About my Ram 2500
My name is Bill Thomes. I am a professional autobody technician/ painter here at Northside Collision in Ilion, NY. Enclosed is a picture of my 1995 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4. I've had my Dodge since 2005 when it was purchased as a work truck, but after driving it for a year, I decided it was time for a make over. The body had typical rust and alot of dents due to being someone elses workhorse for years. I tore it down and repainted it a custom two tone maroon and black with silver striping ( which actually made it into a Rubber-Seal products calendar for 2008). A few more years went by and our harsh NY winters took their toll on my truck, and it needed to be redone again. But I was tired of the prior paint scheme, so I took it all apart again and removed all the serious rust, which included new rocker panels, new cab corners and a replacement pickup bed. I gutted the interior ( which was red) and redid it in black/grey with the dash bezel painted blue to match the outside of the truck. The body was smoothed out, primed and blocksanded. It was then covered in 1996 Dodge Viper GTS Blue Pearlcoat. The hood Ram emblem and bedside vertical stripes were painted on using 2008 Honda Alabaster silver as an accent color. I added 16x8 American Eagle alloy wheels and 285/75/16 BF Goodrich All Terrains, a well as a Jegs 3" cat back dual exhaust system to give the perfect rumble to the stock 5.2 liter Magnum V-8. I then added Dodge 3500 Diesel front spings and rear 5" lift blocks for 2" total lift over stock ride height. Also, I added a 2005 Chevy Silverado rear bumper to complement the front bumper styling better than the stock rear bumper did. The tailgate features a United States Marine Corps logo with tribal flames designs surrounding it ( a small tribute not only the finest fighting force in the world, but also to my brother-in-law Sgt Shawn Martin who was KIA in combat in Iraq on 20 June, 2007. He will never be forgotten and missed with all of our hearts every day.) I also added a rear taillight/ tailgate blackout treatment similar to a '60's Mopar muscle car. Oorah!