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Monday, January 4, 2016

Greenlight All-Terrain Release 2 2014 Ram 1500, 2015 Chevy Silverado, and 1977 Plymouth TrailDuster



About five years ago if Greenlight was to introduce this All-Terrain series for production they would have a problem: there's not many 4x4 trucks in the Greenlight line at the time.  In fact, the only 4x4 five years ago was the Dodge Ramcharger.  Now Greenlight has many truck castings to choose from, and all of them can be converted to lifted 4x4 trucks.  Now you can proceed with the series!






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1977 Plymouth TrailDuster

The oldest casting in the line is also the still-unique one as no one else has a replica of it: the Dodge Ramcharger.  In 2011 a new variant also arrived by Plymouth called the TrailDuster; just a rebadge of the Ramcharger but same everywhere else.  The Trailduster comes with a removable plastic top that allows for open-top experience; also carried on with the 2014 Jeep Wrangler 2-door as well.  However, there are some versions that remove the top and the recent All-Terrain versions have the topless look.  The front has a wide grille with detailed headlights, inboard signal lights, and eggcrate grille with Plymouth on the hood.  The sides show off the short, but still big, wheelbase with a neat flat black stripe at the rear that transitions between the gray color with red and blue stripes and the Plymouth name.  The 5-spoke wheels that debuted on the Bronco in All-Terrain release one look good here; however, my tester had a deformed wheel on the left rear tire.  The rear has detailed taillights, Trailduster badge, and a real spare tire on a swing mount to allow the tailgate to be lowered.





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Inside, the interior has seating for four with front bucket seats, rollcage overhead, and enough cargo room at the rear.  The dashboard is similar to other Dodge trucks of the 1970's with large glovebox on the right and comprehensive gauges just behind the steering wheel.  A shifter on the floor is for the transfer case to the front and rear live axles to engage four-wheel drive.  Unlike the trucks up next this Trailduster does not need a lift because it already has enough ground clearance.  With leaf springs on all four it's bound to be a bouncy ride.  One advantage the Ramcharger/Trailduster duo have over everyone else is an opening hood: pop it up to reveal the V8 engine with dual snorkel air filter housing, silver block, and detailed A/C system (not like you'll need it with the open top).  Even years later the Ramcharger/Trailduster still looks cool.






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2014 Ram 1500 Sport

One truck that's been crazy on variants last year was the 2014 Ram 1500.  Numerous trims, two different wheels, various add-ons from camper tops to running boards the Ram has it all.  Now for the latest: a lifted Ram 4x4.  The metal base is the same as before, but then Greenlight adds metal front and rear axles that are lowered to add the raised ride height.  The axles also come with detailed shocks as well.  To top it off it gets some cool bead-lock wheels, mostly blacked-out, with colored outer rim.  This ride height lift gives the Ram better off-road capability that the normal ride-height Ram's had even though all Ram's have the 4x4 setup.  If you think the linkage looks weak like the one on the Ford Bronco, think again as the axles are metal and being so close to the base they use it to make these axles rigid and secure.  Cosmetic add-ons include a front brush guard with integrated foglights and a skid plate, while the rear gets heavy with a swing gate that holds three gas containers and a full-size spare tire.  The gate swings to the right to allow access to the tailgate, has holes for the taillights to be visible, and adds reverse lamps in the bumper to give off more light when in reverse, oh and it doesn't obscure the dual exhausts, either!




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The Ram's styling still looks good, and is even better in the Sport trim with a nice metallic orange color.  The front has blacked-out projector headlights, silver slots on the grille, and the Challenger-style hoodscoops.  The sides add a nice swooping black stripe that goes over the body-colored tonneau cover and has the Hemi letters as well.  The tonneau is also removable to gain access to the bed and looks great on this truck.  The interior is seating for five and a dashboard with high tech features found on all other Ram's, as well as the 5.7L Hemi V8, 8-speed automatic, and coil springs on all four wheels.





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2015 Chevy Silverado 4x4

The newest kid on the block is the 2015 Chevy Silverado.  Personally I was not excited to see another Silverado after many replica's of it has been made with no variations whatsoever.  Until you get to see the All-Terrain version with the lowered front and rear axles and wheels that are the same ones found on the Ram to give it an aggressive look.  The add-ons are different as the Chevy has a larger front brush guard that literally replaces the stock bumper and adds four more lights for a Baja trophy truck look.  The downside is that the lower bumper spoiler from the stock trucks is still visible from behind.  The bed area gains a rollbar that still does not interfere with the cargo area that is the same usage area as the Ram.  The front has a split chrome grille with black grille slots, Chevy bowtie in gold, and detailed headlight clusters.  On the sides the flared fenders and two-tone black and yellow paint give this truck a stylish look to the rather flat surfaces with four large doors and CHEVROLET along the bed rails.  The rear has taillights with the ribbed side pattern, Silverado badges, and black added to the bumper side steps.  The interior features seating for five with a large center console and a smaller screen for the MyTouch infotainment system, 4-spoke steering wheel, and column shifter for the transmission.  It is not as advance as the Ram but it holds its own.  The 5.3L V8 is a bit of a slouch, so I guess this versions here likely has the 6.0L V8 that makes 360 horsepower, is no slouch, and has a great exhaust note.






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Expect more from the All-terrain series in the coming months with the 3015 F-150 entering the picture, two new Jeep Wrangler's from the square-headlight era, and hopefully the Ram and Ramcharger from release 1 will make its way to my collection eventually.



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