Bigfoot 1 was built there. The backflipping madness of modern-day Monster Jam can be traced back to one beloved Ford truck, aptly named Bigfoot. The monster truck that started it all belongs in the Smithsonian 1 in amazing detail with this fully licensed replica. The Bigfoot electric monster truck makes use of what is described as “a battery-powered electric motor, which was designed and built by Dennis Berube of Phoenix to wield high-horsepower and high-RPM capabilities.” It takes three banks of 10 electric batteries from Odyssey Battery to move these beast at a total of 360 volts. As hard as it might be to believe, the legendary Bigfoot monster truck started life as a regular Ford pickup bought by Bob Chandler. Utilizing a fabricated heavy duty box frame, in addition to planetary equipped axles right from the get-go, BIGFOOT 4 was the next step in monster truck technology. Chandler was initially reluctant to crush cars in public for fear that the seemingly destructive act would hurt the public’s positive opinion of the truck. They tried out new parts on the truck, and kept making it bigger and better, always a step (or two) ahead of everyone else. GREENLIGHT 30054 1:64 1974 FORD F-250 BIGFOOT #1 MONSTER TRUCK GOOSENECK TRAILER Watch. The monster truck that started it all belongs in the Smithsonian To this day, this fiasco has not been resolved. BIGFOOT #8 quickly leapt to the forefront of the monster truck world, and in its first full year of competition became the 1990 World Champion. Chandler not only achieved unparalleled success in the monster truck industry, but actually fathered the industry itself. BIGFOOT #9 – The state-of-the-art in monster truck suspensions, circa 1990, on Bigfoot 9: tube chassis, cantilever suspension with gas-charged shocks, ZF axles with internal wet brakes, and planetary gears. Before monster trucks were a thing, Big Foot was blowing people’s minds with its gargantuan custom boat engine and 66-inch tires. The shop was getting bigger, the trucks getting worked on in the shop were getting bigger, and of course BIGFOOT was getting bigger. I can remember going to the Cleveland AutoRama back in the early 1980’s and seeing Bigfoot. It has 32″ of suspension travel, more than any of the other BIGFOOT trucks had at the time. This is the truck that started the monster truck phenomenon and brought car-crushing fun and excitement to fairgrounds and arenas everywhere. … The next location was 5511 Lindbergh Blvd in Hazelwood, MO. But beyond the film appearance, the hills topped and the mud bogs conquered, 1981 is known as the year that BIGFOOT and Bob Chandler became the first monster truck to do what monster trucks are now best known for: crushing cars. BIGFOOT is “The Original Monster Truck”. In 1973, a motorcycle accident put an end to Bob’s construction career. Of course, the legacy of the Bigfoot … Exhibition truck pulls in arenas and stadiums soon followed. Bigfoot 4×4, Inc. – Monster Truck Racing Team, Chandler piloted BIGFOOT over a pair of junk cars, world’s first and only battery-powered monster truck. Despite their heavy weight, the high-horsepower engines that teams were using in the trucks were propelling them to speeds in excess of 60mph. As the monster truck industry continues to grow beyond anyone’s wildest dreams, you can rest assure that Team BIGFOOT will continue to set a high standard of class, performance, and innovation. The original Bigfoot was still a regular truck using leaf spring suspension which meant for a pretty rough ride especially with 48 inch tires. now just to get it through our shop door we had to take it off its giant and heavy 66 inch tall monster truck tires and put it on these relatively small tires. You couldn’t even get close to it because of the tons of people trying to get a closer look. Starting as a Ford F-250 4x4 pickup truck bought new by Bob in 1974... later updated with the 1979 body design. Feb 11, 2019 - Explore Bart McKinnon's board "Bigfoot the original monster truck" on Pinterest. $29.99. As the parts bills increased and the F-250 grew bigger and bigger, Chandler was soon nicknamed “Bigfoot” by one of his shop employees due to his heavy-right-foot driving style. The truck was the last leaf spring truck from Bigfoot 4X4 before the iconic Bigfoot 8 was created in 1989. But word of this behemoth truck, which now featured military axles (complete with four-wheel steering), 48″ tall tires, and a souped-up 460 c.i. They tried out new parts o. n the truck, and kept making it bigger and better, always a step (or two) ahead of everyone else. However, the first car crush did not take place in a packed arena or stadium, nor did it happen at a bustling county fair or mud bog. See more ideas about bigfoot, monster trucks, original monster. This is the truck that started the monster truck phenomenon and brought car-crushing fun and excitement to fairgrounds and arenas everywhere. BIGFOOT #2 was born in 1982, and debuted at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, MI late in that year. In the early 1970’s, Bob Chandler was a construction contractor in St. Louis Missouri. The fanged monster also proved to be a merchandising powerhouse. It was a major hit with fans. The rest is history. Due to Bob’s lead foot, the truck was christened “BIGFOOT”, and to keep down on breakage and to show off 4 wheel drive products, Bob added bigger axles and made his truck bigger and stronger. Bigfoot trucks sometimes appear at more than 20 different monster-truck events monthly. In addition, inspired by the success of BIGFOOT, numerous imitators came forth and the “monster truck” name was coined and an industry was born. Soon the truck itself became an attraction. Many people at the 2019 NORRA Mexican 1000 were surprised to see a 1973 Ford... 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