Update: It’s now listed here on eBay with a $0.99 starting bid and low reserve. The auction is only going to run 3 days too, so it might end up going cheap! Should be fun to see what happens.
We’ve hinted that there is a new project joining the Barn Finds fleet. This isn’t it though! That may seem confusing because we did just buy this truck. See, neither Josh nor I currently own a pickup and we had a lot of stuff to haul. So, when this old Dodge popped up for sale, we couldn’t resist. We have had it for about a week now and it has performed its duties flawlessly. Now that we have everything moved though, we need to free up some cash. It’s not perfect, but it has proven itself as a cool and capable classic. It’s located in Boise, Idaho and based on a few recent sales, we feel that $3,500 is a fair asking price. You can email me here if you’re interested. Keep reading for details.
This truck had been parked in a barn down in Twin Falls for the last few years, so we had to do a quick rescue before we could use it to rescue our other project! That was easy though. The seller already had it running, so we immediately went to the nearest JiffyLube and had the old oil changed and the zerks greased. On the way there, it quickly became apparent that one of the front tires was smaller than the rest. Not only that, but they were all bias-ply and weather checked. Not good words when you’re talking about tire safety. Needless to say, we drove very slowly.
So, the tire store was our next stop. New rubber was ordered for all four corners and we went to lunch. When we came back, our truck was ready and we were hauling parts that afternoon! The steering felt a little loose and the brakes pedal had quite a bit of travel, but we didn’t have any problems making multiple trips back and forth across the valley the last few days. We received many thumbs up during the whole process and it was whole lot more fun than renting a u-haul pickup for the day. Our Adventurer turned out to be a great start to our new adventure!
Here’s some more specifics for those interested:
Our D-100 is a 1/2 ton and is equipped with a 318 V8 and an automatic transmission. The engine starts right up and runs well. It could still benefit from a tuneup and a new battery though. The engine does leak a little oil, but the rear end and transmission are sealed up well. As mentioned, the tires are new and the suspension feels firm. The steering has a little slop, but I’m guessing they had some when new. The brakes are drum all around so stops need to be planned ahead. Again, that can be expected with any older truck. New shoes and fluid may help with the pedal feel though. Oil pressure is good and we never saw the temperature gauge rise above the midway point even while idling in traffic.
With the Adventurer package and tan paint, our old work truck is a looker! It appears to have been resprayed in the original color at some point, but we couldn’t find any over spray in the jams or under the hood. There is some rust in the rockers on both sides and at the bottom of the front fenders. If we were going to keep it, we would probably treat the back sides of those panels with some POR-15 to keep the cancer from spreading and just use the truck as-is. The rust doesn’t affect usability, but I’m sure the next owner will want to address it eventually. The bed is solid without any rust holes and the heavy-duty tailgate is a nice touch. There were hub caps installed from another Chrysler, but I think the black steelies look tough. There’s a heavy duty bumper out back and chrome one in the front.
It seems strange to say this, but this was a a well-optioned truck in its day. With carpet on the floors and fake wood on the dash, this thing was pretty fancy. Ours even has the cool bucket seats with fold down armrest in the middle. There are a couple of seams that have split and the headliner is missing, but overall, the inside of our truck is a nice place to be. The gauges all work, as does the radio. We didn’t test the cassette player though. There is a round crack in the windshield, but the rest of the glass appears to be good. There are lap belts and a sliding rear glass. See, lots of luxuries! Anyone know what those buttons are for around the rear window? Not much else to say about the interior. It’s durable, clean, and simple – just the way a work truck should be.
Our Dodge has its flaws, but for some reason they just seem to add character here. Trucks, even classic ones, are meant to be used so a few scratches and dents just show everyone that you are busy working. Take a look at the full photo gallery here and let us know what you think. We had a ton of fun with this one and are confident that it will serve its next owner well.