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Robert Walker’s 1979 Australian Dodge D5N – The Powerhouse from Down Under!

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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.

I have no workshop. The double garage is full of bits for other cars. All work was done on the side of the road or in the car port.
People walking around the neighborhood would drop in and chat and ask questions, with some saying it would never see the road.
Everybody loves it because they saw it evolving every week.
 I only used hand tools on the build.

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.

Anything else you want to tell us about this truck?
Every car show it has kids climbing on it to get pictures.
I have a big spider and a fake severed hand in a hand cuff that I hang off of it at the shows.
So far, mine is the latest known on the road, being a 5/79 model, however, there is a 6/79 model in Victoria, but its not on the road and may never get there.

I would live to know if there are any later ones still out there.

Make sure that you leave a comment to let us know what you think of the truck.

Below, you can see the photos of this build, from where is started to where it is now. Make sure to click on them, as there is information attached that will help you understand the story.

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  1. My old man had one of these was a stop gap to fill in a run shiny removalist style box on the back patched up rust holes with tin foil and silicone and 318 that we blew up because of that noted top speed blew the b doubles off up the hills though

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