Fast And Fun: 1979 Dodge Lil’ Red Express Pickup

Mitchell sent this 1979 Dodge Lil’ Red Express Pickup (YH6) to our attention. It is for sale in Edison, New Jersey, and listed here on craigslist for $9,500. The odometer shows 57k miles and the body looks pretty solid even though the paint is faded. The truck needs a little work and is said to be accident free.

The Lil’ Red Express edition was offered in 1978 and 1979 and all were equipped with a 360 cubic inch V8 engine. The engine was designated the EH-1 and included an 850 cfm Holley, high rise aluminum intake manifold, dual-snorkel air intake, dual exhaust fed stacks, and an 8.2 to 1 compression ratio. The engine produced 225 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.

The black interior on this truck looks great and very comfortable. The EPA rating was only 13 mpg but this truck was built for the enthusiast and not for gas mileage. Most people don’t know that only 5,118 examples of the Li’l Red Express were produced in 1979 and it was not available for sale in California, Florida, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington.

Even the A727 automatic transmission was upgraded to a 440 valve body for firmer shifts. It also came with a 2500 RPM stall converter for a quick launch. The only negative thing about this truck is it came with an 85 mph speedometer but that is not the fault of the manufacturer. A catalytic converter was added in 1979 which was not present on 1978 models. So with the popularity of these trucks increasing, can the seller get $9,500 for this truck.


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  1. George Louis

    Steering Wheel does not look like it came out of the factory with this wheel. Some 79’s had the TUFF WHEEL and others in 79 had the Omni 024 Black 4 Spoke wheel with square center. Not a fan of Grab Handles on outside of Cab Back.

  2. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Bought a 76 Dodge W200 (a true lemon) and one of the many times I was at the dealer getting things fixed, looked at a Little Red Wagon. Maybe if I had not had such a bad experience with mine, I’d have traded for it. Unfortunately with all the time and money invested in that piece of work, I wasn’t willing to trade one headache for another.

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    • AZVanMan

      I hear you! A lot of us paid dearly for mid-seventies lemons of all kinds, and it takes time to get over a beating like that, if at all.

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  3. Randy

    I worked at a Dodge dealership when I saw truck coming off transport carrier fall of the rail and on its side while the salesman and owner where watching TOTALLED ,I was a kid in the wash rack and a car fall off one before.

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  4. Bob McK Member

    I have always liked these. This one needs some work. I wonder exactly what that is. I see a battery charger is attached, so we can start with a battery and charging system. For the right price, it is a good place to start. I just wonder what the right price is.

  5. Jakespeed

    Sorry to pick nits but your description of the Mopar EH-1 Police Interceptor Engine imply that they came with a Holley 850 cfm carburetor and high rise intake manifold.

    While this one does, they came standard with a Carter Thermo-Quad Carburetorp and a Dual Plane, Cast Iron, EGR equipped, Intake Manifold designed for a Spread-bore Carburetor.

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    • Photosteve

      Very true, I remember when these came out, I had a 72 Roadrunner at the time, this Truck was the fastest you could get, a L-82 corvette could not pass this truck till they where over 100! That’s a fact.

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  6. Dave

    Im not dogging this thing at all. In no way shape or form. I WANT ONE. But look at the rear axle . Broken ubolts on the axle. Im guessing. Hell im not going to. Ever talk anyone’s car down.

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  7. Andrew Olivares

    Does the truck run and where exactly is this truck located and what would the cost of it being shipped to San Antonio Texas

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  8. Nick

    I have bought this truck in New Jersey and I own it now I live in Houston Texas whoever is interested in buying it please let me know I am putting it up for sale

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