Where It All Began
Meet the Texas Toy, a Ford monster truck, unlike any other, turned into something even more extraordinary right here in the great state of Texas. Originally owned by Corpus Christi TX native Larry Cook, the Texas Toy was acquired by the current owner and Victoria TX native Rocky Rohde in 2019, who worked countless hours returning it to its former glory. On his Youtube channel, Rohde documents his journey restoring the Texas Toy and after a year of intense work & dedication, he was able to unveil the completed restoration with a test drive in September 2020. As the Texas Toy was restored to its nearly original form, Rohde also introduced a few modern mods for both comfort & increased safety for the truck like a new sound system, a fully functional heating & cooling AC system, back seat & sturdier roll cage. Larry Cook’s driver’s seat was literally right above the valve cover of the engine, so Rohde worked to build a cover around the engine and roll cage which would allow for front passenger seating. Back in the 1980s, Rohde’s grandfather Curtis Reece had owned Mid-Coast Diesel Service, a sponsor of the Texas Toy, and their logo is placed at the rear fender. Rohde remembered Cook and the Texas Toy from his childhood days when his grandfather’s shop would work on the Allison transmission, and reached out to Cook. They were able to meet, reminisce & as a result, Larry felt Rocky was the right person to pass on The Texas Toy. Rocky Rohde was humbled & honored by the responsibility of restoring the legacy, one he hopes will now be able to go on inspiring future mechanics & engineers, as it did him as a small boy. The Texas Toy, a 24,000 pound truck powered by a Detroit diesel, was designed specifically for sled pulling, where it dominated the sport in many notable arena events during its golden days, and now continues to turn heads at various shows and events.
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