’41 Chevy Mega Mud Truck vs. John Deere Tractor Tug of War


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:

'41 Chevy Mega Mud Truck vs. John Deere Tractor Tug of War

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:

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