Junkyard Find: 1974 Dodge D-200 Club Cab Custom

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1974 dodge d 200 club cab custom

When you write about one Malaise Era Dodge pickup, you might as well follow it up with another on the very next day. These days, crew cabs are nearly ubiquitous on big pickups, but the idea of a truck with a back seat in the cab was still something of a novelty in the middle 1970s, so this truck is an interesting truck history lesson.

The idea of using a 3/4-ton pickup truck as a commuter to one’s suburban office-cubicle job hadn’t taken over the country in 1974, and so these trucks were made for hauling construction supplies and large sweaty dudes with hardhats and Thermoses full of bad coffee.

Thus, luxury touches were minimal, and the space behind the front seat was intolerably cramped by 21st-century standards.

Also intolerable by current standards would be a mere 180 horsepower— which is what you got out of this smog-strangled 360— for such a big vehicle.

With a granny-gear 4-speed and a 4.10 gear out back (if we are to believe this truck’s equipment-identification sticker), however, this ’74 probably did just fine hauling cinder blocks around a job site.

Those days are over for this truck. Next stop: The Crusher!

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  • Ranwhenparked Ranwhenparked on Jul 28, 2012

    Chrysler built this body style for ages, we just took a '92 Ram off the road at work that was still essentially the same truck as this '74. I used to love driving that thing, very basic, very utilitarian, but with the 4WD it would climb anything, and in terms of towing, payload capacity, and bed length, it was every bit as utilitarian as the new breed of modern mega-sized trucks. A new F-150 towered over the thing, despite them being allegedly in the same size class. We'll keep it as an off-road plow truck until something really expensive breaks, so it will live for some time yet. What really killed it (besides the board putting money in the budget for a new truck for the first time in like a decade) was the fact that its been getting harder and harder to get parts. For as many of these trucks as Dodge (and Fargo) sold between 1972 and 1993, its really amazing that dealers and parts warehouses really don't keep much in stock for them anymore. It took 3 weeks to get new straps for the fuel tank. These days, if you want to keep an old truck on the road, it had better be a Ford or a Chevy/GMC, Dodges are getting surprisingly tough.

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    • DenverMike DenverMike on Jun 13, 2013

      @NoGoYo True. Replacement parts for medium duty and up, commercial trucks are junk. In fact, junkyard OEM parts are the better choice, when you can find them. Then, aging trucks become obsolete by new safety, emissions and capacity. California is the process banning older diesel engines, pre 2010 emissions. It's unknown which states will follow, but yeah, lots more trucks for the 3rd world.

  • Moparman426W Moparman426W on Jul 29, 2012

    Mechanical parts for these are as close as your nearest Auto Zone. Unfortunately body and trim parts weren't reproduced for them for many years until lately. Now a company by the name of Raybuck Auto Body Parts makes every body panel for one, including rockers and floor pans. Precision Restoration Parts is now beginning to make trim and weatherstripping pieces. The original radiator went in my 77 about 4 years ago, so I got a Modine unit from Auto Zone for $160.00.

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    • Highdesertcat Highdesertcat on Jul 29, 2012

      @highdesertcat Thanks, I'll pass it on, since he has several old cars and trucks he wants to keep running in addition to his 2012 vehicle.

  • Lou_BC Once again, Mustang is the last pony car standing. Camaro RIP, Challenger RIP.
  • FreedMike Next up should DEFINITELY be the Cadillac Eldorado. On the subject of Caddies, I saw a Lyriq in person for the first time a couple of days ago, and I'm changing my tune on its' styling. In person, it works quite well, and the interior is very nicely executed.
  • Probert Sorry to disappoint: https://robbreport.com/motors/cars/tesla-model-y-worlds-best-selling-vehicle-1234848318/and any list. of articles with a 1 second google search. It's a tough world out there - but you can do it!!!!!!
  • ToolGuy "We're marking the anniversary of the time Robert Farago started the GM death watch and called for the company to die."• No, we aren't. Robert Farago wrote that in April 2005. It was reposted in 2009 on the eve of the actual bankruptcy filing.The byline dates are sometimes strange/off with the site revisions (and the 'this is a repost' note got lost), but the date string in the link is correct (...2005/04...). Posting about GM bankruptcy in 2005 was a slightly more difficult call than doing it in 2009.-- The Truth About Calendars
  • Kat Laneaux Agree with Michael500, we wasted all that money just to bail out GM and they are developing these cars in China and other countries. What the heck. I understand the cheap labor but that is just another foothold the government has on their citizens and they already treat them like crap. That is pretty disgusting to go forward to put other peoples health and mental stability on a crazy crazed, control freak, leader, who is in bed with Russia. Thought about getting a buick but that just shot that one out of the park. All of this for the greed. They get what they lay in bed with. Disgusting.