“This truck has been through its share of mud bogging back in the 90’s as well as drag races,” he admits. “It was done in memory of my mother Bonnie Yount, who originally owned this truck since it was new, and passed from cancer in ’09. I actually learned to drive in this truck, so it was my first vehicle.”
When he turned 18, Yount and his dad started to fix it up and pulled the original 360 small block out and put the 440 big block in its place as well as started working on lifting it and making the big 4x4 that he wanted back in the day. “I had it lifted up and sitting on 39.5” Swampers back in the ’90’s and began showing it at mini truck shows and car shows as well as mud bogging it then. The truck was torn down in 1994 to do a frame off to better it for the shows I was attending.” But when life started to get busy, the truck was left on the back burner and now 21 years later, the truck was completed to where it is today. “We know my mom is smiling and very happy with the way her truck sits today.”
The old Dodge is an attention getter from top to bottom. A Sikkens 3-stage pearl yellow paint is what initially catches the eyes, while its custom suspension by Performance Authority and 369 Fabrication with Pure Performance 2.65 Prodigy reservoir shocks showcases the details and level of customization in the build. A massive set of 40X15.5R22 Nitto Mud Grapplers which are wrapped around chrome 22x14 Hostile Gauntlets which match perfectly with the entire look of the truck. Inside, the 2000 Dodge quadcab seats were redone by Roadwire Leather, with the trim and headliner taken from a 1993 Dodge.
To power all this, Yount went with a Cummins over the 440 BB that was in it since years ago, and wanted to do a mix of old and new. Boosting its power is a BD Performance Super B turbo, stainless exhaust manifold, and intake ram.
Since its inception, the truck that’s been nicknamed “Ol Yeller” has attended numerous shows, where it’s won first place trophies in its class, in addition to being a social media sensation. “I could not be happier with the result of the build,” Yount reveals. “It was built for show and go with the intention of it being my weekend cruiser. It will be driven and is currently being driven. She’s not a trailer queen. I have to call out Ryan Few of Octane Industries for helping me get all the mods.” And he’s even tested Ol Yeller out on the sand dunes, where it performed like a true beast.
Specs1978 Dodge W150 stepside Performance 2000 Cummins 24 valve engine w/ BD Super B turbo Custom intake Edge Performance chip Diamond Eye 5” straight pipe PCS/Suncoast standalone TCM Suncoast valve body BD Maxflow fuel pump BD intake manifold Custom aluminum fuel tank
SuspensionDana 60 front axle and Dana 80 rear axle Pure Performance 2-5/8 Reservoir shocks 10” third generation rear leaf springs custom mounted 12” third generation front coils with custom coil buckets
Tires & Wheels 22x14 Hostile Gauntlet wheels40x15.5R22 Nitto Mud Grappler tires
Interior 1993 Dodge interior trim and headliner2000 Dodge quad cab seats Crosscut mahogany boards in the bed floor
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