2014 Ram 1500- Rodshop Ram
Gettin’ Down in the Desert
For a first vehicle, most parents want their child to purchase something reliable and dependable. But Las Vegas resident Chris Gellner was given a different kind of freedom. “I had to work for two years to come up with the money,” Chris says. “My mom said I could get whatever I wanted with the money I earned.” He found a customized Ford Escort, but on the way home, the new custom vehicle broke down. It wasn’t the entry into custom vehicles that he had hoped.
After years of driving the Ford to and from school, he got to know some local truck owners who took him under their wing. Before long, Chris started gaining interest in trucks. During 1996, he purchased his first truck and began customizing it and learning more. He went through a number of Chevy trucks, and in 2014, decided to change the game. Since the body style change in 2009, Chris admired the Ram and decided it was time to pull the trigger on a brand-new 2014 Big Horn Edition from the dealership.
Around the time that he had purchased the new Dodge, his friend Bryce Mills discussed opening a custom fabrication shop with Chris. It seemed like it was the right time. They created Rodshop, which was a perfect place to start the Ram build. Chris had already lowered the Dodge, but now it was time to make sure it would turn heads. A full air suspension consisting of MMW control arms up front and a three-link in back with Contitech ’bags was added. They pieced together the interior within weeks, using a set of Katzkin skins and a full Kicker audio system. Aside from the paint and stereo, the entire build was done inside Rodshop.
Chris wishes to thank everyone who helped him, especially his wife Mindi and his son Chase. Creating the Rodshop had been a huge help to build the Dodge, as well as everyone who helped him every day, including Bryce Mills and Gavin Coady. A special thanks goes to Pat Molnar at Clear Image Audio for the flawless stereo install. Also Derek Baumeister at Industry Auto Design, Chiney at Fishers Auto Body, and every sponsor that was on board. Rodshop Ram is not only a custom build for Chris, but it serves as a rolling billboard for his shop.
Inside the buildYear/Make/Model: 2014 Ram 1500
Owner and City/State: Chris Gellner; Las Vegas, Nevada
Front Suspension: Michigan Metal Works arms, Contitech Bags
Rear Suspension: Three-link with wishbone, Contitech 2,600lb airbags, Accuair air management VU4 with Switchspeed, dual Viair 480s
Engine: 5.7 Hemi, Bully Dog GT tuner, K&N intake, Flowmaster exhaust
Transmission: 8-speed transmission
Body/Paint: Resprayed factory color, cut and buffed to eliminate flaws by Fishers Auto Body, Leer color-matched bed cover, Grillcraft mesh grille, tubbed front and rear to fit wheels
Interior: Katzkin embroidered leather and suede seats
Stereo: Kicker sound system KX1200.1 powering two 8-inch L7 subwoofers in custom fiberglass enclosure under rear seats, KX400.4 powering KX series mids and highs, stereo work by Pat Molnar of Clear Image Audio, two Kinetic batteries
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 26x10; Dub Shot Collas
Tires: 295/30R26; Lexani