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Old 11-17-2014, 04:54 PM
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Hello everyone, long time Ram fan here, I finally found the Ram I've been looking for.

I've been a Ram fan ever since I saw Twister in '97, and I've always wanted that truck. Flash forward to now, I work at BNSF, and I make a good amount of money, and it finally hit me that "woah wait a minute, I can finally afford to buy the silly thing!!!"

So I started my hunt- I was after a '94-'96 Ram 2500 4x4, club cab, V10, with the 8 foot box. Found one EXACTLY like the one from Twister two years ago, but it was so rusted away that I didn't go for it.

I found a white one 15 minutes away from me, waited 2 weeks to hear from the owner, I finally got a call as I'm going to work that I could come look at the truck... One hour later, I get another call that it's sold. To me, that just made me even more frustrated, but I figured that meant something better was out there.

Lo and behold, 5 hours later, this shows up...

"96 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT 3/4 ton extended cab, longbed. 4 brand new LT245/75r16 Firestone TransForce HT LRE 10 ply tires! 8.0 liter V10 engine, auto transmission, 4 wheel drive. Cold AC, power windows, power door locks, power steering, power brakes, tilt, cruise, power driver's seat, cd player, towing package, brake box, 5th wheel / gooseneck plate. Red with gray cloth interior. Regularly maintained. Runs + drives smooth and strong. 249,925 highway miles - daily driver. Recent: front and rear brake jobs + new rotors, radiator, serp belt, idler pulley, quiet dual exhaust. Looks like the truck used in the movie, "Twister". Make an excellent farm / construction / work truck, car hauler, or daily driver. "

The EXACT thing I've been looking for. First owner used it to pull a horse trailer, and the second owner drove it as a daily driver. No rust, no big dings, interior looks good and it has a good amount of fresh work done to it.











I got it for $4600, which I think is a really good price for the condition it's in. The only thing is that I had to drive it back 556 miles from Nashville to Kansas City. Haha, road trip time!

Got the cab lights put on last week, and yes, I'm going the distance, I'm having someone make Dorothy. It's always been a dream of mine to make a replica of the truck from Twister, and it's going to happen. And yes, I will be storm chasing in it. I hope I get some ridiculous reactions. I really look forward to passing the guys with the Dominator and the TIV's.

And as an update to the Dorothy thing, I found one used in the movie, gonna try and buy it. I can only hope.

I'll also be driving around some of the filming locations of Twister in 2016 for Twister's 20th. Pretty excited to get this going.

Also helps that I need a 4x4 pickup, and well, here it is! (oh yeah, the license plate's gonna be "F5PRF" for F5 Proof haha)

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Old 11-17-2014, 05:05 PM
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Sweet! That has held up quite well. Welcome aboard!
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Really nice find, congrats! And she already given you a good trip!
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Going to make it look like the movie truck and drop a phone pole on the bed? lol

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Every time someone mentions the movie twister I have to point out that its a Ram they're driving haha looks great and good luck man
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Going to make it look like the movie truck and drop a phone pole on the bed? lol

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I kinda thought about it, but I'd hate to do that to my truck haha! I'm just going with the story of "somehow they found it after the end of the movie, insurance slapped a new body on it, here it is".

And making Dorothy just got easier- thought the barrel was all custom fabrication, hence it'd cost big $$$ to have someone make it. Nope, hot water heater tank. Whew. If I can find someone to weld this all together, I'm set. Getting closer!
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Made a page for my truck! https://www.facebook.com/ThePaxtonmobile

I went down to Oklahoma to Norman, to see the Storm Prediction Center/Norman Weather Center/National Weather Center, and then to Wakita to the Twister Museum. It was an amazing trip. All pictures are on the Paxtonmobile page, and here are two from them.



Me in front of the Twister Museum- Wakita is a small town about ~100 people or so, and all of them were involved in the production when the filming was going on in their town from April-December '95. Got quite a few "Haven't seen THAT in person in a while!" I think I'm the first to show up with a truck exactly like the one from the movie.



And here's me parked EXACTLY where the Ram from Twister was parked in front of Aunt Meg's house- it was demolished at the end of the filming so all that remains is the lot. It was pretty cool and intense- no truck like that has been parked there in 19 years... UNTIL NOW.

Got a metal shop lined up, should have Dorothy V done in about two months or so, whenever I can drop the $$$ to have it built.
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I LOVE Twister and think it is awesome what you are doing. To bad I don't live anywhere close and won't be able to see it driving down the road! Good luck with the Dororthy build!
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Very cool project Paxtonmobile!!! I just finished a 2 plus year frame off restoration on my 1997 Dodge Ram V10. Click here for Pics and info http://www.forabodiesonly.com/mopar/...do=view&g=7443

Anyway I'm part of the HPAC Mopar club for the KC area. http://hpacmopar.com/index.htm We would like to invite you and your Twister truck to next years annual car show in Olathe KS. The 2015 show theme is going to be movie cars and your truck would be a perfect fit for the movie car display!!! Plus we have our monthly cruise nights the third Saturday of each month April - October. At Culvers Burger on 135th & Antioch Overland Park KS. It would be pretty cool to have another V10 Dodge there!
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