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2011 Ram 3500 - Silver Star

Converting Nonbelievers Every Day

Dec 15, 2014
Photographers: Maxwell Mathewson
When a show-quality builder refers to their hauler, some not very flattering terms get thrown about; tow pig is about the best. For a working truck that was going to spend its life hauling built-up show trucks around using the sweat of its tow hitch, a more appropriate term would be show rig.
Blaine Hawkins has been building customs for over 10 years with his crew from Severed Ties and has built a few trucks of his own in the past, not to mention pitching in with many fellow club members’ projects and lending a hand at Phat Phabrications in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
After knowing each other for a short four months, Blaine took his newly acquainted ’13 Dodge Mega Cab to Jake Mckiddie’s shop for the conversion from regular to awesome. Jake then set to work separating the front from the back prepping it to have its frame stretched and have a longbed put on. After the frame got lengthened, the driveshaft had to be given a few inches as well and was handled by Blumenthal in Oklahoma City.
Photo 2/7   |   2011 Dodge Ram Front View
It was always destined to be a hauler so the natural way to go with the stance was down—way down, as in flat on the ground. Blaine’s idea was to take it down, throw a set of ’bags onto it, and then use it to tow around show trucks. To haul beautifully sculpted showpieces with some beaten, shaky, old tow rig is a cliché that wanted to be avoided as this equally appointed show truck was created.
After the longbed conversion and stretching were finished, a fine attention to detail was achieved by treating this not-at-all-a-pig to a full course of custom touches. The rearend was narrowed and Moser axles were added. A triangular four-link rear was put in to support the massive weight of a fully loaded gooseneck trailer and a custom-bridged notch was installed along with widened wheeltubs to complete the tow package. Rounding out the lowering process are Air Lift 2600 ’bags that were placed fore and aft while two VIAIR compressors were installed with 3/8-inch air lines and 1/2-inch SMC valves.
Since hardly any miles had been put onto the 6.7L Cummins, only minor tweaks were given to add just a little extra. An Air Dog fuel system was added, as was a cold-air intake from aFe, the EGR valve and cooler were deleted, with an intake elbow and a Mini-Max tuner from H&S.
Photo 3/7   |   2011 Dodge Ram Side Rear View
With the hauling conversion handled, the exterior had to have a few upgrades to compete with the trucks that were being towed. Blaine wanted to clean up the outside and shaved the tag holes in the front bumper, the windshield fountains, the antenna, fuel filler cap, bedrails, tailgate handle and the Ram emblem on the rear was also eliminated. All bodywork was handled at JoEd’s Customs in Mustang, Oklahoma. A T-Rex grille sits between a custom set of painted headlight buckets, and Recon LED taillights round out the rear.
Paint was given the more subtle touch by sticking with a mono-color theme; the truck was designed to stand out but not outshine the show trucks. PPG’s Bright Silver was laid on by the expert hands of JoEd’s, again, and is a fine example of how a simple design can be so refined looking. The interior was no less spared as Katzkin black suede leather was stretched onto the seats by Curtis Enoch in Midwest City, Oklahoma.
“I wanted to build a strong truck for towing but have it sit way down on some ’bags because I’d never seen one that low,” Blaine says. “And as you can see, a ’bagged truck can tow!” Seeing is believing.
Photo 4/7   |   2013 Dodge Ram Towing
Inside the Build
Year Make Model: 2011 Ram Mega Cab dualie
Name City State: Blaine Hawkins
Club Affiliation: Severed Ties
6.7L Cummins I-6
Mods: Air Dog fuel system, aFe cold air intake, EGR delete kit, deleted cooler, H&S intake elbow, H&S Mini Max, with Flow Pro 4-inch exhaust
Transmission: six-speed manual, lengthened driveshaft
Rearend: Narrowed with Moser Axles
Front Suspension: Airlift 2600 ’bags, ⅜-inch airlines, with ½-inch SMC valves
Rear Suspension: Stretched frame using 2x4 box tubing, custom bridge notch for goose-neck, triangulated four-link, Airlift 2600 ’bags, VIAIR 480 dual compressors
Mods: Door handles, antenna, front bumper tag holes, windshield squirters, gas filler location, bedrails all shaved, painted headlight buckets, T-Rex grille, Recon LED taillights, rear wheeltubs, PPG Bright Silver (PS2)
Interior: Katzkin black leather and suede, Air Zenith Digital Air gauges, Silent Coat sound damping
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 24-inch Octanes by American Force
Tires: 285/40R24 Toyo Proxes STII



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