The infamous Carolina Squat, a stance that most often sees a truck getting its front lifted and its rear lowered, is the talk of the
town country this year, as various states have outlawed the dangerous mod. However, we have yet to see a case of CS as brutal as this one, even though we’re stretching the definition a little. Then again, you can expect such things when the vehicle in question is a Ford F-250 quadrually.
We’ve all seen dually trucks out on the road (like this Rolls-Royce platform thingie), with a pair of wheels on each side to support larger payloads and heftier tow ratings. However, this Blue Oval truck doubles the trouble by introducing four wheels on each side, hence its quadrually label.
And these are no ordinary wheels and tires. Instead, we’re looking at 54-inch rubber wrapped around some of the toughest wheels on the planet—would you look at how they dwarf the 38-in tires up front!
And that’s because the rolling hardware in question was lifted (pun intended) from an Oshkosh HET (Heavy Equipment Transporter), the kind of machine that you can see hauling M1 Abrams tanks—hey, this retired tank now has a Chevy C10 cab on top of it!
Who is Hunter Goodrich, the mechanic/YouTuber behind the build?
The idea to fit the HET’s eight wheels to the 1980s Ford F-250 comes from Hunter Goodrich. And so does the execution, since the YouTuber is—we’re quoting from his LinkedIn page here—a mechanical engineer dropout and engineer/mechanic at Sparks Motors. For the record, the Salt Lake City, Utah-based shop is run by Dave Sparks, aka HeavyDSparks on YouTube.
Given that the quadrually setup would push the wheels quite a bit outward (each tire is 2 feet wide), Hunter decided to narrow the frame of the seventh-generation F-Series truck, so the inner tires would sit as close to the center of the vehicle as possible.
The recipe for an amusing disaster (please don’t attempt)
Predicting some hardcore issues for the first (and last) outing of the machine, the enthusiasts also removed the two fuel tanks located within the frame, replacing them with a two-gallon canister in the engine bay.
Now, some welding and serious fabrication later (the wheels were joined for maximum traction), the Ford F-250 quadrually was ready to hit the off-road in the purest redneck engineering fashion.
And since driving the contraption out of the city under its own power probably meant there would’ve been nothing to show in the video below, this was transported on a trailer—the monstrous rear axle was attached to the rest of the vehicle on site, using an army surplus truck.
And while one might be tempted to feel bad for the abuse this Ford is subjected to, it looks like the idea was to completely kill its already-neglected engine, while the frame was also expendable (not the cab, though!).
The Ford F-250 and its forced Carolina Squat end
So, did Hunter achieve his goal? Not really, as the frame gave up first, leaving the beaten diesel motor running before the massive forces involved in the brief off-roading session could kill the unit.
Nevertheless, with the welded frame naturally failing—and perhaps with a bit of help from that army truck—the rear end of the F-250 eventually ended up on the ground, while the rest of the machine was left pointing at the sky. And if that isn’t the most extreme Carolina Squat you’ve seen… please let us know more.