The 1989 Dakota Sport convertible was built through a contract Chrysler signed with the American Conversion Shop, making it the first American convertible pickup since the Ford Model A. Roughly 2,500 were sold that first year, but sales faded away by 1991, and Chrysler ended production of this unique model. This particular Dakota convertible is owned by Andrew Simione, an experienced hot rodder from New Jersey. Even though his drop-top Dakota was already one of the most unique trucks in Jersey, Drew still wasn't satisfied, so the modifications began. After refreshing the 3.9L V-6 with added power, lowering the suspension, and adding a stylish set of 18-inch KMC wheels, he was satisfied, since his rare truck had become truly one-of-a-kind.

Inside the Build
Year Make Model:
1989 Dodge Dakota SE convertible
Owner and City/State:
Andrew Simione • Jersey City, New Jersey

Type: 3.9L V-6
Induction: K&N air filter
Exhaust: Custom stainless dual with Magnaflow muffler and high-flow cat
Cooling: Shelby Dakota electric fan, low-temp thermostat
Engine Management: Jet performance chip

Transmission: Five-speed manual
Rearend: 8.25 Sure Grip with 3.91 gears

Front suspension: Drop spindles, aftermarket shocks, cut springs
Rear suspension: Drop shackles, aftermarket shocks
Brakes: Drilled and slotted rotors

Wheels & Tires
Wheels: KMC Nova 18x9
Tires: Cooper Zeon 2XS 245/45R18