At the 1st body shop.
The body shop fixed all the dings and dents and even installed a brand new front bed panel. The stock one had been rammed with lumber and beat up.
At this time I was still unsure on the what size tires to use with my 22's so they only lowered my truck 2" in the front and 4" in the back.
I decided that even though my front end was just painted a few months ago I wanted to get a full paint job and change it to Viper Red!
|Fixed all the dents.||Installed Belltech 2" Drop Spindles.||A whole 2" lower!|
|Shaved the antenna.||Before the engine shroud was shaved.||Shaved a few holes on the inner fenders.|
|Shaved 3rd Brake Light.||Lowered the rear of the truck.||Frame needs to be painted.|
|Stock frame needs to be prepped for paint.||Stock Muffler will be replaced by Borla.||Borla Muffler with turn down tip.|
|Belltech Flat Crossmember||They had a Viper at the shop!||And it almost has my name on the tag too. Maybe someday my name will be on the back of a Viper!|
Modified Stock Gas Door.
I don't like the finger pull, so it was cut, knocked flat, and then re-welded for a smoother appearance.
Opening the door without the finger pull really isn't that hard, unless you have fat fingers... So for me it's very easy to open.
Helping out at the body shop.
Since I was finished with all my parts, after work I would head to the body shop to help out with anything that I could.
I began cleaning and polishing my brake lines and then started on my transmission line fittings and AC lines.
When I finished that I began prepping the frame so it could be painted bright silver with clear coat.
I talked the owner into letting me take my truck home over the weekend to finish the prep work.
I drove my truck home, without the bed, hood, and doors. I
finished all the prep work during the weekend and dropped my truck off on
After work I went to the body shop and they already spray painted my frame black and set the bed back on the frame...
The owner told me it was "too much" detail work so they just sprayed it black and called it a day...
I finished polishing the other lines anyways...
The owner told me he was too scared to build my dream truck since I told him I had been saving up for it since I was 16.
Headed to Texas Heat Wave!
(Without my truck...)
The body shop was already going to miss my deadline, so I decided I was going to look for a new body shop to finish my truck while I was at the show.
I told the body shop I was going to the show and for them not to paint anything until I got back.
When I got back they had already painted some of my dash...
I talked to the owner months before I brought him my truck so he already knew it
was on his
list. In the 2.5 months that he had my truck, his shop put in a total
of 20 hours of labor into my project.
Since I gutted the interior and sanded all the plastic pieces myself, I already finished half of what they were suppose to do.
I paid my bill and brought the truck back home as is.
|Prepped for Viper Red||Removed Billet Grilles||No more door crease!|
|Installed Brand New Front Bed Panel||Shaved Spare Tire Hardware and Indention||Shaved Stake Pockets|
|Lowered 4"||Checking Out My New Wheels||4 x 4 Splash Shield Liners Installed|
Now that my truck is back home I can finish up the detail
work and start over on prepping the frame for silver paint.
Since the Belltech Spindles were installed by the first body shop they never got prepped for paint.
Smoothing out the 2" drop Spindles from
It's amazing just how expensive Dodge Ram parts really are!!! These cost me close to $700 back in 2005!
|Before||Rotor Removed||Surface Rust|
|I've got a lot to smooth out!||Close Up of Molding Lines.||Yuck!|
|Pits and Molding Lines||Smoothed Out!||A Lot Of Work!|
|Removed Everything I Hated!||These Turned Out Great!||Removed All Molding Lines and Pits|
Smoothing out the inside of the 99-01 Dodge
Ram Sport Grille Shell.
The Sport grille shell has a honeycomb insert that needs to be cut out to install a billet grille. I had the first body shop install the billet grille when they first put on the new front end.
The tabs that held the honeycomb in place have no reason to stay so I used a Dremel to cut, grind, and smooth out all the tabs.
Body filler will need to be used to fill in some of the low spots. This will be fully painted and polished inside and out. The grille shell frame bracket will be chromed.
What's the point? No one will ever see the backside of the grille shell when the hood is raised? Oh wait, yes they will.
Next Up Shop #2!
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