THE BULLDOG
Drive!|December 2020
Making Everthing Else Look Like The Flea-bitten Varmints They Are
CHRIS SHELTON

IN 2017, RANDALL ROBERTSON, FOUNDER OF RTECH FABRICATION IN COEUR D’ALENE, IDAHO, DEBUTED A CHEVY TRUCK THAT KIND OF CHANGED EVERYTHING. Named The Duke—an homage to John Wayne—the Cumminspowered ’72 crew cab with the stubby nose is big, bold, uniquely stylish, and has tons of swagger. If a truck could single-handedly stop a fistfight in a saloon or steal your girl, The Duke would be the one to do it.

“He’d just finished The Duke and it was at SEMA,” recalls Ramiro Rodriguez, who commissioned Randall to build another four-door a year or so prior. “Randall invited my brother and me to go see The Duke. Man, it’s a beautiful truck.

“Well about a week later, Randall forwards this photo to me,” he continues. Someone Photoshopped The Duke as a Blazer, something Randall admits he was already itching to build. “Randall’s like, ‘It’s gotta be built and I’m gonna build it.’ And I said, ‘Well I gotta have it.’ And that was that. Within a week he was working on it.”

An Rtech truck looks a lot simpler than it is, which partly explains why Randall moved almost every operation in-house. The crew-cab doors in the other builds, for example, aren’t Suburban pieces. “They’re actually too short if you want any back-seat space,” Randall notes. So Rtech makes them from conventional pickup door components, fabricating a bunch of stuff that nobody will ever see.

But the lack of two extra doors doesn’t make Ramiro’s Blazer— nicknamed Bulldog for its stocky stance—any less complicated.

Because the medium-duty cowls and firewalls differ so greatly from light-duty parts, Rtech based Ramiro’s Blazer on an actual medium-duty cab.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

RELATED STORIES

THE BULL DOG

Making Everything Else Look Like the Flea-Bitten Varmints They Are

4 mins read
Street Trucks
October 2020

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

ALCHESAY OF THE PEOPLE OF THE WHITE MOUNTAINS (DZIŁ ŁIGAI SI’ÁN N’DEE)

8 mins read
True West
September 2020

Sneak Peek

After months of uncertainty, social distancing, and organizing our closets, we all deserve something to look forward to. How about an early preview of some of this fall's hottest shows?

2 mins read
CBS Watch! Magazine
July/August 2020

PLAYING WITH Nature's Forms

Randall W. L. Mooers paints contemporary still lifes that cause the viewer to pause and contemplate the scene.

4 mins read
American Art Collector
June 2020

Finalist - Randall Bennett Kansas

Finalist - Randall Bennett Kansas, USA, Deer Trail Along a Hedge Row, pastel, 12 x 16"

2 mins read
International Artist
April - May 2020

NICK'S SAD DEATH

Nick Gordon, who was dating Bobbi Kristina Brown at the time of her suspicious demise, carries the truth about her fate to the grave.

1 min read
Star
January 20, 2020

How To Succeed In 2020

We’re not just about to enter a new year. We’re heading into a whole new decade. That means plenty of fresh opportunities, new challenges, and the chance to build businesses that will create a better tomorrow. Thirteen entrepreneurs and experts talked us through the trends to come—and offered advice on how to navigate your way to a successful future.

10+ mins read
Entrepreneur
December 2019

Big Deal

As Big & Green as Its Namesake

4 mins read
Truckin’
Decmeber 2019

The Hunt For Lewis, Indie Rock's Most Elusive Antihero

Randall Wulff, a.k.a. Lewis, made a fortune on Wall Street, partied with models and musicians, and recorded one of the most beguiling albums of the 1980s. Then he vanished.

10+ mins read
Maxim
August 2015

Harry has to be a key influencer every week

HARRY Randall played really well last weekend, picking up the man-of-the-match award in Bristol’s win over Exeter.

6 mins read
The Rugby Paper
January 17, 2021