• Sep 13, 2006

Most of us - even dyed-in-the-wool truck guys - would think that Dodge's latest take on semi-truck styling imbues the Ram with sufficient big-rig credibility (especially when equipped with the Cummins diesel). Greg Severt apparently does not, and that's probably because his day job involves playing with the real thing. So he did what seemed right, removing the cab and bed from a 2005 Ram 3500 and replacing it with sheetmetal from a 1994 Peterbilt. Rounding out the conversion is a bed from a '53 Chevrolet pickup, with a set of Peterbuilt front fenders replacing the original stepside quarter panels.

The stock Cummins engine remains intact, and resides under the forward-tilting hood. That particular feature required shortening the front frame rails by two inches - a move that had to be rather nerve-racking on a brand new pickup. The look is rounded out by a set of 40" tall Mickey Ts on some 20" Weld Racing wheels, with a mild lift providing the required clearance.

Interestingly enough, the conversion actually resulted in a weight reduction, as the cab and hood are aluminum (weight being very important in the heavy truck industry, where every pound of truck is one less pound of cargo).

[Source: Diesel Power]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      This is excellent site. this site contains different types of models.
      There is one more site which is explaining about Dodge RAM pickup trucks and

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      Dodge RAM Pickup Truck, Jeep
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's a Peterbilt not a "Peterbuilt".
      • 8 Years Ago
      People ignore the next up and coming oil crisis. They continue to buy insanely large trucks and huge engines. Gas prices spike to unheard of levels and (gasp) they realize it's not economical to drive these things anymore. They get a Hybrid or small car.

      The oil prices dip down to lower levels.After a few months or years, they buy a big ass Hummer or Canyonaro (simpsons).

      Another terrorist attack in some African country's oil refinery... and boom... It's all over again. Bent over the barrel for foreign oil.

      Screw that. We need something more sustainable and closer to home. How about Diesels that run on used vegetable oil? How about hybrids? Scooters?

      Oh wait. THis is America, land of the gas-guzzling free.

      Stoneman

      http://www.stonemanautoreview.com
      Greg A.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Interestingly enough, the conversation actually resulted in a weight _reduction_..."

      Wow, he discovered how to lose weight just by talking!
      • 8 Years Ago
      @ 7

      "if every car in america were a hybrid right now, we would be in the same situation that we are in today in 6 years, in terms of supply and demand" - toyota exec/genius

      id say hydrogen has the best chances of becoming the norm if it comes to switching from crude erl. but that may be a while... http://news.bostonherald.com/international/view.bg?articleid=157340

      GM has an $8Million'ish car out there that looks fun.

      drill anwr!...AND the gulf! :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not even a truck guy, but I love unique conversions.

      I don't have a problem with one guy following his passion and making a sweet custom ride that happens to take up most of a lane and has a huge frontal area. If they sold these things on dealer's lots, THEN I'd have a problem. Until then, kudos for a polished, creative build!
      • 8 Years Ago
      tread softly, freddy2.... they have ears everywhere..
      o.0
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dodge should sell that. It'll be a hit. Blow "Tondra" right out of the water.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "When your neck just aint red enuff!"

      "When your farmer tan just aint cut'n it"

      "When you mullet goes out of style.......if ever, lol"

      Curb your achy breaky heart, she'll think yer tracturz sexy!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm actually a fan of it. It's got a nice retro/old school ring to it. Is anything like this going into production?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The article says that he gets around 20 mpg during his daily driving.

      Not bad, to say the least.

      And the custom work is amazing
      • 8 Years Ago
      To respond to the very first, most ignorant comment --

      The latest take on the Dodge Ram is a medium duty truck that is co-designed with Freightliner and Sterling, and will also appear as the Sterling Bullet.

      The Cummins diesel is probably the most reputable diesel engine available in a pickup, anywhere, period, end of story. If someone made the mistake of putting one into a truck without checking the power ratings, that's not Cummins' fault any more than if I stuck a Toyota Corolla engine into a Ram 3500 and expected it to tow a trailer up a hill. It works fine in a Corolla, but if you put too much weight on, well, no, it won't work well at all.

      If you haven't heard about the medium duty Rams, see:
      http://www.allpar.com/model/ram/medium-duty.html
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