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I originally purchased my 1950 Dodge Panel on the Internet for $500 and paid nearly $1000 to have it delivered from California on 03/14/02. At some point, guessing in the '70's, it had been converted to a camper of sorts. Complete with house wiring, fiberglass insulation, a fold-down army cot and a second fuel tank for those long drives. There was no engine when I bought the truck, but I was told that the last engine installed in it was a Cadillac V8. Needless to say, the frame had been butchered in the front. The previous owner had started to use airplane stripper to take the layers of paint off the outside and then let it sit outside to rust. Fortunately, since it came from California, it was only surface rust.

I stripped everything out of the inside and dropped the frame out from under it in short order. I pulled a front frame clip of an '88 Dodge Dakota (2wd) from the junkyard and started building my own frame there back.

I have had a couple different engines in the thing, but currently have a 2002 5.9L MPFI Small-block from a wrecked 4wd Dodge RAM 1500. The 46RE automatic transmission is from that 2002 RAM, but has been converted from 4wd to 2wd.

I built a custom Y-pipe (dual 2.5" into single 3") with a pair of 2.5" high-flow cat's so the engine controller would be happy. I chose a Magnaflow muffler that takes the single 3" and turns it into a dual 3" output that I routed out the side of the truck.

The current rear end is a 3.73:1 Dana 44a (aluminum center-chunk) out of a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The rear end is tethered to the chassis by a custom 4-link, triangulated, rear suspension and a pair of coil-over rear shocks with 400lb springs.

I made the front end tilt forward for that truly custom look. And I kept the hood so it also still opens from the sides. Just for some added flair.

The dash is from a 2004 PT Cruiser. It was amazing how easily it fit in the truck! As if it was made for this application, it had exactly 1/4 inch clearance on each side!

The two rows of bucket seats are from a pair 2001 Dodge Dakota donor trucks.

The power window motors are from a late 90's Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The door latches are from a 2003 Dodge Stratus (but are pretty much the same on all mid 2000 Chrysler vehicles) and incorporate power-locks into the truck. The rear door locking mechanisms for the left door are from a late '90's full-size Dodge van and the one for the right door is from another 200(3) Dodge Stratus. I used the interior handles from the van for both rear doors, but the exterior handle for the right door is actually built into the license plate. You just lift the license plate and the door pops open.

The bumpers have both been removed and the bracket holes have been smoothed.

There are a few (hundred) other mods, but I'll let you discover them as you see pictures.
 

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That brings me current on pics. I'll add some videos later tonight.
 
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