December 16, 2021

1997 Dodge Ram

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Explore the rugged charm of classic American trucks with Texoma Classics as we meticulously restore a 1997 Dodge Ram in Sherman, Texas. This vintage Dodge Ram isn’t just a truck; it’s a symbol of durability, capability, and timeless appeal, and we’re dedicated to bringing it back to its former glory. Join us on a captivating visual journey through the restoration process, where the spirit of classic Rams meets modern craftsmanship and innovation.

At Texoma Classics, our passion for preserving automotive history shines through in every restoration project we undertake. With the 1997 Dodge Ram, we’re not just restoring a vehicle; we’re rekindling the essence of American trucking excellence. Our team of skilled artisans and restoration experts meticulously breathe new life into every aspect of this iconic truck, from its distinctive design to its rugged performance.

This isn’t just a restoration; it’s a transformation. As we pay homage to the original aesthetics while incorporating modern upgrades for enhanced reliability and capabilities, we’re crafting a Dodge Ram that captures the rugged spirit of a bygone era while meeting the demands of today’s roads. Whether you’re a truck enthusiast, an adventurer, or someone who appreciates the enduring charm of classic trucks, our restoration projects epitomize the spirit of American automotive heritage.

Witness the magic as Texoma Classics turns this 1997 Dodge Ram into a rolling testament to classic American trucking, ready to tackle both work and play with style and power once more. Explore how we’re turning dreams into reality, one restoration at a time, and envision the possibilities for your own journey with Texoma Classics, where vintage Rams are reborn with a touch of modern reliability.


The Ram pickup (Dodge Ram until 2010) is a full-size pickup truck manufactured by FCA US LLC (formerly Chrysler Group LLC) and marketed from 2010 onwards under the Ram Truck brand. The current fifth-generation Ram debuted at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, in January of that year.

Previously, Ram was part of the Dodge line of light trucks. The name Ram was first used in 1981 model year Dodge Trucks in October 1980, following the retiring and rebadging of the Dodge D Series pickup trucks as well as B-series vans, though the company has used a ram’s head hood ornament on some trucks as early as 1933.

There were a total of five transfer cases available for the four-wheel-drive Ram. All are part-time and have a low range of 2.72:1. The 1500 featured a NP231 and NP231HD. The NP241 was standard on V8 2500 Rams. The 2500 and 3500 V10 and diesel featured a NP 241DLD from 1933 to 1997. In 1997 the NP241DHD became an option for 2500 Rams and was standard on 3500 Rams from 1998 to 2002.


We will be disassembling this this truck, giving it a new paint job and reassembling.


Removed the interior for it to get media blasted.

We have stripped the body down to have it ready for media blast.

The truck, doors, fenders and radiator core support are down to bare metal after media blast.

Doors and fenders have been epoxy sealed.

The cab has been taped off to be epoxy sealed.

The body has been epoxy sealed.

Doing some bodywork to the hood to prep it for paint.

Doing some bodywork to the roof of the cab.

Doing some work on the bed to prep for sealer.

A vibrant red has been sprayed on the cab.

We have installed the fenders and hood to prep for paint.

The cab has been painted a vibrant red.

The truck bed has been painted and clear coated.

The bed has been taped off in preparation for raptor liner to be sprayed.

Red raptor liner has been sprayed in the bed of the truck.

Tearing down the seat upholstery to begin the process of making custom new upholstery.

Cleaning up the seat frames with some enrust rust remover.

The new seat upholstery has been sewn together.

The seat upholstery has been completed.

The cab is in the paint booth and has been clear coated.

The dash and seats have been installed.