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58 Dodge D100 Update

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:

58 Dodge D100 - 1

Whitewalls all around

58 Dodge D100 - 2

Dual headlights replace singles

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New gauges and surrounds

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Making progress

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1958 Dodge D-100 Project Update

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No, this is not a picture of where the truck is in the timeline of the project. This is just a little inspiration…

The truth is that the truck is sitting in the yard of the lads who are going to help me get it back up and running. After going through the truck and getting the motor to turn over we have decided on a plan of action that includes some items we hoped did not need attention. The engine did indeed turn over, but after looking at the compression we found that four of the eight cylinders did not have compression. We also discovered that it was not the original engine to the truck. Somewhere along the line a larger V-8 had been crammed into the bay and they had notched the frame on both sides to get it in. Where they had notched the frame the frame had cracked on both sides. You can imagine my disappointment. So now, we have a firm plan on the build and with the help of my amigos at the Vintage Rollers Car Club we will be tackling the following:

New (old) motor – We will look for a donor car that has a solid Chevy 350. The guys will rebuild it to ensure it is sound.

New (old) transmission – Same deal here. The guys were trying to talk me into an automatic, but I want to keep the manual 4 on the floor.

New wiring harness – New electrical throughout. I will switch back to the double headlights, instead of the rarer single. I like the look of the double better and have already picked up the double bezels.

New brakes – We will stick with drums at this point but will refurbish them and run new lines.

New fuel tank – We will drop the old and see what it looks like inside and go from there.

New exhaust – Maybe go to double.

Fix cracked frame – I was thinking of bagging it, but will hold of for now, as I am getting in deep on the money front already. We will box the frame where it is cracked and the bagging and disc brakes will happen sometime in the future.

Suspension – Instead of bagging we will drop the whole ride by 3 – 4 inches all around and see how it looks.

Wheels and tires – Wheels will come off and get a tomato red powder coating and white walls will be mounted.

Patina polish – Erik the Viking at Hold Fast Kustoms will work his magic and I will acquire the missing brightwork, which I have already started finding.

Glass – Needs everything except the back window.

Drivers door – The door is cracked in a place where you can’t get enough metal to weld. Fortunately the truck came with extra doors, unfortunately I will lose the matching patina on that side.

There is a long list of things I have left off but this is the beginning checklist. This all told will have me in at around $7,000 without the patina polish.

Stay Tuned!


1958 Dodge Step-Side D-100: The Pick-Up of the Pick-Up

Today was the day I picked up the old beast. I used a hay trailer without a winch and thank goodness my friend, Fatty, had sense to remind me to pick up a couple of chains and come-alongs to help us load it. We stopped and bought some heavy duty straps as well.

It was a bit of a challenge getting it on the trailer once we got there. The kind seller of the truck ended up hooking his modern truck to a chain on the bumper of the Dodge D-100 and we dragged it up on the trailer, nearly dumping it off the side. If it hadn’t been for his help I would have had to leave and return with another trailer that had a winch.

The truck was in pretty good condition. No serious rust or corrosion. A few minor dents and dings. Brakes not functioning. No steering wheel. In need of new windows and rubber seals. In need of new tires. Electrical looks shot. Never been started. damaged door (which is why he had 2 extra doors included in the sale). But great patina.

I immediately towed it over to the Auto Clinic of Bend. Julius and his daughter, JulieAnn, are classic rat-rod specialists. Turns out JulieAnn had been after this truck for quite some time, even stopping and knocking on the door of the owner, who was not home when they knocked. So far 3 people I have talked to had been trying to get this truck. Again, the stars seemed to line up on this for me.

Getting it off the trailer took the assistance of the good guys at the Vintage Rollers Car Club. We all got behind it and pushed and shoved and gently let the brakeless monster off the trailer and onto the lot using a lock wrench on the steering wheel column to muscle it into place.

Once we popped the hood and took a look at the motor it was concluded that the motor is not the original, but it is a period V8. Someone cut the frame to stick this larger engine in, but that didn’t seem to phase Julius, as long as it wasn’t seized. The oil looked pretty good so they grabbed the fan and started to crank. It wasn’t seized! It seems we have something to work with. Next step is to fire it up and see if it has compression. The goal here is to get it running and then see what the path is to a restoration over time. A solid running engine, new brakes, new electrical, new tires, new glass, a patina polish from my friend Eric at Hold Fast Customs and a sound foundation will be ready to roll. Here she is on the lot:

58 Dodge D-100 Step-Side

1958 Dodge D100 Step Side

58 Dodge d-100 Step-Side

1958 Dodge D100 Step Side

58 Dodge D-100 Step-Side

1958 Dodge D100 Step Side – Grill

I’ll keep you posted on the progress.


1958 Dodge D100 Sweptside

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…

1958 Dodge D100 Sweptside 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

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