Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 27

Thread: 80 d50(project throw back D50)

  1. #1

    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    08-30-2011
    Posts
    25
    Location

    Greenville, TX
    Vehicle

    1980 Dodge D-50

    80 d50(project throw back D50)

    My plans are static dropped with loud paint job and some 15x10 wheels. I want to make it sort of a throw back weekend cruiser. It has been sitting since 1993 and has some classic 90s mods custom painted tailights, pink grill and the bed is hinged so you can tilt it back and see the pink frame.







  2. #2



    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    03-16-2011
    Posts
    3,614
    Location

    Sacramento, CA
    Vehicle

    1979 Dodge D-50
    Engine

    Chevy V6
    Wow man you got your work cut out. If you restore it to it's former glory it will look Old School Cool again.... A nice drop and a dancing bed would make the old school look complete.
    Members come and members go, But the board keeps track of them.
    Check out the Fear Monger by
    clicking HERE.

    The MightyRam50 site is sponsored in part by On Site Concrete Inc.

  3. #3

    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    03-26-2011
    Posts
    111
    Location

    British Columbia, Canada
    Vehicle

    1986 Dodge D-50
    Engine

    Please Select Your Engine Type
    I've never seen a first gen with the roof chopped and I gotta admit, I'm diggin' it! Cool project!

    -RHP

  4. #4

    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    08-30-2011
    Posts
    25
    Location

    Greenville, TX
    Vehicle

    1980 Dodge D-50
    Quote Originally Posted by parrell456 View Post
    I've never seen a first gen with the roof chopped and I gotta admit, I'm diggin' it! Cool project!

    -RHP

    Thanks. I got lucky and the top is in decent shape. I have a weber conversion on the way and should have it running soon.

  5. #5



    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    03-16-2011
    Posts
    3,614
    Location

    Sacramento, CA
    Vehicle

    1979 Dodge D-50
    Engine

    Chevy V6
    Please tell me you are planning to change the steering wheel. It just does not fit the look.
    Members come and members go, But the board keeps track of them.
    Check out the Fear Monger by
    clicking HERE.

    The MightyRam50 site is sponsored in part by On Site Concrete Inc.

  6. #6

    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    08-30-2011
    Posts
    25
    Location

    Greenville, TX
    Vehicle

    1980 Dodge D-50
    Quote Originally Posted by camoit View Post
    Please tell me you are planning to change the steering wheel. It just does not fit the look.
    LOL. That is on list of things to do! I may be going for an old school theme but that steering wheel was ugly when the truck was new.

  7. #7

    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    08-30-2011
    Posts
    25
    Location

    Greenville, TX
    Vehicle

    1980 Dodge D-50
    I put the weber on it saturday and it runs great. I need to get some wheels and tires on it and then i can move on to repairing the floor pan and the rockers.

  8. #8

    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    08-30-2011
    Posts
    25
    Location

    Greenville, TX
    Vehicle

    1980 Dodge D-50
    I got wheels and tires for it today. 15x8 Centerline Stars with 205/50/15 tires.


  9. #9



    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    03-20-2011
    Posts
    4,118
    Location

    Pittsburgh, PA
    Vehicle

    1980 Dodge D-50
    Engine

    G54B
    Take a good look at that last pic - that tire is too narrow for that wheel. If you hit anything like a hole, curb etc, the tire can unseat from the rim and come off causing an instant flat and loss of control. In Cali years ago, the trend was to put 195-50-15 tires on 10" wide rims until the CHP outlawed it as being unsafe. You need at least 225 cross section width to make it safe.
    Pennyman1
    The best Dodge that Dodge never made
    Living the D-50 lifestyle since 1980

  10. #10

    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    08-30-2011
    Posts
    25
    Location

    Greenville, TX
    Vehicle

    1980 Dodge D-50
    Quote Originally Posted by pennyman1 View Post
    Take a good look at that last pic - that tire is too narrow for that wheel. If you hit anything like a hole, curb etc, the tire can unseat from the rim and come off causing an instant flat and loss of control. In Cali years ago, the trend was to put 195-50-15 tires on 10" wide rims until the CHP outlawed it as being unsafe. You need at least 225 cross section width to make it safe.
    I know they are too narrow. I bought the wheels with the tires already mounted on them and will be changing them out when i start driving the truck. I really feel sorry for the poor guy who mounted the tires. I worked at a tire shop in the 90s when a lot of people were running those narrow tire wide wheel combos and it sucks getting the bead to seal on them.

