A Girl and Her Too-Tall Dodge
You would think that on average, most 17-year-old girls would spend their free time at the beach or hanging out with friends. Maybe even at the mall spending most of their dad’s hard-earned money on name-brand clothes or jewelry just to impress everyone at school the next day. That is just what high school girls do, right? Well, let’s put that theory to shame right now! Meet Macy Gilliam, a high school senior from Jacksonville, Florida, who has no time or patience for those silly stereotypes. Her badass ’95 Dodge Ram 2500 is all the proof you need.
She originally asked her dad David for “a rig that put out a little bit of black smoke”—clearly he got carried away. DG Custom Fabrication out of Jacksonville had been assigned the task of designing and fabricating a custom 40-inch lift while utilizing the fully boxed and caged factory framerails. To give Macy a smooth, comfortable ride through the black Florida mud, a set of 18-inch King coilovers was added. Also, to guarantee that this rig wouldn’t ever get stuck, locked-up 5-ton military axles were mounted to both the front and rear of the Dodge and an SCS drop case gearbox with a 4.75 gear ratio was used to help transfer the power to the wheels and tires. To give Macy the ability to easily control the massive 24-inch wheels wrapped in Goodyear R2 tires, an orbital valve out of a forklift was installed along with 5-ton driveshafts, 1610/1710 U-joints, and a custom four-piston brake kit that includes 14-inch rotors.
Powering Macy’s rig is the factory 5.9 Cummins I-6 diesel motor built by Turbo Matt from Middletown, Florida. With the addition of a 5-inch custom bent exhaust that exits in through a 12-inch stack in the truck bed, and a few basic engine upgrades, the diesel motor can perform all day long without missing a beat. When the boys ask if she can work on her truck she tells them, “It doesn't matter if I know how to fix it. All that matters is I can drive the heck out of it. So all y'all haters can eat my black smoke!”
Macy decided that the black with pink sparkle paint sprayed by Auto Techniques in Jacksonville, and the pink vinyl graphics from Stripeman Graphics, created the perfect combination of beauty and brawn. The interior of the truck uses an ’88 Chevy bench seat wrapped in black and pink vinyl. The door panels are wrapped as well. Finally, not to be outdone by the boys at school, two 12-inch JVC subs and a 1,000-watt JVC mono amp had to be added. If you see Macy or her dad, David, at any of the great mud events in the Southeast, be sure you stop and say hi. They are true gearheads that will talk trucks all day! Even if she is a girl!