Tuesday, October 29, 2013

5k: Mid Engine Pickup: 1980 Dodge D50 Pickup, 455ci Olds V8

Only a few more days before Halloween and you'll have to wait another year to send in your horrorod tips.  Except that we post horrible stuff all year around, so I guess you can finish installing that gas turbine into your Bentley before sending us the submission.  Take your time and please be safe.  Anyway, find this 1980 Dodge D50 Pickup with 455ci mid-mounted V8 for sale in Kansas City, KS for $5,500 via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

At first glance this Dodge (actually a Mitsubishi captive import) looks like another pickup onto which someone has bolted a body kit, some aero wheels and custom graphics. But one look in the bed and you'll be shocked with what sits between the frame rails.

Where you would normally load bags of cement, 2x4s, et cetera, is an Oldsmobile 455 cubic inch V8, taken from who knows what and making some horsepower and a metric ass ton of torque.  All of that power gets pushed into the rear wheels via an undisclosed transmission, but this isn't just some weekend burnout machine as the seller claims to have used it as a daily driver for 15 years.  This guy is welcome at my place anytime.

The flame paint job is a bit old, but otherwise this truck looks ready for the daily commute or the drift circuit.  Find a better mid-engine weirdo? email us here: tips@dailyturismo.com


  1. Wonder if he's converted the engine bay to a "frunk"? (hat tip to Elon Musk)

  2. I'm flying into Kansas City shortly (for a four-day road trip/barbecue pilgrimage with a good friend), and I had been toying with the idea of picking up something cool or ironic or bad-ass in KC for the road trip from there... kind of like an automotive Russian Roulette... but this ride is not what I had in mind! The engine in the bed would keep the leftovers warm, however.

  3. I like it for the money !

  4. Perry here. "Oldsmobile 455 from who knows what" I knows what. It's a Toronado engine & the Turbo 400 Automatic front-drive tranny found in the Toro's & the Caddy Eldorados.

    Yes, the flames suck ass. When you have someting as interesting as this you don't need no flames. Besides, what's burning? The radiator?

    So lose the fire & your desire to carry plywood then enjoy the beast.

  5. There have been an awful lot of box flares around these here parts lately.

  6. I always though that putting a Olds Toronado power train in the back of a 59 El Camino would be fun. Maybe dress the engine up with a blower and straight up pipes like a 1960s drag boat.

    1970 Olds Toronados had 500 foot pounds of torque , so that would be a quarter imperial ton of torque , not sure what the Imperial to metric ass ton conversion is but it would be reliable scary fun.

    1. Thank you for answering the question I had about how the power got turned and to the rear wheels. The blower and straight pipes idea is fantastic. If it is the front clip from a Toronado, I think some rear wheel steer would really sell the drift car or boat concept.

  7. I really like the concept. One can carry his/her cargo up front. Hmmmmm............ does sound a bit odd?

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