I had never really thought about buying a truck, even though I had a 1990 Ford Bronco previously. When I saw the styling and design of the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500, I fell for the unique “non-boxy” body styling and the large fold-down center console that could fit a laptop! On top of that, I thought the Deep Amethyst paint color was pretty cool. I ordered the truck new through the dealer’s fleet group and could not wait to pick it up. I enjoyed the 48 mile drive home in my new truck.
Over the years, it has served me well as a partial daily driver, camping trips, hauling appliances, helping friends move, moving myself four times, and hauling my racing kart to the races.
It has seen a transformation over the years, as the paint had oxidizing/fading issues. So, I applied Line-X to the whole body about seven years ago. It became my “Armored Beast.” Next up, was a complete interior redo in vinyl and leather with “carbon fiber patterned seating insets.” More recently, I have installed a 5.5 ” lift, dual steering stabilizer, Fox racing shocks, 32″ tires, BakFlip tonneau cover, Tuff Country front and rear bumpers, LED front light, LED headlights and taillights, and N-Fab nerf bars. With only 78K miles on it, even though it is 20 years=old, it has many more years in its life!