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Dirt Every Day Dunkin Dodge Refresh

The quest for the holy grille.

"Hey, it's a Dodge!" I guarantee that's what every Dodge guy or gal said when Fred and Dave procured an old Dodge farm truck to drive into a lake for the "Dunkin' Dodge" episode. They hit the water so hard that the plastic grille fractured and fell off. And that's where the new episode of Dirt Every Day, "The Quest for the Holy Grille," picks up. The boys take the old Dodge to Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area in Coal Township, Pennsylvania, where we visited for Ultimate Adventure 2017. The half-ton Dodge W150 at some point had the factory throttle-body fuel injection replaced with a carburetor, and the stock TF727 auto transmission was replaced with a NP435 manual. We're guessing the Dana 44 front and Chrysler 9.25 rear axles were loaded with either 3.21 or 3.55 gears, and the T-case was most likely an NP241. All respectable stuff, but not exactly what you'd want to hit a hardcore trail with. And hit a hardcore trail they needed to, because at the end of the trail was a new, shiny grille.

The boys installed a Premier Power welder on the truck's 318 engine before heading out to AOAA, but otherwise they'd need to install parts hidden along the trail by the crew. A set of 37s here, some wheels there, a cheapie winch behind that tree, and so on. Eventually, they got the winch installed, mounted the 37-inch Goodyear MT/Rs with tire spoons, cut the front fenders, welded the rear diff, and did some other mods. But did they ever find the holy grille? You'll have to tune in to find out. Be sure to subscribe to MotorTrend on Demand to catch this episode when it eventually airs, and feel free to binge watch all our other great original programming while you're at it.