Test Driving the 58 Dodge d100
Test Driving the 58 Dodge d100
Well, we are in the home stretch on the 1958 Dodge D100. Glass is in, interior is done. We had a last minute engine swap, after discovering that the motor we put in was a bit worn out. Bed is done. Painted bits are on. Drive train is installed.
Now it’s time to make a spare tire bracket, back bumper, mirrors, bright work install, and a few minor details before getting a logo painted on the doors.
Here she is as of February 2109:
It has been a while since I gave a little progress update on the D100 pickup. Last year we bought an old industrial building, so the funds to make the Dodge D100 project move along were challenging. The boys over at VR Garage have been steadfast and patient, getting things done as I can get money their way. I have expressed how concerning it was having someone else do the restoration, as it is the first project i haven’t done myself, but I am getting a bit excited as we get closer to completion. Like any restoration, it has cost twice as much and taken twice as long as planned, but I keep adding projects and changing my mind, so it is to be expected. So far we have dropped in a refurbished Chevy 350 small block and added an automatic transmission. All wiring is new. New gauges and surrounds. Disc brakes with new wheels and whitewalls. New and adjusted suspension. New steering column. New tail lights. Replaced the radiator and refurbished the gas tank.
We still have left the interior, a new bed, clear coating the patina finish, painting some detail pieces, lettering on the door. Exhaust. Back bumper. All new glass and seals. And I am sure a hundred more things I am forgetting. But, it should be on the road by summer, as the building remodel is nearing its end and I can concentrate again on finishing up the truck.
Here it is as of September 2017:
The boys over at VR Garage are moving along with the 58 Dodge D100 project. New motor and transmission are in. Cracks in the frame have been cased and welded. We were talking about some color combinations this week and came up with a nice rootbeer brown flake to compliment the patina. To see what it might look like I mocked it up.
Next it is on to the brakes, suspension, steering, wheels, electrical… oof!
I entered a carpark to pick up my rental car in Cuenca, Ecuador and came across this amazing old pickup. It has now started my new obsession…
In 1957 Dodge introduced the Sweptside pickup by using the Custom Cab Dodge D100 1/2 ton long bed pickup with the application of the rear side fins from a Dodge wagon, giving it the appearance of a full width bed with classic 50’s styling, including two-tone paint, chrome accents and taillights embedded in classic fins at the rear. They continued the look in 1958 with addition of a unique new grill with inset horizontal teeth. They only used this grill for a year, and for my taste it was the perfect grill.
In 1958 they produced around 980 Sweptsides and it is believed that only around 60 complete trucks are in existence today. What a surprise to know that there is one old original in a carpark in Ecuador…
Here is a fully restored piece that is for sale for $60,000
The link to the sale is HERE