Ridiculous DieselsThe latest installment of the most RIDICULOUS diesel powered vehicles for sale online!  

Normally I’d steer clear of any twin turbo Cummins merely out of a severe disgust of smog laws in my home state of California. This Cummins however is smog exempt and so very close to being a holy grail truck!

Clean enough to take to church even if it isn’t a holy relic.
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This is a 1997 Dodge Ram Cummins 4x4 with the 5-speed manual. It has clocked some 148,000 miles and looks sharp for its age. It has a near laundry list of new or upgraded parts to include twin turbos.

The mythical 6BT-TT
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A good deal of big bills has been carefully poured all over this oil burner. Twin turbo kits aren’t cheap. Better yet - getting them to run correctly and have the proper parts to compliment the build is wallet crushing.

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Lots of grey tones and black highlights on this one. A dog could only find color in this truck.
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I’m a little disappointed to see the cheap-o seat covers. Usually that means some upholstery issues are being masked. As nice as this one appears it is still completely possible you might need to spend $300 to fix seats and spend the same to buy quality covers (Carhart?).

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The wheels look nice but too wide for my taste.
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Now why isn’t this a true Holy Grail? Technically it is - the last year of smog exempt status, biggest cab, most sought after engine, and the most rock solid transmission.

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But there is a truck more sought after than this, the full four door made by the aftermarket. If this truck is rare, the full four door is unobtanium. It is a deadman’s truck - one that isn’t for sale until the owner dies.

Big hips on this big girl.
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What will all this near holy grail status cost you? Whip out the pocketbook, sell the first born child and maybe the wife - this one costs:

$22,000

Not nearly as bad as I’d think. Not nearly cheap enough for me to buy. But considering some of the prices I see, I’m not mad at all.

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https://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/d/santa-rosa-1997-dodge-ramx4-5speed-12v/6803280072.html