Over time, things changed as the truck was sold a few times and it was forgotten by many in the scene. As if by fate, Jonn stumbled upon the truck in northern Indiana while it was getting a new motor. It had been over a decade since he had even thought about the truck, but this chance reunion reignited his interest and he immediately made an offer to buy the truck. Initially the offer was rejected, but then a few days later the owner changed his mind on one condition: the truck had to be picked up that day. And right away, Jonn knew this build was not going to be easy. On the way home from picking up the Dodge, the truck literally fell off the trailer, mangling the front bumper, tailgate, and lower bedsides. After getting it home and into his garage, he began to realize just how much of a project this was going to be. Nearly everything on the truck would need to be remade, rebuilt, and redone.
Together with his buddy Bobby Leek, an old hot-rod guy, the duo started crossing off items on the to-do list from within Jonn's two-car garage. They cut off all the old hydraulics and ordered up two four-link kits from the Gauge store. Once Donnie Babb, an old-school minitrucker himself, got wind of the old Ramster being resurrected, he encouraged Jonn to finish it for a SEMA debut. Jonn enlisted his boys Derrick Leaf and Dave Elza to help ramp up efforts in order to make it to the Vegas show in time. The team thrashed in the garage for months with the suspension, wiring, plumbing, and mechanicals. A new firewall, floors and body mounts were all fabricated, the bodydrop was reworked so the truck actually laid body, the mangled sheetmetal was repaired, the doors were shaved, and all of the mechanicals were sorted out. Once that was done, Jonn rolled it around his neighborhood for about a week to make sure everything was working properly and not binding up. Remember, this truck hadn't been driven since the early '90s before Todd had originally turned it into a tandem.
Next, Main Street Body Werks roughed in all of the bodywork and primed and blocked it two or three times before taking it to John Arnold in Louisville to get the Kicker stereo installed. Dave had the bright idea to put the amps inside the doors, which proved to be a major pain in the ass and drove Derrick crazy, but according to Jonn, "It looks gangster!"
The last crazy finishing touches in this whirlwind buildup included one last serious mod. They had to make sure everything in the engine bay was relocated for easy access from the hole in the hood or the wheelwells after the hood was welded shut. Two Bud Light kegs were cut, powdercoated, and then wrapped by Trent's Trick Upholstery in Ohio. The base color went down along with the flames and tikis, which stretch from nose to tail. Finally, Jonn drove Project 6-Pack into the trailer and hit the road for Las Vegas and the SEMA Show, where he made quite a few heads turn.
Jonn is very happy with the result and is proud to be able to bring this iconic mini back to life for the next minitruckin' generation to enjoy. This very special multi-wheel issue pays homage to these iconic trucks, builders, and shops from yesteryear. They sparked the imaginations of minitruckers for years to come, proving that there's nothing that can't be done! With a little thought, determination, and help from good friends, who knows, you might be the one who creates that next crazy mod that we will write about for the next 20 years.