Honey Badger Part 5

Playing The Part

March 2014 Build Lee Lovell

In the popular Facebook video, the Honey Badger takes down a Cobra in one fell swoop. In real life, our 2002 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins dually Honey Badger project truck can smoke a Mustang into submission. That’s just how it rolls.

When a just-off-the-lot Ford Mustang came up behind Chris Searle, owner of the Honey Badger, on the two-lane country road, the driver thought he would prove the point that his Mattel Hot Wheel version of a car was the superior model.

“After he rode my bumper for almost a mile without passing, I thought to myself, ‘Really?’” says Searle. “So I dropped the hammer on him and covered his vehicle in smoke. It’s not my fault the sun roof was open.”

From that point on, the Mustang kept its distance, not even daring to come close at the next stop sign.

“I stayed put for a little extra time so he could catch back up to me,” recalls Searle. “But he wouldn’t even get within four car lengths of me.”

Nice try, Mustang, but you have no idea what you’re dealing with here.

The Honey Badger was a virtual zombie of the diesel truck world when Searle found it. This old tow vehicle had 200,000 plus miles on it and looked like a heap of junk. But that’s the great thing about this build. Breathing new life into a truck can be done and that’s what he set out to do. 

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