I'm sure some of you guys that frequent other forums have seen this already but if not, here goes. We picked this up 2-3 weeks ago about an hour away for $1500. It needed some odds and ends but still easily worth the money. It's an 89 Dodge Raider 2 door with the rare fuel injected V6 6G72 and a manual trans. This is what it looked like when we brought it home, mismatched wheels and all.
It has two rust spots on the very back underneath the taillights. That is not a common rusting place for these so I'm assuming maybe one of the previous owners used it to back their boat trailer in the water and some got trapped? Not sure. Anyway its a boxy truck so it'll be an easy fix to cut that out and replace it.
Shortly after we got it I found some like new Nexen 31-10.50's on nissan pathfinder wheels. Sadly the center bore is quite a bit smaller even though the lug pattern is the same. I didn't want to bother with trying to enlarge the center bore so the hunt was on for new wheels.
After weeks of browsing craigslist and ebay I finally stumbled across some affordable wheels. They are made by Cragar and called none other than "Mirage"
. Once I saw the name I knew they were meant for me. Scored them on closeout for $79 each, shipped. They are 15 x 8's so they look a little meaner on there than the stockers.
I also picked up a tire cover from China on Ebay for around $20.
I got rid of the smaller home made front bumper and replaced it with an oem one. The donor also had a perfect grill so I grabbed it too. I like the Montero one a little more.
Next on the list was a radio. It had one of those $20 aftermarket units in it along with a broken trim piece and it was very poorly mounted using 1, yes 1 screw. We ordered a double din Kenwood and I fabbed up an aluminum mounting plate and covered it with 3M CF wrap. Looks better in person.
A few more exterior shots:
Next on the list is to change the fluids in the trans, x-fer case and both axles and fix some noisy lifters and replace a few leaking injectors. Other than that just drive it and enjoy it for now.