• Say Hello to ‘Dodgezilla Overkill’! MrTruck’s 1994 Dodge Ram 1500 Project Truck [Video]

    1994 Dodge Ram 1500

    We asked you guys to help name Mr.Truck’s latest project truck, and you spoke loud and clear. The name “Dodgezilla” got the most votes. Thank you guys for your feedback and involvement!

    The truck is a 1994 Dodge Ram 1500 with the 318 cu-in V8. At least this is what Mr.Truck thought when he bought it. Turns out it has many components what various years of Dodge pickups. The biggest problem was a non-functional automatic transmission. This is the first part of the project, and Mr. Truck when to Advanced Transmission shop in Longmont, CO to rebuild it. Shop owner, Rueben, suggested to go with an “overkill” rebuild.  Make the transmission about 100% stronger and more durable than stock. Actually, make it more durable than a transmission that came on a Cummins diesel-powered Dodge Ram 2500.

    The result of all this is a project truck with a first and a last name: “Dodgezilla Overkill” ! After the overkill transmission is in the truck, there is no telling what it will have in store.

    One thing is for sure.  Mr.Truck and Rueben are talking a lot of smack and calling out our project Big Green and project Rusty Boy for some healthy competition. Mr.Truck is calling for a drag race, off-road adventure, and towing challenges.

    Check out this thorough (part 2) of the Dodgezilla Overkill transmission rebuild with transmission expert – Rueben.

    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

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    22 thoughts on “Say Hello to ‘Dodgezilla Overkill’! MrTruck’s 1994 Dodge Ram 1500 Project Truck [Video]

    1. Dude, I so can’t wait for a comparison between the 3 project trucks, that’s such an awesome idea.

    2. This is going to be pretty cool! Anybody wanna make any bets? I’m thinking Big green for the racing, Either the Dodge or the Ford for offroading, and the Dodge for towing. Any guesses?

      1. Yes big green should win all races with that sweet new 350CI engine under the hood. Once broken in, it should be a beast. It’s hard to say about off roading but rusty boy or dodgezilla should do really good. The manual in big green I feel will hinder it off road. Needing to slip the clutch. All 3 are great old trucks that deserve a resurrection.

    3. You’re making progress Kent,excellent.Now,what are you going to power Dodgezilla with? I know it won’t the bone stock 318. You have a 383 handy? Maybe a 440?. C’mon man,fess up ;}>

      1. I’d love a 440, but I’m a good ole country boy, all the grandkids would have to get a paper route to pay for grandpa’s engine. But if I whip Big Green a few times maybe FCA will step up and make DodgeZilla OverKill a legend.

        1. I’m an OLD country boy too.How about a junkyard hemi? Lot’s of those around it seems. You’re gonna have to do something to even match big green. Unless you’re planning on doing a performance build on the 318.Any place you can pick up an old 361? They were pretty damn good back in the day,and the 383 was a torque monster with only 335hp.Remember those,lol.

          1. It might surprise you what a high stall torque converter, overbuilt tranny, fuel injection and short wheelbase can do against a manual transmission with a touchy clutch

    4. I think that a 440 stroker hemi would be ideal and match up to your HD trans.
      MPS MOPAR direct connection has one with a 3year 36000 mile warranty. with 650 BHP and 625 ft/lbs Torque.
      Or, you could go with a v10 viper engine for maximum shock value. only 640 BHP and 600 Ft/Lbs but let someone see it in there and they will wet their pants.
      See I can always spend someone else’s money! Either can be had for a paltry $20,000 approx.

      1. You didn’t have to watch all or even any of the video. I did watch the whole thing though and found it very interesting.

        1. A little editing goes a long ways. I watch a lot of the TFLT and TFLC videos, and usually find them entertaining, interesting and enjoyable to watch. A 10 minute video of a guy assembling a transmission would have been a lot easier to watch… especially since he was just putting the parts together and not explaining their individual functions….at least not the parts I tried to watch…

    5. I would personally not put money into this vehicle. Start with something newer and in better shape. Rigs like this turn into giant money pits, and when it is all spent…what do you end up with?

    6. Not a Dodge fan , but I did enjoy the long winded video of how all that is put together and how it all works. Thxs for Reuben time to show how it all done.
      Just curious how many miles do they require a manual transmission for Service?

        1. Thxs for the response Kent. I had all my gear boxes serviced at 100,000 except rear end 75,000. never had any issues. Not sure what Ford recommends. Hauling rvs well over 350,000 miles on all the the gear boxes. Not one failure.

          Even though you have small engine that transmission should even odds with the manuals.

    7. Get yourself a used v10 (truck version) and if need be, have someone refresh it. I had one in a 1996 3500 dually with 4.10 gears and had it for 17 years. It towed great and it was very quick. The ultimate stock sleeper. You will leave big green and rust boy in the dust!

        1. FYI Kent on the v-10 stay away from 1st year gen. They had numerous issues. Also van v-10s.

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