Here at RK Motors Charlotte we sell the coolest cars on the road seven days a week. But it's been a while since we've seen something with this combination of uniqueness and fun factor roll through the doors. This one owner 1988 Dodge Ramcharger is a tough, reliable and solid truck that, with only 5,944 miles on its odometer, is probably the lowest mile Ramcharger on the planet.
Based on the short version of the Dodge Ram platform, the Ramcharger was essentially a regular cab truck with an extended roof, an extra seat and a covered cargo area. It proved extremely useful to people who needed the towing and all terrain capability of the Ram in a vehicle that could haul a lot more people or stuff. Owned and maintained by one person throughout its 23 year existence, this Ramcharger is in exceptional shape and recently received a high quality body on repaint in its original Garnet Pearl red. There isn't a dent or crease anywhere to be found on its Rhino inspired body; and the deep red paint has a great looking finish that rivals the mirror-like appearance of much more expensive eye candy here in our showroom.
At the front of the truck, a familiar silver Dodge grille that evolved from 60s era Mopars is surrounded by straight original stainless trim and bordered by bright square headlights and marker lights. Below the grille, the trucks original front bumper shines well despite some mild patina that has accrued over its 23 years of existence and features original chrome bumper guards with black trim. Above the grille, a nice looking satin finished “Dodge” emblem that still resembles the font used by the division today sits below an awesome highly detailed Ram hood ornament that perfectly personifies this capable trucks spirit. On the profile of this Ramcharger, square sculpted red panels feature thick black rocker moldings that house square silver trimmed front marker lights and are mounted to an excellent looking stainless backing. Above that rocker trim dent free stainless strips along the fender openings perfectly complement chrome factory door handles and well-maintained chrome single arm factory mirrors that were designed to reduce damage to the trucks door sheetmetal in the event that they are knocked off. On the front fenders, the trucks original “Ramcharger” emblems feature charging chrome rams and correct “100” inlays. At the top of the truck, you'll find a rear mounted roof vent, glass that presents as new and more spotless original stainless trim. Out back, a fiberglass rear lift gate is surrounded by a well thought out body color drip molding and features bold silver “Dodge Ram” lettering. Below the lift gate a second original chrome bumper presents well despite mild weathering, and at either side of the lift gate, vertically oriented tail lights look good enough to be showroom fresh.
Pop the hood on this tall truck and you'll find an original Chrysler LA 318 V8 that looks good and runs great. It's not a grossly overpowered mill, but rest assured, this stalwart Chrysler engine has enough torque to get this monster 4x4 out of any tight situation or tow just about any toy you can imagine. At the top of the motor, the trucks original black air cleaner feeds an original 4 barrel carburetor. Below that carburetor, original black valve covers still display correct factory stickers and sit above the trucks original cast iron exhaust manifolds. Behind the carburetor, a correct points distributor has its original factory tag and sends power from a factory electronic ignition to black Mopar electronic suppression wires. In front of the motor, the alternator, power steering pump and Chrysler tagged A/C compressor are all turned by good looking Mopar belts; and a correct radiator sends and receives water through good looking hoses. Clean, reliable and the epitome of 'easy to work on' this clean engine bay is complete from the trucks original hood insulation all the way to its black oil pan.
Built on the solid Ram truck frame, this old school SUV features part time four wheel drive and enough ground clearance to ford most creeks without a problem. The trucks original 4-speed manual transmission sends power to a new for 1988 NP-241 transfer case and Dana 44 front and 9.25 rear axles. Power steering is a welcome addition when you're driving a truck with tries this big and power brakes that consist of discs up front and drums in the rear bring the mass to a quick stop. The trucks suspension is a rugged solid axle and leaf spring set up at both the front and back and it has been equipped with a factory optioned skid plate to protect the transmission when encountering boulders or stumps. The bottom of this truck looks just as you would expect a 23 year old truck to look featuring all factory hardware such as a 24 gallon fuel tank, factory exhaust and factory shocks; and proves that while this truck is exceptionally nice, it's not something that you should be afraid to get dirty. At the corners, 15 inch polished aluminum Eagle wheels are equipped with chrome center caps, chrome lug nuts and gnarly 265/75 Goodyear Wrangler tires. Included with the sale is the trucks original 15 inch steel wheels that are complete with the trucks original satin finished wheel covers and original 235/75 Goodyear radials.
Inside this Ramcharger you'll find a spacious and comfortable environment with enough room to be the vehicle of choice for family vacations. The front buckets and rear bench still feel firm to the touch and are wrapped in nice red and white tweed seat covers that show little to no wear. Red carpet runs from under the dash to a pristine stainless trim piece at the foot of the rear bench seat and shows no staining or thinning anywhere. In front of the driver, a square dash wears a warp free red dash pad, contains a locking glove box and is decorated with wood applique that doesn't display the usual fading of 80s model wood trimmed dashes. In the left side of the dash a speedometer is flanked by gauges for the cars vitals, and in the center of the dash a lighted message center displays warning lights and details about the four wheel drive system above the trucks AM/FM radio and controls for the heat and air conditioning. At the sides of the seats, red molded plastic door panels house chrome handles for the cars doors and windows, and above the seats the original red headliner is stretched tight across the roof. Connecting the driver to the road is a black steering wheel with a Chrysler pentastar logo, a black shifter for the 4-speed transmission and a chrome shifter for the four wheel drive system. Behind the rear seat a bright and airy cargo area carries a correct black mat and holds a matching spare tire.
Documentation included with this sale is the trucks original owner's manual, original warranty booklets, original accessory booklets and original dealer paperwork.
This 1988 Dodge Ramcharger is a very cool old SUV that's still every bit as functional today as it was in when it rolled off the assembly line. And with only 5,944 miles on the odometer, it's an extremely rare truck that barely even has any break-in miles. Whether you're taking it to a cool Friday night cruise in or taking it on a quick Saturday morning run to Home Depot, it's guaranteed attract fans and will likely be the only one of its kind. Call today!
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