Sometimes, custom trucks end up being created by accident because the owner took a truck they never intended on modifying and went crazy with ideas and their checkbook. Alfredo Diaz of Houston, Texas, is one such enthusiast who originally purchased this '04 diesel-powered Dodge Crew Cab dualie to haul parts for his machine shop.
The truck was a daily driver until Alfredo bolted up a one-off set of 24-inch wheels. Once the rollers were on and the truck was looking decent, the project snowballed from there, and Alfredo had a show truck on his hands. The dualie has become Alfredo's main extracurricular automotive focus-and with good reason. This truck is used to showcase the machining capabilities of Alfredo's company, Dima Wheels.
Alfredo knew that he had to make his truck appeal to the market that he was after, so he needed a colorful custom paintjob and a cabin full of some sick threads to get the kind of props he was looking for. Therefore, the diesel-equipped six-wheel rolling business card was handed off to Ekstensive Metalworks in Houston, to receive a bit of notching, cutting, torching, and fabricating, enabling the extra-long Ram to sit a little closer to earth.
A peek under the hood reveals a factory 5.9L 325hp Cummins turbodiesel adorned with accessories coated in House of Kolor paint. A 4-inch Flowmaster exhaust system complements the factory turbo, which features enlarged piping and runs 12 to 16 pounds of boost. Smoothing the dualie into a stunner began at K and S Kustom, in Houston, for a subtle shaving, filling, and grinding on expendable features. An X Klusive grille was swapped in place of the everyone-who-has-one-of-these-trucks stock one.
After the body was fit with a host of new modifications, the boys at K and S Kustom rolled the truck into a self-contained spray booth and coated the big-wheel hauler with a House of Kolor Bright Silver, Rootbeer, Tangerine, and black paint scheme and airbrushing. Before the clear was laid down and the panels were buffed to a brilliant shine, the graphics that wrap around three-quarters of the truck were added to tell a biomechanical story of how Dima wheels are made, which was just the ticket Alfredo was after.
Once the truck rolled out of the paint booth, Alfredo found himself driving the truck over to Arjona Upholstery, where they accented the existing cowhide upholstery with blue Stingray inserts, giving it that exotic car feel. Alfredo has created an eye-catching show truck-and quite unexpectedly, we might add. This truck has drawn the focus of a lot of eyeballs since its debut and will continue to drop jaws for years to come. It's 'bagged, two-toned, and sporting a diesel under the hood. What more could a custom truck fanatic ask for?
Owner/hometown: Alfredo Diaz / Houston, Texas
Year/make/model: '04 Dodge Ram dualie 3500
Engine/drivetrain: 5.9L 325hp Cummins turbodiesel I-6 with 610 lb-ft of torque / six-speed manual / MagnaFlow exhaust / custom-made inner fenderwells
Installers: K and S Kustom, of Houston
Wheels/tires: One-off 24x8.5-inch D Kings by Dima Wheels / Dima 1-inch Adapters for 10-lug conversion / Nitto 295/35R24 NT420
Suspension: (Front) modified stock springs for 3-inch drop / (Rear) four-link / C-notch / Firestone 2600 air springs / two Viair 380C compressors / copper air lines / Monroe Reflex Shocks
Installer: Ekstensive Metalworks, of Houston
Body Mods: Shaved antenna, tailgate handle, and third brake light / X Klusive grille
Bodyman: K and S Kustom, of Houston
Paint: House of Kolor Silver, Rootbeer, Tangerine, and black / biomechanical graphics
Painter: K and S Kustom, of Houston
Interior: Stock seats wrapped in leather with blue Stingray inserts / Auto Meter and Firestone gauges
Upholsterer: Arjona Upholstery
Club: Ground Zero
Special Thanks: His family and friends who helped get the truck finished.