third member, Pro Am brakes, Custom sway bar, Fox 4.4 bypass shocks, 3.0 Coil over with 32 inches of travel.

Chassis: Hand built 4130 2” main cage and 1.75 and 1.5 diagonals. Stock frame used in accordance with rules for SCORE, BITD and SNORE.

Leave it to Mark Newhan to figure out an easier way to weld the chassis
Leave it to Mark Newhan to figure out an easier way to weld the chassis

Fuel cell: 80 gallon. Can designed in house and built by Dirt-Tech. Fuel fill through dual probe dry break with options 3” filler for dump can.

Wheels: 17×8.5 Trail Ready beadlocks

Tires: 39×13.5-17 BFG Projects

Seats and Safety: Mastercraft 3G seats, Mastercraft window nets, Mastercraft seat belts, Mastercraft limit straps, Mastercraft spare tire hold downs.

Engine: 351 Winsor based. Dart Block 438 C.I. (MORE TO FOLLOW)

Transmission: Trophy Truck TH-400 by Rancho Drivetrain.

 

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    jkrell
  • April 11, 2011
looks awesome Mark!
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Another great project for Mark Newhan. Steve had a great idea and now Mark is making it a reality. Can't wait to see the next update.....
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That's beautiful work Mark. I love the 1979. Looking forward to more pics...
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    Russell Gall
  • April 13, 2011
If that garage could talk its had many cars and tucks in it since the 70s. Is the MOPAR marks next rig to be built! Steves truck is very nice.
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    Tim Gardner
  • April 16, 2011
That thing looks bullet proof! Can't wait to see it in action Steve.
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    Joel Atteberry
  • April 4, 2012
Updates. . .Part 2???
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    Sean Hanson
  • April 29, 2012
Does anyone even race class 8 anymore? Nice tube work all round,a lot of time and money to race a very small class. Maybe more will follow
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