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1983 Dodge Ram D150 + Electric Chat

Hey all. Spotted a lovely 1983 Dodge Ram D150 pickup truck.  This Ran, parked around Highland park, is in great condition and seems mostly stock. Do I have to reiterate the joy in finding a vintage vehicle on the road in Los Angeles!? It warms the soul to see these types of older model vehicles slowly meandering around neighborhoods and bustling city streets.

On a side note, I’ve often wondered what would happen to older vehicles if even MORE strict emissions standards were in place. California already has some of the most stringent standards in the nation (while many other states have followed their lead), with an exemption to vehicles made before 1975. If the laws were changed, would we be robbed of seeing a moving, driving example of automotive history on a daily basis? Would all vintage vehicles be vanquished to the confines of a museum or a garage, only allowed to be driven xxx amount of miles per year? Street parked cars of the current and past years would be a thing of the past.

As climate change continues to be at the forefront of national and worldwide news, and automotive emissions taking the fair share of the emission contribution, it only seems inevitable for something of this nature to take affect.  The automotive industry seems to be barreling towards an electric future and I believe the classic car industry will follow suit. Electric crate motors are on the horizon, and many classic car restorers are already doing custom electric conversions. The aforementioned company has already begun a limited production on Electric Minis, running 100 of them out of their factory. I recently watched a video of a fully electric 1970’s Porsche 911 that retained a manual transmission. How is that even possible without a petrol engine?!

Electric is the automotive future and we better get used to it.

 

 

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1974 Dodge D100 Pickup Truck

We’ve spotted this wonderful Dodge D100 work truck (or if you are just looking at the front emblem, a “DGE” truck) parked on the street in Frogtown the other day.  This one is sporting a blueish paint job with a worn down bed top on the back end.   By the way, the name Frogtown is an amazing choice for a town name.  Cheers

And check out some other Dodge Pickups we’ve spotted;

1984 Dodge Ram D150 Prospector – Short Bed

1983 Dodge Ram 50

Early 70’s Dodge D-Series Pickup

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1983 Dodge Ram 50

Take a look at this Dodge Ram 50.  I had no idea Dodge made a small truck back in the 1980’s, but here it is.  It is apparently a Mitsubishi based truck running either a 4-cylinder gas engine or a diesel engine.  Although this Dodge Ram is a bit ratty and has a weird reverse sunroof (just look at it), I really love this thing.

Check out other Dodge Pickups we’ve spotted:

Early 70’s Dodge D-Series Pickup

By the way, I had no clue what this truck may even be until I found this site, which has a wealth of information about the 1983 Dodge lineup – check it out:

https://www.allpar.com/history/dodge/1983.html