Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, it’s no secret that vintage trucks are in right now. Cool old trucks that are built for speed are all over the place these days, and ones like Roadkill’s Muscle Truck C10 Stepside and the Farmtruck made famous on Street Outlaws have influenced hordes of gearheads to go grab an old boxy truck from their local classifieds to turn into a street machine of their own. It’s hard not to love these things; they are not only stout platforms to build, but they are also useful since they can haul stuff in the bed and make weekend errands easy. The most popular vintage trucks right now seem to be the Chevrolet C10, with Ford’s F100/150 not too far behind, and the Dodge D100/150 taking up the rear. That said, the truck we are about to show you, a 1983 Dodge D150 long bed, might help balance things out. This one is not quite done, but it’s for sale up in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and looking for someone to finish it off and go dominate the local home improvement store parking lot. Check it out!
The seller of this sleepy truck is asking $7,500, and claims to have over $13,000 into it, including over $8,000 in the engine build alone. The story is that medical issues in his family have come up, so he’s looking to move the project down the road. It’s currently together and running, which is a plus, and aside from a small rust spot in one of the rocker panels and a few dents, it’s in decent shape. If I was buying it, I’d 100% run it as is, leaving the mismatched paint, truck tires, and all. Maybe I’d add one of those old camper caps with the frosted bubble windows and the scroll work pinstriping, making this old Dodge the spitting image of the early 80’s D150 that one of the weird science teachers drove when I was in middle school (side note: he was really strange, and he had a mattress in the back of his at all times, and I don’t want to know why!). I’d even add quiet mufflers, (with cutouts, of course) to avoid giving away the secrets under the hood unless necessary. With that, I’d name it the Creeper Sleeper!
So, you now know what we would do, but what would you do if you had this D150 in your possession? Would you restore the body to its original 1983 appearance, or would you run it as-is? Would you leave the engine and drivetrain alone, or would you make it even more ridiculous? Let us know in the comments section!
1983 D150 512 Cubic Inch Street Sleeper. Motor started out as a new Mopar Performance cross bolted main 440 based block.All machine work done by H&J Machine in Carrington. New K-1 technologies forged stroker 8 bolt crank with h-beam rods and diamond pistons. Indy ez-1 heads opened up to close to max wedge size. Dyno’d at just shy of 600 hp and 630 ft lbs of torque @ 3400 rpm. Have all dyno sheets and receipts.Body removed and frame cleaned and rotary brushed and painted with rustoleum. New brakes, lines, fuel lines, fuel cell, new 489 center section with auburn tru-trac 3.55:1 posi. Dr. Diff HD axles and bearings, Texas driveshaft HD shaft and joints.Box had damage and rust and found a rust free box to install. Cab has a few dents and minor rust in the driver’s rocker panel area. Found a shop rag in there when disassembling. New Wranglers and chrome rims. Was going to make this a street/strip vehicle but due to family medical issues it’s time to move on. Drive as is or do the body and paint. $7500 OBO. Went through some receipts and I have over $13,000 into this project with the motor alone over $8,000. Less than 1500 miles on the truck since the transplant. Would keep it and finish it but wife is in end stage renal failure that requires me to administer home hemo dialysis. So someone enjoy this Mopar and finish it.