1985 Dodge Truck Specifications

by Christine Wheatley
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The Dodge division of Chrysler produced three different trucks for the 1985 model year: the Ram, the Ramcharger and the Ram 50. The Ram was a full-size pickup, introduced in 1981 to replace Dodge’s D-series trucks. The Ramcharger was marketed as a full-size SUV beginning in 1974; however, it was essentially a short-bed truck built on the full-size pickup chassis. Starting in 1982, Dodge imported the Ram 50, a compact pickup manufactured by Mitsubishi. Dodge had no mid-size truck in its lineup in 1985; that came in 1987, when the Dakota was introduced.

Ram/Power Ram

The Dodge Ram was offered in two-wheel or four-wheel drive; the four-wheel-drive version was badged the Power Ram. In 1985 this truck had the standard 3.7-liter slant-six engine that got 95 horsepower. Also offered were the 5.2-liter V-8 engine with 140 horsepower and the 5.9-liter V-8 engine with 170 horsepower. Rams came with a three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission or a four-speed manual transmission. New for 1985 was the Ram-Trac transfer case: a system that allowed the driver to shift in and out of four-wheel drive while traveling at high speeds. The Ram came in a two-door standard cab or four-door crew cab configuration, each available with either a short bed or long bed.


The base engine for the Dodge Ramcharger was a 5.2-liter V-8 with 120 horsepower; the 5.9-liter V-8 engine was optional. Like the Ram pickups, it was available with the three-speed TorqueFlite automatic or the four-speed manual transmission. The Ramcharger came in two-wheel or four-wheel drive, with four-wheel-drive models featuring the Ram-Trac system. Its truck-like body consisted of an extended cab with a very short, covered bed. Because of high buyer demand, the Ramcharger was upgraded throughout the eighties. In 1985 it featured an upscale appearance with high-back deluxe vinyl/cloth seats, bright chrome front bumpers, P235/75R15XL radial tires and automatic locking hubcaps. It also had a 35-gallon fuel tank and a maintenance-free battery.

Ram 50/Power Ram 50

Following Dodge tradition, the Ram 50 had two-wheel drive while the Power Ram 50 name designated the four-wheel-drive model. The standard 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine powered the truck; the 2.6-liter, four-cylinder overhead cam Hemi engine or the 2.3-liter, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine were optional. The truck came with a four-speed or five-speed manual transmission and the option of a four-speed or five-speed automatic transmission. With a bed length measuring 81.5 inches, a bed width of 64.2 inches, a truck width of 65 inches and total truck length measuring 184.6 inches, the Ram 50 was truly a compact truck.

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