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Get Cash With This 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Welding Truck

Makin’ Money in Style

Mar 21, 2016
Photographers: Trevor Reed
Get cash. It’s simple. It’s direct. And it’s the name of the game for most work truck operators. For Clayton Ary of Bakersfield, California, getting cash also included spending some cash in order to build a slick, eye-catching—yet tremendously functional—work rig like his ’08 Dodge Ram 3500 dualie. Clayton works for Brinderson Construction as a contract welder on a pipeline and, as you can see, his work rig is nothing short of badass. If we were to ask him, he’d say it was worth every penny spent and every moment of frustration in order to construct the daily work rig of his dreams.
Clayton bought his broad-shouldered Dodge beauty new in 2008 with the intention of using it as a dedicated welding rig. He loaded the pristine bed with a welder and all necessary tools but was immediately unhappy with the bone-stock truck’s fuel economy and power—especially with 3,000 pounds in the bed. The itch to customize came on gradually, starting with basic bolt-ons here and there and a Smarty Jr. programmer. Clayton used the truck’s first blown head gasket as an opportunity to upgrade to ARP 625 head studs and switch to an H&S Mini Maxx programmer with H&S Overdrive tuning. At 88,000 miles, the truck blew another head gasket—and transmission. The head gasket was fixed yet again, and this time the head was fire-ringed using a kit from ATS. Gil’s Transmission in Bakersfield, California, undertook a full-tilt transmission rebuild, using the best parts from SunCoast Diesel Transmissions and ATS.
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Most of the trucks we feature have some sort of engine work and a plethora of aftermarket accessories and visual goodies. What they don’t have is the unique custom welding bed found on Clayton’s dualie. Built by the Welding Ferm in Bakersfield, California, it’s definitely the highlight of the truck, as there isn’t another one exactly like it out there. It’s the stand-apart, purposeful, practical, well-designed feature that makes Clayton’s workday easier while making the truck totally badass and totally Work Truck approved. It’s obvious what Clayton does with this Ram—he works it every day. Although he uses it hard, he asserts “the truck is very user friendly and carries all the tools I need to do any job I’m asked to do.” Now, that’s a work truck fulfilling its purpose. A 4.5-inch Fabtech lift, LED lightbars, Amp Research retractable steps, Mag-Hytec differential covers and transmission pan, T-Rex grille, and American Eagle wheels wrapped in Toyo Open Country M/T tires (courtesy of his wife) complete the outside package. The inside is equipped with some Auto Meter gauges to help monitor vitals and a decent sound system to entertain occupants during long hours on the road.
Although the truck turned out cool as all get out, Clayton ironically advises others to not do it—“it” being customization that voids the warranty of a new truck. Also, HD trucks are big and expensive (and arguably prone to issues once the customization bug hits), which makes working on them likewise expensive. He suggests planning ahead and sticking to the build plan—rather than doing things multiple times—if customization is indeed inescapable.
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Whether positive or negative, Clayton’s Ram demands a reaction. Most love it, of course, but there are always those certain types—haters, we’ll call them—who only drive Clayton to do more and go even bigger in creating “the sickest welding rig in the U.S. and [showing] Texas that Cali knows how to build a sick rig.”
SpecSheet
Year/Make/Model: ’08 Dodge Ram 3500 4X4 Quad Cab longbed dualie
Owner: Clayton Ary
Hometown: Bakersfield, California
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6, ATS fire rings, ARP 625 studs, and Industrial Injection 30-percent-over nozzles
Transmission: 68RFE fully built by Gil’s Transmission using SunCoast Diesel Transmissions parts and H&S Mini Maxx overdrive software
Induction: Injen cold-air intake
Exhaust: 4-inch AFE turbo-back exhaust
Engine Management: H&S Mini Maxx tuner
Horsepower/torque: 448 hp/1,180 lb-ft
Fluids: Shell Rotela T6 Synthetic
Suspension: 4.5-inch Fabtech lift; dual Fox reservoir shocks and Top Gun Customz dual steering stabilizers (front); single Fox reservoir shocks, Firestone airbags, 2.5-inch blocks (rear)
Interior: Factory-matched Auto Meter gauges in a custom gauge pod, custom seat covers, Pioneer touch-screen deck with a backup camera, JL Audio 6.5-inch mid-drivers and 1-inch tweeters in each door, Alpine digital 600-watt four-channel amp (mids and highs) and 1,600-watt digital amp (subs), 15-inch Rockford Fosgate T2 subwoofer in a custom ported box, and Dynamat’d cab
Exterior/Accessories: Fully custom-built welding bed by the Welding Ferm in Bakersfield, California; 52- and 24-inch inch CREE lightbars; Amp Research retractable steps; Mag-Hytec differential covers and transmission pan; T-Rex grille
Wheels: 20-inch American Eagle 056
Tires: 275/65R20 Toyo Open Country M/T
Odometer: 108,727 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 mpg
Special Thanks: My wife and Juan at Performance Off Road (suspension, wheels, tires). Fun Fact: “I just love the way the truck looks and that my wife let me build it in the first place. Hell, she bought the wheels and tires for me!”
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The focal point of the ’08 Dodge Ram 3500 is the custom welding bed, built by Welding Ferm. The flush-mount LED taillights add subtle, custom flair. All tanks, lines, welding accessories, and tools are housed securely and sleekly within the bed.
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The pinnacle of the work bed is the Lincoln Electric SAE-300 HE welding machine. It has a three-cylinder, water-cooled Perkins diesel engine (24 hp at 1,800 rpm) that meets EPA Tier 4 emissions without DEF and gives 52 hours of runtime per 16-gallon tank. This baby weighs more than 1,400 pounds and, as for the price—it’s like carrying around a baseline ’16 Jeep Patriot.
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There’s no glitz and glamour under this hood, but the 6.7L Cummins gets the job done. Future plans include EFILive and a 550 to 650hp California smog-legal build with all emissions equipment intact and functional.
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Get cash! The license plate, complemented by a dollar sign cutout on the bed’s structure, provides the motivation Clatyon needs during long, hot workdays.
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Dual hitch receivers embedded into each rear corner allow for bed-mounted accessories—like vises.
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You may notice that none of the toolboxes have handles, as opening and closing them is controlled automatically by electric linear actuators.
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Playing peek-a-boo at the rear window is an exhaust stack, commonly seen in the Cummins diesel truck world, but maybe not so commonly spotted on everyday work trucks. The truck puts down a respectable 448 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque.
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It’s a tidy setup, but with a 4,000-pound load over stock, it’s quite the cargo.
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The suspension, wheels, and tires were done by Juan at Performance Off Road & Automotive Accessories in Bakersfield, California. A 4.5-inch Fabtech lift with dual Fox shocks in front and airbags out back provide a nice ride atop 20-inch American Eagle 056 wheels wrapped in 275/65R20 Toyo Open Country M/T rubber.

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