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How Would You Build It: 1977 Dodge Ramcharger SE


How Would You Build It: 1977 Dodge Ramcharger SE

I love picking your brains on build ideas, readers. I’m stuck in my ways…I see a certain vehicle, I have a build plan ready to go. Maybe two if I’ve thought about it. But that isn’t always a good thing…sometimes a bit of change-up is needed, or you just need to see other people’s points of view to find an improvement that you yourself wouldn’t have dreamed up. Today is the day I bring to you another vehicle to scheme out a plan on. Yeah, it’s another mid-1970s Mopar…but for once, I don’t think a lot of you will mind that much. 

About the time I entered fifth grade my stepdad had a 1976 Dodge Ramcharger that, at the time, was so close to this 1977 example I found in Arizona that I had flashbacks for a moment. Change the grille and exchange the small-block for a 440, and this thing was his truck to the letter. I adored that loud mother…it pulled like a freight train, it off-roaded like none other and in the summer months we’d pop off the top and enjoy the full convertible setup the entire time the sun was out and the weather was awesome. That truck ruled, and to me, re-creating it just seems right. So that means a built 440 and the big-block 727 to go behind it, gears that are just highway-friendly enough for cruising, but a transfer case that will get damn low for some fun, and the black paint polished up to a mirror-like shine.

Honestly, not much you can do to improve on that image, is there? Or am I wrong? If it was yours, what would you do?

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6 thoughts on “How Would You Build It: 1977 Dodge Ramcharger SE

  1. Mike Brooks

    I love it! When I was a little kid, or family car was a black ’78 Ramcharger. Black, red interior, 318, with white “wagon spoke” wheels. At the time it was the only vehicle in our family until I was about 7 or 8 years old. Everyone else in the neighbor hood had station wagons (this was the pre-minivan era in the early 80’s) Seeing that one brings back many memories!

  2. 69rrboy

    Never understood why they didn’t put a Cummins in one from the factory from 89 to 93. Of course this was in the same time period where a Chrysler executive told me at the Nats that “we don’t make 4 door trucks anymore because there’s no market for them!!”. Really???

  3. Matt Cramer

    I’d just freshen up the interior and engine, and muddy up the exterior. Looks like a nice off road toy as it is.

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