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BrodiemanAXT 03-05-2011 12:40 AM

1997 Richard Petty Edition??
 
Just bought my first dodge...its a ram 1500 and a richard petty edition. I'm not sure if it has the 5.2 of 5.9L but i'm not too familiar with dodges in general. Does anyone know anything about these? Everything on the truck works great but it needs a new paint job...so i need to find out whether or not it behind a richard petty edition adds significant value to the truck? Otherwise i'm just going to get rid of the decals and change the color of the truck all together! Any info you can provide me would be greatly appreciated!
from the digging ive done all i've found is they made them in 96 and 97...1000-1500 were made each year...they werent a factory option but it was a legit setup and is in dodge's record. Came in 3 colors...red white and black...mine is red...has richard petting logo in the head rests...a sporty body package..and his signature on the side and tailgate. I cant seem to find any specifics though...i dont want to paint over it if it'll decrease the value but..ive also read where it has an upgraded 5.9....supposed to be putting out 360hp....but i unno..i cant seem to find out for sure. i just like to find out as much as i can about a vehicle before i go changing anything
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ArmyofOne 03-05-2011 02:25 AM

CONGRATS!!! NICE FIND! Paint that sucker and keep her original. DO NOT lose the signatures.

1400 made in 1996, only 500 made in 1997. Keep her, paint her and sell her in 20 years, she might be worth triple.

BrodiemanAXT 03-05-2011 02:33 AM

i didnt realize it was quite that rare

ArmyofOne 03-05-2011 02:36 AM

If you are going to paint it, please, have the body shop paint around the signatures, in the factory matched Flame Red. Conserve this very rare truck.

BrodiemanAXT 03-05-2011 02:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ArmyofOne (Post 461373)
If you are going to paint it, please, have the body shop paint around the signatures, in the factory matched Flame Red. Conserve this very rare truck.

if its worth i would like to....the paint around the signatures isnt too bad...it's the can and the hood...the story i got was that the previous owner had run it through an automatic car wash and it start messing up the clear and it went down hill from there...i just took some pics that i'll be sharing in just a few....i paid 2k for it...and it runs great...my main concern is the paint. I dont want it getting any worse than it already is to the point where its a lost cause. Only 500????? I had no idea...
ALSO...how can i make sure this truck is what it says it is??? and not a fake

yamifz1 03-05-2011 09:16 AM

That is the first Richard Petty I have seen.That's a nice lookig truck. If there is only 500 I would definately make the effort to restore it to original.

SRT Dude 03-05-2011 09:37 AM

Amen to keeping it original in every way......I have seen way too many rarer models repainted modded and changed so then end up losing value in the long run......enjoy that hard to find classic you have and rest assured you wont be seeing too many others on the road ;)

wermbang 03-05-2011 09:55 AM

Email Chrysler for a build sheet
http://www.dodge.com/wccsapp/univers...ull&category=U

ArmyofOne 03-05-2011 12:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BrodiemanAXT (Post 461377)
if its worth i would like to....the paint around the signatures isnt too bad...it's the can and the hood...the story i got was that the previous owner had run it through an automatic car wash and it start messing up the clear and it went down hill from there...i just took some pics that i'll be sharing in just a few....i paid 2k for it...and it runs great...my main concern is the paint. I dont want it getting any worse than it already is to the point where its a lost cause. Only 500????? I had no idea...
ALSO...how can i make sure this truck is what it says it is??? and not a fake

It should have signatures in gold on the tailgate, and the doors above the emblems. It should also have a woodgrain trim inside and some KICKASS leather seats. There should also be a numerical designator on it somewhere (most likely on the dash or under the hood) that says #xx/xxxx (#35 of 523). keep in mind that there may not be though, in which case the only way to find out would be emailing the VIN to chrysler to see what they know.

GeauxHunting 03-05-2011 01:41 PM

Awesome truck man! :rep:


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