Around And Back Again
We ran into Matt Pike and his '83 Dodge Ramcharger at the 2009 Mint 400 Race in Las Vegas, Nevada. He decided it was time to bring this beast back from retirement and see if it would still hold its own among today's elite racers. Working closely with Mike McComas out of San Jacinto, California, the truck received a healthy dose of upgrades and brought back a suspension from the past. If you're wondering why there is a Bob's Big Boy slapped on the side of the truck, that's because Matt's family has been in the restaurant business as long as they have been racing-well over 30 years. This Class 3 truck has cool written all over it.
Vehicle: 1983 Dodge Ramcharger
Chassis: 4130 chromoly
Engine: Mopar 440ci V-8
Drivetrain: Torqueflite 727 automatic transmission, Dana 44 front, Ford 9-Inch rear
Suspension: Front straight axle, rear quarter elliptic four-link
Steering: Lee power steering with custom mounting brackets
Brakes: CNC six-piston
Tires/wheels: Walker Evans bead locks mounted on BFGoodrich Baja T/A race tires
Interior: Auto Meter gauges, PCI race radio, Lowrance navigation system, Mastercraft suspension seats
Other Parts: FOX Racing Shocks, KC lights
Favorite Off-Road Area: Racing SCORE, BITD and running around Baja!