Whether it’s a burn out contest or truck pulling, with the help of his family and some pretty cool members of the online community, Robert has put together one fine 4×4 that does it all. What’s your real name? (What’s your online screen name?)
Robert Gremes (When online I use Mudmizer – that is the name of my truck.)
What do you do for a living?
I’m a United States Border Patrol Agent.
What GM(s) do you currently own?
The one I’m most proud of is my 1968 Chevy K10 short bed stepside 4×4 , but I also have a 1969 4×4 that my youngest son and I are working on. He wasn’t crazy about the ‘69 at first, but he really enjoys it now because of the good comments and thumbs up he gets on his way to school and around town.
What got you into GM(s)?
Growing up my father had a mechanics shop, and I worked there every day after school and on weekends. Chevrolet motors and trucks really appealed to me as they were the easiest to work on. My first truck was a 1969 SS 396 El Camino, not sure why but I traded it for a non running 68 stepside 4×4, and have been 4×4 crazy every since.
Have a favorite story to tell about your truck?
In 2008, I trailered the truck to my home state of Texas and met up with family members for a car show. I had planned on entering the truck in the mud races but when we got there we found the mud portion of the show had been canceled. I entered into the burnout contest instead, uncorked the headers and took 4th place out of 18 vehicles. I was the only 4×4 and the crowd really enjoyed it. We drove 3,200 miles just to burn up some rubber. I loved it.
What’s next for your truck? Why?
We all dream of some day. I would like to build a much bigger motor starting with a 572 block. I have started using the truck at the local truck pulls and have done fairly well with some 2nds and finished last year with a 1st. Most likely I’ll do some body work and shoot it with some fresh paint, same color. It has been almost 11 years since I painted it.
Who has done most of the modifications on your truck?
Every bit of the work from fabrication of ladder and link bars, engine building, to paint and body work was done by myself over several years. My boys are old enough now and have started to help some . . . when I can pry the PS3 out of their hands.
What was your favorite modification?
The best modification was building and installing the 454 big block. I had to move all cross members forward 1-1/2 inches and trim a bit for the headers. There were a few other unforeseen problems that slowed me down a bit but it all fit in the end. Of course, I ended up destroying both ½ ton axles and ended up installing a 14 bolt in the rear and a Dana 60 up front.
Why? More power, no one ever has enough.
Who has helped you the most along the way?
My wife, Marylou, has helped me the most, she really likes the truck, although I can’t remember the last time she rode in it. I’ll be moping around the house and she tells me to get into the shop and get busy. I also get good support and great ideas from the guys and girls on the 67-72 chevy truck forums.
Is there a particular shop you’d like to recommend?
Well like I said I do all the work myself but I do get some advice from time to time, as well as parts, from Tim at MPS (Meridian Performance Service) on the Guide Meridian in Bellingham.
Do you spend time on any GM sites? Which ones?
I really enjoy the folks at 67-72chevytrucks.com and we have had some fun get togethers with the NORTHWEST bunch. I have also been getting some great truck pulling advice at truckpulls.com
454 +30, TRW pistons, Scat crank, stock heads with crane springs
Crane cam, Air Gap intake manifold, Holley 650 carb.
MSD distributor, MSD 6Al ignition module, MSD coil and wires.
Summitt aluminum radiator.
Flowtech headers with Summitt mufflers and 3” pipe.
SM465 transmission with dual friction Center force clutch.
GM 14 bolt rear, Dana 60 front, both with 456 gears and lockers.
Custom rear tube bumper, Front Warn bumper modified (from a Ford, whaaaaaT!!!)
with an old 8274 Warn winch.
Drive shaft loops,
Dual shocks on front.
Front and rear disk brakes.
Ladder bars on the rear.
Recently added link arms on the front (I have been trying to stop the front from hopping during the truck pulls).
M/T CLASSIC LOCK WHEELS WITH 39.5” Trxus STS tires.
I use a set of 35” BFG All terrains when I pull with the truck.
Most people who look inside the truck are really amazed to see the stereo system . . . the original 8-track player, and it works.