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Old 07-16-2009, 06:33 AM   #29
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Glad to see you got the Dodge. Now you are definitely going to have to build an extra garage or move to the country so you have room for all your "toys," especially once the Overlander gets back from Ohio.

I tink it's great that your youngest is interested in the truck. My daughter wanted nothing to do with anytrhing that wasn't sporty and automatic, but I magaged to teach her how to drive stick in my "old" pickup.

I, like you, also long for a vehicle where I can see some road around the engine. I don't even change the oil in my vehicles anymore. I used to have a '65 chevy shortbed stepside with a straight six and a '71 Monte Carlo 454 SS and I loved working on them. I would love to have a beater to bring home and putter around with, but alas my wife isn't as understanding as yours. Some of my firends have even offered to let me store a beater in their barns / garages to keep it from my wife, but she would know from the grease and dirt on my hand and under my nails.

Now how about some pictures of this Shaggin' Wagon?
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Old 07-16-2009, 08:25 AM   #30
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Congratulations and it sounds like you've got some fun ahead of you while you wait for your Airstream to come home. Pictures please.

A long ago girlfriend—early '80's—had a Dodge pickup from longer ago. I can't remember the year, though I can guess late 1950's or early '60's. It was simple enough that I did a front end alignment with a broomstick and a wrench. She also had a chainsaw and a dog, and thus defined the type of woman often found in the mountains. Don't know what happened to her or the truck although I heard she was going to a university in Kansas to work on a PhD in math. Mountain women can be complex. The truck was basic, some sort of nondescript grey, and looked to have a long life ahead of it. A mechanic friend of mine rebuilt the bottom end of the engine, so I expect that Dodge is still going somewhere.

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Old 07-16-2009, 09:31 AM   #31
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Men are subject to the capricious whims of nature, the gods and women... though on any given day, it is difficult to tell any difference between the three.

Perhaps that explains our affection for the simplicity of old trucks, dogs, hunting and ice cold beer?

I'll take some photos of the old truck today. I'll be looking for some shop/barn space around town. There simply isn't any room in my micro-shop for anything resembling a project truck. In fact, I need to find a home for a number of Airstream parts. While I would like to build a 40' x 80' pole building with 220v service, overhead lift, hydraulic lift, compressor, etc., that is not possible with our current property or our modest budget. Someday, out west, in a distant future where children are not going to college or getting married.

After the maiden voyage, I can imagine what a rodeo it would be to have 26' of Airstream behind the D200. Of course, there's nothing like an engineering problem to get a guy out of bed in the morning. Thanks for the kinds words, gents. I promise to make enough of a fool of myself for everyone.
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:32 AM   #32
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Good decision! The old Dodge is a horse and you may be surprised what it will do. I had a '67 Chevy 1/2 ton with a 327, 3 speed that I used to pull an early 60s Bambi. I won't admit how fast the Bambi got towed just to see if it was possible. Let me just say it was a long time ago, I was young and yes, even with the vintage tow vehicle it was possible. Good luck!

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Old 07-16-2009, 08:18 PM   #33
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Bravo- I am heartened to hear you got the old DOG, oops DODGE. I arose at 5 am yesterday to beat the desert heat and welded a new set of Cherry Bomb's on to my old 71 Ford. Now I must needs tweek the recently added 4 barrel Edelbrock, it is a bit rich. Adios, John
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:36 PM   #34
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Heeyyy!! Way to go on the old Dodge!

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Old 07-16-2009, 10:47 PM   #35
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I'll take some photos of the old truck today.
Come on hampstead, I love old trucks!
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:54 AM   #36
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Sounds great, can't wait to see some pictures!

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Old 07-17-2009, 07:21 PM   #37
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The Dodge D200 Camper Special

We call him, "Ed."
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Fore and aft

And a couple more for the road....
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It looks a lot like the one that long ago girlfriend had. I now remember the ring around the headlights. And it might have been that same color which is either grey, green, grey green, or green grey. As it was about 25 years ago, hard to remember exactly, but the body is in better shape than her's was. I remember it was "interesting" driving it during a Colorado winter.

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...but the body is in better shape than her's was.


As for winter, Gene, I nearly killed myself in a '65 Dodge D100 running from my home in Libby to Bonner Ferry, Idaho, back in the late 70s. The roads were icy. I had no chains and no weight in the back end. There were some furry moments. After the truck had a ton of grain in the back, it settled down a bit. Oh, to be young and dumb as a sack of hammers again.

Honestly, I wouldn't drive anything with 2WD in the winter without having a set of v-bar chains under the seat. Say what you will about 4WD, I love the v-bars.
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wow. very cool. If you park it next to the Titan, post a shot of that just for reference!
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Old 07-18-2009, 12:54 PM   #42
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I need to wash the bird crap off the Titan before I take any pictures.

As for this thread, we've kind of wandered away from the original intent. As I go through this project, I'm going to learn the old 3/4 ton D200 inside and out. I've had the Titan as my daily driver (and tow vehicle) for five years. Once I get to the point of actually pulling the Overlander behind the D200, I'll be able to talk in a more informed manner about the differences between a vintage 3/4 ton and a modern 1/2 ton. But as we used to say in the Navy, there is "no doubt in my military mind," that the modern 1/2 ton pickup pulls better, stops better, handles better and is more safe than any "stock" vintage 3/4 ton truck.

If, as an Airstream community, we're going to get behind (or pass because they are so slow) vintage tow vehicles towing vintage trailers... then maybe we can find a bit more common ground in the recurrent 1/2 ton versus 3/4 ton debates?
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