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
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
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.