Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Grabbing the Ram by the horns

Truck Week continues, this time from the North Side of Williamsburg where this shiny red donkey was hiding out.
What we have here is a 1980 Dodge Adventurer SE 100 in two tone White over Impact  Red. The hood ornament is the only clue telling us that this is an '80 as opposed to the otherwise-identical '79. Those were the only 2 years featuring 4 stacked square headlights, and even then only on certain models. 
The Dodge D-Series trucks were built between 1961 and 1980, meaning that this truck is one of the last of its kind (after 1980 the name changed to Dodge Ram which itself lasted through 1994). From the front we can see the last remnant of the Fuselage Styling first introduced by Chrysler in 1969. The term refers to the overall roundness of the body, which curved inward at the top and bottom of the sides. This grill on this Adventurer still has that shape which continues for the full length of the truck. In fact, those flared-out fender harken back to the '71 Plymouth Satellite (the police car from the should-have-been-a-hit show Police Squad!).
I like these trucks for their soft stying. Even the window openings are devoid of sharp angles, as is the roof. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a single angle on this entire rig.
The wheel on the front is the correct one for this truck (and it matches the other 2). The interloper on the drivers side rear is correct for this era Dodge truck, just not the mighty Adventurer!
Adventurer was a special option package, with the SE being the absolute top-of-the-heap. It included some goofy extras such as wood trim on the dashboard, color-keyed seat belts, courtesy lighting, dual horns, luxury door panel trim(!), those special wheels, and the chrome with black center stripe running the lower length of the sides.
Around the top of the bed you can just make out the evenly spaced snaps that indicate that this might've had a bed cover at one point. Whether it was a factory or dealer option, or something added later on, I couldn't tell.
These trucks were built with seriously tough galvanized steel that prevented rusting better than just about every other vehicle from the era. Since there are spots of rust here and there on this truck it might actually have come from the Northeast originally.
We'll leave with this awesome ram hood ornament!

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