CC Capsule: 1986-90 Dodge Ramcharger – Shopping in Suburbia


So I’m sitting in Five Guys with my son, scarfing down a cheeseburger, when I look out over his shoulder through the window and see this parked in front of the Game Stop.  Wow! I about spit my cherry-vanilla Coke Zero out my nose.


Yeah, we were in one of those new suburban shopping centers designed like an idealized small-town downtown. They have all the same stores that used to be in malls, except they now all have outside entrances so they sprawl over a larger area, and you have to walk out in the weather to get to them. This is supposed to be better than an enclosed mall? I don’t get it. And I don’t get what brought this Ramcharger out to play. If I owned a truck like this, one that had clearly gotten a lot of TLC to stay looking this nice for this many years,  I think I might wait to get it out until the weather was nicer and the roads weren’t salted.


Not that this truck is concours class. The paint on the front driver’s-side fender doesn’t exactly match the rest of the truck, the tailgate decal is a little scuffed, and I’m sure there are blemishes I didn’t notice. But still, when was the last time you saw a Ramcharger at all, let alone one that looked this good?

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