$3,000 Pickup Project: 1967 Dodge A100

Forward control pickups are about as unique as it gets for small haulers. This 1967 Dodge A100 pickup is really the ultimate project because you don’t have to worry about whether the engine works or whether it has enough power for what you want to do: there is no engine! This roller can be found here on eBay in Quincy, Illinois. There is an unmet opening bid of $2,500 and a $3,000 buy it now price.

Unfortunately, the good photos end with the opening image. The others are mostly detail shots of parts and sections of the truck but there aren’t any more overall photos. You can tell from that opening shot, though, that there will be a lot of rust to fix on this A100. Parts of the truck look good and solid but the lower extremities, as they say… are in somewhat rugged shape. They mention that the front and rear bumpers are also missing, along with the engine and transmission. And, the rear window. The next owner will have their work cut out for them, no pun intended, in fixing the rust and putting Humpty back together again.

Yes, your legs and general torso and head – ok, your whole body – is the frontal-crash shock absorber in these pickups. The trick is to just not get into an accident, it’s that easy. With all of the great, attentive drivers on the roads today driving vehicles that tell them whether they’re straying across a line or getting too close to someone so it’s easier for them to text, put on makeup, and eat, what could go wrong? The interior is pretty interesting in these trucks. Of course, there were also van versions of the Dodge A100 but I really like the look of a pickup and it would be fun to haul a vintage motorcycle or two to shows with one. The automatic shift lever on the dash is cool, but of course, it isn’t connected to a transmission because there isn’t one.

Here’s where you can see the extent of the rust work, and in a few of the other photos. Anything can be fixed but the next owner will really have to want one of these trucks to fabricate all of that missing metal around where the former six-cylinder engine popped through the cab floor. The seller has a lot of parts in the bed of the truck and hopefully a lot of them can be refurbished and reused. Is this truck worth saving? If so, what would you put it in for a drivetrain?

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Comments

  1. Howard A

    Little Red Wagon,,LITTLE RED WAGON,,man, these were miserable trucks to drive. Don’t care for cabover anything. Pretty cool at least one survived.

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    • Dave

      Howard, how could you look at a Jeep Forward Control and not wish you had one?

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      • Howard A

        Being a huge Jeep fan, FC a whole different story, but equally as quirky. Strictly off road only. Trouble is, they all rusted away.

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  2. Moparman Member

    Good luck on finding an automatic transmission for it, as they have a top mounted bracket…if it had a six, the motor mounts can be reversed for V-8 installation…ask me know I know this! :-)

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    • David Skinner

      Very interesting- I learn something every day, and the interwebs deliver a picture to go with the learning!

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  3. geomechs geomechs Member

    My younger brother had one of these. It wasn’t too bad, as long as you packed something substantial around in the bed. We had a couple of John Deere cylinder heads that did the job just fine. His was a 225 six with auto. When we dropped the engine/transmission out the bottom to overhaul the engine and service the transmission, we had some inquiries if we wanted to sell the transmission. It wasn’t for sale. My brother painted it in school shop class. Did a decent job too.

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  4. dave brennan

    Had the van version w 225 and 3 on the tree. Wd smoke the tires all day long!!

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  5. stillrunners

    Kinda rare to find…..most were crushed…..trannie not that hard to find…..but who’s going back with an Auto anyway ?

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  6. g Wentzell

    A 318 will drop right in – with a slight modification to the dash shifter – it can be done!

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  7. Capriest Member

    The only time I ever came across one of these in the flesh it had a Hemi in the bed! This was at an old war fort on the coast mind you, not a car show. He said it was built to do wheelstands.

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  8. Dave

    Add recreational marijuana into the mix out on the highways and you can understand why the TV is flooded with ads from ambulance chasers.

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  9. Zack

    I think these trucks and vans are so cool but they are always rusted in to the ground. One time I bought a parts van it literally broke in half the pulled the front axle engine and trans right through the grill when we tried to move it.

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    • geomechs geomechs Member

      They are horrible rusters, even out west in the Chinook Belt. My brother’s truck was not quite as bad as this one but he still had a lot of rust to fix. Consequently, he became very skilled at gas welding. But breaking in two, that’s a serious case…

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  10. Scott

    Looking at it from a nostalgic perspective it is cool, the trucks drove horrible when they were new and were more prone to flopping over than a possum.
    At $3000 it is terribly overpriced for the bucket of rust that it is. If a guy owned a Fab Shop and wanted a unique vehicle to park out front this would be a candidate. To attempt to restore it would be cool if it could be had for the right price. Once again a Barrett-Jackson syndrome has worked its way into yet another owners mind.

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  11. Maestro1

    i really love these forward control trucks but the price is too high and the work will be endless. Best idea is a 318 with an automatic (I live in congested area) and have a ball but you’ll be in it a big number. Forget market values; you’ll be upside down. I f you keep the truck, who cares?

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  12. Jim Z Member

    I had a ’65 with slant 6 and 3/tree. Fun truck but anemic. The Standard Oil station where I worked had a similar truck (later year) as a service vehicle, only with 318 and automatic. It was a scream to drive!

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