I've gradually been moving away from the Monteros, as I've sure my readers have noticed. About 2 years ago, I was innocently driving back to the office after having one of the office cars washed. I found a Dodge lurking behind some bushes and time traveled back to 1998, when my 1977 Dodge 1-ton was stolen. I'd stumbled on a younger brother or sister to that truck. I immediately left my number on the closed gate and hoped for the best. Google Earth research later indicated the truck had not moved from the general yard area for about 7 years prior.
I susbsequently had lots of face time with the yard owner who claimed to 'see' the truck owner in traffic now and then, but could not establish contact. Finally, with cash looming, the yard owner lien saled the truck and accepted my offer.
The truck is the last of the Lifestyle-era Dodge Power Wagons and is a very basic work truck: crank windows, vinyl flooring, no AC, 360-4V, NP-435 4-speed trans, NP-205 transfer case, 4.88 geared Dana 60 and 70 axles, and an aftermarket Gear Vendors overdrive.
Now, just have to decide what to do with my new ride.
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