1998.5 Dodge Ram 2500 - Dangerous Dodge
This 1998.5 24-valve Packs a 650hp Punch
Perhaps the most striking truck we’ve seen in recent memory belongs to Glenn Rotman of Allendale, Michigan. Courtesy Dodge in Grand Rapids, Michigan, sprayed the ’98½ Dodge Ram 2500 with a truly unique two-tone flamed paintjob. While the House of Kolor paintjob may be the initial attention-getter, Glenn’s Dodge is no slouch in the performance department, either.
With a vehicle that gets as many head turns as this truck does, a stock engine wouldn’t do—so Glenn fixed that problem with a laundry list of all the right upgrades. The 160,000-mile engine was upgraded with a 181/210 cam from Hamilton Cams and a set of 110-pound valvesprings. The head was then ported and polished by Glenn, and the intake was milled off and replaced with a fabricated unit from Hellmann Performance.
Since Glenn works at Engineered Diesel—a company that makes wastegates, turbo parts, and air shutoffs—there was only one choice for a turbocharger. The custom E.D. turbo measures 66 mm on the inducer and 74 mm on the exhaust side, with a 0.91 A/R housing. The fuel side of the equation comes in the form of a Monster VP44 pump, along with a set of six-hole injectors that have 0.013-inch orifices. Programming is handled by an Edge Drag Comp, and power is estimated to be in the 650hp range. To handle the extra power, the stock Dodge 47RE transmission was upgraded with an HTS-built unit packing billet shafts and a Sun Coast converter.
The 6,180-pound truck is mostly a summer play toy, which meant Glenn could go wild in the wheel, tire, and suspension department without worrying about getting stuck on the side of the road with a 15,000-pound trailer. To give the truck the right stance, the rear blocks were removed and the front was fitted with a set of springs from a ½-ton Ram. The truck also has 3.55 gears (perfect for cruising) and a Lock-Right locker in the rear for traction.
These days, many people build trucks that are just about paint and bolt-on flash, while others choose performance, with little attention to appearance. Glenn’s Dodge combines both form and function into one sweet daily driver—a truck that is equally at home blasting down the dragstrip or cruising the streets of Michigan.