Dirty

June 7th, 2011

Text by Wyatt Strange

Photos by Jason “Meatbeard” Mulligan

Tom Price, 2000 Dodge Ram, Olive Branch, MS, Negative Camber

Tom Price’s 2000 Dodge Ram

The show board that Tom Price of Olive Branch, Mississippi, puts out for his ‘00 Dodge Ram kind of reads like a who’s-who of the truck scene in the Dirty South.  When you find out that Don Bracken from Innovative Customs, Clyde from Silver Star Customs, Eric from Little Shop of Horrors and Billy at Unique Custom Fabrications have all had a hand in building this drop-dead gorgeous Ram, it all starts to make sense.

It all started when Tom got the truck when he was just 17. It only had 18 miles on it, and he drove it for a couple of years before he started hanging out with some local custom truck guys. He decided he’d like to ‘bag his truck on 20-inch wheels, so for the first round of lowering, he called on Clyde at Silver Star Customs.

After a few months of laying frame, Tom decided that the truck needed to be lower, so he put it in the capable hands of Don Bracken at Innovative Customs. Don cut out the floor and laid the truck out on its rocker panels. Tom rolled the truck around on the 20s for a few years before he finally decided to upgrade to a set of 20- and 22-inch Bonspeed Ramone wheels wrapped in 245/35/20 and 285/35/22 Nitto tires.

To get the new tires to fit, he took the Dodge over to Eric at Little Shop of Horrors. Eric and his crew cut the frame off right behind the cab and started over. The new frame rails were knocked in to clear the 22 x 10 rear wheels before hanging the factory rearend that had been narrowed 6 inches with a custom triangulated 4-link and a pair of airbags. They replaced the fuel tank with a custom stainless steel unit that’s been relocated behind the rear axle. Up front, the stock disc brakes were fine, while the stock rear drum setup was replaced by a set of disc brakes from SSBC. Eric and the crew from Little Shop of Horrors also built a set of custom brackets so that they could hang an engine-driven compressor from the front of the motor.

The exterior is nothing short of a work of art. It all starts up front with the addition of a 2-inch cowl induction-style hood, shaved antenna and bodylines over the front and rear wheelwell openings. Other missing items include the stake pockets, tailgate handle and taillights. The rear bumper has also been removed and replaced with a steel Sir Michaels roll pan. The flawless bodywork and Scarlet Red paint are the handiwork of Roy Girner from Unique Custom Fabrications.

The area between the doors is as impressive looking as the exterior of the truck. The Scarlet Red paint actually has been carried over to the interior with the smoothed and painted dash and door panels done by Jeremy Corzine. The custom upholstery consisting of black leather and suede with red stitching was taken care of by Kayla Bridgewater and Henry Acree of Desoto Upholstery in Olive Branch.

Tom would like to give special thanks to his mom, his brother Steven, Kevin Hyde, Don Bracken, Jack Porter, Clyde O’Bynum, Jamey Jordan, Kurt Zellmer and Jeremy Corzine, as well as the late Don Bracken Sr. and John Aden, who are gone but far from forgotten.

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