To open this entry, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of you for your interest and comments! One of the reasons for my less-than-tight-on-the-bottle approach with this column is to encourage participation and expression.
It seems to be working!
While I did notice that some of the comments seemed to suggest a combination of low visitor traffic and lack of good new material (on the writer’s own sites), as well as evidence of some fairly tightly focused OCD, I don’t seem to be personally experiencing those issues while proceeding with the compilation of my “BODACIOUS BEATERS: and road-going derelicts” column. This week’s entry is no exception to that, and certainly is a “special” one, indeed!
Some years ago, I owned a Plymouth Arrow Pickup. It was a 1980 model, with the balance-shafted 2.6L engine, 5-speed trans, and a slight body lift kit installed. It was one of the sweetest mini-trucks I’ve ever owned—all the Toyota Hi-Lux units I’ve had before or since notwithstanding! I really liked the styling, the chassis was pretty rugged, the engine was smooth (if not just a bit underpowered), and it was easy to work on (even the needed functionality mod’s made on carburetor, distributor, and exhaust system were fairly intuitive).
Granted, the truck-utility factor is compromised somewhat, but really, who could argue with the cool-factor?!
I’m not sure when the convertible conversion was done on this particular example (likely from model year 1981), but the quality is well beyond anything resembling a hack job, for sure! I did a little research (as you know, that’s not the main focus of this column), but couldn’t find any reference to any convertible-ized D50 / Arrow Pickups—either as production or one-off units.
The paint appears to be original, and overall, the little mini is in as good a shape as is the paint. It’s not in “show” condition, mind you; and when I shot these photos, it had a light coating of sawdust on the exterior. The Rolling Stones icon may or may not be appropriate, depending on personal tastes—but kudo’s to the owner for letting his “Freak Flag Fly”!
Of course, all of these ingredients combine to make it truly a special “BODACIOUS BEATER”!
Phil has written features and columns for a number of automotive periodicals and web-based information companies. He has run a successful Auto Repair Business in the past for many years (See “Memoirs of an Independent Repair Shop Owner” on this ttac site). He can be contacted through this very site, or http://www.linkedin.com/