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Custom 2000 Dodge Dakota - Dagnum

Dakota Meets Magnum Head On

John Jackson
Sep 1, 2007
Photographers: John Jackson
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You would think if you asked people where are the most 'bagged trucks per capita, they would say somewhere in California or down in Florida where the sun shines all the time. Well, I am here to set the record straight. The answer has to be the little town just north of Chattanooga, Tennessee, called Dayton. I went there to hang out with some friends and shoot a couple of trucks thinking it was the mountains, so everything was going to be at nose-bleed height. Well, a quick trip down the main drag on Saturday night proved me wrong. That's where I ran into Lincoln, who owns probably one of the wildest Dakotas you will ever see. He also owns and runs his shop, Neverdun Kustoms, where he built this entire truck from the ground up.
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Lincoln is not your typical minitruck builder. He started out with a Jeep, which he was enjoying just fine, when he ran into Clell Reed. Clell is one of those guys who's been in the scene forever; so long in fact, everyone calls him Paw Paw. After hanging out with Paw Paw, Lincoln bought his Dakota and was fine with just cruising it around static-dropped on some wheels. Then tragedy struck and Lincoln lost his mom in the spring of 2002. Lincoln did what any true minitrucker would do: He hid in his garage with his Dakota until he built what you see here, the first Dakota with a Magnum front clip. Yes, it's true, Linc built the first Dakota with a Magnum front clip. It wasn't built in some fancy body shop or big fabrication shop, but in a little garage in Dayton, Tennessee. Lincoln would like to dedicate this feature to the memory of his mom and her support for him throughout his many projects.
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 20-inch ADR Emotions
Tires: Nitto NT 555 235/35R20 rubber
Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air
Front suspension: 2,600-lb Slam Specialties 'bags
Control arms: Kustom Werks tubular upper and lower
Rear suspension: Two-link with 7-inch Slam Specialties 'bags
Valves: 1/2-inch GC Extreme 350s
Compressors: Two Viair 450s
Air line: 1/2-inch ID copper hard line
Air accessories: 12-gallon tank
Frame mods: 8-inch notch with a custom bridge
Brakes: Power Slot rotors
Performed by: Neverdun Kustoms in Dayton, TN
Body Modifications
Shaved: Tailgate, door handles, gas door, taillights, third brake light, cab seams, badges, and antenna
Frenched: Supra taillights
Front end: Dodge Magnum front clip, and mirrors
Back end: Smoothed with a tag box
Misc.: Hood and tailgate open on actuators
Performed by: Neverdun Kustoms in Dayton, TN
Brand and color: DuPont Hot Hues Blazin' Copper
Performed by: Neverdun Kustoms in Dayton, TN
Seat material: Two-tone vinyl
Dash: Color-matched with molded-in DVD player
Door panels: Color-matched door switches with vinyl inserts
Center console: Color-matched diamond plate with a Bud Light shift knob
Flooring: Black carpet
Headliner: Vinyl with color-matched over head console
Gauges: Indiglo with billet overlay
Misc.: Side windows open with Grand Caravan wing window motors, operated by a remote
Performed by: Neverdun Kustoms in Dayton, TN
Head unit: Clarion
Mids and highs: Memphis
Subwoofers: Two Kicker L7 15-inch subs
Amplifier for subwoofers: Two Audiobahn amps
Wiring/accessories: Stinger wiring and fuse blocks
Custom fabrication: Color-matched diamond plate trim panel on amp rack
Performed by: Neverdun Kustoms in Dayton, TN
Engine Performance
Displacement: 4.7 Dodge eight-cylinder
Rear-end type: 355 limited slip with two-link
Intake: Custom cold air
Headers/Exhaust: JBA headers with Flowmaster exhaust
Battery: Optima Red Top behind front bumper
Inner fenders: Trailer fenders
Misc.: Superchips programmer
Performed by: Neverdun Kustoms in Dayton, TN
Special Thanks (from owner):
First and foremost, to my mom, Zane Stokes, Clay Capps, Tony P, Ron at Sound and Security, Bo at ESS Welding, Trish at Keystone,, James at Godfathers, all of my boys in AcrophobiA who have helped out, Bud Light; and of course, Becky Boyd for filling this long-ass tech sheet out, and for letting us stare at her boobs during the buildup.



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