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    Default 2017 Truck of the Year winner: Adobedude

    The 2017 Truck of the Year winner is Dave Peterson / Adobedude and his famous tin can:

    The humble beginnings...


    ... of what was to come:







    I landed on the Dakota R/T Delphi Forums in 2004 looking for nerf bars for my 2004 Dakota 4x4, I didn't even know a Dakota R/T existed.....Or where the drag strip even was. More on that later....

    I loved the Gen III body style, absolutely the best looking truck ever made back then, and still is....But after reading that Delphi Forum I had to have one of these danged R/T things, so I snagged a 2001 RC off EBAY for 7400 bucks delivered to ABQ.

    I was nervous as shit, but when it was dropped off I was a happy MOFO. It was perfect....Only 64K miles on it.

    Having never worked on a V-8 in my life I dove face first into the mods...1.7 roller rockers, Sausage Cam, M1 2bbl intake, Mopar R/T heads, Spintech mids, Martin Saine 46RE, Fastman TB, B&G flash, 4.56 gears and an Auburn Diff...Oh hell yeah....

    Fun little street tuck, except...I don't street race, so WTF?

    Fast forward to 2007 or so..."Gee I Think I'll see what it can do in the 1/4 mile". Once I found the dragstrip I made a typicall NOOB pass and ran a high 15 second ET at some 95 mph. After that 1st pass...My life changed. Seriously.

    The journey from runnning 15's to 11's all motor has been one year at a time, no need to document it here. But it wins races and awards at car shows...

    This picture is from the original EBAY listing....It's caption should be, "Take me home, make me a Tin Can".

    DONE.




    BTW look at some of these homes he has built:

    http://www.davidcpeterson.com

    http://www.dakotart.com/forum/showth...TQ-sales-pitch

    Congratulations!

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    Congratulations Dave. Well deserved.
    Your build quality of your truck and homes are inspiring

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    Wow....thanks?
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    CONGRATULATIONS Dave! The attention to detail & utter perfection is amazing! I can see why your homes are also jaw droppers! Growing from a total noobie makes it even better! Again, Congrats on all the goals that were met this year.
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    BIG congrats Dave!
    Well Done!
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    Congrats Dave, well deserved!
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    Great craftsmanship
    Much deserved
    Congrats

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    Thanks....

    You should see it now. FUGLY
    Complete rewire. It's AMAZING what can go wrong between rounds.
    Motor out for a freshen up
    727 out for a freshen up
    Dash out...
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    Congrats Dave!
    Great story with a Happy ending (and more to come!).

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    Congrats Dave. Love how clean the cab is.

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    Awesome! Congrats on the win!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboJoe62 View Post
    Congrats Dave! Great story with a Happy ending (and more to come!).
    Don't use "happy ending" and "come" in the same sentence. Dave will misunderstand what you're sayin
    If you haven't lived for something, you'll die for nothing.

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    Googling Alexis Ren.
    I'll be back....
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    David might be older than a most that post here, but he's not so old that he wears Velcro laced shoes from Costco, right? LOL!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corey View Post
    David might be older than a most that post here, but he's not so old that he wears Velcro laced shoes from Costco, right? LOL!!!
    I'm not allowed to have shoe laces.
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    I see Dave as the Dude in the The Big Lebowski, wearing flip flops everywhere.

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    About the only time I'm not wearing boots is at the track. I hate Jesus shoes, flip flops, lime green running shoes...I've never owned a pair of flip flops...never will.
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    Congrads "cut it up" guy
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    I think the Russians were involved. The truck is Red after all. Congrats Dave, well deserved for sure
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    Congratulations on a well deserved title!

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