2001 Dodge Dakota Buildup - Collision To Custom

The Basic Bolt-Ons, Plus Some Trick Paint Ideas

Andy Mock
Jun 1, 2010
Photographers: Andy Mock
Before The Dakota in its semi-stock form. Looks pretty good here with a mild drop and some accessories, but we're going to take it up a notch with some custom paint and quality bolt-ons.
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There's an old adage that goes, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade." Here in the custom truck world we can modify that old motto by saying "when you get rear-ended, don't go back to stock-go custom!" This is exactly what we did on a work-in-progress '01 Dodge Dakota when it got involved in a little fender bender.
After Custom paint from Eightball Rods & Choppers and Steve Vandemom had the Dakota looking show-ready. New body parts from Cervinis, Option Racing, Street Scene, and Sir Michaels really set iftapart from the stock crowd.
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Sure, we could have just had the bumper replaced and the bodywork repaired, but that would have been too easy and frankly, not as cool. We teamed up with the guys over at Eightball Rods & Choppers in Placentia, California, to make a little lemonade with our newly acquired bushel of lemons. If you're looking for a good shop to build something amazing this is the place. Stephan and his crew turn out awesome hot rods and custom choppers. They no doubt have the skills to do a simple fix like our Dakota. The sugar for our lemonade came by way of custom paint supplied by House of Kolor. All of the catalyst, paint, and reducers were mixed according to the manufacturers suggestions as well as to the temperature and humidity levels on the day we painted. We chose to do a simple two-tone job overlaying black on top of the stock Dodge silver. A nice break of some HOK Kosmic Krome Copper Effect down the waistline made for a unique transition between the silver and the black. Toss in Steve Vandemon, along with his custom paint skills, and we had the perfect glass of lemonade.
PART ONE
Adding quality bolt-ons
Anything else that was bolted or screwed to the truck was removed as well. There were a few dings and some damage to the body from the collision so all of these were taken care of with body filler, sanded smooth and primed.
Since we wanted the finished truck to look as good as possible, the stock silver was color sanded and completely cleaned up. The areas where dents and dings were filled got a fresh coat of stock Dakota Bright Silver paint. We also had the windshield popped out in favor of a new one as the original was badly pitted. Removing this also makes for a better paint job in the end.
PART TWO
Laying out the lines
PART THREE
Kustom Kolor
PART FOUR
Stripe it!

Sources

House Of Kolor
Garland, TX
800-845-2500
http://www.houseofkolor.com
Street Scene Equipment
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-426-0590
www.streetsceneeq.com
Steve Vandemon
Orange County, CA
714-717-2042
www.vandemon.com
Cervini's Auto Designs
Vineland, NJ 08360
800-048-8605
www.cervinis.com
8 Ball Rods & Choppers
Placentia, CA 92807
714-630-8188
www.eightballrodsandchoppers.com
Option Racing
La Puente, CA 91746
626-435-2929
www.optionracing.com
Sir Michaels
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220
800-900-4944
www.sirmichaels.com

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