Headhunter - 2009 Dodge Ram
In Life or death, this Ram is one sick machine
Mortuaries don’t conjure pleasant thoughts for most people, but Robbie Bryant of KEG Media, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, isn’t your typical custom-truck enthusiast. Looking at wild renderings, T-shirt designs, and tricked-out websites all day, Robbie wanted his personal project to look like something you’d never seen. He wanted a virtual cesspool filled with rotting skulls, carcasses, and the undead. We told you it was different. What he ended up with was an ’09 Dodge Ram that looks like it drove through a mortuary and the residents climbed aboard for a ride into the afterlife.
For starters, Robbie wanted a big truck. To help him with that, the team at B&C Off Road, in Pasadena, Texas, bolted on a massive 16-inch lift from 3rd Coast Suspension. Much of the suspension was powdercoated green and black to match the soon-to-be-sprayed custom paintjob. To give the Ram an even higher stance, a 3-inch body lift was installed. Chrome Fox Racing shocks do their best to damp the ride provided by 40-inch Nitto Mud Grappler tires mounted to 22x12 Fuel Off-Road Hostage wheels. Big 15-inch, six-piston brakes from Baer do an incredible job of bringing the lifted beast to a screaming halt. Powering the Dodge down Arkansas highways is a 5.7L Hemi with American Racing Headers long-tube headers, 3-inch Borla Cat-Back exhaust, Airaid intake, and a custom DiabloSport tune created by AJ Berge of www.shophemi.com. All of that power is needed to churn those massive tires, which is aided by an extended driveshaft and Yukon 4.88 gears from Randy’s Ring and Pinion.
Giant trucks are things of beauty, but no one is going to call this truck beautiful. It is, however, one of the most highly detailed airbrushed trucks we’ve ever seen. Ed Williamson (www.kustompaintbyed.com), is the man responsible for the talent and brains behind the airbrush. The Wichita, Kansas, native drove down to Arkansas and used PPG Lime Squeeze Metallic and Brilliant Black Metallic paint from Patrick at NCS to create an automotive work of art. Skulls, animal carcasses, and other rotting life forms are all visible and provide an eerie feel that makes you want to check your pulse just to be sure you’re still alive. The graphics are absolutely insane, and they are easily Robbie’s favorite mod to the truck. Ed even went as far as painting a custom front skidplate and the B&C-modified driveshaft. A twin-scoop Suncoast Creations ram-air hood, Anzo USA projector headlights, RBP grille and step bars, and a Westin lightbar with off-road lights add to the Ram’s impressive appearance.
Inside the doors, much of the plastics were smoothed and painted, which gave Ed another canvas to airbrush skulls on. Two 12-inch Alpine subs are housed in a custom fiberglass center console built by Kris Carroll of California Customs, and two-tone brown and tan leather seats add to the good looks of the Ram’s interior. Keeping constant voltage for the audio is a DC Power 280-amp alternator and Kinetik power cell. The factory dash was modified with a molded DiabloSport Trinity tuner and the A/C knobs relocated to the factory cup holder location. Functional as a daily driver, yet completely custom, Robbie’s modifications prove that an interior doesn’t have to be so over the top that it makes the truck a trailer queen.
Robbie’s Ram will definitely leave an impression with you and make you thankful you’re not one of the unlucky occupants rolling around on his mobile mortuary. He was quick to thank Kris Carroll, Ed Williamson, Brian, Jeremy, Zach, Patrick, Joe, Jeff, Don, Ryan, and Mike for their help in making one of his life-long dreams come true. No man could go a second without thanking his better half, and Robbie gave props to his wife, Keena, and their four kids for being understanding during 28 days and nights of not seeing daddy.
Ed Williamson, from Kustom Paint by Ed, absolutely went off on Robbie’s sky-high Ram. Crazy looking skulls are everywhere and the details are completely astounding. Winning Best Paint at several big shows, it’s never a surprise when the judges call his name.