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Clawson, Michigan
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1978 Dodge Lil Red Express Truck

“Lil Red”

2004 Ford F150 SVT Lightning

“The Truck”

Photo of: 1978 Dodge Lil Red Express Truck

No longer owned

Photo of: 2004 Ford F150

No longer owned


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About “Lil Red”

I used to own a brand new 1978 Dodge Lil Red Express Truck... Dodge released the Lil' Red Express Truck In 1978 it was one of the most unique Dodge trucks that had ever been produced. The Lil' Red Express was not only a real looker but these trucks were also real performers also. In 1978 The Dodge Lil' Red Express was the fastest American made vehicle from 0 to 100 MPH as tested by Car and Driver magazine.

About “The Truck”

Purchased new from Woodhouse Ford in April of 2004. Number 948 of 3781 2004 Lightnings. Has run 13.5 @ 100 MPH at both KCIR and Milan Dragway. Auto Crosses on a regular basis in F Stock


Specs for “Lil Red”

Because of a loophole in the emissions regulations the 1978 Dodge Lil' Red Express Truck's did not have catalytic converters, what the Lil' Red Express did have was a special High Performance 360 C.I. 4-barrel small block engine code (EH1) which was a modified version of the 360 police engine (E58) producing 225 net horsepower @ 3800 RPM. The package also included Hemi style mufflers with a crossover pipe breathing through 2 chrome stacks located behind the cab, a special 727 transmission and 3.55:1 rear gearing.

The 1978 Dodge Lil' Red Express Truck rode on GR60x15 raised white letter tires on 7-inch Chrome wheels up front and LR60x15 on 8-inch chrome wheels on the rear and there was no spare included. All 1978 Dodge Lil' Red Express Truck's were automatics the interiors were available with a standard bench seat in red or black or with optional buckets and a fold down arm/rest console which was available both years. 1978 and some early 1979 Dodge Lil' Red Express Truck's used the "tuff" steering wheel.

The Dodge Lil' Red Express Truck was a hit with the public; 2,188 were produced in 1978.

Specs for “The Truck”

Supercharged SOHC 5.4L factory rated 380 HP 450 Lb-ft of torque
Actual at rear wheels 361 HP 443 lb ft
4R100 Automatic Transmission with Overdrive
18 x 9.5 wheels with 295/45/18 Goodyear Eagle F1 Tires
3.73 rear gears


Factory Options for “Lil Red”

No factory options listed.

Factory Options for “The Truck”

Tow package
6 disc in dash CD changer
power driver seat


Mods for “Lil Red”

only added Headers, High Performance Plug Wires and a Tach

Mods for “The Truck”

Swapped stock clear taillights for base F-150 red taillights
Hawk HPS brake pads
Factory Tech Valve Body (1/4 mile times prior to this mod)


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