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Category Archive: Monday Shopper, MOPAR, TRUCKS

Money No Object: HELLWAGON! This 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Is Packing Ma Mopar’s Torque Monster!

On September 3, 2020, Jeep’s “Grand Wagoneer” nameplate will return as a full-sized luxury sports-utility vehicle, a body-on-frame unit that sits on Ram 1500 bones. We keep seeing...

Unveiled: 2021 Ram 1500 TRX – A Love Letter To The Ford Raptor

Subtle? Not in the least. The unveiling videos are a cross between the introduction of a Bond film and the fever dream of a desert rat. FCA’s pre-introduction video was a mashup of clips from...

Money No Object: 1977 International Scout II Half-Cab

While out and about the other day, Haley and I stopped in at a dealership’s used lot to check out a lifted Ram 1500 that had piqued her fancy. We did the usual song and dance with the salesman,...

Rough Start: 1993 Chevrolet Blazer Sport – The Dying Breed

Forty years is how long the Chevrolet Blazer K5 lasted in it’s original form, a two-door full-size sport-utility vehicle. That body shell outlived the Blazer name, living on as the two-door...

Dajiban: 2001 Dodge Ram Van 1500, With 410 Stroker Motor Available

If you are unfamiliar with the term “dajiban“, let us bring you up to speed: the Dodge Ram Van, specifically the 1994-2003 variety that has the looks of the 1994 Dodge Ram, might not...

How Would You Build It: 1989 Shelby Dakota

Seeing Carroll Shelby jump ship from Ford around 1970 was no surprise. The direction that the Shelby Mustang program was headed towards was pissing him off more and more. His GT350 and GT500 were...

Cool Vanilla: 1990 Dodge Ram D150 Muscle Truck, As It Should Have Been

Rewind back to 1990 for a minute. The truck of the moment, as it had been ever since it debuted, is the updated GM C/K pickup truck. Lifted, slammed, name it, GM trucks were killing it. They were the...

Money No Object: 1986 Chevrolet El Camino Choo-Choo Super Sport

The small truck. The sport truck. The muscle truck. The coupe utility. The Chevrolet El Camino might not have been the first… The owner goes to an Australian Ford… But it made an impact in the...

Rough Start: Add An Extra Grand To The Budget For This Ballsy Dakota R/T!

Whenever I go daydream project hunting in areas of the Pacific Northwest, I try to keep an eye out for vehicles that I might have known. A Chevelle here, a Cutlass there, or maybe something that I...

Unveiled: 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport

They’ve finally appeared, after years of the faithful praying and begging, after years of seeing the Jeep Wrangler do well, years after putting the original horse down in the name of a more...

The “WTF?!” Files: 1976 Ford F-100 Custom, With Oldsmobile 455 Heartbeat!

The Ford F-series has been America’s best selling full-size pickup for what feels like for-freaking-ever. Why is that? Because every generation of F-series brought enough to the table to be an...

American Ute Fixation: 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Adrenalin, With Coyote and Six-Speed

It’s a bit of a toss-up to know where the American SUV craze started. Was it the XJ Cherokee, with it’s boxy shape and it’s proven four-wheel-drive system that was smaller and...

Rough Start “Tour Of Temptation”: 1981 GMC Caballero

The list of cars I actually want to own longer than a few weeks at a time is fairly short, to be honest. I want to sample everything, I want to push cars to the limit, I want to understand the...

Rough Start “Tour Of Temptation”: 1994 Dodge Ram 1500

Out of all of the trucks built since 1990, the 1994-2002 generation of the Dodge Ram is my favorite. When these things came out, they immediately made GM and Ford trucks look dated. The GM trucks had...