What's the most affordable way to get V8 power, rear-wheel drive,
and two seats? How about this cool 1984 Dodge Ram pickup? With a
late-model Hemi V8, a paint job inspired by past muscle cars, and
enough practicality to make it work as a truck, this cool pickup is
everything right about building your own hot rod.
Bright red paint always seems to work best on Dodge pickups, even those modified like this one. You've already glanced at the price and given the condition of the truck, there's no question that there's more wrapped up in the build. With flat black stripes that look a lot like an inverted hood treatment from the '60s, this truck is aggressive without looking too radical. Instead, it keeps a factory look, especially with the satin black side moldings to tie it all together. Some custom graphics on the door and the "HEMI POWERED" decals on the bed make it an attention-getter, and it's pretty hard to resist any vehicle that exhales through side pipes. But make no mistake, this sucker still doesn't mind putting in a day of work, so the bed was treated to a spray-in bedliner that's pretty much impervious to abuse. There's also a custom billet grille up front, a set of hood pins, and even R/T badges on the front fenders, just to make a point.
The bright red interior ties in with the R/T theme without losing its '80s funkiness. Bucket seats with red cloth upholstery look great and are all-day comfortable, and it seems that the door panels and center console were wrapped in the same fabric. A modern billet steering wheel wrapped in red leather, some custom pedals, and a big tach on the steering column enhance the sporty feel, while the original gauges, a pair of dials under the dash, and a dash-top gauge pod monitor the rest of the engine's vitals. You'll note factory A/C, power windows, power locks, and an AM/FM/CD stereo system are all part of the package. Things like the original dash pad are in excellent condition and there's a big subwoofer stashed behind the passenger's seat. Tinted windows add to the cool look and help keep it comfortable inside on warm summer days.
A late-model 5.7 liter Hemi V8 was swapped into the Ram's massive engine bay, and it's so clean that it almost looks factory-installed. It's been swapped to a 4-barrel carburetor, which is an easy modification that makes it bulletproof reliable, but a full set of coil packs still light the fires. The late-model Hemi also comes with that serpentine accessory drive that offers excellent packaging, and custom long-tube headers were built just for this application, so they fit beautifully. A 3-speed automatic transmission snaps through the gears and the rear end hangs on air shocks so the attitude is easy to adjust. You'll also note cool exhaust cut-outs on the exhaust system, which, in case side pipes weren't raucous enough, really gets attention. The ride height was lowered just a bit, so it has a nice rake, and it sits on 17 inch Cragar mag wheels with spinners and big 275/60/17 Goodyear radials.
We don't see many early Rams like this, but we have to admit that the combination of old-school looks and late-model firepower remains a winning combination. Add in all the creature comforts and this truck starts to look like a daily driver that can be a lot of fun on weekends. Call today!