The 1970 Chevy C10 pickup known as Farmtruck does just that with its campy appearance, complete with crusty patina that makes it look like it just rolled off the farm. The crazy thing is the truck can run the quarter mile in the 12s, making some pretty impressive cars look slow and weak.
The chassis features all kinds of reinforcement so the poor truck doesn’t crack apart under all the pressure generated by the V8 engine. Speaking of power, it all goes to the big, bad Hoosier drag slicks on the rear wheels. When the driver hits it, the power is so great it causes one of the rear wheels to pick up as the other tire shreds like crazy, all in a display of pure and unadulterated insanity.
Apparently, there used to be an Internet site for Farmtruck, but it’s defunct and nobody thought to grab specs from it before the thing went dark. Your guess about how much power surges from the Big Block V8 is about as good as anyone else’s, as long as it isn’t 260 horsepower and 200 lb.-ft. of torque. After all, it isn’t a four-cylinder Japanese car.
The story of Farmtruck begins with Sean riding in his dad’s 1956 Ford pickup as a kid. Apparently, his dad was crazy as well and had installed an old racing motor in the thing – which would explain why it would catch on fire often. Beyond the frequent fire scares, features like the four on the floor and the moving boot fascinated to Sean and when was 12 he would flag illegal drag races on Route 66 for his brothers and their friends, giving him even more of a taste for speed. All of that helped Sean see every vehicle as a potential racecar.
About the co-pilot, the dog. She is named Louise and is a 12 year-old Blue Heeler that always sticks with Whitely. Louise is proof that animals want to go fast too, just like Ricky Bobby’s cougar.