Do you remember the ‘80s television show Simon and Simon?
Simon and Simon centered around two brothers who were partners in a private detective agency. The Simon brothers, Rick and AJ, were the epitome of night and day, which made for interesting show material when they had to work together to solve cases.
AJ was a book-smart college grad who liked to do things by the book. He also had a penchant for tailored suits and the so called “finer things.” Rick, on the other hand, was more of a street-smart Army vet with more of a taste for cowboy getup. And unlike AJ, he didn’t mind foregoing the rules if taking matters into his own hands got the job done.
Equally as different was their tastes in cars. AJ was known to drive a few different sports cars, but Rick was loyal to one 1979 Dodge Power Wagon.
Interesting Facts about Rick’s Dodge Power Wagon
This truck wasn’t just any Dodge Power Wagon – it came with the Macho Package, which included a roll bar, big tires and a trick paint scheme.
The Macho Package, made only between the years 1977 and 1981, was part of Dodge’s “Adult Toy” campaign to appeal to a younger crowd.
The original truck used in Simon and Simon was a 1979 model long-bed, sierra red in color, with the iconic Macho paint job and decals. Halfway through the first season, they decided to also use a stand-in 1980 Dodge long bed 4×4, made to look like the original ‘79 model.
And if you looked closely, you saw that in some scenes they alternated between both trucks.
How can you tell the difference? Check out the roll bars. The ‘79 model roll bar is padded and has straight diagonal supports. The ‘80 model uses a roll bar that isn’t padded and the diagonal supports bend before joining to the main bar.
Of all the features of this truck, what was its most notable?
The “wrecker” bumper, used in many scenes to stop the bad guy, was a stand-out feature. And, no, this was not part of the Macho Package, but an awesome addition to an already awesome truck.
When was the last time you checked out a Dodge Power Wagon – or the modern equivalent, the Ram truck series?
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