In addition to their distinctive green and yellow colors, John Deere tractors are famous for their ability to get the job done day in and day out. This John Deere tractor, though, is being used not for a typical job but for a little game of sport, as its being pitted against a Chevy mega mud truck in a no-holds-barred tug of war. This mega truck is built from a 1941 Chevy body, and it wears a similar green color to the tractor. You’ll notice that the tractor is taller and has much bigger wheels than the mega truck, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will win the match. Or does it? I guess you’ll just have to watch to find out. Let’s give these two contenders a good introduction and find out what they’re capable of:
1941 Chevy Mega Mud Truck: Original Truck and New Build
The 1941 Chevy truck is an American classic. It’s a Chevrolet AK Series, which is a model that was produced from 1941 to 1947. A 2 door pickup truck, the ’41 Chevy is distinguished by its vertical grille bars, as the GMC truck made during the same time period had horizontal bars instead. The truck has a 3-speed transmission and a 90-horsepower engine. From bumper to bumper, this truck is about 12 feet long. It’s original curb weight, without the mega upgrade of course, would have been about 3,000 pounds. Previous to the Chevrolet AK, Chevy cars and trucks had similar body styling. The AK was the first Chevy truck to distinguish its look significantly from the car models.
Like all mega trucks, this ’41 Chevy went through a big transformation to turn into what you’ll find below. A typical mega mud truck build like this would start with lifting the suspension or raising the body. Having the right shocks is also critical. Typically, you’ll want heavier shocks up front and lighter ones in back. Then there’s the driveline, which is critical for getting the most out the big engine. The axles should be able to handle the big tires while not adding too much weight. As far as brakes, fourwheeler.com says that discs are much better for the mud than drums. They also recommend a high-stall torque converter for the transmission. When the build is done based on these and other changes, a mega mud truck like this Chevy would have similar key specs to the following:
- 1,000 to 1,500 hp
- 40-inch mud tires
- 12-inch lift
- 2.5-ton axles
- About 10K pounds
- Roughly 10 feet tall
- About 18 feet long
John Deere 8R Series Tractor
As impressive as this mega truck’s specs are, the John Deere tractor is even bigger and more intimidating. It’s hard to say what the exact model is, but it’s likely an 8R Series, which are the biggest row-crop tractors John Deere makes. The 8345R is the biggest one in the lineup, and has these dimensions and key specs:
- About 11 feet tall and 21 feet long
- Ground clearance of 2 feet
- Nearly 40K pounds max weight
- Back tires a little over 6 feet tall
- 345-horsepower turbocharged diesel engine
- Infinitely variable transmission
- Rear axle load of just over 23K pounds
- Front axle load of just under 18K pounds
So compared to the mega truck, this tractor weighs about 4 times as much. Also, the back tires are considerably bigger than the mega truck’s, and the smaller front tires even dwarf the mega truck’s tires. Additionally, the tractor’s axles can handle much more weight than the mega truck axles. Overall, the Deere is much more solid and balanced than the mega truck with its huge lift. The only area really where the mega mud truck would be superior is in horsepower.
Does the Mega Chevy Have a Chance?
Going by size alone, the John Deere tractor is clearly superior to this ’41 Chevy mega mud truck. The truck does have more horsepower, but keep in mind that these modified trucks are designed for mudding, not towing. All that being said, do you think the Chevy has a chance against this monster John Deere tractor? After hooking up the tow rope, the contestants are ready to go. You’ll see how the tractor immediately pulls down the back end of the truck and gets the upper hand, but can the Chevy make a comeback? Time to find out if this is a lopsided match or a fairly even one!