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2002 Dodge Ram- The Blue Menace

You Can’t Take This Away

Phil Gordon
Feb 16, 2017
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Going through adversity and living to tell the tale is what makes our character strong. Oscar Palmero of Humble, Texas, went through the ultimate misfortune that could have happened to his ride. Oscar’s father had given him his first vehicle, a van that his father and the now 33-year-old Oscar cherished. It took over a year to fully customize the van and put his personal touch on it. He took it to shows and cruised through his hometown in Houston every day.
Photo 2/12   |   2002 Dodge Ram Rear
Working at Houston International Airport, the employees have their own parking lot. After a long day working, Oscar returned to his van discovered it was gone—stolen right out of the lot. They found the van a week later across town burnt to the ground. That’s the kind of dejection that would make most builders wary to ever build again. But not for Oscar; he wanted to prove to himself he could overcome this.
Photo 3/12   |   2002 Dodge Ram Wheel
Photo 4/12   |   2002 Dodge Ram Bed
He went to a Dodge dealership and purchased a 2002 Dodge Ram. With a fire in his belly, he began taking steps to make it unique and even better than his van. He turned to John at ChassisFab to bring the new Dodge lower to the ground by way of airbags. The next step was Rhea’s Chevy where the quad cab was coated in PPG Surf Blue off the Dodge Challenger line.
Photo 5/12   |   2002 Dodge Ram Interior
Vazquez Custom Upholstery was next to put their hands on the Dodge by transforming the entire cabin into a custom futuristic feel with a flowing console and seats. Once completed, Oscar began driving his truck around town getting a lot of positive feedback. He stopped at the mall to do some errands, and as he came out, interrupted another attempted robbery on his vehicle. This time he saw them and was able to chase them off. “I can’t let these setbacks stop me from doing what I’m doing,” Oscar says. “The Blue Menace is something I built, and you can’t take that from me!” Keep doing what you’re doing, Oscar!
Photo 6/12   |   2002 Dodge Ram Engine

Inside the build

Year/Make/Model: 2002 Dodge Ram
Owner and City/State: Oscar Palmero; Humble, Texas
Club Affiliation: Enviouz
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Z’d frame, 26,00lb Firestone ’bags, 2-inch drop spindles
Rear Suspension: Two-link with Panhard bar, 2,600lb Firestone ’bags, 1/2-inch SMC valves
Brakes: Baer brakes with color-matched calipers
Drivetrain:
Engine: 4.7 V-8, detailed and paint matched
Rearend: Narrowed differential 6-inches
Body: Shaved doors and tailgate, full sheet-metal bed, gas filler relocated in bed rail, molded in rollpan, color-matched bedliner, painted PPG Surf Blue
Interior: Fully-wrapped leather French custom stitched, custom center console with matching stitches
Stereo: In-dash mini iPad, two 10-inch Rockford Fosgate subwoofers, 2,000 watt Rockford Fosgate amplifier, Two Kinetik batteries 1800 and 2400
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 24x9, 24x12; Raceline Explosion, color-matched
Tires: 275/30R24, 305/30R24 Rear; Lexani 305/30/24
Special Thanks From Owner: Leroy Davila, Jose Vazquez, Hugo Reyna, Guy Robbins, Chris Stone, Bobby, John and my wife Nelsy, and my kids for always standing by my side.

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