2001 Dodge Dakota
Freaks of Nature
Unlike some of the privileged people out there, most of us have to work our fingers to the bone to be able to afford the extras in life. A show-worthy vehicle isn't something that just falls into most people's lap.
The majority of truck owners who have had their sacred projects featured on our pages are everyday, working class guys who bust their humps to scrape enough cash together for new parts, mods, and labor. Craig Coldewey from Victorville, California, is a prime example of a dedicated custom fanatic who clocked thousands of OT hours at his minimum-wage gig in order to purchase his 2001 Dodge Dakota. It was his determination that finally landed him a better paying job, and this red-hot hauler just happens to be the ripest fruit of his labor.
Employment at a local retail store isn't really an ideal source of income, but Craig was a student and still living at home, so it was enough for him to start paying off his freshly financed V-8-equipped Dakota. Making the monthly payment was doable, but Craig rarely had enough leftover funds to make a considerable deposit into his savings account. Having a brand-new truck sitting in the driveway was nice at first, but the desire to set his apart from the faceless crowd was constantly nagging at Craig. Without a cooperating bankroll, the only option to being able to afford a few accessories was to ask the higher powers at work for extra hours and even possible overtime in order to save up a few bucks.
The extra work on top of an already full workload is hard for some to handle, but at the same time it provided Craig with enough spare scratch to buy a new set of wheels and a few go-fast goodies. Bolt-on accessories, however, began to quickly lose their appeal, so Craig stayed on the grind and decided to stash as much money as he could six months at a time to see if bigger and better modifications were possible on his budget. To his surprise, he was able to afford a complete rear 'bag setup within the first six months, 'bags for the front in six more months, and some custom bodywork and a fresh paintjob soon followed.
Before Craig knew it, with a little hard work and patience, his prized possession had turned into a completely custom minitruck that was deserving of a feature spread in his favorite magazine. Craig informed us that he later had to sell his pride and joy to help pay his college tuition tab, but he has every intention of building an even better custom as soon as he graduates. Good luck with your classes buddy, we can't wait to see what you have in store for us next! For additional in-depth tech information, scope out the Lowdown.
20-inch American Racing RT-S
Suspension Front: ContiTech 2,500 four-ply 'bags
Suspension Rear: ContiTech 2,600 four-ply 'bags
Control Arms: Modified upper and lower arms
Compressors: Two Viar 480s
Air Accessories: 1/2-inch lines, SMC Valves
Misc.: Rearend narrowed 6 inches
Handles, antenna, third brake light, gas door
Grant Kustoms tailgate skin, Dodge Ram LED taillights molded in
Street Scene grille painted black, Street Scene mirrors, clear headlights and foglights, HID kit
Spray-on bedliner, rear tubs
Tim Johnson and owner
Brand & Colors: Flame Red
Misc.: Airbrushing on hood and tailgate
Wrapped in black vinyl with red trim
Smoothed and painted red
Auto Accessory Warehouse
Head Unit: Alpine flip-out monitor
Mids & Highs: Alpine
Subwoofers: Four 10-inch Alpine Type-R
Amplifiers: Three Performance Teknique 700W
Misc.: Custom enclosure wrapped in vinyl
Performed By: Auto Accessory Warehouse
Special Thanks from Owner:
"I would like to thank my girlfriend Tiffany, my parents, Ken and Ralph, Tim Johnson, Auto Accessory Warehouse, Shayne, Pitman, Gina, Vinny, Omar, Robert and Jenn, all the old "In My World" members, Mini Truckin' magazine, and of course, everyone near and far in Freaks of Nature."