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Bob Blank maximized his free time with this new truck
<p>Bob Blank maximized his free time with this new truck.</p>

Retirement project nets nifty truck

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.

Bob Blank, neighbor to the Bridenbaughs, had a little fun and the result is this truck that merges a Diamond Reo cab, and a custom bed, on a Dodge pickup chassis. Check out more images below.

This “big rig” is actually mounted on a Dodge pickup chassis.

This custom-built bed took a little work, but the finished product stands out. The batteries for the truck are in pods under the bed.

Power comes from a 5.9-liter Cummins diesel engine./>


Dodge owners will recognize the steering wheel and instrument pod – both from a Dodge pickup.

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