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Old Dodge Pickup Picks Get a New Era Performance

Abundant funds continue to blow hot air into the small car markets – anyone can see valuation curve for AMC Javelin AMX recently? There have been two major chain effects. The first is that enthusiasts switch to less popular models like custom cars. The second is the news that more and more repair houses are creating beautiful examples of cars that don’t have a launch date. pickup truck is the focus of attention of classic, late Fords and Chevys get the most likes. CD driver turn its attention arrive New era performance in Pennsylvania, a store dedicated to third-generation Dodges. It looks like owner Charlie Pitcher has taught himself a self-modifying school by creating each component by hand with a business called Metal by Charlie. When all his talents come together, the result can look like teal vans above, a $100,000 diesel-powered custom-built complex.

Dodge stuck with its third-generation pickups for an unexpectedly long time, from 1972 to 1993. The truck above is the body of an early third-generation Dodge pickup truck that had been stripped. body in bare metal on a much more powerful 1992 Dodge Beat vehicle frame. In 1978, Dodge cooperated with Mitsubishi diesel oil engine in just two years of production, going back to the oil burner in 1989 with the Cummins B Series engine. The new era sticks with Cummins, going with anything from a refreshed and slightly modified four-cylinder engine to the Banks Big Hoss with its massive Garrett turbocharger. The front axle runs on coilover suspension, the rear axle on long stroke leaf springs. The interior is completely redone, from new door cards and custom speaker grilles. comment CD driver“A lot of the things we’re building are over-engineered. The main thing we focus on is the powertrain and the suspension, so everything is built to last and be easy to operate—simple. simple, reliable, that sort of thing.”

Not every new truck costs $100,000; Custom parts catalogs have prices as low as $29 for the stainless steel feed flange or $35 for the doorknob lining, a weak point of the third generation. Company order a Dodge Power Ram 350 Cummins 1993 Dually on Carrying a trailer late last year, the truck received a frame refresh and swapped a six-speed manual transmission between custom jobs. The winner paid $42,350. Pitcher said, “Unless [customers] specify a complete rebuild, usually we find one that runs well, low mileage [truck] and refresh it.” For those that were ready to launch, the complete customizations took 12-18 months of time to build on those six figures.

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