One Young Man’s Slick 1st Gen Dodge D250
Eighteen-year-old Tanner Huntsman is not your typical teenager who is more concerned with his cell phone than the car or truck he drives. The youngster from Galion, Ohio, is a student while working part time at Kokosing Construction Company. He is also a gearhead who would rather turn wrenches on his truck than bum a ride from friends. His first car was a Toyota Camry that he bought from his aunt when he was 15. Huntsman wasn't satisfied with the sedate sedan so he started saving his money and went on the hunt for a truck. He didn't want just any truck though; he wanted to find a 1st Gen Cummins Dodge D250.
After some searching online he found a completely stock one-owner farm truck in Utah and arranged to purchase the 1993 Dodge D250 and bring it back to Ohio, where it underwent a six-month transformation into the truck you see here. Ironically, the truck is five years older than Huntsman. It was in pretty good shape but he wanted more than just good, so he, his dad Scott Huntsman, uncle Jeremy Eichler and friend Steve Cotter went to work restoring and rebuilding the truck.
They started with the chassis, stripping over 20 years’ worth of road grime and farm muck from the frame, axles, suspension and driveline. Then once everything was clean and ready for paint they applied POR 15 to the surfaces for a clean semi-gloss finish that would hold up to many more years of use and abuse in the rugged Ohio climate. The gears were left stock in the Dana 60 front and Dana 70 rear axles, but Huntsman and his helpers refurbished the suspension components before reassembling the chassis.
To smooth out the ride and control the truck over any rough terrain he opted to install Skyjacker shocks on all four corners with black boots on the white shocks. The rear springs were left stock but a few additional leafs were installed up front to give the truck a 3-inch lift and level out the stance. Then to give the truck some modern flair, Huntsman installed a set of highly polished 20x12-inch American Force Independence SS8 wheels wrapped with LT305/55R20 Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ p3 tires.
Since the 12-valve Cummins under the hood ran well and drove great, Huntsman did not do much to it—for now. He improved the fuel flow and filtration by installing a FASS Titanium fuel pump and filter system on the driver-side frame rail near the fuel tank to deliver plenty of clean fuel to the high-pressure fuel pump. Then to help the engine exhale better he installed a free-flowing 4-inch stainless steel MBRP turbo-back exhaust system. As his budget and time allows, Huntsman plans to improve the Cummins’ performance with a larger turbo as well as injectors and head studs and then some pump work to wrap the package up and deliver a healthy
amount of reliable power from the 12-valve. Of course, he also plans to dress up the engine bay while he is wrenching under the hood. The Cummins diesel is backed by a Dodge 46RH transmission that puts the power to the transfer case and out to the front and rear Dana axles.
Huntsman didn’t do much to the interior either. It was in good shape so he simply cleaned it up and added a performance audio upgrade to make the truck more enjoyable to drive. He installed a new Pioneer CD receiver along with a 1,600-watt Pioneer amp and some Kicker speakers, including a pair of 12-inch subwoofers to really rock the house.
The crown jewel on Huntsman’s Dodge is the stunning paint and bodywork performed by Phil Davidson and his team at First Impression Collision in Columbus, Ohio. While the farm truck was in good overall shape, it still had some dents and body damage that needed repair before new paint could be laid on the sheet metal. The First Impression team smoothed the entire body and installed the Grant Kustoms rear roll pan. Then they perfectly aligned all the body panels and seams and laid on several coats of black and contrasting bright white paint to make the classic Dodge pop from any angle.
To blend well with the black paint on the cab roof, the lenses for the cab marker lights and the third brake light were smoked. The front parking lights were also smoked and Huntsman installed a set of Rigid Industries LED headlights to light up the Ohio backroads and highways. The new lights were installed along with the bright chrome grille shell and front bumper with a four-piece Far From Stock grille insert to give the front of the truck a unique look. In the rear, the stock taillights were retained along with the factory tailgate trim. Huntsman and Eichler also installed the silver glitter stripe to offset the black and white paint and the lower body molding to finish off the truck. All the hard work and determination paid off with the Best Dodge Award on Friday of the 2016 Scheid Diesel Extravaganza.
Tanner Huntsman is not your typical teenager, and quite frankly we couldn’t be happier about it. While others his age are content to mooch off mom, dad and friends to get from place to place, Huntsman saved his money to buy a diesel truck then poured more time, effort and money into making it the great-looking truck you see here. Maybe there is hope for his generation after all! UDBG
Tanner Huntsman’s 1993 Dodge D250 is a great-looking truck with flawless blackon-white paint and bodywork that makes it and its owner stand proud, earning the Best Dodge award at the 2016 Scheid Diesel Extravaganza.
Starting up front, Huntsman’s D250 boasts a chrome bumper and grille shell that are in great shape along with a Far From Stock 4-piece grille insert, Rigid Industries LED headlights and smoked running lights to give the 1st Gen a unique look.
This old-school truck rolls on new-school rubber with LT305/55R20 Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ p3 tires wrapped around highly polished 20x12-inch American Force Independence SS8 wheels.
With tight body seams and excellent lines, Huntsman’s two-tone Dodge looks great from any angle.
TOP LEFT: The factory cab marker lights have been given the smoked treatment to flow well with the slick black paint on the roof of the truck. LEFT: While the Cummins 12-valve engine is completely stock currently, Huntsman plans for detailing and...
The factory glass was tinted by Buckeye Sun Control to help it blend in with the black paint. Also note the glittery silver stripe that was used to break up the upper black and white sections of paint.
Moving to the back of the truck, you can see the spray-in Raptor bedliner that’s used to protect the bed when Huntsman has to haul any tools or equipment.
The factory rear bumper was replaced with a Grant Kustoms rear roll pan to clean up the rear of the truck and help make it look more teenager than grandpa owned.
The interior is stock but very clean, with some additions to make the teenager more comfortable while cruising down the road, including a Pioneer CD receiver, a pair of Kicker 12-inch subs and a Pioneer 1,600-watt amp to help them go boom.
To help the third brake light to blend in better, it was also treated to a smoked finish.
The striking black-and-white paint and contemporary wheels combine to make this a truck that will turn heads and stand out in the sea of me-too modern trucks seen at most diesel events.
From the rear, you can see the MBRP 4-inch turbo-back exhaust termination as well as the refreshed Dana 70 axle and Skyjacker shocks.
Peeking under the truck, you can see the FASS Titanium fuel pump and filter system mounted to the driver-side frame rail near the fuel tank.
Looking down the full length of the truck you can really appreciate the flawless work delivered by Phil Davidson and his team. The silver glitter accent line works great to divide the black and white paint surfaces.