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1989 Dodge Dakota Convertible

The first American convertible pickup since the Ford Model T, it featured a fixed roll bar and an uncomplicated manual top. Roughly 2,842 were sold that first year. I managed to locate this 100% rust free, non running, full load 89 4x4 Sport Convertible, back in 2002 and brought it home. This truck also still features it original convertible top boot, a rare piece indeed.

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All of the pics were taken in April, 2002 in Spring Texas. In the beginning of May I made the trip from Ontario, Canada to Spring to pick up the truck as it is pictured here.

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The new 3.9L V6
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As of November 2002 The new engine is in and running. It still requires a little detailing work under the hood, but it no longer looks like this.

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The truck was going to be disassembled for paint and a new top very shortly after the engine was in and running, but you know how that goes.....    No time, no money.........

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July 19th 2003 in Milton Ontario
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Pictured below is the brand new NOS seat that I managed to find for 100 bucks, the one in the truck was in excellent shape for its age, but hey for $100 ...... why not.

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This is the new top that I purchased from Hydro-Electric in Florida. I decided to go with a canvas top instead of the factory vinyl top (personal preference) The price is a little more than vinyl but I think its going to be worth it. Now if I can only find the time to install it.

Well well, look what I found sitting beside an industial unit with a dead battery, and no brakes.....      Of course I bought it!

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I figured it was time to update a few progress pics on the truck, so here are a few as it was disassembled for paint.

Partially stripped down, ready to leave.
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The truck is now slowly undergoing final re-assembly with all new or restored parts. Including restored factory wheels, wearing Bridgestone Dueller A/T's, NOS Mopar bumpers, new lights, tailgate straps, NOS Bosch fog lamps, center caps etc..

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RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:

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The Official Dodge Dakota Convertible Website!

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send me an email at:     lump22@hotmail.com