By on November 22, 2014

13 - 1975 Dodge D100 Sweptline Pickup Down on the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinSince many Dodge D-series pickup parts fit my ’66 A100 van I’m always on the lookout for members of the species while visiting the junkyard. Today’s D100, which I found in a Denver self-service wrecking yard a couple of weeks back, is a little too new to offer many bits for my Dodge, but it’s still interesting enough for this series.
17 - 1975 Dodge D100 Sweptline Pickup Down on the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinGrowing up in a Navy town, ex-Navy D100s of this vintage were common sights on the street. Most of them were still in their government-issue gray paint with the Navy serial numbers still visible, but some got rattle-can paint jobs like this one.
07 - 1975 Dodge D100 Sweptline Pickup Down on the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe sensible Slant-6-and-4-speed drivetrain was about right for a truck like this— you weren’t going to go fast, but you’d always get there.
19 - 1975 Dodge D100 Sweptline Pickup Down on the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinI didn’t grab any parts, but I did get this magnet for my toolbox.

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33 Comments on “Junkyard Find: 1975 Dodge D100 Pickup...”


  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Love the camo, great for hunting out in The Great Graffiti Plains

  • avatar
    JimC2

    I miss my slant 6 but I don’t miss the two bolt exhaust flange. (Two bolts weren’t really enough to keep a good seal between the manifold and the downpipe.)

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    I’m sure this truck could tell some stories. Capers gone bad, ghetto heroics, bribing Mexican Federales, etc, etc.

  • avatar
    petezeiss

    Eeewww… look at the engine photos.

    That big artery still has blood in it. *gakk*

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    I haven’t seen one this old round here…granted, the ones from the 80s up to 1993 are basically the same truck.

    Haven’t found a slant six one on Craigslist, though. Always a D150 2WD with a 318.

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    This is so sad. There were miles left on that truck, and I’m fully aware that odometer turned over a couple times. The wheel well rust adds character, as long as the frame is straight.

  • avatar
    namesakeone

    I’m surprised that it’s still on its wheels–around here, they always take those off, and they always put the donor vehicles on three discarded-rim pseudo-jackstands.

  • avatar
    mikey

    Around here, you would be hard pressed to find one of these, evan in a junk yard. The crusher ate, the rust monsters leftovers. The frames, and drive trains, would last forever. Back around 84 my buddy and I looked everywhere for a decent Dodge truck box. We could find one, even good enough to repair.

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    The good old days…you could climb into the engine bay….and stand on the ground. Think of a slant 6 with simple tbi injection and basic electronic ignition…man what a low maintenance deal that would be.

    • 0 avatar
      JimC2

      … and more durable ballast resistor, right?

      • 0 avatar
        anti121hero

        Ah the infamous chrysler ballast resistors

      • 0 avatar
        jpolicke

        And hydraulic lifters, please?

      • 0 avatar
        Exfordtech

        I always hear about these ballast resistors. I’ve owned multiple Mopar products in the 70s, Duster, Satellite, Fury and Volare. Probably about over 300k miles amongst them. Never once left stranded, never once needed a ballast resistor. I understand anecdote is not data and all that, but how big was this bullet that I managed to dodge in all that time?

        • 0 avatar
          nrd515

          I had an “Emergency Kit” in my ’77 Power Wagon at all times. I had several items:

          1. Electronic ignition box. I usually had 2 of them, one mounted under the hood, near enough to the “real” one to just swap the plug over, and another one in the storage box between the front seats. The Vegas heat would kill them regularly.
          2. The Ballast Resistor. Only had one die, and of course, I was out in the desert. I bypassed it and just made it to town before the coil went. By the time I got rid of the POS, I had a coil set up that ran on a full 12 volts, and the resistor was left there doing nothing.
          3. A crimping tool, with a bunch of butt connectors, to fix the never ending electrical issues the truck had.
          4. Lots of fuses, because the electrical problems popped a lot of them.
          5. A hunk of spark plug wire, and terminals. Just because I was paranoid after my coil wire smoked itself once and I drove home on 3 hunks of wire twisted together and jammed into the coil and distributor cap.

          As totally gutless as my friend’s ’76 D100 with a slant six and 4 speed was, I don’t know how anyone tolerated one. He traded his in on a 360 D150 about a year after he bought it. My ’77 360 4×4 was too slow to tolerate in stock 2 barrel form, and it was much quicker than his truck was.

      • 0 avatar
        MRF 95 T-Bird

        My dad used to carry in the trunk a kit with the Ballast Resistor, Points and a Condenser. Thankfully they were rarely needed.

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    Some great slant 6 history here:
    http://www.allpar.com/slant6.html

  • avatar
    C. Alan

    Having grown up busting my knuckles in the tight engine compartments of the 80s and 90s (and they are even worse today) it always amazes me how much room there is in the engine compartments of old trucks.

  • avatar
    PentastarPride

    I didn’t grow up in the slant-six era to have direct experience with it, but my grandfather was (and still is) a believer in that engine. He has a late ’70s Fury that he’s restored with the Slant Six engine. It’s very much like the patrol car he used when he started as a trooper with the Missouri State Police.

    From what I’ve learned from him, that engine was good for over 250k with no major showstoppers. This truck shouldn’t be there at 88,000 miles. It’s just a sad case of a lack of care and upkeep from its last owner(s).

    Fortunately, I have no need to visit a junkyard. If I did, it would be a major downer seeing the Mopar section.

  • avatar
    -Nate

    Kinda sad someone gave up on this fine old truck .

    As soon as you see the B.S. ‘ camo ‘ paint you know it’ll never get another oil change or tune up and it’s days are numbered .

    This one has what , the Muncie SM420 trnny ? or the SM465 ? .

    This would have been an easy fixer no matter what ailed it and rust free beds litter the South West .

    -Nate

  • avatar
    kkop

    There’s actually a surprising number of these (mostly W200) around in Europe, virtually all are ex-US Army vehicles.

  • avatar
    Gadsden

    My dad had a Dark Brown ’74 Plymouth Scamp with the Slant 6 that was the first car I ever changed plugs in, at around age 9. Doesn’t get much more malaise-y but always wanted to own my own Slant 6.

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