V-8 4×4 Dakota!

2001 Dodge Dakota

Houses are too expensive in Taos so I bought a truck

Charles Savage drove a mean ’58 Dodge convertible back in Abilene. Dark metallic blue it was, and had three carburetors. The honking big V-8 and dual glass-packs made a thick, explosive rumble like a pack of Harleys in a barn. His father owned a dealership, of course. About this same time, I used to ride a red Cushman scooter to school. Briggs & Stratton lawn mower motor, centrifugal clutch, one brake at the rear. This being Texas, you could get a license to ride a “motorcycle” with no more than five horsepower at age 12. The Cushman, for example, or a moped. At 13 you could get a learner’s permit to drive a car if you had a licensed driver with you, which meant your 14-year-old buddy, maybe Charles in a pinch. He never offered to let me drive his Dodge, but we did go to gas stations with another idiot to ask the attendant for a dime’s worth of gas. Being in a loud convertible made this more hilarious, no doubt, though I tended to slouch down out of sight, and no damn body got shot like we do now that we’re all great again.

When I saw the 2001 Dodge Dakota 4×4 on the Santa Fe Craigslist, my eyes jumped right to “bulletproof 4.7 V-8” in the opening description. This was big because it told me I was dealing with a brilliant mind. The rest of the ad confirmed he was a car guy and he knew his punctuation. He’d also just moved down here from Chicago. The truck had been part of his family its entire life. It had every heavy-duty option in the book, even a transmission cooler. Everything replaceable had been replaced. Shocks and brakes and tie rod ends. New tires. There wasn’t a single dent. The original dealer sticker was in the ad! I texted the link to my brother. He messaged back, “Nice truck there, and you can tell the guy isn’t a savage.” No shit. And then, “You need a decent truck if you’re ever gonna move.” I hadn’t really thought I’d ever jump, but there it was, ka-boom.

We drove to Santa Fe to have a look. I had the asking price in cash. The seller turned out to be a baritone saxophonist house-sitting at a mansion on a hill. Not bad, I thought, and meant to ask him where he’d bought his shoes. When he told me his father owned a muscle car restoration garage back home, I knew the wizard energy was working. He started up the 4.7 and apologized: “Some people think it’s too loud…” It wasn’t.

My honey said, “Just do it,” and I did.

I drove it up from Santa Fe without a license plate and no insurance. The truck tracks like an arrow. It rumbles like the ghost of giant Harleys in the barn and I’m on high alert.

John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. with his classical pianist wife. “Possibly the only place I can get away with this,” he says. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore (Bush’s Brain) put it in a review of John’s first book, Buffalo Lights is the work of a man attuned to the world who sees it differently than you and I and writes about it with a language and a vision of life that is impossible to ignore.” John is the author of BUFFALO LIGHTS, TAOS SOUL, ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, and THE HELEN CHRONICLES. He has been publishing online since 1996 (Zoo Zone, Farr Site, MacFaust, GRACK!, FarrFeed) and blogs regularly here at JHFARR.COM. See also → John’s Twitter profile, Amazon Author Page, video channel at YouTube, and website photos at SmugMug. To email John, please see CONTACT INFO on About page.  

  • Carmel February 19, 2018, 2:26 AM

    Sometimes the dice rolls the right way up.

    • JHF February 20, 2018, 11:10 PM

      There was a real strong energy the whole time. Like a river in flood. The dual exhausts make a classy baritone roar. It’s solid, comfy, and strong. I’m in the bonding stage now. 🙂

  • Rita February 19, 2018, 10:16 AM

    Congrats and you deserve it. Great feeling to drive off in your new truck. And now you are all ready for the apocalypse or whatever.

    • JHF February 20, 2018, 11:06 PM

      I closed the deal on the New Moon. Wasn’t there a solar eclipse somewhere, too? Didn’t know that at the time. Friday was one helluva day though. This thing can go anywhere, thank God.

  • Mike Walsh February 20, 2018, 8:04 PM

    I like the no registration or insurance. LOL…..ROTFLMAO

    • JHF February 20, 2018, 11:00 PM

      Pretty much had to. Deal was finished in the middle of Friday afternoon. I could have tried to get registered at a Santa Fe MVD in the last hour before the weekend, but come on. Seventy miles back to Taos, never saw a single cop. I had the bill of sale and title, anyway. BTW this is one cool truck. I finally got the license plate today.

  • M.J. February 23, 2018, 12:11 PM

    Congratulations! Everyone needs a Dodge truck. Nice one! Enjoy! Now there’s no stopping you on your next adventure.

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