1979 Dodge Lil 440 Express Custom
Back in the late 70's Dodge created a line of pickups for the Adult
Toys from Dodge campaign. These trucks had different exterior
features and were more hot rods than the standard pickups. There
were many versions including the Warlocks, Lil Red Express,
Midnight Express and more. We suspect this 79 Pickup is a Lil Red
Express that has been customized but without serious documentation
cannot be sure so we will stick with calling it a Lil 400 Express.
It has all of the classic wood trim like you would find on other
Expresses but the door signage has been customized to read "Lil 440
Express Truck" with engine turned Gold underneath. It also features
custom Lil Dodge 440 lettering on the rear tail gate with
pinstriping in between the wood slats. This truck has a really cool
look and gets attention wherever it goes. The chrome stacks give it
a really tough look and is something you just don't see often
nowadays other than on those semis cruising down the highway. The
paint is done in a light Yellow and is in good condition. Other
exterior accents include the front windshield visor, custom bumpers
and diamond plating on the top surfaces surrounding the truck bed.
The bed itself is all woodgrain. The truck also features a class 5
trailer hitch and tows well. The back window is new and slides
open. The original mag wheels have been replaced by American Racing
rims which are wrapped with Cooper Cobra Radial G/T tires.
This pickup has a lot more than just a tough hot rod exterior going
for it because under the hood is a big block 440 motor that runs
really strong. These were the largest displacement V8 put out by
Chrysler and work perfectly in trucks like this. A majority of the
motor as well as other components in the engine compartment are
painted in a nice Blue for a really clean look. It is also fitted
with chrome valve covers, a billet air cleaner, cool flex radiator
hose, Edelbrock carburetor and Edelbrock manifold. Paired with the
engine is a Hurst 4 speed transmission that shifts well. It just
received a new clutch, pressure plate and throwout. The truck has a
great sound with flowmaster exhaust routed through those tall
stacks on both sides behind the cab.
The interior is done in Black with dual bucket seats. The seat
upholstery and carpeting were just redone. Between the seats is a
center section that can function as a seat as needed but also
houses 2 cupholders. The dash has a mostly stock layout except fore
the added AM/FM/CD stereo. In addition to courtesy lights mounted
to the headliner it also has a Cobra CB radio. The gauges are all
brand new and just installed. $2,000 were invested in all new
Dolphin white faced gauges, custom bezels, and real engine turned
custom fitted trim pieces.
This pickup is extremely fun and drives well. Whether you are
looking for a new truck to drive daily or something to take to
shows this one fits the bill. Start cruising around and you will be
amazed how many people out there are fans of the late 70's special
Make this pickup yours for $24,000.00!