You may have seen us working on our 1985 Chevy K10 “Big Green” truck. Tommy just purchased a 1974 Ford F-250 Highboy, that we started calling “Rusty Boy”. Kent “Mr Truck” Sundling is working on a few project pickups of his own.
The first one on the docket is the 1994 Dodge Ram 1500 single cab short bed 4×4 you see here. This is the first year of the second generation of the Ram pickups from Dodge.
Mr. Truck recently bought the truck and immediately went to work. It came with a V8 and a 4-speed automatic transmission. The truck’s frame and body are in very good shape, considering the age. The truck has a 4-inch suspension lift and a 3-inch body lift. It sits on fairly beefy tires. The engine runs great, but the transmission is failing and the truck does not have a complete exhaust system.
We took it to a transmission shop (see the video below) to get it driving right. The project started to take a life of its own. The guys at Advanced Transmissions said – why don’t we put in a built and stronger 4-speed automatic transmission that Dodge used on diesel Rams of the same era? Agreement was made.
Still, the name for this project remains elusive. Considering, that he is now mating a turbo-diesel transmission to a gas V8, Mr. Truck is unofficially calling it “Project Overkill”. However, he is still throwing around the names “Raptor Hunter” or “Raptor Killer”. He has also “threatened” to challenge our Big Green Chevy as any contest we can devise: drag race, off-road challenge, and more.
Keeping all of this in mind, please help us name the project truck using the poll. If you have other names in mind, please put them in the comments section below. Please keep your suggestions constructive and fun.