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« on: October 19, 2019, 11:26:56 pm »
The hard top comes off, one owner, is this rare?


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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #1 on: October 19, 2019, 11:36:46 pm »
    Yep.
    Kinda rare... https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2012/05/30/hemmings-find-of-the-day-1978-dodge-power-wagon-top-hand/
    Grab it if you can.
    I would say the Ramcharger version is even rarer.
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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #2 on: October 19, 2019, 11:54:33 pm »
    Heck yea, I would drive it. Looke to be great condition. Rare? yea, but do not plan on getting rich.



    I wonder what the special road test is. I would dig that job, taking a 440 out for a drive, and getting paid to boot.  {cruise}
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    « Reply #3 on: October 20, 2019, 12:41:19 am »
    I was able to work out a deal, plan on keeping it.  Just didnít want to start taking things off or changing the paint job if it was super rare or some kind of special low numbers ramcharger.


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    « Reply #4 on: October 20, 2019, 04:11:53 pm »
    Cleaning up really well


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    « Reply #5 on: October 20, 2019, 04:13:22 pm »
    47k original Miles


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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #6 on: October 20, 2019, 04:43:07 pm »
    Keep it original as possible.
    and it's true you won't get rich, but you'll have a sweet ride.

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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #7 on: October 20, 2019, 05:16:53 pm »
    Keep it original as possible.
    and it's true you won't get rich, but you'll have a sweet ride.

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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #8 on: October 20, 2019, 05:25:58 pm »
    I definitely wouldn't repaint it.  While Ramchargers are not very rare or even highly valued, the Top Hand decals are very rare to see now and no one reproduces them that I am aware of.  Probably the rarest and most desirable part of the whole truck is the grille guard, but I wouldn't separate it.  I would just clean it up, touch up the paint a bit and enjoy it.  If you want to change one up, I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to find someone willing to trade you a less interesting and less historically significant one for it.
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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #9 on: October 20, 2019, 09:54:34 pm »
    The spare is one of the original tires.   ;D
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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #10 on: October 21, 2019, 05:36:49 am »
    Very cool. Most I would do is clean it up,  don't see many top hands.
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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #11 on: October 21, 2019, 08:00:53 am »
    I agree. Just clean it up, get some new tires add fuel and drive / enjoy it as is.
    Great find
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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #12 on: October 21, 2019, 08:53:06 am »
    Wow, that is a great find.
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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #13 on: October 21, 2019, 05:12:22 pm »
    WOW!   :o  Awesome find! YES that is a rare truck especially with a 440. Buff out the paint and put spray silicone on the decals to shine them up and be done.
    I'd rather push a DODGE than drive a chevy or a ford!!!!!!
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    « Reply #14 on: October 21, 2019, 09:04:09 pm »
    Jealous...... 440 with A/C........ I''m in love!!!

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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #15 on: October 23, 2019, 09:55:10 pm »
    Awesome find!!
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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #16 on: October 24, 2019, 06:31:07 am »
    The hard top comes off, one owner, is this rare?
    I'd call that thing rare about 6 or 8 different ways.
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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #17 on: October 24, 2019, 08:53:43 am »
    I was able to work out a deal, plan on keeping it.  Just didnít want to start taking things off or changing the paint job if it was super rare or some kind of special low numbers ramcharger.


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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #18 on: October 24, 2019, 05:17:57 pm »

    Do Not, I repeat Do NOT change anything. Only 200 Tophands made. You found the deal of a lifetime and when you're  ready to sell contact me first. ;D

    I'l second that!
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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #19 on: October 24, 2019, 08:32:34 pm »
    If I were you, I'd contact phoenixgraphix.com and see if they would like to reproduce those decals, so that they do not disappear forever. And that way you or the next owner might be able to restore that truck to original appearance, maybe when RCs become more valued, a few decades from now

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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #20 on: October 24, 2019, 09:57:00 pm »
    If I were you, I'd contact phoenixgraphix.com and see if they would like to reproduce those decals, so that they do not disappear forever. And that way you or the next owner might be able to restore that truck to original appearance, maybe when RCs become more valued, a few decades from now

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    That is an excellent idea.
    Then somebody can do a Top Hand clone.  ;D
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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #21 on: October 25, 2019, 12:05:13 am »
    WOW! Hell yes that is rare! It's a Top Hand! They are more rare than the Machos! Great score! I am SO JEALOUS!!! I've always wanted a Top Hand but could never find one, I love the white ones with the orange stripe. If I were you, I wouldn't touch a thing on the paint or body! It's only original once! And that is one rare machine! My favorite year for the Top Hand also! I'm so jealous
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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #22 on: October 25, 2019, 12:19:53 am »
    That is an excellent idea.
    Then somebody can do a Top Hand clone.  ;D
    I found a '76 Ramcharger that has a butchered grille on it so my plan is when I get it is to put a '77/'78 grille on it and do a Top Hand clone. My buddy owns a graphics shop and he said all he needs is a picture of the original and he can clone it. He did my Power Wagon decals on my truck and he nailed it.
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    « Reply #23 on: October 25, 2019, 12:24:30 am »
    Strange that people say that Ramcharger's are not worth anything. I can barely find a first gen and when i do they are usually pricey. Like $12 - $20,000 cad pricey.
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    « Reply #24 on: October 25, 2019, 09:03:35 pm »
    Strange that people say that Ramcharger's are not worth anything. I can barely find a first gen and when i do they are usually pricey. Like $12 - $20,000 cad pricey.
    Well there's some guys around here that keep putting down our trucks.  ;D
    But your right. Prices are going up. There's a demand for the older Dodges/ Plymouth's. It's taken a while for sure... but it's bound to happen like most older vehicles.

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    « Reply #25 on: October 25, 2019, 10:50:46 pm »
    I live in a city of 100,000 people and we have quite a few graphics shops in town that can print or cut graphics. You live in California, there must be a graphics shop on every street corner down there. Lol
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    « Reply #26 on: October 25, 2019, 10:57:23 pm »
    Just look up a graphics shop in your area and bring them or email them a digital photo of what you want cut out and they will do it. Just give them the dimensions and Bob's your uncle. Graphics like "POWER WAGON" or "Top Hand" is pretty simple to cut out because it's one colour and pretty basic.
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    « Reply #27 on: December 2, 2019, 07:20:38 pm »
    Strange that people say that Ramcharger's are not worth anything. I can barely find a first gen and when i do they are usually pricey. Like $12 - $20,000 cad pricey.
    I agree I will say they are rare and the value will continue to go up and yea its not a hemi cuda but then again its gonna be worth a good bit one day soon
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    That would be a terrific partner to my Daisy Yellow 73 CJ5 Super Jeep.
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    Re: Barn Find- what do I have
    « Reply #29 on: March 7, 2020, 12:07:04 pm »
    Looks like it's missing the rear glass, unless it's incredibly clean? It may be easier to find one in the US, but I have an extra rear glass if you want. Shipping would probably be stupid expensive, but it's here if you want it.  Pm me if interested.
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