Go big or go home, that’s what we hear all the time. Well, for this episode of Dirt Every Day, Fred and Dave went big: from the back catalog of 4Wheel and Off Road is a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche 2500 with the 8.1L big-block under the hood. This truck was built up for an Ultimate Adventure trip, and to say that it failed in spectacular fashion would be an understatement. It did fine off-road, but one very notable incident involving a ton of trashed running gear parts, including separation of the transmission and the transfer case while at highway speed. The carnage was incredible, but the Chevy was pieced together, abused some more, then left sitting in a back lot for a while before Fred bought it when the magazine was done with it.
For this episode, the guys are going to build it up to run it at the Insanity Fab Winter Challenge in Naples, Idaho. That means fixing over a decade’s worth of abuse and neglect and getting the Avalanche to standard before threading the big Chevy through trails that would make a Tracker feel right at home and an XJ Cherokee slightly claustrophobic. This isn’t just snow, either..there is a bunch of crap in the way, like rock piles, slushy mud pits, and other drivers when these two forget which way the track runs.
Why bring an Avalanche into the snow, though? Easy: it has seat heaters!