Normally I’d steer clear of any twin turbo Cummins merely out of a severe disgust of smog laws in my home state of California. This Cummins however is smog exempt and so very close to being a holy grail truck!
This is a 1997 Dodge Ram Cummins 4x4 with the 5-speed manual. It has clocked some 148,000 miles and looks sharp for its age. It has a near laundry list of new or upgraded parts to include twin turbos.
A good deal of big bills has been carefully poured all over this oil burner. Twin turbo kits aren’t cheap. Better yet - getting them to run correctly and have the proper parts to compliment the build is wallet crushing.
I’m a little disappointed to see the cheap-o seat covers. Usually that means some upholstery issues are being masked. As nice as this one appears it is still completely possible you might need to spend $300 to fix seats and spend the same to buy quality covers (Carhart?).
Now why isn’t this a true Holy Grail? Technically it is - the last year of smog exempt status, biggest cab, most sought after engine, and the most rock solid transmission.
But there is a truck more sought after than this, the full four door made by the aftermarket. If this truck is rare, the full four door is unobtanium. It is a deadman’s truck - one that isn’t for sale until the owner dies.
What will all this near holy grail status cost you? Whip out the pocketbook, sell the first born child and maybe the wife - this one costs:
Not nearly as bad as I’d think. Not nearly cheap enough for me to buy. But considering some of the prices I see, I’m not mad at all.
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