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Dodge Parts? More Please!

Dodge Parts at All Star Dodge near Town and Country

It is absolutely no secret that we LOVE Dodge Ram vehicles and one of their great dealers, All Star Dodge near Town and Country. It is also no secret that we love the Dodge parts at All Star as well. In the beginning, before the Dodge brothers built their first car, they were a huge manufacturer of auto parts. The Dodge brothers gained such notoriety for their quality of parts that Mr. Olds, you might know him from Oldsmobile, decided to make the Dodge brothers the primary manufacturers of their engine parts. However, Oldsmobile was not the only auto maker who wanted to get Dodge parts in their cars.

On February 23, 1903 the Dodge brothers formally agreed to supply Henry Ford with 650 chassis (including engines, transmissions, and axles) for $250 each, thus beginning a profitable relationship between the two firms. This contract kept the 150 men at the Hastings Street plant fully occupied and the Dodges began working exclusively for Ford. He built a plant on Mack Avenue to assemble cars from parts made elsewhere, the entire operation dependent upon extensive credit from his parts suppliers. In return for an investment of $10,000 ($7,000 in materials and a $3,000 bank note), the Dodge brothers accepted 100 shares (one-tenth of the total) in the Ford Motor Company., newly-incorporated on June 16, 1903. Dodge delivered the first shipment of chassis to Mack Avenue in July via horse-drawn hayracks and the Ford Motor Company assembled its first cars. (Part of this information was compiled from dodgemotorcar.com). It is not uncommon to find Dodge parts in old Ford models.

To get your own Dodge Parts, head to All Star Dodge. Their parts department is stocked with knowledgeable technicians that will help you get the right parts for whatever job you need to get done!

Dodge Ram Used Cars – Perfect for Long Term

Used Cars at All Star Dodge Ram in MIssouri

It is widely known that Dodge has been innovator in the auto industry since the early days, as in the early days of the car itself. It is this long legacy that makes each Dodge Ram model such a great vehicle. They are built to last. This means that when you decided to by a Used Car from All Star Dodge Ram in Missouri, you are getting a vehicle that will last you a long time. We want to share with you a little bit about the Dodge brothers that started this long lasting legacy.

The Dodge Brothers were skilled machinists from a modest background. John Francis Dodge and Horace Elgin Dodge were two of the three children of Daniel Rug and Maria Dodge of Niles, Michigan. They attended public schools, but learned the machinist’s trade from their father, who ran a shop specializing in internal combustion engines for marine use. The inseparable brothers built the first bicycle in Niles.

Horace Dodge invented a four-point, dirt proof, adjustable bicycle ball bearing and in 1897 the two brothers established the Evans & Dodge Bicycle Company with Fred S. Evans and leased the Typograph Company plant for two years. In 1900, they sold their interests, returned to Detroit, and established a machine shop in the Boydell Building on Beaubien Street at Lafayette. They began with only twelve employees, but quickly established a reputation for excellent workmanship. Ransom E. Olds erected the first automobile plant in Detroit in 1899 and by early 1901 the Dodge machine shop supplied him with engines. Olds followed with an order for 3,000 transmissions in 1902, making the Dodge brothers one of the largest parts suppliers for the nascent Detroit automobile industry.(Some of this information was compiled from dodgemotors.com). The Dodge brothers grew their knowledge from a small bike shop to a manufacturing empire.

Where Did the Ram Pick-Up Truck Start?

Ram Pick-Up Trucks at All Star Dodge Ram near University City

The pick-up truck is one of the most iconic images in Americana history. We have seen it on television and movies for as long as we can remember. Today we want to take a look at the history of the Ram pick-up truck. You can always get a great Ram pick-up truck at All Star Dodge Ram near University City.

The Dodge brothers (John and Horace) got their start making parts for Ford and other makers. From the first Dodge Brothers automobile in 1914, the Dodge brothers’ durability and quality earned their company a strong reputation and good sales. They did not build an actual truck until World War I, though, and that was a panel van, not a pickup – with a half-ton capacity and a 35 horsepower four cylinder engine. The underlying chassis was likely almost unchanged from their cars.

In 1921, Graham Brothers started selling 1.5 ton pickups through Dodge dealers, using Graham bodies on Dodge chassis. A one ton model showed up later in the 1920s, powered by that same four cylinder engine, and Dodge Brothers bought Graham Brothers over 1925 and 1926.

In 1928, Chrysler acquired the Dodge Brothers company, after giving Plymouth dealers a line of Fargo trucks, which sold in the US from 1928 through 1930, and continued for decades as an export brand; they had nothing in common with Dodge trucks, sharing parts with Plymouth and DeSoto instead.

“Dodge introduced a half-ton pickup for 1929 just after its acquisition by Chrysler, the last truck designed by the old Dodge Brothers company. Three engines were available – two Dodge engines with six cylinders (63 and 78 hp), and a Maxwell four cylinder that produced 45 hp (more than the old Dodge Fours). The trucks had four wheel hydraulic brakes, a significant safety feature unique to Chrysler-built pickups, and standard across Chrysler Corporation vehicles.” -allpar.com

Calling All Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Viper Owners!

