USA-1

Dusty Bengford sent me this shot.

Rod Litzau, Rich Hooser, and Starvin Marvin Smith

Rod Litzau

Steve Wilke and Army Armstrong

Everett Jasmer and Steve Wilke

OWNER: Everett Jasmer of Spring Lake Park, Minn.

VEHICLE: 1988 Chevy Silverado

ENGINE: 572 cu.in. Chevy high nickel content alloy racing block

CARBURETION: 3 Predators atop a polished 8-71 BDS blower and a custom 16 line nitrous oxide system

HORSEPOWER: 1,000

TRANSMISSION: TH400

RUNNING GEAR: ProFab transfer case, and 5 ton Rockwell military axles, the rear doesn't steer, but they had a steering axle that could be installed in 3 hours

SUSPENSION: 7 leafs and 16 Rugged Trail Nitro Cell gas shocks

TIRES: 66x43x25 inch Goodyear Terras

FEATURES: 5 KC Daylighters, Warn reflection front bumper, Warn winch, home built roll cage, roll bar, and on board fire extinguishers.

WEIGHT: 11,500 lbs.

HEIGHT: 11 feet 7 inches

WIDTH: 11 feet 5 inches

COST TO BUILD: $150,000.00

Rod Litzau drove the truck to be the very first World Champion of the Renegade/ TNT Motor Sports Tour of 1988. I saw the truck and met Rod in Raleigh, NC. May 7, 1989

Trading Cards

Mike Fussa sent me this picture.

Dusty Bengford sent me this shot.

Liz Plecker sent me this shot.

I scanned these 3 shots from Bill Holder's book "The Ultimate Book Of Monster Trucks". Photography by John D. Farquhar.

I scanned these pictures from Magazines that I purchased.

Luis Vera from Puerto Rico. I reside in Orlando, FL.

USA-1 flipped while capturing the 1988 points championship. Early in 1989 during an exhibition show the truck flipped again. After a couple weeks it flipped a 3rd time. Then it hit a brick wall twice. Then flipped a 4th and 5th time, then lightly laid it over for the 6st, then a violent 7th time. The count goes on but I stopped counting. The truck was just too fast for the suspension at the time, even though it had one of the best suspensions in the business.

I scanned these pictures from Magazines that I purchased.

SHOW TWO

INTERNATIONAL MONSTER TRUCK MUSEUM HALL OF FAME

This is a model I built before AMT/ERTL came out with a USA-1 kit. It was built useing a Bigfoot kit and a Chevy Silverado kit. I hand painted every thing.

This is a model I built for Army Armstrong. It was built right out of the box. I had to hand paint the hood as the kit didn't have a decal for that.

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