When Ed purchased the truck it was in good shape, but some of the panels were not as straight as he would have liked. Ed asked around about a good body and paint guy and was sent over to Jake Doomey, also from Ramona, for the reworking. After Doomey made the panels straight again, the paint color was the last choice Ed had to make. Ed headed to his local paint supply store and asked if he could play around with some colors. A very cool mix between a PPG yellow and white, and gold pearl was chosen. Dooley laid down several layers and the beautiful yellow truck was now complete and ready to drive.

By this time Ed's twin grandchildren, Bryce and Brayden, who have been watching the project build since day one were very excited to play with the new truck. Every time Ed drives up they say "Lello Poppi." They're trying to say yellow for the truck's color, and Poppi is the name that the twins call Ed.

With a simple plan made more complex, Ed has made something that he can drive anywhere and get noticed. Cool truck, don't you think?

Ed Ritter
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
1955 Dodge
CHASSIS FRAME: '55 Dodge pickup
MODIFICATIONS: Fatman Fabrications IFS
REAREND / RATIO: Ford 8-inch
REAR SUSPENSION: National, multileaf
REAR BRAKES: Ford drum
FRONT SUSPENSION: Fatman Mustang II
FRONT BRAKES: disc
STEERING: rack-and-pinion
FRONT WHEELS: 15x7 Wheel Vintiques Smoothies
REAR WHEELS: 15x8 Wheel Vintiques Smoothies
FRONT TIRES: 225/70/R15 BFGoodrich
REAR TIRES: 255/70/R15 BFGoodrich
GAS TANK: stock
DRIVETRAIN ENGINE: Chevy 350
HEADS: iron
VALVE COVERS: billet aluminum
MANIFOLD: Edelbrock
IGNITION: GM HEI
HEADERS: Hedman
EXHAUST / MUFFLERS: 2½ inches / Dynomax Ultraflow
TRANSMISSION: TH350
MODIFICATIONS: COMP Cams, special grind
SHIFTER: Lokar