The Truth About Cars » A100 Hell Project http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:54:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » A100 Hell Project http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Finally, the A100 Does What a Van Should Do! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/finally-the-a100-does-what-a-van-should-do/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/finally-the-a100-does-what-a-van-should-do/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:30:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=439284 The 1966 Dodge A100 Hell Project was on hold for much of last year, getting stuck in Front Axle Rebuild Limbo for a while. I scored a bunch of junkyard parts in February, and the van came back home a few weeks back. Now, for the first time since it was parked in 1998 with […]

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The 1966 Dodge A100 Hell Project was on hold for much of last year, getting stuck in Front Axle Rebuild Limbo for a while. I scored a bunch of junkyard parts in February, and the van came back home a few weeks back. Now, for the first time since it was parked in 1998 with […]

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Junkyard Jackpot: The Missing Pieces For the A100 Hell Project Puzzle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/junkyard-jackpot-the-missing-pieces-for-the-a100-hell-project-puzzle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/junkyard-jackpot-the-missing-pieces-for-the-a100-hell-project-puzzle/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:30:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=431198 My 1966 Dodge A100 Hell Project has been in semi-hibernation since the summer, but now it has a rebuilt front end and I’m ready to get back into turning it into the 8-track-equipped custom van of my dreams. Since I bought my van project, the toughest problem has been finding junked A100s to provide a […]

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My 1966 Dodge A100 Hell Project has been in semi-hibernation since the summer, but now it has a rebuilt front end and I’m ready to get back into turning it into the 8-track-equipped custom van of my dreams. Since I bought my van project, the toughest problem has been finding junked A100s to provide a […]

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When You See a Clean Corinthian Leather Bench Seat In the Junkyard, You Buy It! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/when-you-see-a-clean-corinthian-leather-bench-seat-in-the-junkyard-you-buy-it/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/when-you-see-a-clean-corinthian-leather-bench-seat-in-the-junkyard-you-buy-it/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428125 When I saw the interior of today’s Junkyard Find, I knew: I must have that Corinthian Leather bench seat! Maybe I’ll put it in the back of my ’66 Dodge A100 van, or maybe I’ll just convert it into a comfy, Ricardo Montalban-grade garage couch. Either way, I returned to the junkyard yesterday with a […]

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When I saw the interior of today’s Junkyard Find, I knew: I must have that Corinthian Leather bench seat! Maybe I’ll put it in the back of my ’66 Dodge A100 van, or maybe I’ll just convert it into a comfy, Ricardo Montalban-grade garage couch. Either way, I returned to the junkyard yesterday with a […]

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A100 Hell Project: Finally, the Right Tachometer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/a100-hell-project-finally-the-right-tachometer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/a100-hell-project-finally-the-right-tachometer/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2011 18:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=401199 The thing about my ’66 Dodge A100 van project that makes it a challenge is that I’m going for an early 1970s customization job, not the far easier late 1970s routine. My van won’t have Aztecs On Mars airbrush murals or a wood-burning stove (not that there’s anything wrong with those things), but it does […]

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The thing about my ’66 Dodge A100 van project that makes it a challenge is that I’m going for an early 1970s customization job, not the far easier late 1970s routine. My van won’t have Aztecs On Mars airbrush murals or a wood-burning stove (not that there’s anything wrong with those things), but it does […]

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A100 Hell Project: Red Metalflake Naugahyde… or Reproduction Dart GT Vinyl? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/a100-hell-project-red-metalflake-naugahyde-or-reproduction-dart-gt-vinyl/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/a100-hell-project-red-metalflake-naugahyde-or-reproduction-dart-gt-vinyl/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 13:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=390327 As the 1966 Dodge A100 Hell Project progresses (slowly), I’m finally at the point at which T-shirts and towels draped over the trashed seats— nuked by over a decade of outdoor storage in the Colorado sun— no longer cut it. It’s time to fix ’em up! The framing and foam rubber are in beat but […]

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As the 1966 Dodge A100 Hell Project progresses (slowly), I’m finally at the point at which T-shirts and towels draped over the trashed seats— nuked by over a decade of outdoor storage in the Colorado sun— no longer cut it. It’s time to fix ’em up! The framing and foam rubber are in beat but […]