  11. #11

    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    08-30-2011
    Posts
    25
    Location

    Greenville, TX
    Vehicle

    1980 Dodge D-50


  12. #12



    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    03-20-2011
    Posts
    4,118
    Location

    Pittsburgh, PA
    Vehicle

    1980 Dodge D-50
    Engine

    G54B
    Its looking good - glad you knew they were wrong - keep up bringing it back. Have you come up with a name for it yet?
    Pennyman1
    The best Dodge that Dodge never made
    Living the D-50 lifestyle since 1980

  13. #13

    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    08-30-2011
    Posts
    25
    Location

    Greenville, TX
    Vehicle

    1980 Dodge D-50
    Thanks. Now that I know it runs (and how much fun it is to drive) I need to repair the rusted floor pan and rocker panels. I have not thought of a name yet.

  14. #14



    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    03-16-2011
    Posts
    3,614
    Location

    Sacramento, CA
    Vehicle

    1979 Dodge D-50
    Engine

    Chevy V6
    Quote Originally Posted by roro13 View Post
    I know they are too narrow. I bought the wheels with the tires already mounted on them and will be changing them out when i start driving the truck. I really feel sorry for the poor guy who mounted the tires. I worked at a tire shop in the 90s when a lot of people were running those narrow tire wide wheel combos and it sucks getting the bead to seal on them.
    I think they called it "Tippy Toes". Personally I thought it was as the dumbest thing I ever saw. Or they got the tires from Goodwill...... Now it's 36 inch rims and 1 inch of tire, speakers in the grill and a paint job and a logo that says something like Mt. Dew, Swisher Sweet, Trix, now it's Viagra. Next time I see one I'll snap a pict. All I do is laugh at them.
    Members come and members go, But the board keeps track of them.
    Check out the Fear Monger by
    clicking HERE.

    The MightyRam50 site is sponsored in part by On Site Concrete Inc.

  15. #15

    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    08-30-2011
    Posts
    25
    Location

    Greenville, TX
    Vehicle

    1980 Dodge D-50
    Quote Originally Posted by camoit View Post
    I think they called it "Tippy Toes". Personally I thought it was as the dumbest thing I ever saw. Or they got the tires from Goodwill...... Now it's 36 inch rims and 1 inch of tire, speakers in the grill and a paint job and a logo that says something like Mt. Dew, Swisher Sweet, Trix, now it's Viagra. Next time I see one I'll snap a pict. All I do is laugh at them.
    We have a bunch of those "DONK" cars here too. I have no problem with how anyone wants to fix up their cars (I bagged my 64 impala) but when you lift a car that high and throw those heavy wheels on them without upgrading the brakes and steering parts you are asking for trouble.

  16. #16

    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    08-30-2011
    Posts
    25
    Location

    Greenville, TX
    Vehicle

    1980 Dodge D-50
    I have had everybody i know on the lookout for a tailgate for the D50 and it paid off big time! I just bought this 1981 arrow. The older guy who had it had someone work on it and they broke a spark plug off in the head and he just wanted to get rid of it. I paid $300 for it and let my buddy who found it for me have the seat out of it for his s10. It is an automatic truck with a/c and is in great shape except for the dented tailgate. LOL

  17. #17


    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    08-31-2011
    Posts
    788
    Location

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Vehicle

    1981 Dodge D-50
    Engine

    Ford V8
    Now you have a parts truck or a parts runner to get stuff for the other truck.

