Founding and early years[ edit ] Dodge Brothers logo Horace and John Dodge founded the Dodge Brothers Company in Detroit inand quickly found work manufacturing precision engine and chassis components for the city's growing number of automobile firms. Henry Ford selected the Dodge brothers to supply a wide range of components for his original Model A —04 that included the complete chassis; thus Ford needed to add only the body and wheels to finish the cars. This location was replaced by a larger facility at Hastings Street and Monroe Avenue, which is now a parking garage for the Greektown Casino Hotel Hastings Street at this location has been renamed Chrysler Service Drive.
Dodge kept the previous generation's model designations: Just like FordDodge used to indicate a half-ton truck, for a three-quarter-ton truck, and for a one-ton truck. The truck models were offered in standard cab, "Club" extended cab, and crew cab configurations. They also were offered along with 6.
Externally, the first-generation Rams were facelifted versions of the previous generation Dodge D-Series pickups introduced in The new model introduced larger wraparound tail lampsdual rectangular headlampsand squared-off body lines. Engine choices were pared down to the Slant-6 and and V8s.
The interior was updated and included a new bench seat and a completely new dashboard and instrument cluster with an optional three-pod design - a speedometer in the center, with the two side pods containing an ammeter on the top left, a temperature gauge bottom left, a fuel gauge on the top right and an oil pressure gauge bottom right.
Models without the full gauge package had only indicator lights in the place of the temperature and oil pressure gauges. The "Club Cab" was dropped from the lineup afterbut Dodge kept the tooling and re-introduced nearly a decade later in the models.
The four-door crew cab and Utiline beds were dropped after the model year, to make room on the assembly line for the upcoming Dodge Dakotaand were never reintroduced in this generation.
Basic Ram models were reintroduced forreplacing the previous "Miser" trim level available on the Ram A "Ram-Trac" shift-on-the-fly transfer case was added for the 's Power Rams, and both the crew cab and Utiline flared bed were dropped for In the Slant-6 engine was replaced by a 3.
Because of a new computer controlled fuel injection, ignition and ABS system, more vehicle information needed to be displayed through any warning or notification lights; so inside the cab where a small compartment was once located on the dash, a new "message center" with four small rectangular light spots, contained the check engine light and other tell-tales including one for the parking brake and the ABS if the truck was so equipped.
The message center later included "Wait to Start" and "Water in Fuel" lights on diesel models. Diagnostic fault codes were stored in the computer's memory, and cycling the ignition key three times would allow the computer to flash the trouble codes through the check-engine light for diagnosis of some problems.
The Ram model designation was dropped and these models folded back into the range fordue to the introduction and sales success of the Dodge Dakota pickup. Additionally, the instrument cluster was slightly revised; the ammeter was replaced by a voltmeter while maintaining the 3-pod arrangement of the speedometer and gauges.
Also inDodge reintroduced the Club Cab, equipped with fold-out jump seats for the models. Entry was made through the passenger or driver's doors, as there were no rear doors for this configuration.
Part of this was due to the dated cab and chassis design which had been in production sincethere was no powerful diesel option untiland there was no big-block gas V8 option. Additionally, the interior had been given few updates since Additionally, Dodge introduced a new overdrive automatic transmission for reduced fuel consumption.
This light-duty transmission was designated the A, and was offered with the 3. The A automatic saw continued use for some 5. The grille was redesigned for but kept the large rectangular headlamps and crossbar appearance.
The engines were substantially upgraded for 3. These newly-revised engines were marketed under the "Magnum" name. A heavy-duty automatic transmission with overdrive called the A was offered with the 5.
As part of Chrysler's overhaul of corporate transmission nomenclature, the A and A were redesignated 42RH and 46RH, respectively, in The initial "4" signified a 4-speed transmission, the second digit identified the transmission's relative torque capacity, the letter "R" in the third position denoted a rear-wheel-drive transmission, and the final letter "H" signified hydraulic shift control.
The Cummins was coupled with a heavier-duty version of the A automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission and is available on and pickups and pickup-based chassis-cab trucks.
This diesel engine option was different from the optional diesels in Ford and GM trucks. The Cummins features direct injection, whereas the Ford and GM diesels feature indirect injection ; this also means that the Cummins does not have to rely on glowplugs.
Additionally, the Cummins is turbochargedwhile the 6. This was not the first engine to appear in Dodge pickup trucks as a diesel option. The and D-Series models were available with a Mitsubishi naturally-aspirated diesel, but it was seldom ordered.Domestic.
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