Meet the Ohio Farmer With A Sick Fleet Of Chevy 6×6 Trucks
Not all men are like Bruce Bishop. That’s because most people see 6×6 pickup trucks as something new rather than everyday vehicles, but here we are. The Ohio farmer currently owns four Chevrolets with three axles each, and as he tells me, he’s driven one or the other daily since 1997.
It all started with a 1985 Chevy, which he added an extra drive axle to after a few years of ownership. Few did it back then, whereas now it’s a must-have for tuners who want to sell 6×6 trucks for supercar money. You can see mentions of the Bishop’s Squarebody pickup in 2000s threads, and it still has it after more than two decades. It rocks a big-block 535-cubic-inch V8 with 4.10 gears and a pair of Detroit lockers, in case you were curious.
“Yeah, I do it all myself,” Bishop tells me. “All trucks have air suspension, both rear axles are driven, the front axle is also driven. A lot of people make them with a trailing axle in the rear where one of them drives, but they’re not worth absolutely nothing when you do that.”
Bishop uses his trucks for all kinds of work around the farm, so they’re more than showpieces. He says he gets a new one every 10 years or so, which explains the 2005 Chevy Silverado 6×6 as well as the 2016 Chevy Silverado 6×6. Instead of waiting a few more years to add another to his fleet, he recently built one based on a 2004 Chevy that recently went viral.
“It’s basically a sand truck and an ice cream scoop,” Bishop says of the 1,100 horsepower machine. “Everyone’s first ride, they end up shaking for the next hour. It shakes the wheels at 30 mph and hauls them. It has 25 inches of suspension travel and doesn’t bounce back after a landing.”
Here is a video for proof:
It’s easily the wildest in the Bishop collection, with its 427 cubic-inch LS blown by a 4.5-liter Whipple. It sits at the very bottom, nestled inside the stainless steel frame made of two-inch square tubing. Prestige Motorsports in Concord, North Carolina, built the engine with in-house developed cylinder heads, a custom Comp cam and much more.
When Bishop isn’t driving it around town, he drives the truck to Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan. It’s the only one that isn’t a real 6×6 because its front axle doesn’t roll, and that’s on purpose. It still has air suspension and Detroit lockers in the rear, so don’t worry, it shifts just fine. This truck really deserves its own article, but for now, know that it also has six-wheel steering and 3.5 x 18-inch King shocks that allow for that crazy wheel travel.
It seems a bit early to guess what the next addition to Bishop’s stable might be, but one thing is for sure: these trucks are here to stay. He still owns his first car, a 1986 Jeep that’s also air-sprung, showing how long he’s been holding on to his rigs. When he has a collection like this, it’s hard to blame him.
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