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Ride Of The Week 10/24/2022: Gordon Ries' 1947 Dodge Pickup


Living the Car Show Life, I’ve encountered a fair share of restomod Chevy & Ford Pickups, but it’s unusual to see a Dodge given the restored but modernized treatment. So, when one catches my eye, I’ve gotta know the story of why they chose a MOPAR and what they did to it.

In July of 2022, I had just moved to Mars, PA and at the end of the month, there was a huge car show in the town center, The Mars Rumble. Among the rat rods, American classics, muscle cars and JDM tuners, I spotted this bright Sub Lime Green 1947 Dodge, however the owner was not around (and he didn’t have a Car Show Life Show Board to tell the ride’s story, hint, hint!). I made several laps around the show, but never encountered him, so I left a bit disappointed.

A few weeks later, I was setting up the Car Show Life tent display at the Pittsburgh Area Camaro Enthusiast’s charity show in Baden when that Sublime pickup rolled into the Wright Chevrolet Parking Lot. Yes! This is my chance!

Gordon Ries of Conway, PA bought the truck in 2008 in configuration from North Carolina and has since given it a little TLC. It’s powered by a 318 with an automatic transmission and the interior from a 1980 Chrysler LeBaron. It is indeed finished in Sub Lime and has a ’69 Roadrunner “Meep Meep” horn. Quite the MOPAR greatest hits rolled into this hauler.

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