Used Car of the Day: 1982 Dodge Rampage Project Car(s)

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

We had a project-ready Ford Thunderbird last week, and today we're featuring a 1982 Dodge Rampage that needs some work. Actually, two of them.

Six-thousand dollars get you in the door. The seller says the Rampage that's pictured being worked on in a garage is in better shape than the other, which appears to be a parts car. The "better" truck has a new carburetor and runs. There are also new parts, still in the box, available. These include a new fuel tank, rear struts, and rear springs.

Still, it needs work. The floor can be stood on but is not done, and there are no brakes. Repeat, there are no brakes. So you will be trailering this one home.

Well, it needs a gas tank, anyway.

Buy this one, and the seller recommends buying the second as a parts donor.

If you're a weekend wrench, give this one a look.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Midnite_clyde Midnite_clyde on Feb 01, 2023

    My '82 Rampage, in a barn, appears to be in better shape than what's shown. Loved driving the thing (4 sp manual) though I learned later it's a death trap. Any head-on wreck you're a gonner. Other than that...any offers? : )

  • Asmedts Asmedts on Oct 10, 2023

    Looking for driver side door window for a 1982 Dodge Rampage. Or anything that could be compatible. Thanks!

  • El scotto The days of "Be American, buy America" are long gone. Then there's the mental gymnastics of "is a Subaru made in Lafayette, IN more American than something from gm or Ford made in Mexico?" Lastly, it gets down to people's wallets; something cheap on Amazon or Temu will outsell its costlier American-made item. Price not Patriotism sells most items. One caveat: any US candidate should have all of his/her goods made in the USA.
  • FreedMike Well, here's my roster of car purchases since 1981: Three VWsTwo Mazdas (one being a Mercury Tracer, full disclosure)One AudiOne FordOne BuickOne HondaOne Volvo I think I hear Lee Greenwood in the background... In all seriousness, I'd have bought more American cars had they made more of the kinds of cars I like (smaller, performance-oriented).
  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X I'll gladly support the least "woke" and the most Japanese auto company out there.
  • Jmo2 I just got an email from the dealership where I bought my car and it looks like everything has $5k on the hood.
  • Lou_BC I suspect that since the global pandemic, dealerships have preferred to stay with the "if you want it, we will order it" business model. They just need some demo models on hand and some shiny bits to catch the impulse buyer. Profits are higher and risks lower this way.