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1987 Dodge D50 - Dream Catcher

Galen Armenta
Aug 1, 2008
Photographers: Brandon Burrell
Owner: Gary White
Ride: '87 Dodge D-50
Hometown: Greensburg, KY
Club: 2nd to None
Sometimes you just don't need to build an insane and multi-colored truck to get our attention, as shown by this '87 Dodge D-50. It was built for a purpose and achieved. Gary White built his D-50 with two goals in mind: First, to get into the pages of Mini Truckin' magazine-and he has accomplished just that. Second, he hoped to build a clean D-50 that could collect trophies no matter what show he entered. It was a four-year project, which included trying to conjure up aftermarket parts that really weren't made for it, and several other bumps in the road. But in the end, he said it was well worth it.
Gary has had a few minis in the past; including a Bulletside Datsun, an '88 Chevy C/K, an '89 S-10, and several Dodge D-50s. Having learned a few things about minitrucks with those previous projects, Gary decided to build as much of this truck as possible with his own two hands. For the rest of the truck, he either didn't have the right tools or the knowledge to do it, but he did know the right people to entrust his D-50. For help on the suspension, he turned to the guys at Old Mac Rod Shop that 'bagged the front of Gary's truck. KLC Upholstery wrapped the seats in bone-white leather with flame stitching, and Traffic Jam was responsible for the trick sub enclosure firing into the cab from the bed. Along with their help, the truck ended up with a few mods, killer paint, and a reliable 'bag setup.
Gary said his truck is done for now. After accomplishing the goals he set out with, he is already cooking up plans on a possible makeover for the D-50. To us, this is still a killer mini, even if it isn't heavily modified or multi-colored. Sometimes simple is better, and this is one of those cases.
Photo 11/16   |   1987 Dodge D50 dash
The Low Down
Rolling Attire

Wheels (Front/Rear): 17x7-inch Billet Specialties Apex, 18x10-inch Billet Specialties Apex
Tires (Front/Rear): 205/40ZR17 Dunlop SP Sport FM901, 265/35ZR18 Dunlop SP Sport FM901
Chassis Modifications
Suspension type:
Suspension (Front/Rear): Torsion bar front 'bag setup, 'bags behind axle
Airbag/cylinder type and size: (Front): 2500 Firestone air springs (Rear): Firestone sleeve air springs
Control arms: Stock
Spindles/springs: DJM
Shocks: Factory
Valves: Four 3/8-inch
Compressors: Two Viair 380s
Air line: 3/8-inch DOT airline
Air/hydro accessories: Chrome 5-gallon air tank
Frame mods: C-notch
Gas tank: Stock
Brakes: Factory front on Toyota hubs, Toyota factory drum
Detail work: Painted suspension
Misc.: Five-lug conversion using Toyota hubs and an '89 to '94 Toyota rear axle
Performed by: Owner Gary White
City/state: Greensburg, KY
Photo 12/16   |   1987 Dodge D50 custom Flames
Body Modifications
Door handles, gas door, antenna, bed seams, tailgate handle, taillights, and emblems
Front end: Clear front corner and turn signals, Trenz phantom billet grille, Stillen front valance
Back end: Molded roll pan,
Taillights: LED taillight mounted between the tailgate and roll pan
Exterior bolt-ons: SnugTop tonneau cover, CIPA Optic Sport mirrors
Misc.: Dodge Ram cowl induction hood molded into the D-50 hood, manual slide sunroof
Performed by: Owner Gary White
City/state: Greensburg, KY
Brand and colors:
PPG Viper Red
Style: Single color
Performed by: Owner Gary White
City/state: Greensburg, KY
Photo 13/16   |   1987 Dodge D50 white Leather Interior
Modified Grand Am buckets
Material: Bone-white leather with red stitched flames
Dash: Fiberglassed and painted stock dash
Door panels: Custom-made wrapped in bone-white leather with red flame stitching and painted armrest
Center console: Custom-made out of fiberglass and color-matched
Flooring: Tan closed loop
Headliner: Bone-white leather
Gauges: Nu Images white face
Misc.: Colorado Custom half-wrap flame steering wheel, custom-made shifter
Performed by: Owner Gary White and KLC Upholstery
City/state: Greensburg, KY, and Campbellsville, KY
Photo 14/16   |   1987 Dodge D50 alpine Monitor
Head unit:
Alpine CD/DVD
Mids and highs: One set of Alpine 4-inch components
Amplifier for mids and highs: Rockford Fosgate Punch 60
Subwoofers: Two 10-inch Kicker subwoofers
Amplifier for subwoofers: Rockford Fosgate Punch 100
Wiring/accessories: Stinger
Video: Alpine 7-inch monitor
Custom fabrication: Custom-made sub enclosure mounted in the bed, and firing into the cab via a pass-through
Performed by: Owner Gary White and Traffic Jam
City/state: Greensburg, KY and Campbellsville, KY
Photo 15/16   |   1987 Dodge D50 sun Roof
Model/year: 4G54, '87
Number of cylinders: I-4
Head type: SOHC
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Intake: Open element
Header/exhaust: Chrome pacesetter
Rearend type: '89-'94 Toyota
Battery: Optima RedTop
Location: Stock
Inner fenders: Smoothed and painted
Detail work: Color-matched with charcoal flames, painted engine block, painted and chromed motor accessories
Misc.: Shaved firewall
Performed by: Owner Gary White
City/state: Greensburg, KY
Photo 16/16   |   1987 Dodge D50 custom Pedals
Special Thanks By Owner:
His two sons Dylan and Lindon, all the guys at Aluminum Fabrication, Jeff Rayburn, Old Mac Rod Shop, KLC Upholstery and anyone else who lent a hand that he forgot.


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