LIMA — Rick Shields of Lima liked the style of the 2001 Dodge Dakota RT
From 1996-2004, the Dakota RT was one of few mid-sized trucks on the market. Shields did not want a full-sized truck. However, he didn’t want the smaller size either. Thus, the Dakota RT fit him perfectly.
Shields bought one that he was using primarily as a show truck. In 2010, he was involved in a major accident that totaled the truck. One year later, fate found him.
Shields was checking out the classified ads at Dakotart.com, a site dedicated to Dakota RT fans. He found the perfect replacement.
“A guy in Akron had it for sale,” Shields said. “His dad had bought it and died soon after.”
Shields got in contact with the man, who liked what Shields had to say. Shields purchased the 2001 Red Dakota RT and has owned it ever since.
“He was really happy that it was going to a good home,” Shields said. “It had been sitting in his garage under a tarp.”
Other than replacing the wheels, the truck is still in its original, factory-released form. Just like his original truck, it is used primarily as a show truck. The occasional drive is therapeutic for Shields.
“I am a stay-at-home dad, so usually I am driving a minivan,” Shield said. Most of the time, the Dakota RT is in the garage, especially during the winter. “But I like to take it out for a drive once in a while. It is very relaxing.”
Shields limited use on the vehicle has kept the miles low at 30,000.