Lusting after anything can be a dangerous thing, especially when it concerns hot rods. Randy Offerson, from Golden, Colorado, knows this all too well. He says he's had a love for '33-34 Dodge trucks ever since he first saw one, and thinks there aren't many trucks out there with sexier lines.
No Bow Tie for the engine compartment in this ride! A 340 Mopar out of a '70 Challenger wa
He's wanted a '33 Dodge truck for more than 25 years, an affliction that was heightened when he found a particularly decent candidate with rust-free attributes and beaten up fenders and box. He was on vacation and towing his wife, two kids, and a tear-drop trailer with a '37 Dodge sedan when he spotted it but, with a family, a truck project just wasn't that practical.
As it happens, Randy's life changed over the past couple of decades. He became single again more than 12 years ago, and his kids grew up and moved on with their own lives. About seven years ago he began looking for a '33 or '34 Dodge truck and heard about one that was only a couple blocks away from where he lived. As fate would have it, it was the same truck he'd seen 25 years ago!
Randy widened the rear fenders 3 inches, made his own running boards, filled the roof with
But the owner didn't want to sell it and, as it turned out, didn't like Randy very much and wouldn't sell for any price. It wasn't much later that Randy's son came over to his house with an Auto Trader magazine and the truck was listed "For Sale." Randy called about the ad but the owner hung up on him. So Randy enlisted his son to call and he, too, was hung up on. Finally, Randy got his brother Ron to call the guy, make a deal, and then picked up the truck for him and delivered it to his house. The owner wasn't happy that he was tricked but soon the roller was sitting in Randy's garage, just as destiny had planned.
But even though the truck was what he'd been dreaming of for many years, Randy took a while getting started on the project, taking almost seven years before he began pounding out the dents in the fenders and work on the drivetrain. But when Randy's son, Dustin, bought a finished '33 Dodge truck (that had already been turned into a street rod), it motivated him to get going and finish up his own truck.
Randy's daughter, Codi Ramsey, did the interior for the truck. Brown leather was used on t
The chassis went together based on a wheelbase of 114 inches, with the front suspension using a Mustang II independent unit. The 8.75-inch rearend, out of a '70 Challenger with 3.55 gears, went in out back along with a set of Midwest parallel springs. A set of Mopar 11-inch brakes provide the "whoa" in the rear, and Bilstein shocks were attached to each corner. Randy used a steering column out of a '70 Cadillac and built his own pedal assembly.
No Bow Tie V-8 would be used in this project-a '69 Mopar 340, set up with 8:1 Keith Black pistons and a COMP Cams camshaft, was installed.
The 340 is topped with an Edelbrock head that feeds a single Demon 650 carb attached to a factory Mopar intake manifold. Exhaust exits through a set of Hedman 1.75-inch headers and a pair of homemade stainless steel mufflers. The V-8 backs up to a 727 TorqueFlite trans, assembled by Lee Dalton in Lakewood, Colorado. Randy chose ET III wheels (14x6 up front and 15x8 out back) as rollers, painting the five spokes green to contrast the wide white BFGoodrich radials (215/75-14 and 285/75-15).
ET III five-spokes can be found on each corner of the truck-14x6 up front and 15x8 in the
The proportions of the truck's body are right on, and that's due to Randy's eye. He shortened the pickup's bed and filled the roof himself (learning how to make the roof insert with an English wheel). He also glued the windshield in and, since it didn't originally come to Randy with one, the tailgate is custom. Randy also fabbed the running boards and rear roll pan, then widened the rear fenders 3 inches. When the body was to his liking, he sprayed the truck black with PPG paint.
The inside of the truck is subtle and functional, which is partially due to the upholsterer, Codi Ramsey (Randy's daughter). She used pleated brown leather to cover the TEA's Design bench seat as well as the rest of the interior, and a stock Dodge dash is home to restored Dodge gauges (wired up with a Ron Francis Wiring kit). A Pioneer stereo and a Colorado Custom steering wheel are about the only other updates in an otherwise-simple interior design.
Randy is in the recycling business, so it might be a natural thing for him to take some 70-year-old metal and make something new out of it; but it looks like he has a knack for it too!