piller wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:08 am
Dodge are just ugly to both of us.
When Chevy went to IFS in 88, that's when I was done with GM. No more than el-caminos ever since.
The only way to get a solid axle front end in a 1/2 ton was Dodge.
I bought my first one in 88. I ordered it with a 360 4bbl with an NP435 4 speed and every heavy duty option I could get. It would walk off and leave a 350 Chevy with my 4 wheeler in the back and turning 33" Buckshot mudders. My friends couldn't believe I bought a Dodge, but I had good luck with it and really liked it in spite of myself. The next spring, my dad traded our last Chevy, an 84, for an 89 Dodge with a 318 and a 727 auto. He had some 31" mudders on it. He loved that truck. He kept it 10 years and used it hard. I bought it from him and had it a while myself.
I special ordered the 90 in the pictures you see. As far as I know it was a one off as the Light Spectrum Blue metallic paint was never offered as a solid color. It had a 360 with a Holley Projection from the factory. I got the same NP435 but it was loaded inside. A strange combination. It was a fantastic truck. I kept it for 22 years. This picture was taken the day before I sold it. It never saw snow and was in brand new condition. It had 52k on it, still had the original windshield wiper blades, belts, etc. I still had the original tires down cellar. The A/C still blew cold! Had the window sticker, ten day plates, the dealer binders with all the truck options, colors, and packages from 1990.
I also had an 87 2wd I drove back and forth to work with a 318 2bbl and the NP435 with a sure-grip 9 1/4 rear. It had pulled a 5th wheel for 9 years before I got it with 90k on it. I ran it till 150k and sold it to a guy who ran it for years.
For a while I owned all these trucks at once.
My dad now has a 98 2500 he bought in 99 with 3k miles. Has a 360 Magnum with an auto, Dana 60 front and 70 rear. It clears 34" tires with no lift. It has massive clearance and has been a good truck, but I still prefer the 1st generation.
I have a 2014 now with a 5.7 Hemi and an auto.
It's a car, just like every other truck made. They may pull a trailer, or plow your driveway, but for the woods trucks now are useless. The only possible exception is the Dodge Power Wagon, with lockers, sway bar disconnect and a 15k lb winch from the factory. But it's so much money who would "use it"?
Nope. Nowadays, give me a 77 K20.
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