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A Little Help From Hooniverse: Leaky Van Window Fixed With Long-Distance Junkyard Parts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/a-little-help-from-hooniverse-leaky-van-window-fixed-with-long-distance-junkyard-parts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/a-little-help-from-hooniverse-leaky-van-window-fixed-with-long-distance-junkyard-parts/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2011 13:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=389565 The A100 Hell Project really isn’t very hellish, since the van is rust-free and still has most of its tough-to-find trim parts. However, the list of really irritating minor problems that must be solved to bring a project vehicle up to real-world-enjoyable status is always long. One of the most maddening was the busted window […]

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The A100 Hell Project really isn’t very hellish, since the van is rust-free and still has most of its tough-to-find trim parts. However, the list of really irritating minor problems that must be solved to bring a project vehicle up to real-world-enjoyable status is always long. One of the most maddening was the busted window […]

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Buying Into Nanny-State Safety Diktats: Dual-Circuit Brakes For the A100 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/buying-into-nanny-state-safety-diktats-dual-circuit-brakes-for-the-a100/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/buying-into-nanny-state-safety-diktats-dual-circuit-brakes-for-the-a100/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=388340 Ralph Nader’s Unsafe at Any Speed was published in 1965. For the 1967 model year, cars and light trucks sold in the United States were required to have a dual-circuit brake system, so that a single hydraulic leak anywhere in the system would not result in total brake failure. Real drivers knew that they could […]

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Ralph Nader’s Unsafe at Any Speed was published in 1965. For the 1967 model year, cars and light trucks sold in the United States were required to have a dual-circuit brake system, so that a single hydraulic leak anywhere in the system would not result in total brake failure. Real drivers knew that they could […]

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Dodge A100 Hell Project: You Want Luxury? Here’s Luxury! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/dodge-a100-hell-project-you-want-luxury-heres-luxury/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/dodge-a100-hell-project-you-want-luxury-heres-luxury/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=387714 These days, we’ve got endless choices in plush, comfy trucks. Back when my 1966 Dodge A100 project van was built, the top trim level of the A100 was the Sportsman Custom, and that was one of your few luxury-truck choices at the time. Naturally, I insisted on a Sportsman Custom when I went shopping for […]

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These days, we’ve got endless choices in plush, comfy trucks. Back when my 1966 Dodge A100 project van was built, the top trim level of the A100 was the Sportsman Custom, and that was one of your few luxury-truck choices at the time. Naturally, I insisted on a Sportsman Custom when I went shopping for […]

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Welcome To The Future: Needle In a Haystack, Long Grade 8 Bolt In Denver http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/welcome-to-the-future-needle-in-a-haystack-long-grade-8-bolt-in-denver/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/welcome-to-the-future-needle-in-a-haystack-long-grade-8-bolt-in-denver/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:30:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=386931 The Home Depot-ization of all forms of hardware retailing continues unabated, as I found out this afternoon. I needed a pair of 7″ long 1/2″ Grade 8 bolts, today, so that I could get my Dodge A100 Hell Project back on the road. Easy, right? Maybe ten years ago it was. Not today. It all […]

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The Home Depot-ization of all forms of hardware retailing continues unabated, as I found out this afternoon. I needed a pair of 7″ long 1/2″ Grade 8 bolts, today, so that I could get my Dodge A100 Hell Project back on the road. Easy, right? Maybe ten years ago it was. Not today. It all […]

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Down On The Mile High Street: 1966 Dodge A100 Sportsman http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/down-on-the-mile-high-street-1966-dodge-a100/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/down-on-the-mile-high-street-1966-dodge-a100/#comments Sat, 05 Feb 2011 01:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=382939 It just occurred to me that my own A100 Hell Project hasn’t been featured on Whatever I’m Calling The Series Of Photographs Of Old Street-Parked Vehicles These Days. It’s a total nightmare to drive in the snow (particularly for a snow-country n00b like me), but it looks pretty good with the white stuff. I think […]

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It just occurred to me that my own A100 Hell Project hasn’t been featured on Whatever I’m Calling The Series Of Photographs Of Old Street-Parked Vehicles These Days. It’s a total nightmare to drive in the snow (particularly for a snow-country n00b like me), but it looks pretty good with the white stuff. I think […]

