Re­cov­ery

❚ Trad­ing One Ad­dic­tion for An­other

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT AND PHOTOS BY BOBBY STE­WART

Trad­ing One Ad­dic­tion for An­other

AD­DIC­TION IS A DIS­EASE THAT IS IN­CREAS­INGLY COM­MON IN TO­DAY’S SO­CI­ETY WITH MIL­LIONS OF PEO­PLE STRUG­GLING EACH YEAR TO OVER­COME THEIR OWN PER­SONAL DE­MONS. While many strug­gle to find a path back to so­bri­ety, oth­ers find ways of chan­nel­ing the neg­a­tive en­ergy into some­thing pos­i­tive.

En­ter Philip Paul of Tay­lor, Texas. Philip is a per­fect ex­am­ple of how re­fo­cus­ing ad­dic­tion into some­thing pos­i­tive can lead to spec­tac­u­lar re­sults. Backed by strong sup­port from his fam­ily, Philip was even­tu­ally able to over­come his own tri­als, get his rhythm back and com­plete his life-long goal of build­ing a fully cus­tom truck.

Back in 2013, Philip ini­tially picked up this 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 from its pre­vi­ous owner know­ing he was in a good start­ing po­si­tion to build some­thing great. The Dodge was al­ready some­what cus­tom­ized and had been fea­tured in the 15th An­niver­sary is­sue of “Street Trucks.” Philip had im­me­di­ate plans to make it a full show truck but in the mean­time, he was us­ing it as a daily driver. Around the same time, his life en­tered into what he refers to as “the dark time” and the Dodge

BACK IN 2013, PHILIP INI­TIALLY PICKED UP THIS 2003 DODGE RAM 1500 FROM ITS PRE­VI­OUS OWNER KNOW­ING HE WAS IN A GOOD START­ING PO­SI­TION TO BUILD SOME­THING GREAT.”

just sat. In fact, the truck sat for more than two years be­fore Philip turned things around. It wasn’t long be­fore his fam­ily and fel­low club mem­bers be­gan to of­fer Philip the help and sup­port he needed to make pos­i­tive changes in his life.

“Be­ing in re­cov­ery and my 12-step pro­gram taught me how to re­ally take care of my­self,” he says. “I learned how to re­ally value the pos­i­tiv­ity that the scene re­ally has on my life.”

And with that, Philip be­gan to fo­cus his en­ergy once again into his truck. The frame drag­ging stance of Phil’s Dodge comes cour­tesy of the in­fa­mous Ek­sten­sive Metal Works in Hous­ton. The frame is two-linked and step notched and rides on Slam-spe­cial­ties RE-8 Air Springs, with Ek­sten­sive half-inch valves be­ing fed via hard lines through­out the en­tire air ride sys­tem. Dual Vi­air 480C com­pres­sors feed a 5-gal­lon tank mounted in the rear frame. Philip says he has plans to body shop his Dodge in the near fu­ture.

While the truck had a lot of pre­vi­ous body work al­ready com­pleted it needed some TLC. Philip is a body man by trade, so be­fore the truck was turned over for paint he re-shaved the door han­dles and spent many hours re­pair­ing prior body dam­age. Philip’s truck

WHILE THE TRUCK HAD A LOT OF PRE­VI­OUS BODY WORK AL­READY COM­PLETED IT NEEDED SOME TLC. PHILIP IS A BODY MAN BY TRADE, SO BE­FORE THE TRUCK WAS TURNED OVER FOR PAINT HE RE-SHAVED THE DOOR HAN­DLES AND SPENT MANY HOURS RE­PAIR­ING PRIOR BODY DAM­AGE.”

comes with no short­age of shaved items and fea­tures Hi Tech LEDS molded into the tail­gate along with a full sheet metal bed built by Chaotic Cus­toms.

The graph­ics on this truck are in­sane and it should come as no sur­prise that Dave Shul­man’s “Catch 22” was Philip’s great­est cus­tom truck in­flu­ence. Luck­ily for Philip, he had an ace in his back pocket with friend and fel­low club mem­ber Pa­trick Reid of Madd Con­cepts in San Leon, Texas.

Phil was par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in dual-sided paint, much like Pa­trick’s iconic Ford Ranger “Pa­tience.” Philip had an idea al­ready on pa­per and Pa­trick ran with it, adding his own mad ideas and per­sonal touches. Pa­trick and Jonathan Bar­ron fin­ished the highly de­tailed graph­ics in about a month us­ing PPG Light Quasar Blue as the base color along with over a dozen other col­ors to com­plete this eye-catch­ing master­piece.

The orig­i­nal tan in­te­rior of Philip’s Dodge no longer fit the truck’s style so ev­ery­thing was gut­ted and up­dated. Xavier Vin­ton at Texas Trendz re­wrapped the stock seats with Aussie Black Katzkin leather and Phil re­placed the car­pet him­self. Rags 2 Riches in Round Rock, Texas, stitched the cus­tom head­liner and speaker box un­der the rear seat, which houses two JL Au­dio 10-inch W3 sub­woofers. A Clar­ion re­ceiver com­mands the sound and the en­tire sys­tem is pow­ered by a JL Au­dio JX1000/1D amp. Pa­trick Reid at Madd Con­cepts painted the in­te­rior doors to match the ex­te­rior and the up­date was com­plete.

With his truck com­plete to this point, Philip may no longer drive his Dodge daily but he is still driv­ing it to shows and en­joy­ing the re­sults of the hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion that he needed to guide his life in a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion.

“Be­fore, I was wast­ing my time, en­ergy and money on all the wrongs things,” he ex­plained.

When we asked Philip his big­gest take­away from build­ing this truck he sim­ply stated, “Self com­mit­ment is im­por­tant. Never give up even when the odds are against you. Dreams can come true with hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion.”

PA­TRICK REID OF MADD CON­CEPTS WENT CRAZY WITH THIS DUAL SIDED PAINT, AND WE LOVE IT!

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