GRAY AREA

BREAK­ING THE MOLD WITH AN 1,800-HP 4X4 RAM

Diesel World - - Contents - BY MIKE MCGLOTHLIN

When it comes to drag rac­ing, light­ness is king. Diesel 4x4s, on the other hand, are just about the worst plat­form for drag rac­ing thanks to their im­pres­sive heft. While there are 8- and 9-sec­ond diesels out there, most still tip the scales at 5,000 to 6,000 pounds. Jean Pierre Lib­ert (JP for short) had a dif­fer­ent idea about how to build a diesel drag truck. He knew he could make power, but he won­dered—do diesels need to weigh nearly 3 tons? He set forth to find out.

Chas­sis on a Diet

“The truck just plain wouldn’t have been built with­out Cory Dow and Dow Broth­ers Rac­ing,” says JP. “We talked for end­less hours about how to cut out what we didn’t need and weighed ev­ery­thing from cross­mem­bers to CP3 brack­ets.”

With a clear plan in mind, JP and Dow set about build­ing the truck they had in their minds. Fol­low­ing the cur­rent street car trend, the back of the chas­sis was re­moved, as was the front. The fac­tory ’07 3/4-ton frame rails con­tin­ued un­der the cab, but ev­ery­thing else was re­moved. This would still give the truck a full-size street truck look but with min­i­mal weight.

An­other area where JP re­fused to com­pro­mise was the drive sys­tem. To him, diesel trucks are 4x4s, which meant that a tube-chas­sis S10-style

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