Sportsman passenger vans had side windows and passenger seating not present in the otherwise identical Tradesman models. In 2013, a new Mexican-built full-sized van based on the was introduced and sold under the name Ram ProMaster, which fills the marketing slot once held by the original Dodge B-Series full-size van. For 2003, introduced the produced by , making the B-platform van the last full-size van designed by Chrysler; currently markets the a rebadged Fiat Ducato. Big-block V8 engines were the 400 in 3 6,600 cm 3 and 440 in 3 7,200 cm 3 1976—1978. Dodge pioneered the American 15-passenger van genre with the introduction of the Maxiwagon along with the other front engine B series vans that were new for 1971. All generations of the B-series van feature similar construction, with only small variation from era to era. Passenger models had a small window between the front and rear doors.
Financing choices with low rates and we can even get bad or no credit financed. While never as popular as the Dodge version, Plymouth marketed the Voyager in this format through 1983, after which the nameplate was transferred to the new that was introduced for 1984 as a rebadged. This change resulted in the elimination of the front door vent windows. Although Chrysler would make two redesigns of the B-platform van, much of the exterior sheetmetal would remain nearly unchanged over 33 years of production, making it one of the longest-used automotive platforms in American automotive history. Many examples of these cube-vans can still be found on the streets today as they were typically owned by companies that kept them in service for some time.
The van would keep this body style and the 1978 dash intact with only grille changes all the way through the 1993 model year. Thanks to regular maintenance, some still see service. In 1978, the filler panel was removed and the doors were moved forward to be next to the front passenger door, similar to the Ford and Chevrolet vans. Through their production, the full-size were sold under several different nameplates. The eventually took over the passenger wagon market. We can locate the vehicle at the right price for you.
With the Sprinter, Chrysler shifted from American-style full-sized vans in favor of more fuel-efficient European-style models. Certain model years came with an optional 5. Dodge Ram van Overview Manufacturer 1971—1998 1998—2003 Production 1971—2003 Assembly , Canada Body and chassis 3-door 4-door 3-door 4-door Chronology Predecessor Successor The Dodge B series was a range of that were produced by from 1971 to 2003. In 1998, the van went through the most thorough update since its introduction in 1971. Early 1971 vans had black plastic door push buttons, an inlaid pentastar logo low right front fender, drum brakes and points type ignition. The engine was moved forward in the chassis to improve crash protection, and the front end sheet-metal was redone with a longer nose to accommodate this change.
On the 1971—77 models, the rear side doors were set back about two feet towards the rear wheelwells, with a filler panel between them and the front doors. Six-cylinder included the 225-cubic-inch 3,690 cm 3 Slant Six 1971—1987 , the 3. The side-view mirrors were now break-away units mounted to the sail portion of the front window openings. The same range of gasoline-powered and V8 engines was offered in these vans as was offered in the. The van remained mostly unchanged until it was discontinued after the 2003 model year, ending production that June. This package was available from the 1976 model year until it was discontinued in the early 1980s.
The resulting lower center of gravity improved handling versus the competing products. The B-series van was popular for cab-over motorhome conversion until Chrysler Corporation's egress from that market during their financial difficulties in the late 1970s. Similar construction for the entire 32 years of production made the Dodge Van very popular with upbuilders, service companies, and other fleets due to the compatibility of installable options from year to year without necessitating a redesign. Don't see it on our website? The Sportsman, Tradesman, and Adventurer names were phased out after 1980, replaced with the Ram van moniker, which included the Ram wagon for passenger models. .
All American vans are now produced with wheelbases proportional to the body length i. DaimlerChrysler discontinued production of the Ram van and Ram wagon after the 2003 model year, replacing them with the M-B-based. Moving the powertrain forward also resulted in a smaller dog house engine access cover which increased front interior room and allowed better access when moving between the front seats. We watch the used car and truck market daily to ensure we are current with today's prices. Dodge was the last of the four major full-size van makers to market a short-wheelbase van and passenger wagon. Additionally, the first generation's side door was mounted back several inches, using a fixed panel between the passenger's side front door and the side door, allowing for more access to the side door without interfering with the front passenger's seat.
Call us now at 517 439 5147. Third-generation Dodge Ram van engine bay The B-series van was available with nearly every engine used in a rear-wheel-drive Chrysler product during its production. The 1978-style dashboard and door panels were finally replaced in the 1998 model year with a modern design using components from contemporary Chrysler products. Specializing in trucks, vans and commercial vehicles. Dodge first pioneered the extended-rear 15-passenger van favored by school and church groups and dominated this market until overtaken by Ford in the 1990s.
Despite many customer requests, the Dodge Ram van was not available in the desired 360 V8 model until 1972. The rest of the took their shortest full-size vans off the market early in the 1990s. The 1978-style dash was kept. The most pronounced changes were to the front fenders, hood, grille, and bumpers, which tended to follow their full-size counterparts in each era. This was unique to the B vans, and this same extension was used until the B vans were discontinued in 2003. In 1994 the entire front end was redesigned with flush headlamps to resemble the all-new Dodge Ram pickups, and new taillights wrapped around the sides of the van. This panel was eliminated in 1978 which was a transitional year for the B-series van.
For its entire production run, Chrysler produced the B-platform vans at the now-demolished plant in , Canada. Dodge used the van body for the front end of its 1973—1978 cube-vans usually with dual rear axles and heavy-duty 1-Ton suspensions. Most examples were sold by the Dodge division, although versions were sold by the now-defunct and divisions. The 1978-style dash was kept. Lower-end models had single round headlights, while Royal Sportsman and other high-end vans received four rectangular headlights.