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When the guys heading up Hot Rod Ranch in Lompoc, California, have to tow their hot rods and other projects and parts, the family sedan just isn’t cut out for such a task. Transporting multiple cars on a trailer requires power, torque, and towing capacity. With their daily drivability, utility, and flat-out fun factor, the unanimous tow rig of choice for this shop is a diesel truck, for which no favoritism is shown between makes. Chevy, Ford, Dodge, GMC – the answer for these guys is yes, please; just make sure it’s a 4X4. Here’s another kicker: three of the four guys are brothers. Gil Muro pilots a 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500; Jamie Muro drives a 1999 Ford F-350; and Randy Muro navigates a 2006 Dodge Ram. The fourth, Corey, drives a 2007.5 GMC Sierra. These car guys certainly can’t be accused of not branching out into the other facets of the custom world.

So which truck is the best? It probably depends on which of the Hot Rod Ranch guys you ask.

Fast Facts


Year/Make/Model:
2005 Chevy Silverado 2500 4X4
Owner: Gil Muro
Odometer: 80,000 miles; 18-20 mpg highway fuel economy and 15 mpg town
Engine: Duramax; PPE economy programmer; Volant Air intake
Transmission: Mag-Hytec trans pan
Tires: 35x12.5/18 Nitto Trail Grapplers
Wheels: 18x10 Fuel Throttles
Suspension: 6" RCD lift kit w/torsion keys
Other: MBRP 5" exhaust; Isspro gauges

Fast Facts


Year/Make/Model:
1999 Ford F-350 4X4 Dually (with 2006 front end)
Owner: Jamie Muro
Odometer: 137,000 miles; 15-16 mpg highway fuel economy and 12-14 mpg towing
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke; PPE 6 position chip; AFE intake; BD compressor wheel
Transmission: Goerend bros auto trans; BD torque lock
Tires: 315/75/16 Fierce M/T's
Wheels: stock Alcoa rims w/2" rear wheel spacer
Suspension: Firestone airbags; 4" Pro Comp lift
Other: 4" exhaust; BD exhaust brake; Auto Meter gauges

Fast Facts


Year/Make/Model:
2006 Dodge Ram 4X4 Laramie Mega Cab
Owner: Randy Muro
Odometer: 134,000 miles; 20-22 mpg highway fuel economy and 16-17 mpg towing
Engine: 5.9L Cummins; Smarty S06 programmer; AFE intake
Transmission: Stock
Tires: 33x12.5/18 Toyo Open Country M/T's
Wheels: 18x12 Weld Racing Cheyenne
Suspension: Firestone airbags; Thuren adjustable trackbar; Synergy adjustable control arms; 3" Thuren progressive rate coils
Shocks: Fox 2.0 reservoir shocks; Bilstien dual stabilizers
Other: Stewart Warner gauges; 4" exhaust with MBRP muffler

Fast Facts


Year/Make/Model: 2007½ GMC Sierra 4X4
Owner: Corey “Dotz” Dotzler
Odometer: 90,000 miles; 18-19 mpg highway fuel economy and 14-15 mpg towing
Engine: Duramax; PPE hot +2 programmer; Bully Dog air intake
Aspiration: PPE intercooler
Fueling: PPE dual fueler
Transmission: PPE stage 5 Trans
Tires: 20x10 BMF rims
Wheels: 305/55/20 Nitto Terra Grapplers
Suspension: Firestone airbags; Level kit; PPE tie rod sleeves
Other: 5" exhaust; Auto Meter gauges

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100 comments
Robert Shumaker
Robert Shumaker

Lived near Lompoc recently. They are legit! Zay Zay Whittaker

Dan Leduc
Dan Leduc

I don't see a hot rod in this pic just some scrap metal

Pedro M. Cabrera
Pedro M. Cabrera

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Suzie J Gettys
Suzie J Gettys

Put my truck back in my driveway and no body gets hurt!!!

Jeff Weller
Jeff Weller

def not the piece of crap in the middle !! LOL

Arsene Wagner
Arsene Wagner

A 3500 but Gas and gaz naturelle LPG engine flexible dually 4x4 a crew cab 8' long box v8 400 ps

Brad Renner
Brad Renner

Did that guy really say he a f550 6.7 scorpion! Hahaha

Ethan Rice
Ethan Rice

2006 dodge 6.7l cummins LOUD N PROUD!

Caleb Goldberg
Caleb Goldberg

97 dodge with a 5 speed. 783000 miles and purin lika kitten

Rob Phipps
Rob Phipps

Dodges and a Chevy, the duramax is gutless!

Luke R Stevens
Luke R Stevens

Three dodge 2500 05,03,05 all with about 200,000 and. 97 international 4700 with a 7.3, but it's gutless.

Martin Ladder Ten
Martin Ladder Ten

in our country engine cummins particulary used marine generator

Brad Renner
Brad Renner

Cummins, 3 of them. 2007 2500 4x4 5.9 mega cab, 2008 3500 dually 4x4 6.7, 2012 Laramie longhorn limited 2500 4x4 6.7. Best line of trucks on the market!