The Dodge Ramcharger is a large sport utility vehicle built by Dodge from 1974 to 1993, based on a shortened-wheelbase version of the Dodge D Series/Ram Pickup truck chassis. A Plymouth version, named the Plymouth Trail Duster, offers from 1974 to 1981, was Plymouth’s only SUV.
The Ramcharger was mostly produced as a two-door, 4X4 vehicle, although a two-wheel drive version was available. As a full-size SUV, it competed with the Chevrolet K5 Blazer and the 1978-1996 Ford Bronco.
The Ramcharger was discontinued at the end of the 1993 model year in North America. In Mexico, however, production continued until 1996. It was then brought back from 1999 to 2001, still as a two-door SUV and sharing the design of the contemporary Ram pickup. Approximately 30,000 were produced and were all two-wheel drive.
The Ramcharger and Trail Duster followed the D-series pickup’s 1981 redesign into the Ram and is considered the second generation. They had an egg crate-style grille which was used until the 1986 model year, when the front was redesigned to the crosshair grille that remains common on many Dodges today. In 1991, there were another batch of grill changes that lasted until 1993 when American Ramcharger production stopped. The generation two trucks had a few different trim and interior option levels, but not much changed over the years. These models has a non-removable welded steel top instead of the removable top.
Many manual transmissions were offered throughout the years, starting with the A-230 three-speed and ending with the A-535 five-speed in 1992.
We will be doing a new paint job on this Ramcharger. Also installing a new engine, transmission and transfer case.
We have removed the hood and begun to teardown the engine.
We have gotten the engine and transmission removed.
Beginning to teardown the interior and all windows have been removed.
Interior carpet has been completely removed.
We have separated the engine and transmission.
Further progress on the teardown process, it will be getting media blasted next.
We have gotten the body media blasted.
The rear windshield drip rail revealed bondo after it was media blasted. We removed the bondo to weld in a new piece of metal.
We have welded in new metal to repair the damaged drip rail.
We have cut out the drivers floor pan to be replaced with a new floor pan.
The new floor pan getting prepped to be installed.
Doing some light bodywork to the body in preparation for primer.