Video: We Bought a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 Sport – and It’s a Diamond in the Rough

The 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 Sport we bought is kind of a rare truck – and it’s awesome.

TFL Studios bought a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 Sport for a new series that will pit three, under $5,000 trucks (Ford, GM, Ram/Dodge) against each other off-road. TFL Studios’ presents To Hell and Back, sponsored by RealTruck.com. The 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 Sport was the first of the three acquisitions, and we’re pretty happy about it.

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The series will center around three trucks. Each one will have a few modifications from our sponsor, which should help its performance. We will drive them from Boulder, CO to Moab, Utah to take on Hell’s Revenge. This challenging off-road trail has been known for damaging capable off-road vehicles in the past.

It runs great, coming with a 360 CID V8 hooked up to a four-speed automatic transmission. This baby has 4.10 gears, a factory lift, and a limited-slip rear differential. The underside is fairly rust-free, and it seems like it was (mechanically) well taken care of.

Still, the 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 Sport has a few issues.

  • The brakes need to be serviced: there is poor pressure in the brakes and (at the very least) it needs new brake fluid and maybe some new pads. It looks like the paint is falling off: No biggie, we don’t need it to be perfect, but we might do a few things to clean up the exterior to make it look a little bit better on camera. The tailgate is bent: Fortunately, despite a bin internal dent and obvious damage, the tailgate still functions. As interiors go – it’s not too bad, but…: The dashboard is completely destroyed, which is something common on this vintage Dodge. We will probably purchase a cap and fix it properly. Fortunately, the rest of the interior is in good shape.

Check out this video and let us know what you think about this project and upcoming series!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.