Smokin’ Ace transforms factory pickups into dream machines
If you’ve seen one white pickup in southwest North Dakota, you’ve seen them all.
Smokin’ Ace Offroad hopes to help pickup, sport-utility vehicle and utility-task vehicle (side-by-side) owners distinguish themselves from the sea of pickups — white or not — with bed liners, headlights, toolboxes and other accessories.
Owners Ryan Solberg and Chris Evoniuk grew up in Belfield and have been working with mechanical things ever since.
“We both wanted our own business for quite a while,” Solberg said. “We both like customizing vehicles. We’ve been doing it for as long as we’ve been old enough.”Solberg’s father owns a repair shop in Belfield, meaning he’s been around mechanics since he could walk.Before they could open on Dec. 1, they had to clean out and modify the shop space. It had been used as storage and was packed.Until things take off with Smokin’ Ace, Solberg and Evoniuk work other full-time jobs with rotating days/night schedule, sneaking in sleep where they can.Despite juggling two jobs, they spend a lot of what would otherwise be free time at their north Dickinson shop.With the money flowing through Dickinson — more than $1 billion in taxable sales in 2012 — the friends were hoping to capitalize on the increasing disposable income of high-paid workers.While there are places that install bits and pieces of after-market accessories in Dickinson, there wasn’t a shop that did it all.“We do everything,” Evoniuk said. “If you wanted to drop your truck off, you could have it done from a lift to a bedliner to wheels and tires and exhaust.”Solberg added: “You can bring a stock truck here and leave with a full custom vehicle.”
Smokin’ Ace Offroad
Address: 316 21st St. E., Dickinson, ND 58601