With our Ram running strong and tucking 26s, we needed an old-school paintjob to give it the feel of a bona fide lead sled. Talking over some ideas with custom bike, car, and truck painter, Buck Ramirez of Buck Wild Paint Designs, we expressed our desire to see long-lick, wispy Ohio-style flames. Love ’em or hate ’em, flames haven’t lasted the last 70 years for no reason, and when it comes to hot licks, Buck does ’em right. Using House of Kolor paints from Coast Airbrush in Anaheim, California, and primer and materials from B&D Auto Paint Supply in Pomona, California, Buck set out to make over the Ram’s aesthetics. The nose of the Ram was sprayed in a custom mix of House of Kolor Black with Gold mini flake and Ice Pearl for a truly unique look. After masking off the black flames, the Orion Silver flames were applied, followed by another masking and the final coat of Blue Blood Red. Giving the licks a real ’50s feel, Buck airbrushed the insides of the Orion Silver flames with Gold flake. Once the clear was applied and the paint cut and buffed, the flake’s sparkle was a sight to behold. Removing the previous builds’ bolt-ons, we went with a more streamlined look by way of factory headlights from LMC Truck, an OE hood, Paramount Restyling mesh grille, and Gaylord’s tonneau cover. Front to rear, Recon HID and LED lighting provides night-piercing brightness. Finishing off the new exterior, gorgeous 26-inch Raceline Blast wheels were bolted onto each corner and wrapped in Toyo tires.

Inside the flamed doors, 714 Motorsports in Westminster, California, used their upholstery talents to create an interior that would feel at home inside a high-end Range Rover. Black and red leather abound with a diamond-stitch pattern found on the seats, while black suede covers the pillars, visors, and headliner. Our favorite tunes can be heard from Pioneer’s Stage 3 audio products, including two brain-rattling 12-inch Champion Series PRO subs, four Class-D amps, and three pairs of 6½-inch separates. Controlling the audio and providing Bluetooth phone, navigation, and traffic updates, Pioneer’s flagship AVIC-Z140BH 7-inch touchscreen head unit does an incredible job of meeting all of our multimedia needs. Scosche handles the wiring.

You don’t see too many completely custom Rams cruising around the show scene, but when we arrive and lay out the fullsize, we’re always welcomed with thumbs up and nods of approval. With our hot rod metal-flaked flames and big billets, we think the likes of Von Dutch, Barris, Tom Kelly, and Big Daddy Roth would also approve. Special thanks go out to Buck Wild Designs, Ekstensive Metalworks, Toyo tires, Raceline wheels, Recon, Coast Airbrush, Paramount Restyling, Pioneer Electronics, and Viair.

You don’t see too many completely custom Rams cruising around the show scene

Inside the Build

Year Make Model: 2009 Dodge Ram
Owner and City/State: Truckin Magazine • Irvine, California

Engine:
Type: 5.7L HEMI
Induction: MagnaCharger TVS 2300 supercharger and K&N filter
Exhaust: Corsa dB after-cat
Fuel System: Magnuson high-flow fuel rails
Engine Management: DiabloSport Predator
Output: 378 rwhp and 386 lb-ft
Built by: MagnaCharger

Drivetrain:
Transmission: 545RFE five-speed auto
Rearend: Narrowed 6 inches total

Chassis:
Front suspension: Ekstensive Metalworks lower A-arms, upper relocation brackets, Firestone airbags, Ekstensive shocks, ½-inch copper lines
Rear suspension: Ekstensive Metalworks custom sliding three-link wishbone, Firestone airbags, Ekstensive shocks, ½-inch copper lines
Brakes: Baer 15-inch rotors with six-piston calipers up front and Baer Sport rotors in rear

Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 26x10 Raceline Blast
Tires: 305/30R26 Toyo Proxes STII