With some careful shopping and doing a lot of the assembly yourself, you should be able to put something like that together for no more than $15,000 and most likely a lot less. You can get an old grain truck or school bus frame from salvage and cut it to length, very cheap. Or you can build your own frame out of box tubing. Leaf springs are pretty economical, even custom ones made to order but you could probably shop around and do some research and find some spings to work for you. You can find axles cheap, 5-tons are still relatively inexpensive. You can build a 500 HP engine for less than $3,000 easy. You can get a body from a salvage yard too and do your own body work and paint. There's also the occasional old school truck that crops up for cheap as well.
Last edited by Sinister '32; May 17th, 2007 at 05:41 PM.
Monster Truck fan since 1980.
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I quoted the larger number because of all teh fabrication that goes into it.
There is no guarentee that anyone building a monster truck knows how to weld, or fabricate. Which means that most of the parts would have to be custom manufactured by someone else. That's something alot of people forget about when they are factoring in building something. Labor.
Also I'm looking at Jegs.com and a Ford Racing engine, ment for a racing type set up, will run about $8,000.