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2004 Dodge Ram 3500 Mack Truck - Diesel Alternatives

A Bull Dog And A Ram Collide

Jason ThompsonFeb 1, 2009
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Built like a Mack truck. That popular phrase is used to describe anything that's strong, rugged, and designed to last. Al and John Innocenti have long appreciated the styling and engineering of the early Macks, so they decided to build one of their own, literally. The truck you see is a combination of a '56 B-63 model Mack and an '04 Dodge Ram Quad Cab longbed 3500. In the end, the Dodge and the Mack fit together beautifully, but getting them to mesh was a serious undertaking.
Mack History Combined With Cummins Technology
The Mack B series was introduced in 1949 and ended production in 1965 with a total of 127,786 trucks being built. According to Mack's website, many of these trucks are still in service. These trucks have a very rounded appearance. The curves give the sheetmetal strength, since a curved piece of metal has more strength than a flat piece. In 1953, the Thermodyne open-chamber, direct-injection diesel engine was offered. Al and John decided to ditch this engine in favor of the 5.9L Cummins common-rail engine. The Dodge's frame, suspension, steering, steering column, seats, and rear axle were swapped in as well. These parts were not just thrown together willy-nilly. Al and John carefully put the truck together so it would be easy to repair or replace parts as needed.
Proportion, balance, and handmade are all words needed to describe this creation. Search the records all you want, Mack never made a B-63 pickup. This is truly a one-of-a-kind vehicle. The front fenders were narrowed and formed so smaller pickup tires would look good wrapped in their new home. The front bumper, truck bed, and coffin cab are all Innocenti creations. The interior is comfortable thanks to the Dodge's gracious donations. DP

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