For Sale: 1983 Dodge D150 in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1983 Dodge D150 Pickup

The D/W series is a line of pickup trucks that was sold by Dodge from October 1960 to September 30, 1993. The same basic design was retained until the October 1993 introduction of a completely redesigned Ram. The D/W series shared its AD platform with the Dodge Ramcharger/Plymouth TrailDuster twins. 4x2 models were designated D, while 4x4 models were designated W. This final generation received a facelift in October 1980 when the D series was rebadged as the Dodge Ram pickup around when Lee Iacocca took charge of the ailing Chrysler Corporation. Such things include an embossed "DODGE RAM" name on the tailgate along with other obvious changes like the grille and hood, the taillights, and the entire interior. More subtle was the addition of a "shoulder" line reminiscent of the GM competition. Beginning in 1982, even more corrosion-resistant steel was used in the construction of the trucks. This body style continued until 1993 and many of these vehicles are still on the road. Many body panels are interchangeable for all models from 1971 to 1993, so it is not uncommon to see a "hybrid" with, as an example, a 1978 grille mounted with a 1974 hood and a 1991 cab.

For consignment and proudly presented for your consideration, a slammed, widened, caged, reworked and beefed up, twin turboed version of the 1983 Dodge Ram D150. The beneficiary of a no stone left unturned restoration has left this once mundane 2-wheel drive hauler an eye catcher and show stopper and now have a truck that is truly "Built Ram Tough". Oh, and did I mention this truck has been photographed for Classic Truck Performance. I see shades of Bonneville and the fabled Salt Flats in the future...

A fresh respray of Indigo Blue paint bathes steel panels which are very straight and have well minded gaps and seams. Few if any faults can be found in this application and that includes the red and black painted striping and all trimmings are blacked out and straight with nary even the beginnings of any dimpling or fading. The front grille, with a single square headlight on either side uses a rectangle design with a hexagon inlay all in body matching blue, the standard of the 80's and early 90's with a custom twist. Simplified, yet sophisticated, the grille presents well, especially with the inlets for the twin turbocharger system lurking just behind and just below is the smoothed and tucked black front bumper with add-on splitters underneath. A long Indigo Blue and black heat extractor hood is flanked by solid straight front fenders on either side. These fenders have had steel widebody flare added and also air extractor cut outs on the rear of each flare giving a much more aerodynamic and racy look to the truck. Long straight slab steel sides are only broken up by the red pinstriped black swoop running down from the hood and along the beltline of the truck as well as black trimmings on the door handle, and mirror. More steel flares have been added to accommodate the large rear rubber. The doors are straight and close with a quality thud. The 6.5-foot bed has been modified to allow the rear suspension to travel and the whole inside has been finished in high quality Indigo Blue with a diamond pleated vinyl overlay on the bed flooring. Rear down bars pass through the Lexan rear window and give a hint of what's to come in the interior. The rear gate is looking like new and is flanked by wrap-around style taillights and another smoothed and tucked bumper with splitters below. 20" XXR deep dish polished lip wheels are shod in extra wide Nitto low profile rubber front and rear and perfect the overall look.

Dark and light blue leather in bucket format is the seating in the spacious cab and presents as new. Red inserts with X stitching in ivory are seen on the upper seat backs and provide a nice contrast to the smooth dark blue and tuck and roll light blue leather. Swooping down from just below the rear window is a custom console and is framed by the red painted steel of the roll cage. This gives the rear of the console a sliding board effect but looks very natural in this habitat. The console continues along the hump with just light blue leather padding and presents with a Lokar shifter before ending under the dash. A custom leather wrapped billet 3 spoke wheel is fronting the dash atop an Ididit steering column. The dash, which has been fully redone with a red leather wrap and Indigo Blue around the cluster, heater/AC slides and AM/FM/CD stereo looks just perfect. Dark blue carpet floods the floors and presents well with only minimal wear, and we note even the pedals have been wrapped in leather. A full roll cage has been installed and finished in red to provide all the protection the driver and passenger could ever need. Finishing our tour are a mix of blue and red leather door panels which, like the rest of the interior, present as new, and are complete with seat matching ivory stitching.

Peering into the cavernous but full engine bay we are met with a rebuilt 318ci V8. It is fed by FiTech EFI and has the assistance of twin turbochargers to give some extra ponies via boost. We note Turbowerks oil pumps to provide adequate lubrication to the twin hair dryers. Strapped to the back is a rebuilt A904 3-speed automatic transmission which sends power back to a widened Chevrolet rear axle with 3.56 gears. Adding some bling to the engine bay is a new Champion aluminum radiator, MSD ignition, and custom pulleys along with a custom Indigo Blue painted and red pinstriped engine cover and fully heat wrapped turbo chargers and auxiliary piping. And we musnt forget the custom inner fenders with more red pinstriping and red roll cage extensions running to the front of the truck.

All buttoned up underneath with a solid frame and flooring in more Indigo Blue. An independent front suspension with coil overs works with a 4 link rear suspension with more coil overs from QA-1 in high travel form with tubular control arms. All of the suspension is painted red, and the undercarriage is just as nice as the top side. Custom built headers feed spent gasses through Flowmaster mufflers and then exit via body cut-outs in front of each rear wheel. Power disc brakes are on all 4 corners complete with drilled and slotted high-performance rotors. Just a wonderful well thought out presentation.

I love the perspective one gets behind the wheel of a pickup truck although I usually require a step ladder to gain access it was not the case with this slammed beauty. That said, this truck fired right up with the twist of the key and off to the test track I went. On the track the truck performed with mind scrambling power once the turbos got spooled up, wonderful bias free braking and superior handling. A smooth ride for a truck as well. All functions were operational during my drive save for the A/C needing a recharge and the driver's window crank fell off when I shut the door. I didn't dare attempt any land speed records during my drive although the seat of the pants dyno told me that a request to add a "Flying Mile" to our test track needs to be in order.
A wonderfully executed truck, far from its humble utilitarian beginnings. A rebuilt and upgraded power plant, beautiful and functional interior and more custom body styling cues that one can shake a stick at. I love these custom builds as they skew so far from the norm of mass produced automobiles and show off the talents of many hands involved. Hurry and visit our Hallowed Halls befo...for more information please contact the seller.

Vehicle Details

  • 1983 Dodge D150
  • Listing ID: CC-1594568
  • Price: $92,000
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1983
  • Make:Dodge
  • Model:D150
  • Exterior Color:Indigo Blue
  • Interior Color:Blue
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:162
  • Stock Number:3901
  • VIN:1B7FD14T2DS402024

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Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543
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