Four Wheeler Magazine – July 2014
Some people like to follow in footsteps while others like to make their own path. Here are two people that enjoy making their own path when it comes to rebuilding trucks. Meet heavy equipment oiler Todd Lemke of Lakeside, California, and his father, Dick, who took a ’66 GMC light duty pickup Todd had owned since the late 1990s, and melded it with a brand new ’12 Ram 3500 HO Cummins dually 4X4.
The best part about the transformation? Just standing next to Todd’s truck, you don’t immediately notice the fenders, but the hood and cab have all been stretched and massaged to get the ’66 GMC single cab body to fit that of the ’12 Ram 3500. Countless hours were spent cutting the GMC cab to match that of the Ram, then filling the gaps to retain a factory appearance. 13 inches were added to the GMC cab, and 8 inches were added to the hood and fenders to make them match the Ram’s frame.
A Kore Performance HP leveling kit, along with Bilstein 5100 shocks, were used up front. In back, the stock Ram suspension was augmented with Firestone air bags to provide clearance for the 37 X 12.50R17, BFGoodrich All Terrain tires with 17 X 8.5 and Walker Evans street wheels. Outside of the AAM 9.25” differential with 3.73 gears in front and the AAM 11.8” differential with 3.73 gears in back, the engine, transmission, and transfer case remain factory stock.
Todd located a vintage ’92 Lance truck camper, to which he mounted a 40” E- Series Rigid Industries LED Light Bar, along with two Rigid 8” light bars in the front bumper. A 15,000-lb. Warn winch, stainless steel side storage boxes and running boards were part of the completed truck.
Now Todd has a ’66 GMC with a decidedly different drivetrain and chassis under his classic pickup body!