Twin-Supercharged 1968 Dodge Crew Cab Dually Up For Sale On Craiglist
1968 Dodge truck like no other
A craigslist ad has gone up for a 1968 Dodge Crew Cab Dually. The vehicle is the J&S East Valley Garage team’s tow rig used to haul the Top Fuel dragsters crew of crew chief Jay Roach and driver Arley Langlo back in the 70s and right through the 80s.
This vintage tow vehicle is a rare beast in itself. It was built in an era where both duallies and crew cabs were custom-built upon request. It is thought this particular crew-cab Dodge was built for the Vandenberg Air Force Base with a factory Slant-6 and step-side bed. It was later purchased from the base, and after some changes, the monster began its life as a race car hauler.
The Slant-6 was woefully underpowered even in the chassis’ stock configuration. To solve this, a 510ci Mopar big-block was fixed under the louvered hood, with a pair of Paxton centrifugal superchargers huffing on a custom water/meth injection. This massive, brutal force, full-MURIKA engine combo apparently churns out more than 1,000 lb-ft of torque, which is necessary with the 9,390-pound curb weight. The resultant horsepower was enough to haul the team’s 30-foot race trailer across the country while keeping up with the NHRA calendar.
The drivetrain was also built up with a SM456 four-speed, with a three-speed Brownie Overdrive box splitting the gears in-between. Looking at the shift pattern plaque on the dash, one can only imagine the kind of madness that had to go down on some of gnarlier highway grades while heading from coast-to-cost. There is a GM 14-bolt axle running with 4.10 gears at the back.
At some point in its life, the truck must have been updated with 80s Ford fenders. Its fleetside dually bed is also custom-made. The once humble Air Force truck has two rows of bench seats and the dash is fitted with a number of gauges and switches to accommodate all the new hardware. The seller is yet to name a price, but reasonable offers will be considered.
Original ad below.
FOR SALE! 1968 Dodge Crew Cab Dually! You are looking at drag racing history here. This is THE ’68 Crew Cab that the J&S East Valley Garage Jay Roach/ Arley Langlo Top Fuel team used as their tow rig throughout the late 70’s and early 80’s.
Originally purchased at auction at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Slant 6, step-side crew cab.
NOW sports a massive 512″ 440 iron stroker with a Top Fuel billet crank, Venolia forged pistons, and two, yes TWO Paxton centrifugal superchargers. Transmissions are a SM456 4 speed with a 3speed Brownie Overdrive behind it. Out back sports a 14 bolt Corporate rear end with massive custom cooler and 4.10 gears. Genuine mag wheels. Fenders are from a mid 80’s ford F350, and the hood is actually a ’69 louvered stock piece. Custom made dual disc Borg/Beck clutch and custom pressure plate. 1-3/4″ primary/ 5″ collector headers built in chassis. Air Conditioning still blows R12 cold with roof mounted cooler and fans. 3 20+ gallon custom fuel tanks with holley blue pumps and regulators. Total fuel capacity is over 80 gallons. Custom water/meth injection and cold air fender intakes for blowers. This truck fully loaded and wet weighs 9390lbs! This is a man’s tow rig with well over 1000 ft/lbs of torque on 100 octane. In it’s hay day it toted a 30′ Chaparell trailer stuffed with a Top Fuel dragster, spare engines, tools, and plenty of nitro.
Stored under cover its entire life, except for the last couple months due to storage limitations. VERY minor rust in one drip rail. Camper is water-tight and has bunk beds and full carpeting. Paint is the real deal- hit it with the buffer and look at yourself in the mirror.
This truck is NHRA history from the good ol’ days. It pains me to see it go along with the history, but space and time limitations have made it necessary. Charge the batteries, give it a bath, top off the fuel and hit the key- it’s ready to run.