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1985 Dodge Ram 1500 With 440,727 Trans And A 9" Ford Rear End on 2040-cars

Year:1985 Mileage:181966

Nolensville, Tennessee, United States

Nolensville, Tennessee, United States

1985 Dodge Ram 1500. I am the second owner of this Truck. I bought it on December 11th, 1992. It had a 360 in it. I proceeded to Strip it down to the Frame and install a 500 Horsepower 440 Chrysler Engine, a 727 Torqueflite Transmission (Out of a 1975 Imperial) with a 340 Torque Converter. I wanted a tough Rear End and 4 Wheel Disc Brakes, so I installed a 9" Ford Rear End out of a 1975 Lincoln Mark IV with Disc Brakes. It has a Willwood Brake Porportioning Valve on it. The Center Chunk is out of a 1966 Ford Galaxy with a 3.25 Ring Gear and Pinion and a Detroit Locker out of a NASCAR Late Model Stock Car running at Nashville's Fairgrounds Speedway. The Drive Shaft is a custom piece with a Chrysler Front Yoke and a Ford Rear Yoke. At 177,000 miles, the Engine broke a valve Spring and Retainer and dropped a valve into a piston destroying the engine.

I had 1 more good 440 in my Garage that came out of a 1970 Chrysler 300 TNT Package. It has been completely rebuilt with all new parts. Mopar Performance Camshaft "Street Hemi Grind" 480" Lift and 280 degrees duration. A Mopar M1 Dual Plane Intake Manifold. The Carburetor is from a 1971 GTX. It has a Factory Choke in the Intake. Cloyes Tru Roller Timing Chain. Comp Cams Valve Springs, Retainers, and Pushrods. Sealed Power Pistons and Rings, Clevite 77 Engine Bearings. Mopar Performance Oil Pump. Mopar Valve Covers and Air Cleaner. Headman "Motor Home" Headers with a Dual In, Dual Out Flowmaster Muffler and Stainless Exhaust Tips. While I had the Engine Redone, I took the Transmission to Coleman Taylor in Franklin, Tn and had all new Clutches and Seals installed. Shift Kit, Improved Kick Down Lever and a Deep Transmission Pan for more Fluid. The Rear End was fine. I Reinstalled all of this at 77,074 miles. I have changed the oil (With Valvoline Racing Oil with High Zinc)  at 81,050 miles and today, it has 81,966 miles on the odometer. So, the Engine and Transmission has 4,892 miles on it. The only road Trip I have made with it since the Fresh Rebuild, I drove it to Chicago about 3 years ago and it ran like a Top!

 Well, one thing led to another, so I had the Truck completely repainted, Installed new Carpets, Radio Speakers with Alpine , New Door Panels, Power Window Switches and Door Lock Switches. New Headliner. It has a 1989 Seat in it, a '89 Dash Face and a 140mph Custom Speedometer (Built by Corvette Clocks By Roger) I have installed an Autometer Tach and Vacuum Gauge. A Panasonic OP875 CD Player with an Auxilirary Input Jack. It has 1970 Corvette LT1 Outside Rear View Mirrors. Factory Tilt Wheel. Class III Receiver Hitch (That I got from Marvin Panch) I worked with NASCAR Winston Cup Teams from 1973 through 1993. A set of 15X8 American Racing Polished Torque Thrust Wheels with BF Goodrich P275/60R15 Tires. It has a Griffin NASCAR Style Aluminum Radiator. Mopar Performance Electronic Ignition. A Cobra 25 CB Radio mounted in the Roof with a Weatherband. It haas a Chrysler Tri Band Antenna (Made by Hy Gain). I have installed a new 1990 Grille and Taillights. It has a Rear Chrome Step Bumper and Rhino Lining in the bed.

   The reason I am selling my Truck is that I have had a series of Health problems in the last few years. I had Open Heart Surgery and had 5 By Passes. March 27th, I had been on Dialysis and had a Kidney Transplant. I have gone from having 15 cars and I am now down to 4. This is my last favorite Toy that I will be selling. I have a 1999 Dodge Ram Sport that I will put up for Sale after this Truck sells and I will simply buy myself a newer Dodge Truck from the proceeds of these two Trucks. I really don't feel like tinkering with my Toys like I did when I was younger. I am 60 now and I need to get down to 3 vehicles. My wife's, my truck, and Her 1970 Challenger T/A (Which is not for Sale)  but I'll show it to you when you come and pick up your Truck. I took this Truck to the Mopar Nationals in 1995 and entered it into the Bracket Race. There were 165 Vehicles in the 14 second Bracket. I made it to the Quick 16 and Broke out by 2 /100ths of a second. This Truck ran 14.30's in the Quarter mile in 95 degree Weather. It ran 8.90's in the 1/8th mile. It would run high 13's in the Quarter mile and low 8th's in the 1/8th mile in Cool Weather. I have seen it run 6,300 RPM's in High Gear. (Once) that was enough.

   This Truck will be sold as is, where is with no warranty whatsoever. Now, I want you to inspect this Truck to your Satisfaction and if you feel that I have not been 100% Honest with you about it, you don't have to take it. I do not have to sell it, I am just getting a little more practical at my current age and Health Status. You can contact me with any questions now or after you buy the Truck. I have owned this Truck for 22 years and can pretty much tell you anything you need to know about it. Call me at 615-948-4204 between 8am and 8pm. my name is Stan Hardcastle and I am the Events Director for the Music City Mopar Club in Nashville, Tennessee.

On Apr-28-14 at 06:50:31 PDT, seller added the following information:

 Hear it run at:          Go to
You Tube and look up  " Stan Hardcastle's 1985 440 Dodge Ram Truck " Let me know if it works. Thanks, Stan

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