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Here is some general / historical info on a little known truck called the FORCE: FYI

The FORCE was a replica of the 4WD off road racing truck driven by Rod Hall and was released as a 1978 model (only) that sold just in the West.

It featured Mickey Thompson shocks, extra leaf front springs, front and rear trusses, a Hickey roll bar, grille guard, Halogen driving lights, Sears Adventure tires, mounted on Superiors wheels, floor mats, and a special paint and stripe package.

This could all be had for about $1400 dollars over the base sticker price of a short wheel base, half ton 4WD.

source: WPC Museum
 

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The 1987 Rod Hall signature series Dodge 4WD truck was in itself a project similar to that of the Force, however this truck was not just decals hand heavy duty factory equipment modification.

The First Rod Hall signature truck debuted in 1987 and was set up by Rod Hall himself in Reno, NY

ONly seven made it into showrooms before the NHTSA halted their sales, because of the suspension modifications.

The Government forced its reasoning on Dodge, claiming that the huge springs, dual shocks and hard riding suspension components had not yet been approved for highway use, and thus were deemed unsafe. The Government demanded a recall of every truck sold.

An interesting fact about the equipment installed by Rod Hall was that is was available to the automotive consumer thru many auto parts stores.

WHile there was no law prohibiting individuals from buying and installing all the same equipment Rod Hall did, it was against the law for Dodge to sell the truck because the equipment had never been tested or approved by the NHTSA. With serious federal penalties at stake, Dodge stopped the sale of the truck, but agreed to release them again in the future.

In 1990, DOdge again released a limited edition of the Rod Hall truck. The truck featured oversized Rancho shocks, and larger springs than the standard 150 series pickup.

Interior features included an AM/FM cassette, power steering, power brakes, a leather wrapped steering wheel and a gray cloth and vinyl interior. Power came from a basic 318 with a single exhaust pipe.

source: WPC Museum
 
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