1984 Dodge Ram D-250 Prospector
1984 Dodge Ram D-250 Prospector Pickup
- 5.9L V8
- Automatic Transmission
- 76k Miles
- Recent Service
- Prospector Edition
- Original Build Sheet
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“Only one truck manufacturer in America is this tough on rust.” -1984 Dodge magazine advertisement
The '84 Dodge pickup advertising went on: “We are Dodge and we know how to back a truck. Dodge protects you against outer body rust-through for five long, cold winters. And five long, stormy summers. Five years or 100,000 miles.” The ad featured the “Ram Tough” tag line long before simply “Ram” became the entire brand name, and toughness became its reason for being.
The body-rust protection celebrated in the ad is borne out by the remarkable, rust-free condition of this 76,000-mile (approximately 2,000 miles per-year on average) survivor, especially considering its entire life was spent in Michigan. The Prospector Edition D250
remains all original and was saved from the harsh winters by only being a summer cruiser. The condition of the two-tone brown-and-tan paint is in great shape for its age. From the sculpted ”charging ram” hood ornament, over the cab and extended cargo body, to the “Dodge Ram” emblazoned brushed-steel tailgate trim, the exterior remains untouched from the factory. The cargo bed is also undamaged. Cabin glass and lighting lenses are clear and free of cracks. Chrome trim and brushed-steel full-wheel covers are in very good condition overall, as are painted steel bumpers (the rear with more diamond plate steel protection). All factory emblems—including the “Prospector” logo on the cargo box designating the up-market edition—are present and in excellent condition.
The interior features light-tan, nobby-textured fabric upholstery showing such cleanliness and lack of obvious wear, much less abuse, that it looks almost new. Darker brown carpeting is protected by a brown rubber full-width mat. The truck's dash features simulated wood and round gauges. Notably, the chromed-plastic highlights on the dashboard and instrument-surround—which often show chips or delamination on vehicles of this age—are in this case near-perfect. The dash surfaces are similarly un-marred, and the door trim displays the same condition, which could only result from consistent owner care, even love. An AM-FM pushbutton SPS Audiovox factory radio is mounted, and the truck features air-conditioning, which blows cold. No headliner is in place, nor were most trucks delivered with one from the factory in those times. The automatic-transmission shifter is column-mounted. The sliding-window access to the cargo bed is complete and operates properly.
Under the hood, the 5.9L V8 engine is complete with all components in place and all wiring and hoses properly located. The engine bay is clean with recent service. An oil sending switch and both valve cover gaskets were just replaced along with an oil pan, rear main seal, oil change, and fresh tune-up. The truck is healthy and lives up to the rough and tough Ram name. The truck's factory build sheet is included, and the data sticker on the body includes considerable build specifications.
From a time when pickup trucks were beginning to offer the comforts of passenger cars, this Ram is a good example of a work truck that offered so much more. A true survivor that worked its way, and was properly cared for its entire life. Ram tough indeed.