If you want to build a cheap truck that can still do dirty deeds off the beaten path, it's best to start with solid axles and a solid V8 engine. That sums up the lessons learned after watching the 2014 Cheap Truck Challenge from the Dirt Every Day video crew, who took to the deserts and surrounding areas near Reno, Nevada, in an attempt to find the best 4x4 for under $4,000. Fortunately for us, the whole sordid journey was captured on video.

This isn't the first time the boys from DED filmed a Cheap Truck Challenge, and this year's festivities pitted together a 1993 Chevy S10 pickup, a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a 1975 International truck in a series of challenges ranging from donuts to drag races, with plenty of hill-climbing and rock-crawling action in between. We don't want to spoil all the fun, but suffice it to say one competitor was found to be lacking while the other two performed (mostly) well. See for yourself in the video above.


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      SquareFour
      • 4 Months Ago *Edited*

      Before watching the vid, I'm predicting it was the S-10 that sucked. And I'm not simply going by the lead shot of it with its hood up, but off of my past experience as an owner. While I have a soft spot for that S-10 of mine, I'll be the first to admit it came awfully close to being a POS.


        mitytitywhitey
        • 4 Months Ago
        @SquareFour

        Same here.  The word 'Vortec' actually has had a very negative connotation for me for a while because of a 95 S10. 

        mitytitywhitey
        • 4 Months Ago
        @SquareFour

        I like how we both got voted down for sharing experience, while the Chevy gargler can't come up with a response.  

          SquareFour
          • 4 Months Ago
          @mitytitywhitey

          Yeah, no worries, a Ford fan will be along soon enough. lol

          mitytitywhitey
          • 4 Months Ago
          @mitytitywhitey

          I also like how your prediction was spot-on.  

        what
        • 4 Months Ago
        @SquareFour

        My dad had an S10 Blazer (2.8 V6) when I was growing up that went over 200k miles.


        My mom had a Astro Van (1987, 4.3 V6) that threw a connecting rod at 70k miles.


        Ahhh, GM.

        Mallthus
        • 4 Months Ago
        @SquareFour

        My '90 S-10 (with the 4.3) went issue free for 145,000 miles before I sold it to my parents for their business. It's still going, still on the original engine. I looks like crap, the AC doesn't work, and the digital dash hasn't worked for a couple of years, but it's still soldiering on for them at 265,000 miles.

      Daniel
      • 4 Months Ago

      a good an easy option to find a 4x4 is to use wipzz.com, is searching through all the auto website available in US and give you a very fast result. In this way I buy myself a very nice Suzuki :)

      Kevin Bowman
      • 1 Month Ago

      That International would have hammered every category if they had used the factory motor, if it was running.  Regardless if it was the 304, 345, or 392, say good night.  They should have hooked up the chains.  If it goes up for sale, I want it.  I would drop a 392 back in it and get it back to the way it should be.  Blasphemy putting that motor and trans in that piece of history.  

      360_AD
      • 4 Months Ago

      Entertaining, but I'd say they all cheated with regards to the spirit of "cheap truck challenge". Since they have sponsors providing parts and upgrades, it would be far more than "cheap" for views to try to replicate on their own. 

        cololx6
        • 4 Months Ago
        @360_AD

        It's exactly the spirit. Cheap truck challenge.

        That bolded bit is the point: The money you don't spend on the truck is money you get to spend on modifications. Cheap truck. Not cheap project.

        Sure, if you're coming at this as (say) a LeMons racer it may seem a bit cheaty, but LeMons is off in its own hilarious world.

      Eric Hamby
      • 4 Months Ago

      The S10 wasnt even a 4x4.. What a shitty video. No shit the S10 did worse.