Dodge fans are looking at the surging values of vintage pickups like this 1993 Dodge Ram 250 LE Diesel 4×4 and are regretting ever selling these awesome trucks
First off, they last forever. Second, they’ve always been incredibly stylish, both inside and out. And most importantly, a Dodge truck like this can do pretty much any job you put in front of it, no matter how big or how dirty. With the venerable Cummins 5.6L Inline 6 Turbo Diesel running the show under the hood (arguably the best production diesel ever built), a heavy-duty longbed that’ll carry anything and features a 5th-wheel towball set-up, and a gorgeous ‘Club Cab’ interior that’s in great shape, this big Ram 4×4 has everything you want in a full-size truck.
The big, squared-off style of the ’90s D/W pickups works particularly well in big-boy 250 LE Club Cab form. Crisply rendered and very butch, this rig looks like it could pull an ocean liner out of the water. Repainted in 2012 back to its factory Emerald Green Metallic paint, the paint has a solid, strong driver-quality look that refines the otherwise bullish features of this big hauler. Certainly not perfect, there are imperfections that can be seen upon closer examination of the paint and body, but for a 30-year-old truck, this Dodge sure looks good when it’s cruising down Main Street. The big chrome grille, heavy-duty bumpers, oversized mirrors, LED lightbar, step bars, and, of course, the oversized bed and heavy-duty tailgate all add to the big rig feel, although you’ll ultimately discover that this pickup is pretty darned civilized out on the road. The bed has obviously been used with that towball back there, but it hasn’t been abused, but rather protected with a thick, spray-in bedliner, and with the addition of a heavy-duty trailer hitch on the rear bumper, you can pull just about anything you want with this truck. It has lived its life under the careful eye of just 3 owners since new, with most of that time spent in warm, sunny Texas, so there are no critical structural issues to worry about underneath. Get in and put it to work!
Original gray cloth upholstery on the folding bench seat is in solid shape with plenty of comfortable padding underneath, making long-distance cruising a pleasure. The upholstery is in shockingly good condition considering the truck’s mileage and the big cab feels downright spacious, especially since the back area features plenty of storage space when the jump seats are folded up and out of place. Original carpets are protected by a set of heavy-duty rubber mats, so no worries about getting in with your boots on, and for a hauler like this, you’re going to want options: cold A/C, power windows, locks, and mirrors, cruise control, and a tilt steering column. An upgraded Kenwood AM/FM/CD/AUX stereo head unit was installed in the center of the dash, but other than that everything is 100% stock, including the giant dashboard, the factory gauges within it, and the woodgrain applique that adorns it. The original headliner is in great shape, the door panels at the flanks are too, and the tall shifters that jut out from the floor manage the 5-speed manual and transfer case, respectively. A sliding rear window is a nice feature when A/C is not needed, the steering wheel is familiar to anyone that ever spent time in a Mopar/Chrysler in the ’90s, and we have to say that climbing in this truck feels like coming home; who didn’t have a Ram back in the ’90s?
Dodge’s legendary 5.6L Cummins Turbo Diesel I6 was built for jobs like this, and that motor is the main reason these trucks are always gobbled up on the open market. Quite frankly, if you want a hard-working diesel truck that won’t leave you stranded, you can’t do much better than a 12-Valve Cummins, and all you Power Stroke and Duramax fans can go ahead and send us your hate mail – we know you guys have plenty of downtime with your trucks sidelined at the shop. These 12-Valve Cummins diesels are incredibly popular in builds today as powerful, low-RPM torque monsters with significantly better fuel efficiency than V8s with similar internal displacements. With a modern direct-injection unit on top (that’s right, no waiting for glowplugs), it’s an unparalleled torque factory that shrugs off the biggest loads you can put behind it. The big, low-RPM engine isn’t stressed even with its current mileage, so it will run practically forever and despite a number of modifications available for these trucks, this one remains pretty much bone stock, with signs of maintenance throughout. It’s tidy but not overly detailed under the hood, but being pretty isn’t this truck’s job; it works for a living. Dodge’s heavy-duty 5-speed manual transmission offers good gearing to make the most of the Cummins’ torque curve and a tall overdrive that turns highway hauls into relaxing road trips, and with a massive fuel tank, you won’t be stopping for gas that often. Southern living is most visible underneath, where it’s extremely clean and well-preserved, from the heavy-duty suspension to the gigantic axles fore and aft, and the stock exhaust system really sounds great. Finishing off the look, the long body sits on brightly polished hubcaps fitted with 285/75/16 truck radials with plenty of tread.
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Location: Fort Worth, Texas, United States