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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-14-2004, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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OT- Dodge Lil\' Red Express = tow rig?

Do ya' think a 79 Lil' Red Express would make a decent tow rig? I found one that's rough but definately drivable. I'm not a Mopar fan but I know these are kinda rare. They were supposedly built as lil' hot rods... I don't even know if it's worth messing with... Anyone interested in trading something for it?
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I bet collectors would pay good money for that thing. Does it still have the stacks? [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Don't see why it couldn't tow a Sami..stronng 360, etc
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Yup, it's still got the stacks. The interior is more or less shot. The wood in the bed is shot which I can easily replace. The paint is bad but rust is not as bad as would be expected for a 25 year old East Coast truck. These trucks don't seem to bring too much on ebay and I don't know where else I'd be able to sell it
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Do ya' think a 79 Lil' Red Express would make a decent tow rig?

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2wd shortbox fullsize....you can find better tow rigs but if you want to be noticed when you pull in.......

I'm old enough to remember these trucks new, they were looked on as kind of a joke back then as I recall. The guys who really liked these trucks already had stacks coming up through the bed but they darn sure couldn't afford a new truck.....

Threre was a black one with gold trim called a Warlock or something too.......
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I'm fairly certain it would generate some interest at mopar carlisle. especially if the body isn't too bad. but....then you would have to sit on it till july.
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I remember these when they came out, too. What I remember most at the time was that they came out during the smog motor crap, so the 360 was way down on power. It was a 'special verison' that made 225 hp and about 295 ft/lb of torque. it was faster than the 78 vette and was supposedly the fastest car produced by the big three auto makers that year.

There were a lot of cars around then that had a lot of gewgaw [img]images/graemlins/bs.gif[/img] stuck on them to try and compensate for the horrible lack of power. The most powerful motor you could get in a corvette in 1975 was 205 HP. pretty sad.

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The dea lwas in 78 the truck was able to use a loophole and the ystuffed a good powered 360 in without cars. In 78 it was the fastest production vehicle 0-100
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a good powered 360

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I wouldnt call 225 horses a good powered 360. That motor has as its ancestor the 340, the 318 and the 273 before that. My 68 Dart GTS 340 made 275 horses before i did anything to it. My fathers 67 Fury Wagon had a 318 with a 2bbl carb that made 230 hp. I had a 67 dart GT with a Forumla S 273 with 235 hp! If you add 87 cubic inches to a motor design and it goes DOWN 10 hp it's not a good powered motor.

The chrysler smallblock is a great motor. I think they still make the damn thing as the 5.2 liter. It never got the respect the GM and ford smallblocks got, but its a great little engine. I had a bunch of cars with one version or another of that motor. The one in the li'l red express is a depressing, wheezy boat anchor, choked to death by smog regulations.

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I don't think they were all that rare either, I remember having several in my little home town of 2000 people.

I did kinda like them though
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Re: OT- Dodge Lil\' Red Express = tow rig?

That series 360 can be upgraded to 290 hp in one afternoon if it's solid and in decent shape . Or, do like I did to one for a friend . Swap out the lower A frames and torsion bars out of a 2wd Power Wagon (74-78), yank that rod rattling 360 out and replace it with an RB series 440 . Give her a breather with a 750 Carter , Mopar's upgraded disty , Crane's anti-pump up lifters and rockers and 2.25" exhaust . I have a set of headers here to fit it you can have cheap ....hehe...
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