Exclusive Are you the owner of a Dodge Charger, Challenger, or Viper?  If so, there’s an exciting, exclusive event you need to know about!  It’s called the “Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey” car show and concert happening at the new Gas Monkey Live concert venue in Dallas, Texas.  Set for Saturday, November 1st, the event will feature a live performance by the rock bank Motle Crue and is slated to be the ultimate party and owners’ experience.  According to Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge and SRT Brands and Head of Fleet Operations, Chrysler Group LLC, “Motley Crue, Richard Rawlings, Gas Monkey Live and Dodge muscle cars are all awesome by themselves.  Put all four together with a full day celebration of Dodge’s 100th anniversary and you’ve got an event that will not only make the Dodge brothers proud, but also will be something that Dodge enthusiasts talk about for years. ‘Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey’ is a not-to-miss opportunity to help kick start Dodge’s next 100 years.”

So, what are the details, rules, and other specifics?  Let’s take a look:

  • The event is open only to the owners of classic or newer model Dodge Chargers, Challengers, and Vipers.
  • Owners must visit and register at www.dodgerocksgasmonkey.com in order to attend the event.
  • Although the event is free, everyone must secure their registration with a $100 refundable deposit.  The money will be refunded to the owner on site at the event.
  • Those in attendance will get up to two general admission passes to both the event and concert.

Along with the exclusive and very intimate Motley Crue concert, attendees will also get an up-close look at the all-new 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, 2015 Challenger Scat Pack, 2015 Charger R/T, 2015 Dart GT, 2015 Durango R/T, and the 2015 Viper GTS.

Make sure to visit the link above to get in on this fun-filled, once-in-a-lifetime event today!

If you want to gain exclusive access to the best deals on new Dodge cars for sale near Clayton, visit All-Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!  All-Star is the Clayton area’s Dodge cars dealer and looks forward to your coming visit.


Blast From the Past: 1930s Dodge Taxicabs

carpool economyBack in the day, the Dodge Brothers cars were favorites for taxicab use. Their reputation for reliablility and ruggedness made them a top pick. For instance, a handsom 1930 DD Series Sedan.

The full name “Dodge Brothers” was used for the last time in the 1930 model year. John F. and Horace E Dodge passed away in 1920. Chrystler became a part of the company in 1928. Brothers was dropped from the names in 1931 and the marketing for the cars became simple Dodge. However, this name had applied only to trucks the year before. Even though part of the original names was dropped a pair of interlocking white and black triangles that created the original logo stuck around util 1939.
A 109-inch-wheelbase chassis with wood-spoke wheels and a six-cylinder, L-head engine that produced 61 horsepower was what the 1930 DD models were built on. While there quaint specification may seem almost primitive today, at the time the Dodge Brothers cars were highly regarded based on their engineering and construction.

In fact, few if any repairs were needed even after a run of thousands of miles made Dodge vehicles quite noteable. As a publicity exercise a Mileage Marathon sent a 1930 Dodge 8 Sedan aroungd the country and racking up over 104,000 miles in 13 months. Which in those days is an impressive feat. Being a taxicab didn’t even phase the Dodge’s nearly indestructible nature.

The early 1930s brought little prestige to taxi drivers. In fact, printing prices on the outsides of vehicles kept everyone honest. And back then, you could get pretty far on just 15 cents!

Sometimes as parents, you may feel like you drive a taxi! Since you can’t really charge your kind for the carpooling, you should at least have a ride that you can be proud of and meets all your needs. That is why a Dodge Grand Caravan St. Louis might be right for you!

History of Dodge Ram

Dodge Ram in IllinoisAll Star Dodge dealer in Illinois, feels now that Dodge has decided to change the name of its best selling full sized truck; the Dodge Ram, to the simple name “Ram,” it’s a great time to review the run-down of the history of this infamous truck.

Surprisingly; the legacy of the Dodge truck didn’t start with an idea from the Dodge Brother, or even from Chrysler itself.  The dodge Brothers never even manufactured a truck during their entire life span.

The first Dodge truck began with 3 brothers by the name of Graham; first names were Ray, Robert, and Joseph.   The brothers were born in the late 1800’s and they began their career with a glass factory in Evansville Indiana in 1907.

Then in 1916 the Graham brothers decided to start in the truck body business and by the year 1919 they produced the “Truck-Builder,” (consisting of a frame, body, and a cab, as well as a Torbensen internal gear drive),   which was a general platform which allowed consumers to spec their trucks according to their own needs.  Many such consumers utilized engines, transmissions and other components from passenger cars.

As time progressed the graham brothers produced their own truck complete from bumper to bumper.

The president of Dodge Brothers took notice and made an offer to form a partnership with the Graham brothers in 1921, in order to expand services to include a line of HD trucks. Thus, in 1921, Graham Brothers started selling 1.5 ton pickups through Dodge dealers, using Graham bodies and Dodge parts. IN 1920 a new one ton model was launched but it continued to be powered by the original 4 cylinder engine, shortly after the Dodge Brothers purchased controlling interest in the company.  Ray Graham became the new VP of manufacturing and Robert Graham took on the position of sales manager for the company.

Chrysler Corporation purchased Dodge Brothers and at the same time inherited Graham Brothers truck division and on January 1st 1929 all Graham Brothers trucks became named Dodge trucks.  At that time Chrysler was making Dodge, DeSoto, and Plymouth, Chrysler, and Imperial-as well as Fargo in Canada.

To test drive a new or used Dodge Ram, visit your local All Star Dodge Dealer located in Bridgeton, today.