Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1996 Dodge Dakota
PLEASE NOTE-NO TITLE. SOLD ON A BILL OF SALE ONLY
1996 Sales brochures at dealerships touted the RAM toughness, load handling longevity/long haul durability, and reading their copy, one would think these trucks would be around forever. And alas some still are!
In contradiction to the dealer brochures from 1996, instead of the long haul, this competition set up truck is really for the short haul, all be it a thrilling sub 12 second ride. This truck will provide plenty of ground pounding chest thumping noise and can be a handful. Go speed racer go!
With most of its original panels but shaved badging and rear bumper this black over Yellow, sticker sponsor truck is competition set up and ready. This truck can sting like a bee on a straight line. Body is mostly rust free, and the big news are the large and in charge Greg Weld 15 inch wheels with 26x4.5-15 front tire wraps, and 29x10.5-15 rear slicks. A fuel cell and battery box can be seen sitting on the edge of the bed. Bzzzzzzzzz
Totally stripped of any conveniences including carpet and door panels we now see painted Yellow steel all around, and it has been caged. Within this cocoon of steel is a Kirkey Welded aluminum and racing seat with Jaz 5-point racing harness. A one seater for this quick ride, it has a competition custom dash complete with gauges and plenty of toggle switches for various functions. A B&M shifter sits right next to the driver.
A 360ci V8 which the consigner states has been bored and stroked out to 408ci now sports Edelbrock Performer RPM #6077 heads. Hooker headers are attached here on the heads. There is a Mopar Performance intake and a 4-barrel Holley carburetor sans air cleaner on top. An A727 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic is on behind this boisterous mill, and on the rear is an 8-3/4 4.10 geared spooled axle.
Pretty much stripped down, slight surface rust on the frame, but all straight and structurally sound steel. Independent coil springs (like new) in front and rear coil overs (like new) work with ladder bars for the rear suspension. Disc Brakes are up front, and drums on the rear, provide the whoa!
Our courageous and sometimes overly brave test driver jumped right back into his old habitat with this ride. A flick of the kill switch on the rear of the truck, a flip of the switches for the cooling fan, alternator, water pump and fuel pump, ignition was seconds away. A mere push of the starter button and this beast roared to life. Pulling the B&M shifter down into 1 (remember boys and girls, this is a manual valve body) and she rolled out of the pits and off to the test track. Lots of converter here along with a test track that isn't ideal for drag racing resulted in almost immediate tire spin. The consensus is this: sub 12 second passes easy...wheels up or heels up!
A competition truck nicely done, and worked quite a bit under the hood, maybe add some door bars for extra safety. If you have a hankering to get into the racing game, here is your start. And you only have to take it 1/4 of a mile at a time.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 500 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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