1971 Dodge D-100 Pickup

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
1971 dodge d 100 pickup

After yesterday’s 1972 Dodge Tradesman van, we might as well stick with Dodge trucks of the Nixon Era for another day. Big simple pickups remain relevant long after their car counterparts get discarded, but sooner or later every 11-miles-per-gallon old work truck develops some expensive problem and becomes worth more as scrap than as a vehicle. This Dodge held on for 41 years before washing up in this San Francisco Bay Area self-service wrecking yard.

The addition of a camper shell to your D-100 gives it a bit of protection for cans of paint, ladders, and so forth. You’d think that intact camper shells in junkyards would get snapped up by bargain-hunting truck owners, but this seldom happens.

I wonder how many Chrysler LA-block 318s get crushed every week.

Here’s a good example of California-style body rust. It takes many decades of sun and rainy winters to do this.

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  • Nrd515 Nrd515 on Sep 29, 2012

    A friend of mine had a '68 with a 383 out of a '70 Roadrunner in it when he bought it in 1977. It was black over gray and had a black aluminum camper shell on it. He had it for almost 30 years until his oldest daughter, who had wrecked her car a week before that, took it to work and wound up falling asleep and putting it into a ditch, at almost the same spot where she had wrecked her car after falling asleep. Three kids under 5 will do that to you. It was pretty rusted up, but was still on the same engine and trans with 300K on it since he bought it. Other than a couple of water pumps, a radiator, and a bunch of batteries, it was totally trouble free. It was ugly, no doubt. He almost bought a much better looking '74 D100, but the 318 was pretty gutless compared to the 383, with headers, dual exhaust, and probably a cam. I almost bought an Arizona '70 W100 in amazing shape about 10 years ago, but I didn't really need it and came to my senses..

  • Moparman426W Moparman426W on Sep 30, 2012

    Pretty much anything one could need for an old domestic pickup is pretty cheap to buy. I guess some people just don't want to go through the trouble of locating the part or they don't want to bother with fixing it if they have the money to buy another old truck.

  • Wolfwagen I would rather have an annual inspection that may catch something early or at least the driver can be informed of an impending issue. Government vs private is another issue and unscrupulous mechanics is another.On a slightly different topic is the inspection of salvage or rebuilt cars. In NYS it is strictly to ensure that stolen parts were not used to rebuild the vehicle. I would rather see an inspection to ensure that the vehicle has been properly put back together.
  • PeterPuck For years, Ford has simply reworked existing designs originating from Europe and Japanese manufacturers, not being capable of designing a decent car in the USA.What’s the last clean sheet design from the USA? The 1986 Taurus?And they still can’t manage to get things right.why is this? Are they putting all of the competent engineers and designers on the F150? Is woke diversification affecting them, as some rumours suggest? Are they rewarding incompetence?
  • Brandon What is a "city crossover"?
  • Tassos What was the last time we had any good news from Ford? (or GM for that matter?)The last one was probably when Alan Mulally was CEO. Were you even born back then?Fields was a total disaster, then they go hire this clown from Toyota's PR department, the current Ford CEO, Fart-ley or something.He claims to be an auto enthusiast too (unlike Mary Barra who is even worse, but of course always forgiven, as she is the proud owner of a set of female genitals.
  • Tassos I know some would want to own a collectible Mustang. (sure as hell not me. This crappy 'secretary's car' (that was exactly its intended buying demo) was as sophisticated (transl. : CRUDE) as the FLintstone's mobile. Solid Real Axle? Are you effing kidding me?There is a huge number of these around, so they are neither expensive nor valuable.WHen it came out, it was $2,000 or so new. A colleague bought a recent one with the stupid Ecoboost which also promised good fuel economy. He drives a hard bargain and spends time shopping and I remember he paid $37k ( the fool only bought domestic crap, but luckily he is good with his hands and can fix lots of stuff on them).He told me that the alleged fuel economy is obtained only if you drive it like a VERY old lady. WHich defeats the purpose, of course, you might as well buy a used Toyota Yaris (not even a Corolla).