It would be easy to begin this story about a stock truck that went from factory fresh to insanely customized in only one month. It would be true, but you'd miss the core of this story. Built on a firm foundation of family support, values, and the understanding and appreciation of needing help, this truck is the end result of one family's dedication to perfection. Is it cool? No question. Is it custom? Inside and out. Do you want one? Yes, and so do we.
Pat Schommer lives in the small town of Winnemucca, Nevada, which is not known as the custom-car capital of the world. But, after discussing the story behind his '06 Dodge Ram Mega Cab diesel, Pat understands what it takes to be taken seriously. Reflecting back on his childhood, Pat remembered building his first custom truck at the ripe old age of 12. Without disclosing his current age, let's just say Mr. Schommer has over four decades of custom-car culture running through his veins. Pat and his son Patrick used this heritage of hot-rodding to build a feature vehicle for the '06 SEMA show. Rather than holding back and getting things done ahead of schedule, the pair and talented crew at their shop, Go Nuts Truck and Auto Sales, in Winnemucca, decided to work 20-hour days for 30 straight days. The result? A truck worthy of any truck publication, and one that pictures just can't capture justly.
After signing on the dotted line for a brand, spanking-new '06 Dodge 2500, the truck was delivered to B&T Customs, located in Reno, Nevada, where the Ram lost its rear bumper in favor of a roll pan with a hidden hitch and had the House of Kolors Purple and Black base colors applied. Then, Louie Feliz took over the custom assignment and laid down the House of Kolors Kameleon Pearl color-changing paints in the aggressive graphics separating the Purple and Black. With the Nevada sunshine blasting down on the truck, hues of gold, green, purple, and blue can be seen splashed across the Mega Cab. Louie completed the look with bold silver pinstriping along the graphics. Final assembly of the body saw a T-Rex billet grille, smoked taillights, and a Gaylord's tonneau bolted into place.
A custom sub box, housing four Kicker 12-inch L7 subs, resides behind the fully reclinabl
Out back, the Kelderman four-link bars were chromed, along with the Panhard bar and sway b
The bottom of the dash was customized with a panel that house the Dakota Digital air-ride
Making the build even more stressful, the truck was picked up from B&T Customs at the end of September, with only four weeks left to make it to Las Vegas for the SEMA Show. Inside of the Go Nuts shop, the entire suspension was removed and set aside. In its place went a fully adjustable air-ride setup from Kelderman Air Ride. Twelve inches of air-ride flexibility are at the Shommer's disposal, thanks to the Kelderman kit, but that didn't stop them from upgrading the kit at Go Nuts. Pat and Patrick teamed up together to add top supports to the airbag mounts so that the fittings and air line are completely hidden. Tracing the air line and wiring became even more difficult upon closer examination when the Go Nuts team hid the lines inside of the large Dodge framerails. Each piece of the Kelderman Air Ride suspension system that was not chromed was powdercoated purple to match the paint scheme. One of the cleanest compressor and valve setups we had seen, Patrick built a box to fit perfectly between the rear framerails that houses all four of the air compressors, full set of valves and pressure switches, along with the digital air-ride computer. Bilstein 7100 chromed shocks absorb the bumps in the front and rear, and are affixed to the suspension, courtesy of CNC-machined billet brackets by Source Too Machine. Every bit of the frame and axles were Rhino-lined, which made the chrome and purple paint stand out even more. Patrick wanted huge wheels on the Ram, and the biggest he could find with a matching off-road tire were 24x10-inch DUB Big Homie wheels, wrapped in new Kumho Road Venture MT off-road 38/14R24 tires. Stopping the large rolling mass are braided, stainless lines and slotted rotors from Power Slot.
Powering the Mega Cab is the finest diesel engine from Dodge, the Cummins 5.9L I-6 turbo. Go Nuts equipped the Dodge with a Bully Dog Outlook programmer, Bully Dog air intake, and 5-inch Bully Dog exhaust. Helping the front driveshaft connect easier, it was lengthened 1-1/2 inches by Fry Machine. Three batteries supply juice to the truck and help the audio system pound out the tunes. The audio system was also expertly installed by Go Nuts. Inside of the stock location, an Eclipse AVN-6600 sends frequencies to three Kicker amplifiers. One SX900.4 and two SX 1250.1 amps are controlled by an SXRC. Mounted on pillars inside of the bed, the Kicker amps were painted purple to match. The amps push Kicker components into each door and four Kicker 12-inch L7 subwoofers. The sub box fits behind the large Mega Cab seat and the seat itself can still be fully reclined-a nice feature for those who want a back massage in 100-percent comfort. Go Nuts also added 7-inch Eclipse monitors into each headrest and one in the passenger-side airbag location. An iPod with holster was installed, along with two Xbox 360 Programing solutions, and a 70GB harddrive for music and movie storage. Keeping with the custom theme, many of the accent trim pieces were painted purple by Martin's Auto Body and make for a nice contrast on the gray-leather upholstery.
With only hours before it was time to hit the road to Las Vegas, the Go Nuts Dodge was completed. This truck was more than just wheels and tires, Pat, Patrick, and the Go Nuts crew opted to showcase the shop's talents and provide a rolling calling card for other customers to see and appreciate it. With the cat out of the bag, you can expect to see great things coming out of the Go Nuts roll-up doors, as we already have other projects started and up on the racks. Special thanks go to Patrick, Rigo, Jim, Jane, and Bailey.