(By Greg Rourke) – The “WTF” file cabinet is getting pretty full at BANGshift. However, we have one more file folder to cram in. While wandering around Illinois, as I am known to do, I run across stuff. Some of it I wish I hadn’t. Case in point: This Dodge.
I’m sure you’re all familiar with the Dodge Lil’ Red Express pickup. In 1978 and 1979 performance was dead in Detroit, emissions rules and such. Mother Mopar found a loophole, half ton and larger pickups were nearly exempt. So they stuck a 4 barrel 360 in a step side D100, ran the exhaust through a pair of chrome stacks, and put big rubber on chrome wheels on all four corners. For 1978 only, catalytic converters were left in the bin, leaded fuel could still be used. The Lil Red Express and the lesser known Warlock were born, car rags of the day claimed they were among the very few vehicles produced that could top 100 MPH.
Don’t get your shorts in a bunch, this isn’t one. It’s a 1977, the seller doesn’t claim it’s a LRE, other than slapping the stickers on the doors. And what’s up with the Chevrolet sourced drivetrain? A 350 under the hood, a Turbo 350 under the floor, and a 12 bolt under the bed. I’d guess a Mopar man won’t want it with the heart transplant, and a Chevy man won’t want it either. You know, because it isn’t one.
At least for the $5000 asking price you’re getting a rust free pickup. You can use it while scouring the local U Pull It for a proper drivetrain.