Bob’s 1986 Dodge 600 ES convertible
I bought my ride in December of 2009; a perfect time to buy a convertible, and owning a convertible was on my bucket
list. Car companies had stopped making convertibles for a few years but started
up production again in the early 1980s.
I patched rust holes in the floor pans in the summer of 2010 and made new rocker panels for it.
It passed the insurance inspection in the summer of 2011, and I worked on it to get it to run better (fixing vacuum leaks, poor ground connections, a tune up, etc.).
I worked on the body and got paint on it in the summer of 2013.
Of course it isn’t done; they never are.
In the spring 2014 I was working on color sanding and polish.
The seats are trashed but I can’t afford reproduction seats covers to recover them. The cheap seat covers don’t look too bad for the price.
The drive belt was missing on my air conditioner but I haven’t replaced it as the car is a convertible. My ride is mostly stock. It has a little over 200,000 km on it. I’ve only put about 4000 km on it, but now that it is painted I hope to drive it a bit more. 95% of my driving has been with the top down, even in the spring and fall, as the 2.2s have a great heater.
About 4700 of the Dodge 600 ES Edition convertibles were built.
The ES package included all options as standard equipment: 2.2 Turbo engine, power windows, door locks, air, tilt steering, cruise, digital dash with tach and more.
The package also included a suspension setup with 15 inch mags. The only option was a power antenna. The 2.2 Turbo puts out about 145 hp as compared to 95 hp on the normally aspirated 2.2. The 2.2 Turbo is supposed to be able to do the 1/4 mile in 17 seconds.
The car weighs 2648 lbs so it should get 23mpg city and 28mpg highway or 11.8/9.8 L/100km.