The 4-Wheel Drive Legend: Quagmyr

This is not your typical 1979 Chevy K30 four-wheel-drive truck. First, you will notice the massive 48x25x20 Firestone Floatation deep-tread tires on 20×20 custom Midwest Wheel Specialties aluminum wheels on the rear. Underneath, there is a rear axle in which it has a custom narrow 5-ton Rockwell H-172 with 5.86 gears along with a Detroit locker, and 2’ 39 spline 300M billet axles. This is a few of many things that Quagmyr has on it that made it a one of a kind four-wheel truck.  

Since the early 1990s, Quagmyr has been displayed in or on the cover of 20 magazines. Multiple videos featuring it on TTC Competition in 1998 and placed 3rd overall in Four-Wheeler magazine’s Top Truck Challenge in that same year. The original owner, Mike Niebuhr, built this truck to compete in the mud pit competition with a full run, successfully participating in the truck pull with a full pull, the acceleration test, and along with winning the people’s choice award. Throughout its time, it has been around the country running mountain trails, sand dunes, tractor pulls, mud pits, and numerous truck shows.

In 1995, Dave saw Quagmyr on the cover of December’s issue of Petersen’s 4-Wheel and Off-Road magazine. He thought it was very unique and ahead of its time with the radically staggered tire size design. In the fall of 1998, Dave was at the Indianapolis 4Wheel Jamboree Nationals with his family until suddenly he heard something that had large tires rumbling up behind him. He turned around and it was Quagmyr. At that time, he felt like he was seeing a celebrity for a surprise. Right away he scrambled to get his 35mm camera out from the pocket of the stroller and snapped a couple of pictures of it before he didn’t have that chance again. Little did he know, 23 years later at the same place and event, Dave met Kirby Brekke who was the current owner at the time. With only one test drive, a couple of days of discussions, he was planning a trip to Wisconsin to bring Quag home. It was an opportunity to own this iconic truck and he was not letting that opportunity pass by.

1979 Chevy K30 4×4 Features:

  • Pro-Comp AutoMeter gauges (early 1990’s installation)
  • Rear tires: 48x25x20 Firestone flotation deep treads on 20×20 custom Midwest Wheel Specialties aluminum wheels
  • Front tires: 38.5x15x16.5 Super Swamper Boggers on 16.5”x12” weld wheels
  • Engine: Roller Bow Tie Racing o-ringed big block 572 Chevy with a Cola crankshaft, Brodix heads and intake
  • Holley 850 carb, and MSD ignition (675hp without nitrous). Top Gun 300hp shot of nitrous with bottle in the bed
  • Rear suspension: custom cantilever rocker arm air ride offers 10” of wheel travel
  • Air ride front suspension
  • Cab controlled ride height for all 4 corners
  • New Process 205 T-case, all gear drive with HD flanges
  • Custom industrial driveshafts
  • TH-400 transmission with harden shafts, straight cut planetary gears, Kevlar clutches, and bullet-proof puller converter. Full manual valve body.
  • Two 12,000lb Warn winches (one front and one rear)
  • Bed sides are removable with Performance Fiberglass skins with 54” x 30” wheel tubs by Bob Porter of Wisconsin
  • Wilwood 13” rotors with 6-piston magnesium calipers with Kevlar pads
  • Custom 31-gallon fuel cell

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