BIGFOOT #1 is “The Original Monster Truck”, first bought by Marilyn and myself in 1974. Over the next few years, an endless series of modifications led to what is now recognized as a monster truck. BIGFOOT #1 began its career at local mud runs and truck pulls. The famous rear steering was introduced in 1979. That same year, it also starred in the movie “Take This Job And Shove It”. 1981 marked a historic moment for monster trucks. That year I drove BIGFOOT up and over a couple of junk cars, just for fun, to see if I could do it. Well, needless to say, the truck drove right over the top of the cars. #1 was also the first monster truck to drive over cars for an audience in 1982, and the rest is history.
Bigfoot #1 has evolved over the last 40+ years, and has seen 18 different tire and wheel combinations, from its original street truck setup through the 10 foot tall Firestone tundra tires, to the current standard-issue 66″ Firestone Flotation tires. For many years has been powered by a huge 640 c.i. Ford hemi engine. 5 ton military axles were the toughest I could find and are still under the truck today. With all this, the truck weighs over 11,000 pounds. Although BIGFOOT #1 doesn't perform anymore, it is still used for display purposes.
But it all started with my F250.........
- Ford 460 CID 385 Big Block V8.
- Blower was added to help turn the huge tires.
- Stock engine developed 200 horse-power.
SUSPENSION AND TIRES
- Big, bigger, biggest!
- 5 ton military axles with hardened shafts.
- Had a lot of different tires in varying sizes throughoout the years, but the 48" tires are very recognizable and eventually the standard 66" tires were used.
- Longer, heavier leaf springs to accommodate the large engine.
CHASSIS & SAFETY
- Galvanised sheet metal was exrtensively used to fight corrosion.
- Racing style seat was added with a better seat belt system.
- Large, rigid in-cab roll bar was also used (for obvious reasons).