PUR­POSE BUILT

THIS BUILD COM­BINES BOTH FUNC­TION AND FORM

Diesel World - - Contents - BY MIKE ALEXAN­DER PHOTOS BY JONATHAN GLOVER

In a day and age where it seems like just about ev­ery­thing has a lit­tle ex­tra to go along with it, a ve­hi­cle that is pur­pose-built and sticks to the ba­sics is a wel­come change of pace. To be clear, we’re a fan of prop­erly placed bells and whis­tles as much as any­one since we built our com­mu­nity on the bells and whis­tles at­tached to cus­tom trucks. So when we say that a build “sticks to the ba­sics” or avoids be­ing eas­ily la­beled as “ex­tra,” in no way, shape, or form does that ex­clude the same build from be­ing ex­tremely stylish. Nev­er­the­less, it’s nice from time to time to see a truck still get to be a truck. What makes this par­tic­u­lar build so en­joy­able is not just its clean style and sim­plic­ity, but the fact that it’s pur­pose-built and pur­pose driven. This truck makes no apolo­gies for what it is and it’s not meant to be a tro­phy-col­lect­ing, show-steal­ing mas­ter­piece. It wasn’t built to be coated in ex­tras and way over the top. It was built to lay frame, haul a boat, and look damn good do­ing so.

Kevin Schiele’s (or Kev­dogg as most know him) 2005 Ram 3500 is the ul­ti­mate cus­tom truck en­thu­si­ast’s daily driver. He pur­chased his Dodge dur­ing a mid-process re­build

The In­dus­trial In­jec­tion Phat­shaft turbo re­ally helps spice up the driv­ing and tow­ing du­ties of the al­ready po­tent 24-Valve.

from a fel­low truck en­thu­si­ast. At the time, the 3500 was sport­ing a very dif­fer­ent line of styling and headed fur­ther in that di­rec­tion, with a full cam­per shell and a two-tone or­ange-and-black paint job. For Schiele’s pur­poses, less was more. His sim­ple frame of ref­er­ence for the build was a diesel-pow­ered daily ca­pa­ble of haul­ing his boat. With re­gard to the styling, he wanted enough cus­tomiza­tion and per­son­al­ity for the Ram to make its pres­ence known, but not so much that it would de­ter Schiele from hop­ping in the driver seat ev­ery day and do­ing so com­fort­ably.

The ul­tra-wide back­side of Schiele’s truck is yanked down to the pave­ment by way of a par­al­lel 4-link set up with a pan­hard bar. The con­fig­u­ra­tion in the rear makes use of Ran­cho shocks and Fire­stone sleeve bags. Tucked com­fort­ably around the cus­tom sus­pen­sion is a cus­tom fuel tank for ad­di­tional clear­ance. A nar­rowed fac­tory rear helps to shove the steep-lipped, 24-inch Amer­i­can Force wheels deep into them rear hips. The wheels are fin­ished in satin black and hugged tight by Gen­eral Grab­ber 305/35R24 tires. In sim­i­lar fash­ion, the front wheel/tire combo tucks hard thanks to the Michi­gan Metal Works cus­tom con­trol arms, Ran­cho Shocks, and Ride Tech ’bags and mounts.

The wheels are mo­ti­vated by an al­ready po­tent 24V Cum­mins pow­er­plant, aided with an In­dus­trial In­jec­tions Phat­shaft Turbo push­ing nearly 40 psi of boost. Edge Prod­ucts Juice With At­ti­tude CTS tuner, cus­tom cool­ing hoses, and a cus­tom en­gine-driven com­pres­sor also lend a hand in spruc­ing up the en­gine bay for ex­actly the kind of per­son­al­ity Schiele en­vi­sioned for his beast. Ul­tra-clean and durable body­work paired with mild cus­tom el­e­ments con­tinue the daily-driver theme and per­son­al­ity of the Dodge. A smooth rear roll pan with weld-in plate and SRT-10 style front bumper prop­erly cap the front and back styling. LED tails in the rear are smoked to match the satin black wheels, and the front sports a billet grille pow­der­coated in black. The fend­ers are pulled ex­tra wide over the AF rollers and the body is fur­ther smoothed out with shaved door han­dles and tail­gate han­dle. Manuel Bel­lazetin at Kindig-it De­signs fin­ished the clean sur­face in PPG’S Porsche White. Fi­nally, the truck bed was raised, be­ing built over the frame notch for a still-use­able bed por­tion.

Clean cus­tomiza­tion, pur­pose-driven de­sign, and ev­ery­day com­fort extends through­out the in­te­rior of Kevin Schiele’s Ram. Justin at JS Cus­tom Upholstery built a new cen­ter con­sole to hold the au­dio sys­tem’s amps and re-trimmed the in­te­rior com­po­nents in gray vinyl and the seats are wrapped in Katzkin leather. Cal­i­for­nia Au­dio and Kindig-it teamed up to build the killer sound sys­tem. A Pi­o­neer touch­screen head unit sends au­dio to three Kicker amps tucked cleanly in the cus­tom con­sole. The tunes then reach the Kicker QS 6.5inch speak­ers and dual mon­ster Kicker subs mounted be­neath the rear seat.

Schiele’s 3500 is that one-of-a-kind blend of clean, fac­tory-like ap­pear­ance en­hanced with sub­tle and unique cus­tomiza­tion. Af­ter all the care­ful plan­ning, mas­ter crafts­man­ship and count­less hours, the end re­sult is a truck un­par­al­leled in daily-driver com­forts and top-shelf style. Since Schiele built this beast to drive ev­ery sin­gle day, it’s hard not to call it the ul­ti­mate Street Truck.

A com­plete Kicker au­dio sys­tem rocks the tunes on the long trips to the river with Kev­dogg’s boat and crew in tow.

The pulled fend­ers help the 24-inch Amer­i­can Force wheels tuck deep into the pro­nounced fender wells and aid in the du­ally’s laid out stance.

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