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Come with us to Australia!
Let’s go Meet Robert Walker and enjoy learning about his Dodge D5N and see what can come out of Gilgandra
A little backstory about this truck.
The Australian-built Dodge D5N replaced the AT4 in 1972 and remained in production until 1979. The truck shared bodywork and chassis with the Australian International AB/C/D-line trucks, itself based on the American versions.
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What type of vehicle?
This is an Australian dodge D5N 1979.
Who is the first owner of the project and is it still their project?
The truck came from Gilgandra, which is West of New South Whales.
I purchased it there in 2014, for $1600. I still own it and I am enjoying it.
Was this a father/son, Daughter project?
They have their own toys, however, my grandson did enjoy playing in it while it was being built. He loved scraping off the dirt and rust.
So, why did you choose this truck to work on?
I’m not sure why. I think because its different to the run of the mill car.
Also, this was a project to help with depression after people went bankrupt on me.
Its runs a 265 hemi from a cm valiant.
Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really good at body work, etc. Some info about you.
I’m not a mechanic or a panel beater.
The only thing done by a professional was the bending of the exhaust.
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Can you tell us some Info about the vehicle prior to starting it?
It was a horse float used out west.
It got me through depression and was a learning curve.
The truck was complete but not road worthy. I had to un-sieze the clutch and rebuild the brakes.
I also had to repair the rust on the body and bonnet.
I cut the horse float off and built the tray.
The original hardwood boards were cleaned up and reused.
Even with all of that, this is still a build in progress.
Where is it now, in the rebuild stage?
With the rust repairs done, I painted it in my car port.
It’s Dodge Stinger yellow. I’ve never painted with a spray gun before, nor have I ever used a mig welder.
All self taught through YouTube videos.
The future will be suspension, hopefully wheels and a differential ratio that lets it go past 80k at 4000 rpm. (Approximately 50 mph)
Any special parts you have used?
No special parts
Any help you have gotten?
Like I said, YouTube is a great help.
I used Wagga Tractors for bushings. They helped me find some that fit.
Fleet Parts of Toowoomba, QLD have all the rubbers and know these trucks.
I would live to know if there are any later ones still out there.
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