My neighbor, Bob Blank, is a retired contractor from Pandora, Ohio. He built this truck as a retirement project.
The frame, wheels & axles, engine and transmission are from his 1997 Dodge one ton pickup truck. The truck was mechanically sound but was rusty. It had 360,000 miles on it.
Blank also saw a 1960’s Diamond Reo fire truck for sale at a used vehicle lot near Findlay, Ohio. The fire truck was faded but not rusty. He came up with the idea of transplanting the cab on top of his Dodge truck.
As you can imagine, the project took considerable cutting and welding. Bob’s next door neighbor owns a body shop and did the majority of the work and painting. The bed of the truck was entirely made from scratch by a welding shop in nearby Leipsic, Ohio.
The motor is a 5.9 Cummins diesel. The batteries had to be moved to pods built underneath the bed of the truck. Otherwise, things fit fairly well under the Diamond Reo hood. The instrument pod is from the Dodge truck as are the steering wheel and the transmission lever. The seats are from a Jaguar car. The truck is eye catching as it drives by and is a show stopper. It’s incredible!
The photos below were taken in our Ohio driveway to show you Blank’s hard work and the finished product, check out the photos below for more information.