Patina… Or Mold? 1974 Dodge Club Cab Pickup

Sitting forlornly out in the snow is this 1974 Dodge Club Cab Pickup. It has recently been removed from a barn, where it appears that it may have been sitting for some time. The owner was going to return it to the road, but his plans have changed, so he has listed it for sale here on eBay. It is located in Medina, New York, and is for sale with a clear title.

The owner says that the Dodge is solid, and at first glance, it certainly appears that way. There is rust around both rear wheel arches, along with some in both lower front fenders. The worst of the visible rust is actually in a slightly unusual spot. There is an area of rot-through on the hood, but it is about ¼ of the way up the hood on one of the crease-lines, which is a bit unusual. The thing that worries me about the vehicle is the fact that while it is said to be solid, the amount of mold on the body suggests that its long-term storage may not have been in ideal circumstances. The Club Cab was available with either a short box or a long box. This one is fitted with the short box, which measures 6½ feet in length.

The interior of the pickup looks pretty reasonable, and it looks like a good clean will make the world of difference to it. The seat will need a new cover, but you could throw a blanket over it and use it as it is. The Pickup is fitted with a 318ci V8 and automatic transmission. While it doesn’t currently run, it does turn freely. The owner feels that if the fuel system were cleaned, then it would run. He is so confident of this fact that he is offering to do this for the next owner for a price.

This is what made the Club Cab so special. That extra cab space behind the seats is really handy for storage. Once again, this is an area of the interior that looks to be in pretty good condition. Dodge offered an option on these vehicles for inward-facing jump seats on both sides of this space, which allowed the vehicle to carry up to five people. All I can say is that it doesn’t look like it would be a particularly comfortable way to travel, and you’d need to have pretty short legs to remain in there for any length of time.

If this Dodge Club Cab is as solid as the owner claims, then it shouldn’t take a lot of work to get it back on the road. The visible rust is fairly minimal and could be attended to while still using the Pickup on a daily basis. The owner has set a BIN price of $2,500, but there is the option to make an offer. At that price, this could be quite an interesting project.

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Comments

  1. Coventrycat

    That mold has been on every British car I’ve ever seen sitting for a long time. It must be contagious.

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  2. Scott Brown

    This one must have been owned by an elderly person. It looks unmolested in the seatless stowage area. It also lacks the popular sliding rear window option that was, and still is, very popular. Dodge invented the extended cab truck. I was always amazed at how long it took GM to finally get a clue and offer them as well.

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  3. Howard A Member

    I bet it’s stuck right where she sits. These were totally helpless in the snow, even a few inches.So you had to load it down, reducing the fuel mileage even more. Good old trucks but a very limited market.

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  4. FordGuy1972 Fordguy1972 Member

    The mold all over the pickup indicates damp storage which means a thorough inspection of the underside of this pickup and the cab floor is a must. Not a fan of extended cabs on full-size pickups as I think the added cab length gives them an awkward look. Besides, all that space behind the seat makes it harder to reach the gun rack. The price seems fair for this ’74 Dodge but only after a close inspection for the dreaded tin worm. No A/C will discourage some potential buyers. Engine and underside pics would have been nice.

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    • Brent

      Long time since I’ve seen a gun rack. I would leave my 22 pump Winchester hanging in the back glass of my truck in HS parking lot.Don’t remember even locking it. About all rural kids had a rifle hanging or a revolver in the glove box. Yes sir, times have changed.We understood what a firearm is intended for. Grew up in a real world and not a electronic fantasy land. Oh well…..

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      • leiniedude leiniedude Member

        Still use mine in the Willys.

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      • FordGuy1972 Fordguy1972 Member

        I grew up with a gun rack in my pickups, too. In Northern Maine, back in the day, most pickups had them as I recall. Not so today. If you put a weapon on your gun rack these days be prepared to have SWAT all over you before you drive a mile. So all you can use it for is a carpenter’s level which doesn’t have the same manly appeal as a Winchester.

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  5. G.W.Gilmore

    Bet he’ or she would have alot more luck if if would have at least tried to wash the outside of the truck to actualy see the color clearer? I had a 73 bought for 500 bucks. It was 2 tone like this one. I paint it white. Got some electric seats outta ford LTD burdy in color. Drove it for about 3 years. Then when I traded it in on a 79 Ford F-150 they gave me 1800 for it. Did a good job I thought money wise?

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  6. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    guess no one can see the snow tracs……..

  7. Del

    If it was running it would already be sold.

    As is, I do not see it selling except for parts or scrap

  8. Millenkneeil

    I can personally attest to the rear jump seats being perfectly comfortable. Mind you, I was 8.

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