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1965 Icon Dodge D200

Classic Styling With Cummins Power

Jul 1, 2013
Photographers: Jason Sands
Photo 2/17   |   The ICON D200 4x4 was built by combining a rare ’65 Dodge crew cab pickup with a Cummins-powered ’06 Dodge Ram. The original D200 was taken completely apart, repaired, restored, and stripped to bare metal. Then it was mated with the Ram 3/4-ton, using custom-made and premium parts to create a modern experience with a timeless look.
This Dodge D200 crew cab by ICON 4x4 is a unique creation, and there will never be another one like it. That’s because, as part of the company’s Reformers series of vehicles, it will never be replicated. Even on the streets of Los Angeles, drivers who can see a Lamborghini and a Ferrari every day during their commutes turn their heads to get a better look at the D200. On the trip to the photo studio, and back to ICON’s headquarters, the truck got a thumbs-up from a guy driving a Saab…then it got another thumbs-up from a sportbike rider…then it got an enthusiastic thumbs-up from a man driving a GMC loaded with work supplies. It’s hard to imagine another ’65 Dodge pickup that would get so much attention.
Maybe it attracts all these accolades from complete strangers because it combines the attributes of those three vehicles. It’s a luxury vehicle, a performance machine, and a work truck all rolled into one. Unlike a more ordinary from-the-ground-up restoration, the D200 is a combination of a classic design with the underpinnings of a modern diesel truck, with the use of top-quality materials you can’t even get in the best factory vehicles. ICON owner Jonathan Ward likes to describe the company’s commitment to the unconventional as staying “on the bleeding edge,” and the D200 is dripping with exceptional details.
Instead of just dropping a Cummins into a truck that’s nearly 50 years old, the team at ICON worked hard to mate the donor vehicle to an ’06 Dodge ¾-ton chassis and drivetrain. This required creating custom body mounts and a complex operation to connect the modern CAN Bus wiring system to seamlessly operate the existing controls, along with all the modern electronics. It also involved finding a way to make a powerful turbodiesel work inside the constraints of the old-fashioned engine bay.
Photo 3/17   |   When the doors open, powered running boards from Amp Research drop down to provide easy access to the lifted truck.
Since the 5.9L Cummins takes up most of the space between the firewall and the grille, a standard air-to-air intercooler would not fit. The diesel specialists at Banks Power solved this issue by designing an air-to-water intercooler system that pumps 55 gallons of water per minute to keep the charge-air cool. Banks also provided the first production model of the new StraightShot water-methanol injection system that feeds from a massive 16-gallon tank directly into the first production version of the new, larger Monster-Ram intake. Tuning for the engine helps it produce 975 lb-ft of torque at the flywheel and is supplied by the Banks Six-Gun programmer connected to an iQ controller. ICON motorized this display so that it pops up from the Dodge’s dash-top storage area and then hides away at the touch of a button.
Inside the cab is a custom instrument panel with the gauges modified using ICON-specific fonts and colors, along with a steel surround plate and LED lighting. In fact, every lamp inside the truck has been converted to low-profile LEDs, which give the interior a modern look without interrupting the classic styling. The factory radio has been re-created in stainless steel and now controls an iPhone or iPod in the glovebox and feeds sound to high-end speakers throughout the truck. Dash knobs once made of plastic have been re-imagined in steel and operate the A/C, four-wheel drive, wipers, and other functions. Handcrafted, free-range bison hide is wrapped around the seats, headliner, shifter, steering wheel, and edges of the floor mats and is used for storage pockets on the seatbacks, as well as a sunglass holder that is magnetized to the driver seat, and even the keychain. The exposed metal segments of the interior are all bathed in the same deep white paint used on the exterior of the vehicle.
Photo 4/17   |   Exiting out both sides of the truck are Banks Monster dual exhaust system tips. The bed is coated with Line-X bedliner, and the tailgate uses custom stainless steel latches designed by ICON (inset).
The outside of the truck includes numerous special details, such as architectural glass like that found on skyscrapers with a golden, mirror-like finish, which provides great visibility and a unique look. The side mirrors are an original design based on styling cues such as the ribs on the hood and were milled from solid steel. Custom badges, fuel tank caps, and tailgate latches are also cut from solid steel and brushed to match the other stainless parts. Exterior lighting is provided by high-intensity headlamps and LED turn signals and brake lights that make the truck really stand out in traffic. The body of the original truck received a significant amount of work to correct any defects, remove any signs of rust, and to expand the front wheelwells while retaining the look of the stock truck. After media blasting and powdercoating, the D200 was given a rich, white coating of paint that retains the look of a work truck while complementing the dark colors used on the grille, bumpers, wheels, and underside.
ICON used its first application of a new gray coating on the D200 exhaust that includes a Banks Brake with a Power Elbow and the 4-inch Monster dual exhaust system with 6x5-inch tips. Amp Research motorized running boards with LED lamps remain hidden, except when the doors are opened. Also underneath the truck is a 4.5-inch KORE Off-Road Chase Series suspension lift that’s powdercoated to match the frame and fitted with Fox Racing bypass shock absorbers. The axles have Mag-Hytec differential covers and are fitted with 17x8.5-inch Hutchinson two-piece beadlock wheels painted to match the truck and 37x12.50-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires.
Photo 5/17   |   Military-strength aluminum wheels by Hutchinson are designed to be strong enough to survive the blast of an improvised explosive device (IED). The 17-inch two-piece wheels used on the ICON D200 are blacked-out to match the color scheme of the truck and have street-legal internal beadlocks to support the 37-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires.
While there will never be another ICON pickup just like this one, since the buildup article appeared in an earlier issue of Diesel Power (Feb ’13), two more D-series variants have already been ordered. ICON is in the process of designing and tailoring each of these trucks to fit the demanding requirements to be branded Reformers. To see our article on the buildup of this ICON D200, go to
ICON D200 4x4 Specifications:
Base Vehicle: 1965 Dodge D200 Crew Cab
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Horsepower (at rear wheels): 426 hp at 3,200 rpm
Torque (at rear wheels): 836 lb-ft at 2,200 rpm
Programming: Banks Six-Gun with iQ 2.0
Injection: Water-methanol with Banks StraightShot
Intercooler: Air-to-water
Emissions: 50-state legal
Transmission: NV5600 six-speed manual
Clutch: McLeod Racing
Transfer Case: NVG 273, 2.3:1 Low range
Suspension: 4.5-inch KORE Off-Road suspension lift
Shocks: Fox Racing 3.0 remote bypass shocks
Wheels: 17x8.5-inch Hutchinson Rock Monster
Tires: 37x12.50R17-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO


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