The name Patrick Reid should sound familiar, as three renditions of his 1993 Ford Ranger have been Mini Truckin' features. The first version appeared in the MARCH 2003 issue, the second in the FEBRUARY 2004 issue, and the third (cover) feature in the SEPTEMBER 2005 issue.

Based on how memorable and wild his blue oval was, it came as no surprise that Patrick was back at it again, this time building a 1997 Dodge Dakota. This Severed Ties' member purchased the Dakota in March 2007, for the right price at the right time. It took Reid a year and half to build this eye-catching Dakota, despite the interior catching on fire at least once. We hope this Dodge daily cruises the streets of San Leon, Texas.

The Lowdown

ROLLING ATTIRE
Wheels (Front): 20x8 Centerline Archer
Wheels (Rear): 20x8 Centerline Archer
Tires (Front): 235x35R20 Nitto 555
Tires (Rear): 245x35R20 Nitto 555

CHASSIS MODIFICATIONS
Suspension Type: Air
Airbag Type and Size: (Front): 2500 (Rear): 2800
Control Arms: Factory but ball joints raised 1 inch
Shocks: Factory
Valves: 1/2 450 Extremes - 4 for the front 2 for the rear 7 gallon air tank
Air Line: 3/8 plastic and stainless in rear
Frame Mods: Front and rear have been filled, smoothed, and painted
Gas Tank: Factory - raised 1 1/2
Brakes: Factory
Detail Work: Painted front and back half
Misc: The bags and body drop were originally done by Rob Rodell

BODY MODIFICATIONS
Shaved: Door handles, tailgate handle, antenna, upper cab seams, 3rd brake light
Body Dropped: 3 1/2 inches - traditional
Front End: Fenders molded, smoothed, and painted under hood
Back End: Molded roll pan
Taillights: Factory
Suicide Doors: No
Misc: Raidiosed cab corners, smoothed bedsides with wood bed floor, shaved Ram air intake off of fiberglass hood, front fenders widened 1/2" for tire clearance
Performed By: Patrick Reid
City/State: San Leon, TX

PAINT
Brand and Colors: Flame red, 96 other PPG colors for graphics
Style: Crazy
Pinstriping: Yes
Airbrushing: A little
Misc.: Airbrushing on frame, door jambs, under hood
Performed By: Patrick Reid
City/State: San Leon, TX

INTERIOR
Seats: '96 Sunfire
Material: Black ostrich and tweed (covered by Daniel Simpson)
Dash: Hand made
Door Panels: Hand made
Center Console: Hand made
Flooring: Tan carpet
Headliner: Black ostrich
Gauges: Factory
Performed By: Patrick Reid
City/State: San Leon, TX

STEREO
Head Unit: Sony
Mids & Highs: Dual (2) 6 1/2 (2) 5 1/4
Subwoofers: (2) 12" Rockford Fosgate
Amplifier for Subwoofers: 150x2 Hollywood
Wiring/Accessories: Pieced together
Custom Fabrication: All is custom, there are only 3 panels left from the factory
Misc.: Speaker box is center console
Performed By: Patrick Reid
City/State: San Leon, TX

ENGINE/PERFORMANCE
Model/Year: Factory
# of Cylinders: 6
Transmission: Factory
Rearend Type: Factory
Intake: K&N filter
Header/Exhaust: 4" single chamber Flowmaster
Battery: Red Optima
Location: Under bed
Inner Fenders: Yes
Detail Work: All detail by Patrick Reid
Misc.: Engine is flat black because the truck is driven regularly

SPECIAL THANKS:
Mom, Dad, Daniel Simpson, Freddy, Mike and Angela, Severed Ties, and Samantha