Farm Find: 1968 Dodge D-100

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The D/W series of Dodge trucks were a popular alternative to Ford and Chevrolet, Built between 1961 and 1993, they were one of the longest-running designs in the industry although the sheet metal would change from time to time. This 1968 edition of the D-100 (half-ton, two-wheel-drive) is a decent-looking survivor with sufficient patina and yet it runs well due to some recent work. It’s available in Crestwood, New Jersey, and here on craigslist for $13,500. Thanks, Pat L., for another fine job in pitching tips our way!

These trucks were mildly redesigned in mid-1965 to consolidate the number of headlights, so you could briefly buy either two or four-headlight models titled as ’65 models. The tailgate would be a bit wider and the engine options updated. While a 225 cubic inch Slant-Six and 318 cubic inch V8s were still common, the 383 V8 with a 2-barrel carburetor was added in 1967. The seller’s truck was basic in execution, with Chrysler’s durable Slant-Six and a 4-speed manual transmission.

We’re told this truck spent much of its life in Montana, so it has largely escaped catching the dreaded tin worm. What is there is minimal, such as a bit above the rear bumper at the bottom of the tail-light panel on the right side. Much of the paint is said to be original and the truck sports a reasonable amount of 55-year-old patina. The mileage is low at 31,350 as it was a farm truck that seldom left the property. It was sitting for much of the past two decades and recently came out of an estate sale.

To get the old girl back in fighting form, the seller has been working on the mechanicals. This includes installing a new drive shaft, kingpins, tie rod ends, front shocks, clutch hydraulic cylinder, brake master cylinder, wheel cylinders, parking brake cable, and new tires. It’s said to run strong, and everything works, especially in the electrical department such as lights, heater, and windshield wipers. It does need a windshield, however, and the seller has one on order. The tailgate needs to be updated and the deal domes with a color-matched spare for the buyer to install.

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  1. Nevada1/2rack NevadahalfrackMember

    Good solid work truck or short drive DD. Even better as a 4 spd not auto. A little on the high side price-wise but that’s just MHO.
    Good find, Pat L.

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  2. Melton Mooney

    I used to love finding these trucks in the salvage yard. They always had good gears and suregrips in them.

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  3. Yblocker

    There must be a run on 68 Dodge trucks this week. A friend of my dad’s bought a new 67, maroon with a sprayed on “fake” vinyl roof, it was pretty sharp. The writer here says 61-93 was one of the longest running designs. There were two different designs during that period, 61-71, and 72-93.

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    • Jack M.

      Wow! That’s amazing. Where did he find the new 1967 pickup? You have to post some pictures for the readers.

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      • Yblocker

        Wise guy are we?

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      • Tony Primo

        Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!!!

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  4. mrgreenjeans mrgreenjeans

    My father had a solid black ’68 on our farm with 318-3speed manual on the column. A very comfortable, easy driving truck which never gave any issues in the several hundred thousand mile life while his.
    There were also several other engines offered during this series run: 413 and 440 as utilized in the Custom Sport Special or CSS. A friend has a black CSS with 413 and I have it’s sister, a ’65 second series 318 CSS with small rear window. Mine is red with black racing stripes, buckets and console from the Dart GT, all applied at the factory and carrying their dual aluminum door trim tags authenticating their builds

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    • Yblocker

      The Custom Sport Special had a 426

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      • mrgreenjeans mrgreenjeans

        Yes, some later ones did. Wedge heads are perhaps the most commonly seen. The early big blocks were 413 – 4bbl truck engines. There were also some 383 engine CSS pickups and a few slant six were built. The CSS registry has some of each represented in both long and short box, large and small rear window. The other unique feature they all had was the chrome strip around windshield, an ‘engine turned’ or damascened dash cluster panel, white interior door panels, and the aforementioned unique bucket seating, console, and carpet laying over the interior fuel tank. EVEN if the truck had rubber floor mats! Racing stripes came on all of them which went in 4 stripes over hood and cab roof, but if the unit does not have the very specific dual aluminum, stamped door vin tags, beware. The rest can be cloned fairly easily

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  5. Rw

    Take that goofy signage off the doors would look much better IMO.

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