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Well I'm on some other forums and I noticed they have their own build threads for their vehicles, thought about it, liked the idea, so I'm going to make my own. So here it is.

Back in 1998 when I first saw the Dodge Durango in a Car and Driver ad (I probably still have that mag here somewhere...) I showed my father. He was in the market to get a new truck. So we went and leased one, custom build from Newark. A 2000 Durango SLT Plus,, black exterior with agate leather and chrome door handles and burl. Always loved this truck, still have it to this day. It's gone through a lot and one day I will bring it back to all OEM. So a few years after I took over the Durango and it became mine. I found DakDur in 2003 and became a member and been learning these trucks ever since. Then I saw the Dakota R/T and I said holy shit. I thought wow, this motor in a truck that's 2wd and 1000lbs. lighter, wow. So I wanted one. Down the line I planned on getting one, then the day I started looking came.

My goal was to get either silver or amberfire, found a few and was either too late or it was a heap. It took me a little over a year to find "the right one" and it was a 2002 Dakota Club Cab R/T in Graphite Metallic with 17,136 miles. It was in Hawthorne NJ at O'Brien Nissan dealer, used car lot. I went and saw it, test drove it, and bought it on the spot. I went back a second time and picked it up.

She had a banged up passenger door, pop-able dent in the cab area behind the door, and a nice dent in the fender behind the driver headlight. The interior was a mess and FILTHY. a couple of cigarette burns and buds on the floor and loose change everywhere. Otherwise it was a very low mile truck that needed attention and I wasn't going to pass that up.

Here are the pics from the Cars.com ad.


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Big brake kit officially in the works for Spring made from the specs stolen from Darren :mullet:


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Gotta wear a helmet at 14.89? Must be strict at that track vs the rest of the world.
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