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1986 Dodge D50 Pickup - JimInRadfordVA

"Money Pit"

1986 Dodge D50 Pickup Front End
Owner:   JimInRadfordVA
Year: 1986
Make: Dodge
Model: D50 Pickup
Est.Horsepower: 97
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Comments: 4 Comments
Ratings: 2 votes   Login to rate
Suspension: Stock w/ 3" drop blocks. Front coils cut.
Paint/Body: In process.
Interior/Electronics: In process.
Wheels/Tires: Stock 14" steelies w/Firestone tires
Engine: 2.0L 4-cyl

About my D50 Pickup

My wife bought me this truck as a Father's Day gift. "You need a project," she said. Since then my son and I have been working on it and we've had a lot of fun.

We tinted the windows and gutted the interior. We are fabricating new door panels and a headliner. The cassette deck got tossed infavor of a CD/MP3 receiver and 6 new speakers. The floor was rotted, so we cut out the bad stuff and replaced the sheet metal. We are chucking the original bench seat and installing buckets from a Hyundai Tiburon. Sound absorbing material lines the interior and we are installing carpet (which it never had.)

We'll be adding 3" drop blocks to the back and cutting a coil off the front. This has to be a daily driver, so we can't go too low. New shocks will be installed at that time too.

We'll be fabbing a custom, Thrush based, dual exhaust and going over the engine completely from a maintenance standpoint. At this time, engine mods will be restricted to dress-up only.

We have already acquired a replacement truck bed as the old one was dented and rusted out in places. We need to do a little more rust repair, then we will paint it yellow and add green flames. That's the plan anyway.

This entire project has to be done as inexpensively as possible. That's why we are doing everything we can by ourselves. The truck cost my wife $570 and I have maybe $500 into it. If I spend another $200, it will be a lot.

My son and I are dedicating this build to all other parents and kids out there who enjoy working on stuff together. You can't put a price on that. When we are done, it'll be his when he gets his license. In the mean time, we hope to take it to events to demonstrate that you don't need to spend a lot to have a great ride and have a pile of fun.

Comments On JimInRadfordVA's D50 Pickup

roycen | New User
Posts: 0 | Joined 03/08/11
Posted: 03/08/11 06:57 PM

Hey man i got a mini to and i need parts but im limited because i live in hawaii..where did u get ur parts?
mini_mazdin | Enthusiast
Posts: 722 | Joined 10/31/07
Posted: 03/09/09 02:21 PM

Wow dude?!!! That is heart warmin bro!! i respct that so much man. You as a father workin on a mini with your son. You guys are spendin time together, havin fun, learing and doing somethin constructive too. Props to you bro. Have you posted any picture of how the mini looks now? Keep it up you two!! I cant wait to see you mini done  Laugh
Hemi6dakota | New User
Posts: 13 | Joined 12/26/07
Posted: 03/08/08 11:37 PM

i`m close to you i live in pembroke Va, do you`ll go to any of the shows around here.ceck out my truck you have maybe seen it around some place, also vote on my truck. thanks Phillip
5569 | Administrator
Posts: 7613 | Joined 08/10/06
Posted: 07/18/07 11:57 AM

I think what you guys are doing to this truck is really cool! It's all about working on stuff together, and I definitely agree that you can't put a pice tag on that! It's the process that counts.  Laugh

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