The performance package included a special 727 automatic transmission and 3. Even on the dry West Coast, we struggle to remember the last time we even saw one before running across this pristine example at Mopars at the Strip. He not only wanted to reward himself with something nice, but also had a sneaking suspicion that things were about to change again and this might be his last chance to get something brand new with chrome bumpers and a big-block engine. The Dodge Warlock pickups, which included fancy wheels, fat tires, bucket seats, authentic oak sideboards and unique customizing of both the interior and exterior, was originally a show vehicle idea. Classics on Autotrader is your one-stop shop for the best classic cars, muscle cars, project cars, exotics, hot rods, classic trucks, and old cars for sale. Incredulous, David inspected a couple other cars to verify, then confronted the dealership about it. Plus, it had transmission and power steering coolers standard.
Ask the average Joe on the street what Dodge means, and he'll probably mention the Dodge Ram pickup, the modern muscle known as Dodge Challenger, or maybe the Dodge Charger that, piloted by Johnny Law, pulled him over last week. The only way to fix it was to replace the whole K-frame. The Midnight Express was truck produced by Mr Norm Chicago Foremost Dodge dealer. It sits in a climate controlled attached garage,Restored. . All New Interior and all new exterior paint. Used to be a factory show truck I,m told.
Probably a good candidate for brass plugs. Dual snorkel fresh air sys. Smog concerns and fuel shortages had almost completely killed American muscle cars in all forms. About - Lil Red Express Trucks 78 Lil' Red Truck Dodge released the Lil' Red Express Truck In 1978 it was one of the most unique Dodge trucks that had ever been produced. Warlock,,,,,,,,, talk about fast, Too bad that the only thing holding the bed non existing floor was gravity. The show vehicle and production vehicle differed somewhat, using a different tone of gold on the wheels, tape stripes instead of paint stripes, and dropping the roll bar.
This is in west tn and we dont have mountains but it aint Iowa flat either. It racks up First Place trophies, but still sees those occasional drives. There is conflicting info on the colour options. So why did these things even exist? Since he had it out, David spent a little time cleaning up the welds and painted the K-frame nicely. It was 1981 by then, and the newfound power and increased handling was so noticeable that David started driving the Magnum again and racked up another 3,100 miles. Brought to Chicago put on his goodies like unique name , pinstripes and some extra.
It was not possible to get positive caster on the left side. Surging gas prices, however, took the wind out of the sails and production was cancelled after two years. That setup definitely turns heads. It had 360 mounts, not 400. Dodge was one of the first companies to play with the idea of a factory performance pickup, and in the late 1970s, they took advantage of the custom truck movement to introduce two of the rarest and most sought-after trucks of all time: the Lil' Red Express and the Warlock.
This particular Warlock even had a 'Johnny Lightning' matchbox car model made of it, and was featured prominently in Mopar Magazine. Earlier 440s were much more powerful, but the high gas prices and subsequent engine de-tuning are to blame for the loss in power. I think it would be worth the investment once it was checked out thoroughly. Based on the familiar B-Body platform, the Magnum was a bit of an anomaly on the showroom floor. While both of those cars had blunt noses, the Magnum had a slope nose with four rectangular headlights behind clear aero covers. I always liked the decorated Dodge trucks, I was torn between the Lil Red express, and the Plymouth Arrow sport truck.
What Joe might not realize is that the used Dodge lineup includes a decent variety of other vehicles, such as the affordable Dodge Caliber, the midsize Dodge Avenger sedan, and the Dodge Grand Caravan. Good thing he went for it; the 400 was gone the next year. The exterior had gold pinstriping to outlined the wheel wells and body lines; the pinstriping was continued inside, on the doors, dashboard, and the instrument cluster. Tall exhaust stacks rose from behind the cab, hinting at the power that hid beneath the hood. Other equipment included five-spoke wheels, bucket seats, tinted glass, bright rear bumper, and power steering; options included a radio, air conditioning, cruise control, a rear cargo light, and a clock.
Where did the machismo go? This Warlock featured is equipped with the desirable 440 engine. Lest you think this mint survivor has only been handled with kid gloves, one other adventure came when David used the Magnum to pull his tent trailer up into the mountains when his Monaco wagon had transmission issues and lost reverse. Engines could still be rebuilt and hopped-up, but it was hard to get inspired by the toned-down, luxury-centric styling that seemed to dominate anything fullsize. The seller says the truck sports new tires, exhaust, new wood in the truck bed along with a new radio and speakers. With a gleaming red paint job and wood trim that's hardly been touched, you'd be hard pressed to find a better example of this one-off pickup wonder. They had given him the wrong K-frame! The original Warlock is shown in black with gold wheels. To protect the paint, he built massive mud flaps out of galvanized metal and took the Magnum eight miles off the pavement during that trip.
With gold pinstriping, an oak-lined bed and side rails, and an abundance of chrome, the Warlock remains one of the most head-turning pickups ever to grace the American Highway. Lil Red Express has their numbers legitimized by the factory vin plate production. They got it up on a rack to do their own inspection. The seller says here his truck is one of 74, which is the number I see quoted most often. They soon realized the K-frame had been welded together wrong. New Tires drive this truck any where.
Available in red, green, black and conflicting opinions state orange in 78. Chrysler product V8 engines are notorious for freeze plugs rusting. This truck is neat if you know what it is. Horsepower was on the decline across the board, and as a result, performance was generally less than stellar. David took it in multiple times for correction, but it never seemed to be any better.