1986 Dodge Truck Specificationsby Tom Lutzenberger
The Dodge line of trucks in 1986 varied from small package-delivery courier pickups to the Dodge Ram 1500 brute strength vehicle suitable for towing and moving fifth-wheel campers. The broad array appealed to a number of different consumers and gave Dodge a fully competitive coverage of the consumer truck market.
The Small Truck
The D50 provided a classic courier or messenger truck, putting out a sufficient 97 horsepower to get around. The engine drives with a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine design. For a bit more strength and torque, a 2.6-liter model was available in the same D50 body.
The Mid-Range Offering
The 1986 line also offered a fully commercial-grade truck in the 1500 model, which boasted a new front end décor. 1986 was also the last year the crew cab and flared truck bed shape were offered in the 1500 line. Coupled with a 3.9-liter six-cylinder engine, the 1500 provided its owners 190 horsepower.
The Strength Package
The D150 pickup put out a strong 5.9-liter eight-cylinder engine. Smaller engines were available in a six-cylinder and smaller eight-cylinder option. The design could produce a torque of 360 lbs. per square foot and did so with a four-speed transmission in the stock offering. The manual transmission came with a five-speed package. The body was offered with a standard two-door cabin and a four-door crew cab.
Since 2009 Tom Lutzenberger has written for various websites, covering topics ranging from finance to automotive history. Lutzenberger works in public finance and policy and consults on a variety of analytical services. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts in English and political science from Saint Mary's College and a Master of Business Administration in finance and marketing from California State University, Sacramento.