Pinchin’ Pennies

February 5th, 2010

ST-1003-DODGE-lead_thumbShaw’s 2001 Dodge Ram has seen many transformations over the years and has grown up with Shaw into the sleek showstopper that it is today. The Dodge Ram model of truck, while popular on the streets, is not as common in the show scene. Shaw’s Ram is one of the few out right now that is flat on the ground with hot rod styling and massive billet wheels.

This Ram Went From Slingin’ Bayou Mud to Throwin’ Sparks

Kade Shaw
2001 Dodge Ram
Lake Charles, LA
No Regrets

Photos by Jason Mulligan

Shaw’s 2001 Dodge Ram has seen many transformations over the years and has grown up with Shaw into the sleek showstopper that it is today. The Dodge Ram model of truck, while popular on the streets, is not as common in the show scene. Shaw’s Ram is one of the few out right now that is flat on the ground with hot rod styling and massive billet wheels. But when he got the Dodge just after he got his license when he turned 16, he had no intention of making it a show truck. The Louisiana native began customizing the truck by simply de-badging it, leveling the front and putting on a set of mud tires. Shaw found himself romping through every swamp and mud hole that he came across in the Dodge, even getting stuck a few times. Of course, this thrashing blew the transmission, and he knew it was time to retire the truck to street driving, so he threw on a set of 22s and gave it a mild drop.

This didn’t last long of course; he had to get it lower. So the truck was ‘bagged and Shaw drove it daily and took it to some shows, draggin’ it with the front wheels cambered in everywhere he went. The itch to go lower came again, and the truck went to Mind to Metal who scratched the body drop itch, putting the pinch welds flat on the ground. And this is where we pick up the story and follow the Dodge’s quick transformation into a sleek show winner.

Before Mind to Metal performed a 3-inch traditional body drop, Brady Brown at Twisted in Lake Charles, Louisiana, had ‘bagged the truck with a triangulated 4-link and a 4-inch narrowed rearend. Up front, to get the Intro 22 x 8.5 Twisted Vistas tucked up under the fenders, a full set of DJM control arms were used to correct the geometry when the airbags are adjusted. The factory green paint was becoming worn from years of driving, so the next step was to perform some bodywork and paint; but first, Shaw needed the funds, which meant longer hours working on offshore oilrigs for weeks at a time. With his pennies saved and some help from his friends, the truck was torn down and the truck would not leave the shop without being fully finished inside and out.

The body mods were kept simple with a quick shave of the third brake light, gas door and cab seams. Up front, a Street Scene bumper cover was added with clear headlights. G-Money and Steve Johnson completed the sheet metal work, before Steve sprayed the truck inside and out with Dupont Hot Hues Crimson Splash. The same tone was also used on the inside of the Ram on the smoothed dash completed by Dreamworks. A Chevy C/K bench seat was adapted to fit in the Dodge. Clint at Bailey’s Audio made a set of custom door panels and speaker pods before the seat and panels were wrapped in black leather and suede. Out back, the raised bed floor was treated to a stained wood bed kit with a custom fuel cell. Shaw couldn’t be happier with how his former mudder turned out, thanks to some saved change and help from his friends. After all, half the fun of customizing trucks is sitting around the shop bouncing ideas and jokes back and forth amongst friends. Some of those friends Shaw would like to thank are Brady Brown at Twisted, Brady Beard, G-Money, Magil, and Seth Vincent

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A custom fuel cell was made, sprayed with color-matched bed liner, and installed around a wood bed kit.
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Custom brackets were made to hold a C/K bench seat in the Dodge Ram’s cab.
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Clint at Bailey’s Audio made custom door panels and speaker pods.

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