Owner: Tim Ferguson
Ride: 2000 Dodge Dakota R/T
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Club: Negative Camber
It's a bit difficult for us to tell you which to stay clear of, Tim Ferguson's cool blue-flamed 2000 Dodge Dakota R/T, or Tim himself.
You see, Tim is one of those guys who doesn't take anything from anybody, and you'd better believe that if you step out of line around him or his truck, you may just end up getting thumped on. This isn't to say Tim is a bad guy, he is just protective about the hard work that went into building his Dakota to the pristine condition that it's currently in, which anyone with a full custom ride can certainly understand.
Tim has been into customizing vehicles since 1983, when he was in high school. Ever since then, every car or truck he has owned has been somewhat customized. In the case of his gorgeous Dakota, the first three years of ownership only resulted in a few minimal modifications. It wasn't until the next two years leading to SEMA 2008 that it really began to start taking shape. Since Tim's truck is a Dodge, the convenience of ordering off-the-shelf parts just wasn't an option, which meant that most of the custom components had to be fabricated as the build moved forward. Tim acknowledged that building a fully customized Dakota wasn't the easiest or cheapest builds he could have undertaken but he's glad he was able to finally conquer the challenge; "I would have been done $10,000 ago if I would have built a Chevy or Ford, however, I love my Dodge."
Tim admits that he started the build ass-backwards as he completed the interior first and then started chroming the engine. His first intention for the Dakota was just to convert it into a clean motorcycle hauler, but after seeing a few high-caliber trucks at local shows, he realized that having an average looking ride just wasn't going to fly. So did Tim run into any major problems on the road to SEMA? Of course he did! The first major glitch occurred when the first painter to touch the truck performed a downright, "piss-poor job" according to Tim. This had him fuming, as anyone could imagine, since he was going to have to cough up even more funds for new paint and sit through an extended period of downtime, yet again. Luckily, Tim found the right guy for the job in Rick Westcott, as he laid down an impressive combination of blue real fire flames alongside the classic hot-rod variety in the deep black paint.
With the truck looking spectacular and with all of headaches out of the way, Tim now looks back to the good that came from taking on such an extensive project. Tim says that working closely with the likes of Kevin Brumfield at Grunion Fabrication, Todd Jubert at Interior Shop, and Steve Yiu at Definitive Audio can certainly be considered just a few of the positive experiences he encountered during the build-up process. Another bonus was being introduced to the fine folks of Negative Camber, which Tim proudly became a part of. Although the stress and sleepless nights while getting the Dodge ready for SEMA are long gone and done with, Tim would like to clarify some speculation that has surrounded his truck since that trip to Vegas in '08. "Yes, it is true, someone did climb in my truck at SEMA and locked himself inside. What you probably don't know is, yes, I did threaten his life." Again, Tim is a nice enough dude, just be warned not to anger him or come near his truck. If you really want to take a closer look at his truck, we suggest you take few steps back and check out these pics and The Lowdown instead!
Wheels: 20-inch MB Motoring Gunner 6
Tires: Falken 452s (245/30ZR20)
Suspension Front: Custom upper A-arms, custom ball joint spacers and DJM lower A-arms
Suspension Rear: Parallel four-link with pan hard bar
Shocks: Rancho 5000
Compressors: Viair 450
Air Accessories: Slam Specialties air bags, SMC valves, and custom-built switch box
Frame Mods: Notched to lay on 20s, relocated steering rack, custom transmission cross member and raised motor three inches with custom mounts
Brakes: SSBC rear disc conversion and front rotors
Performed By: Kevin Brumfield (Grunion Fabrication) and Network Alignment & Brakes
Shaved: Antenna, taillights, third brake light and door handles
Body Mods: Shaved tailgate altogether (skinned the back of the bed)
Suicide Doors: Yup
Bolt-ons: Cervini's hood, grille and modified bumper
Misc.: Clear headlights and corner lights
Performed By: Kevin Brumfield at Grunion Fabrication
Brand and Colors: House of Kolor black, all the true fire work is House of Kolor pearls and candies
Misc.: Airbrushed Ram skull replacing factory emblem on hood
Performed By: Rick Westcott
Seats: Original seats cut down five inches and wrapped in black leather and blue suede
Dash: Smoothed with billet A/C vents fiberglassed and wrapped in black leather
Gauges: White with blue flame gauge faces
Misc.: Custom headliner, custom pillar posts with billet flame handles and custom carpeted tonneau cover
Performed By: Todd Jubert at The Interior Shop
Head Unit: Kenwood 9140
Mids and Highs: Rockford Fosgate T-162s
Subwoofers: Five 15-inch Kenwood P-3
Amplifiers: Two Rockford Fosgate T-600 and two Rockford Fosgate T-1500
Misc.: Four Kinetik HC-2000 power cells, custom door panels, and custom lighted center console with billet insert, custom box inside cab for two 15-inch woofers, Rockford Fosgate cables and connectors
Performed By: Steve Yiu of Definitive Audio
Engine: 5.9L V8
Intake: Mopar M-1 Air Gap intake manifold and custom-built dual air intake
Header/exhaust: Spintech headers and Y-pipe; the rest is custom-built Belanger exhaust
Misc.: Tuff Stuff alternator and power steering pump, Demon Electronics spark plug wires (color-matched), distributor cap and coil, Hypertech programmer, JET underdrive system, Mopar aftermarket valve covers, everything chromed, polished, or painted
Performed By: Owner
Special Thanks From Owner:
"Kevin Brumfield, Jake Braaten, Steve Yiu, Terry Walsh, Kinetik Audio, Discount Tire, Todd Jubert, Rick Westcott, Perry Dodd, my wife and family, and all the people that liked my vision and encouraged and helped me along the way."