Powering the Ram is a 5.7L Hemi, which by itself makes 390 hp, but Justin couldn't leave the engine alone and bolted on a Volant cool-air intake, Banks Monster exhaust with 3-inch turndown for the 'bags, and to keep the engine dialed in for the bigger wheels, a Superchips Flashpaq programmer controls the computer. Chad dressed up the engine by painting the Volant intake tube, filter box, Hemi engine cover, and fuse box. Now, under the hood looked just as good as the candy blue exterior.
Focusing on the interior, every modification had to be a wise one, as the truck was brand-new and Justin had plans to drive the truck and enjoy it. Cardenal Car Stereo, in Glendale, Arizona, was the next place to visit. While in Cardenal's care, the Ram was fitted with an Alpine IVA-W203 double-din DVD/Nav/iPod head unit and Alpine Type-S 6 1/2-inch components housed in painted fiberglass pods in each door. Bass is supplied by two Polk Audio MM1240DVC 12-inch shallow-mount subs in a factory-looking box under the rear seat that was built by the talented installers at Cardenal. Keeping the juice flowing to all of the speakers, three Polk Audio amps, two PA250.1 and one PA1200.1, provide the instant power to fill the cabin with high-decibel tunes. Before installing all of the interior's plastics, Chad picked up several vital pieces from Cardenal and painted them candy blue to match the rest of the truck. With the interior taking shape, Cardenal removed the factory headrests and then wrapped the seats in Roadwire bone and black leather. All that was left to do now was take the truck out for its maiden voyage and hope for good weather.
Five weeks to the day, clear blue skies and a beautiful sunset provided the backdrop to a seemingly impossible photo shoot. Justin, Chad, and the Cardenal team had done it. And to think, it only took one phone call to make it happen. A paradox indeed.
Justin and I would both like to thank Chad at Metal Asylum Kustom Finishes, the entire Cardenal Car Stereo team, Diko and Ron at Giovanna Wheels, Tim at Nitto Tire, Joe, Travis, and Aaron at Airbagit, Brian at Roadwire, Dean at Polk Audio, Victor at T-Rex, Suzie at ANZO USA, Volant, Banks, Superchips, Mopar, and especially his two boys, Ashtun and Gaige, and the rest of his family, who support him continuously during all of his crazy projects.