  18. #18



    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    03-16-2011
    Posts
    3,614
    Location

    Sacramento, CA
    Vehicle

    1979 Dodge D-50
    Engine

    Chevy V6
    Just what you needed. A parts / fiberglass mold truck.... We expect to see a full work up on both trucks now. Just kidding.. Keep a running total of how much money you spend and if you can find a time clock. The hours would be a good addition to the thread. I wish I had picked up one before starting my project.
    Members come and members go, But the board keeps track of them.
    Check out the Fear Monger by
    clicking HERE.

    The MightyRam50 site is sponsored in part by On Site Concrete Inc.

  19. #19

    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    08-30-2011
    Posts
    25
    Location

    Greenville, TX
    Vehicle

    1980 Dodge D-50
    The Arrow is in great shape and has a 2.6 with an auto trans but has a spark plug broken off in the head and I belive it jumped time. The D50 has 2.0 with a manual trans and runs great but needs a lot of rust repair on the floor pan and rockers. I need to decide if I want to repair the 2.6 or put the 2.0 in the arrow. Will the 2.0 bolt up to the auto trans? I know next to nothing about these trucks but now I own two of them. LOL

  20. #20

    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    03-26-2011
    Posts
    111
    Location

    British Columbia, Canada
    Vehicle

    1986 Dodge D-50
    Engine

    Please Select Your Engine Type
    Wow, I wish I could find solid trucks like that where I live; I'd have a fleet!

    -RHP

  21. #21



    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    03-16-2011
    Posts
    3,614
    Location

    Sacramento, CA
    Vehicle

    1979 Dodge D-50
    Engine

    Chevy V6
    Look in the manual and source info section for a full factory manual. I want to say that the auto and 2.0 are narrow blocks. I think there is some information started the wiki about just that. Somthing like Engine type and markings.
    Members come and members go, But the board keeps track of them.
    Check out the Fear Monger by
    clicking HERE.

    The MightyRam50 site is sponsored in part by On Site Concrete Inc.

  22. #22

    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    08-30-2011
    Posts
    25
    Location

    Greenville, TX
    Vehicle

    1980 Dodge D-50
    Quote Originally Posted by parrell456 View Post
    Wow, I wish I could find solid trucks like that where I live; I'd have a fleet!

    -RHP
    I have not seen many around here. I bought the first on just because it was a good deal but after I got it up and running I really like it. I also like the fact that they are not real common like most of the other mini trucks running around.

  23. #23

    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    08-30-2011
    Posts
    25
    Location

    Greenville, TX
    Vehicle

    1980 Dodge D-50
    Quote Originally Posted by camoit View Post
    Look in the manual and source info section for a full factory manual. I want to say that the auto and 2.0 are narrow blocks. I think there is some information started the wiki about just that. Somthing like Engine type and markings.
    I am going to try and fix the 2.6 and get the Arrow back on the road and then figure out what I want to do with the D50. I seem to always have more projects than I do time and money!

  24. #24

    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    06-05-2011
    Posts
    19
    Location

    Atlanta, GA
    Vehicle

    1986 Mitsubishi Mighty Max
    Engine

    4G63
    I'm glad to hear that your saving the Arrow. The first d50/max I ever liked was a Root Beer brown 81 Arrow, lowered on chrome 15" Nuggets. An older girl in my home town had it.

    Good luck with it

  25. #25

    Array
    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    08-30-2011
    Posts
    25
    Location

    Greenville, TX
    Vehicle

    1980 Dodge D-50
    Quote Originally Posted by 86goldmightymax View Post
    I'm glad to hear that your saving the Arrow. The first d50/max I ever liked was a Root Beer brown 81 Arrow, lowered on chrome 15" Nuggets. An older girl in my home town had it.

    Good luck with it
    I bought it for parts but it is really too nice to take apart.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •