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42 Years In A Barn: 1969 Dodge A100 Pickup

The last Dodge A100 pickup that we saw here was just over a year ago, they don’t turn up too often. Cab forward pickups had a reputation as being somewhat unwieldy in quick braking situations with most of the weight being in the front. This 1969 Dodge A100 pickup is listed here on eBay in Mayfield, Kentucky and they have a buy-it-now price of $5,000 listed or you can make an offer.

Dodge made the A100 pickup from 1964 through 1970 and you can see that this one requires a lot of work, including parts hunting, welding, and work that’s hidden from the eye. The seller says that this cool and unique pickup was found in a barn where it had been parked since 1982 but there is still rust. The brake drums were “removed and destroyed” to get the truck rolling enough to put on the trailer.

They go on to say that the “rocket rails” on the sides add speed, ha. They’re kidding, but I appreciate a seller with a good sense of humor. I’m not sure what they would have been used for, does anyone have an idea? I can picture this truck driving in a parade with people holding onto those side rails or maybe putting a tarp over the bed with it connected to the rails somehow. This is the optional five-window pickup, there was also a three-window available.

The seller has provided a good variety of photos, including underside shots, well done. It looks fairly solid, no? You can see the driveshaft in the bed and see that it’s missing in the underside photo, hopefully the rear end isn’t locked up. The interior needs lots of help but if the floors are solid, the rest should be a fun project. From what I can decode of the VIN, this is a 1969 with a six-cylinder, built in Warren, Michigan. The seller says there’s no title so they aren’t sure about the year, but it looks like it is a 1969 A100 according to the info given here. The transmission is a three-speed manual with a column shifter, the famous three-on-the-tree.

They even opened the dog house to show us the engine, something a lot of sellers don’t bother with. Nice. The engine is, I believe, a 225-cu.in. OHV slant-six, but there was also a 170-six available. I believe the 170 was standard, at least until 1966 so I’m betting on this being a 225. Whatever it is (the VIN does nothing to decode the engine), it’s stuck and the seller hasn’t looked into it too much. That’s probably why the driveshaft was removed, so it could be rolled onto the trailer. Hopefully, it will run again or be changed out with a 413 V8. Just kidding, sort of. Have any of you owned or driven a Dodge A100 pickup?

Comments

  1. Moparman Moparman Member

    For years I looked for one of these to be a companion to my window van, but no luck! Now, I’m out of the market for serious projects like this one. *SIGH* A
    V-8 conversion is simple, I put a 340 into mine!
    Good luck to the next owner! :-)

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  2. HoA Howard A Member

    Slantys,,,there was another( in my best Yoda voice) In 1970, the 198 was introduced, and rarely gets any attention. This, I’m sure is the “2 two bits”, 170s were Valiant/Dart car motors. Most trucks used the 225. Fantastic find of probably the worst engineered American vehicle made. A100 pickups were rare, as most that wanted a pickup, just bought a regular pickup. Like cabover semis, I can list a dozen things why these were a poor design, and nothing has changed here, in that regard. Ask the middle passenger how hot that engine cover gets. 1st at an accident, straight front axle, with all the weight on it, iffy brakes, all make for a harrowing drive.
    And as a sidebar, if you grew up in the 60s/70s, the 1st thing that comes to mind here is the wheelie king, the Little Red Wagon.

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    • TC

      L.R.W. That brings back memories.Also,the back-up pickup.Wheelies in reverse.They were at New England Dragway a lot.

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  3. doug johnson

    I can see the rails as tie down spots

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  4. Rex Kahrs Rex Kahrs Member

    Those side rails are for pall bearers to carry this thing to the graveyard.

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  5. Big C

    The seller added a zero to the price by mistake, right?

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  6. jimmyx

    Yes, I own one. It’s turned into a 12+ year project, but still needs paint and interior so probably another 5 or 6 years and it will be ready to go……or maybe not? Build thread below:

    https://vintage-vans.forumotion.com/t46504-a-100-project

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  7. lee roberson Member

    Brake drums removed to make it roll ! Engine stuck ! The barn must have been over a lake with no roof. Not even a parts truck. Agree with Big C except remove two zero’s.

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  8. AndyinMA

    My first thought was jeez these Kei trucks are everywhere now

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  9. Johnmloghry johnmloghry

    I’m surprised no one mentioned Broken windshield suggests much water damage inside cab. You’d have to really want this one to even consider buying it.

    God Bless America

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  10. Rex Kahrs Rex Kahrs Member

    Here’s an entertaining short video put out by Chevrolet…Greenbrier van vs. Econoline Van. The hard braking test is the funniest part.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9E-dtd8928&ab_channel=CarCommercials

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    • Fitz

      The early Econolines didn’t have the 160+ lb counterweight under the rear of the bed. Back the rear brakes all the way off, tighten the fronts to almost constant drag. Voila: Stoppies😁

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    • chrlsful

      1 or all the big 3 carried a 150/75 lb weight underneath/toward back so as to not do nose dive on breakin dwn hill.
      I like cheb as they hada greenbrire AND a “G” model several yrs B4 the greenbriar left town.(’64-65).The 1st gen looks like the mini from subie – 360 van (117 inch length, the cheb was 90 WB).

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  11. Aussie Dave Aussie Dave Member

    I remember seeing something like this as a kid with a V8 mounted in the back. And I’m sure I had the hot wheels version.

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  12. P Wentzell

    The small graphic design company I worked for had the window van version as the ‘Work” vehicle. It was eventually equipped with a 318 (it already had the 3sp auto, I don’t remember the original motor). It was an easy swap. I can attest that you do not, DO NOT, want to make a panic stop in one of these.

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  13. Bob Washburne

    I have a ’65 Econoline pickup. GM probably removed the pig-iron counterweight from above the gas tank to gt it to ‘stoppie.’ The rest of it is accurate. I haven’t had enough snow to try driving it, but I’ll give it a whirl somewhere safe & slow. No doubt she’ll skate.

    We’ll see if the market for these has value. I paid a bit more than what this is going for, but mine ran/runs, had repairable brakes, and the interior was fine. And no broken glass. Even so, rehabbing it took me two years – the bed was as bad or worse than this one – and once is enough for me.

    I hope it finds a home as someone’s labor of love. Folks love it. GWLTS!

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    • HoA Howard A Member

      GM also installed 500 pounds of ballast weight on the passenger side floor of the Econoline.

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  14. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    yep…..don’t think that barn had a roof………

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  15. chrlsful

    any of the vans, when a lill different, I like – an 8 dor… no windows (both in 1), the greenbriar w/included ramp oe, these things…

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  16. scottymac

    Lot of misinformation here, especially on the Corvair. There was a windowless van popular with phone companies and plumbers. The Greenbrier was the window van, normally with six doors; 2 front, two rear, two right side. An eight door option was available, with two more doors on the left. The pickup version with the ramp on the curb side, was called the Rampside; another version with no ramp was called the Loadside, not very popular. Collectively, they were called the 95 series, reflecting the wheelbase. Production began in 1961 and carried through 1964, the Greenbriar lasted until 1965.

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