Vehicle
1986 International Griffin Armored Special
7.3 Liter, Navistar V-8

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Jesse James and his team turned this armored truck into a mobile dunk tank complete with hydraulic doors and a power seat-trigger mechanism. The team cut the roof into two sections for the tank, ladder and dunk seat. Two holes were cut, one on each side, to install acrylic windows for viewing the dunk tank. The framing underneath the truck was reinforced and a new floor welded in to support the over 7,000 pounds of acrylic tank and water. Hydraulics were installed to control the roof and the rear doors with control levers installed in the cab of the truck. Design changes, budget issues, miscommunication, a late-week injury and leakage problems plagued the build team. Design Team: Jesse James of West Coast Choppers, Wayde King an acrylic tank designer, Harry Size a transportation design student, and Mark Willett a carnival supply company manager and fabricator. Build Team: Jesse James of West Coast Choppers, Larry Archuleta an armored car designer and fabricator, Scottie Chapman a welder and fabricator, Wayde King an acrylic tank manufacturer, Christian Ristow an effects and animatronics specialist and Mark Willett a carnival supply company manager and fabricator. Highlights:
  • Built on the television show Monster Garage
  • Weight empty is 13,716 pounds, weight full is 21,000 pounds
  • Many problems plagued the build team throughout the week including design changes, budget, miscommunication, injury and leak
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