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Brake Work Birthday Gift: How Many Mistakes Can You Find Here? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/brake-work-birthday-gift-how-many-mistakes-can-you-find-here/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/brake-work-birthday-gift-how-many-mistakes-can-you-find-here/#comments Mon, 31 Jan 2011 15:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=382312 Since I’ve got ungodly quantities of top-shelf booze thanks to my other job, I figured I’d celebrate my 900th birthday by having a party and pouring said booze down my guests’ throats. A couple of them went overboard on the gift department, including one who made me a coupon for free brake work on my […]

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Since I’ve got ungodly quantities of top-shelf booze thanks to my other job, I figured I’d celebrate my 900th birthday by having a party and pouring said booze down my guests’ throats. A couple of them went overboard on the gift department, including one who made me a coupon for free brake work on my […]

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5th-Gen Civic: Cargo-Haulin’ Workhorse! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/5th-gen-civic-cargo-haulin-workhorse/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/5th-gen-civic-cargo-haulin-workhorse/#comments Sat, 18 Dec 2010 20:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=377709 Some folks will tell you that you need a big ol’ truck to haul a grimy cast-iron V8, but those folks are wrong! My beater ’92 Civic, which stood up well when compared to the Audi R8, not only sports a trailer hitch (no doubt suitable for hauling popcorn carts weighing up to several hundred […]

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Some folks will tell you that you need a big ol’ truck to haul a grimy cast-iron V8, but those folks are wrong! My beater ’92 Civic, which stood up well when compared to the Audi R8, not only sports a trailer hitch (no doubt suitable for hauling popcorn carts weighing up to several hundred […]

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Wheels Make the Van! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/wheels-make-the-van/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/wheels-make-the-van/#comments Wed, 15 Dec 2010 23:30:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=377355 As the Dodge A100 Hell Project proceeds in fits and starts, I’ve been so wrapped up in making the thing streetworhy that haven’t gotten around to doing anything about the external appearance… until now! Yes, that’s a full set of Cragar S/S clones, in the proper anachronistic 14″ diameter and shod with big fat Grand […]

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As the Dodge A100 Hell Project proceeds in fits and starts, I’ve been so wrapped up in making the thing streetworhy that haven’t gotten around to doing anything about the external appearance… until now! Yes, that’s a full set of Cragar S/S clones, in the proper anachronistic 14″ diameter and shod with big fat Grand […]

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Entire Universe of Chrysler Products Available For Replacement Headlight Switch On A100 Hell Project http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/entire-universe-of-chrysler-products-available-for-replacement-headlight-switch-on-a100-hell-project/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/entire-universe-of-chrysler-products-available-for-replacement-headlight-switch-on-a100-hell-project/#comments Sat, 11 Dec 2010 16:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=376568 When we last saw the A100 Hell Project, I’d junkyard-engineered a new gas pedal as part of my “get this thing on the road as quickly and cheaply as possible” initiative. The lack of headlights, due to a corroded-by-12-idle-years switch, was the next big annoyance I needed to tackle. It appears that Chrysler used the […]

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When we last saw the A100 Hell Project, I’d junkyard-engineered a new gas pedal as part of my “get this thing on the road as quickly and cheaply as possible” initiative. The lack of headlights, due to a corroded-by-12-idle-years switch, was the next big annoyance I needed to tackle. It appears that Chrysler used the […]

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It’s 10:00 PM And Your Van Needs a New Gas Pedal: FrankenPedal! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/its-1000-pm-and-your-van-needs-a-new-gas-pedal-frankenpedal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/its-1000-pm-and-your-van-needs-a-new-gas-pedal-frankenpedal/#comments Thu, 25 Nov 2010 19:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=374395 The ’66 A100 Hell Project van came to me in shockingly good shape for a 44-year-old vehicle that sat dead for over a decade, but it still needed endless a few repairs before being really roadworthy. Some get-this-thang-onna-road-now fixes are temporary, while others start out seeming temporary but then win me over. The Hell Project […]

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The ’66 A100 Hell Project van came to me in shockingly good shape for a 44-year-old vehicle that sat dead for over a decade, but it still needed endless a few repairs before being really roadworthy. Some get-this-thang-onna-road-now fixes are temporary, while others start out seeming temporary but then win me over. The Hell Project […]

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