Sorry if me pointing out that you are wrong makes this personal.No need to get personal and snarky. I've yet to see actual PROOF of this being real, other than anecdotal comments, and links that do not actually say it's real. FWIW, this has been on TriFive previously.
Wow, f&$$$%$(ing WOWNote that a 2001 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab is 71.6" wide, while a '57 chevy is 73.9 inches wide.
Wonder how the mystery builder gained or lost 2.3" ? Windshield would be hard to cut and insert glass extension! Therefore the Hood, grille, trunk lid, and bumpers were all narrowed?
Doubtful. Still haven't seen any real proof of this existing.
If I wanted a tri-five shop truck for a tri-five based business, I think I'd cut a wagon (hopefully a damaged one) down to a ute instead of tacking '57 panels on a Dakota, but that's just me. I think a tri-five ute / 'El Camino' could look really good if done with an eye for styling and some attention to detail.yep it ain't purty, but it makes people look at it and could be just the ticket for a Tri Five based business as a general purpose light duty company car.
Having a nice driving, air conditioned, light duty truck that can get 25MPG is just the ticket. Top it off with the reliability of a 9 year old chassis and drive-train and you have a company car. It is an all weather comfortable vehicle. A 65 year old anything would not fare well as a daily beater.If I wanted a tri-five shop truck for a tri-five based business, I think I'd cut a wagon (hopefully a damaged one) down to a ute instead of tacking '57 panels on a Dakota, but that's just me. I think a tri-five ute / 'El Camino' could look really good if done with an eye for styling and some attention to detail.
Those Dakotas are just as crappy as the S 10s from that generation. I understand the loyalty to GM but the Dakota may have been a easier fit for the builder, or maybe just something laying around.Then build it based on a S10 or Colorado rather than a Dodge death wagon.
When you will walk out to your car at 10oclock at night in a rainstorm and drive it 2 hours one way and back with out flinching,.. I'll concede you have the correct tool for the job.I'm still foolish enough to try. Eventually I'll run out of parts to replace and it will only be as unreliable as it was in 1955.