Speaking of show, Norm doesn't have a problem taking home "Best Of" bragging rights, as he's created an exterior that's smooth and seamless. It was at this point when the truck build began to outgrow the confines of his two-car garage. Buying an old welding building, he renovated the structure and rolled up his sleeves for the paint and body portion. Starting with the metal work, Norm told us, "I got a lot of weird looks when I first explained my concept of having a bed cover/tailgate combo that opened like a trunk with the corners radiused at the bottom of the tailgate." Doubters now fully appreciate all of the bodywork, as the rear tailgate/tonneau cover fits perfectly and looks great. Lifting up the tonneau cover/tailgate reveals a large Lexan window that is cut out of the sheetmetal bed floor and motorizes up to allow suspension access. Norm had Donny Young help him with the metal massaging that also included shaving the door handles, molding in Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 mirrors to the A-pillars, creating a smooth wiper cowl, welding shut the taillights, and creating inner fenders for the engine bay. Each door received 1/8-inch extensions around the perimeter to close the gaps and the doorframes were chopped 3/8-inch to blend into the roof profile. The leading edge is accented by a one-piece molded fiberglass air dam and aluminum mesh grille. Out back, a fiberglass roll pan was molded into place and handmade Lexan/LED brake lights that resemble upside down units from a '70 Barracuda were flushed into the tailgate. Once the last piece was finalized, the truck was coated in DuPont Hot Hues Sinful Cinnamon. "I wanted a single color paintjob that would accentuate the smooth body lines," Norm explained to us. Mission accomplished. The frame and suspension components were sprayed in DuPont Champagne Fizz and Silva, respectively.
Inside the heavily modified doors lies an interior that combines elegance with function. Seats from an '03 Viper were covered in two-tone Ultraleather and are mounted to seven-way power bases. A matching leather headliner looks down on fortunate passengers and a custom console houses the aforementioned B&M shifter, a Clarion double-din head unit, A/C controls, and Autometer gauges. Two Clarion 10-inch subs are mounted under the rear seats and receive their juice from two Clarion 400W amps. A four-channel Clarion amp powers the Clarion components in each door.
Norm admits that his Dodge Ram turned into a "big build," but looking at the end result, we can't imagine he has any regrets. In fact, reflecting on the build, Norm tells us he spent some 9,000 man-hours over three and a half years creating his Ram and that "the entire truck was completed in-house, from concept to show floor." His creation and fabrication skills have caused such a stir amongst custom enthusiasts that he opened his own shop called Hemi House. Specializing in all things Mopar, Norm turned his passion into a day job and once you can say that, you've reached the pinnacle.