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Dodge Li'l Red Express (1979)


Dodge Li'l Red Express (1979)

Based on the Adventurer 150 pick-up, the Li'l Red Express Truck was Dodge's attempt at a factory custom pick-up, and it was a very successful one. It uses the truck's standard and very strong separate chassis with a 360ci (5,899cc) V8 mounted up front for extraordinary pulling power, in fact the engine made this one of the fastest production vehicles in Detroit in 1979. It used a police-spec build, with high-lift camshaft, large four-barrel 850cfm, windage tray to help the crankshaft rev free of oil, plus a high-flow air filter and chrome dress-up items. The suspension was uprated with stiffer shocks for improved handling, while the brakes got power assistance to help bring down the speed. While in 1978 the truck had seen just 2,188 buyers, but the following year this more than doubled to 5,118, with the only change that year being the quad headlights.

Dodge Li'l Red Express (1979) Specifications

Top speed:118 mph (189 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):6.6 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:360 ci (5,899 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:225 bhp (168 kW) @ 3,800 rpm
Max torque:295 lb ft (400 Nm) @ 3,200 rpm
Weight:3,855 lb (1,752 kg)
Economy:14mpg (4.96 km/I)
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