Life Time Californian: 1959 Dodge D100

After a lifetime in California, this 1959 Dodge D100 has nothing but aged looks and good vibrations. In driving condition, with a groovy patina, this truck would be a great project. After having just two owners, this ’59 Dodge D100 is looking for its next home. Bidding has reached $3,800 and 4 days remaining. Find it here on eBay out of Anderson, California.

The drivetrain is original to this truck and in healthy functioning order. Showing a fair amount of patina like the exterior the engine bay and the 318 cubic inch V8 are a little grimy, but are solid and rot free. Some of the wiring looks a little hectic, and the firewall is awfully wet by the brake master cylinder. The brakes are described as working, but it would appear this truck needed some brake work before it was listed for sale.

Inside of this Dodge is a simple and original interior, but there are a few issues to point out. The biggest concern is that the driver side foot well looks mighty crispy and thin, possibly due to a moisture leak from either the windshield gasket, or the wiper cowl area. Or perhaps some of this rust was caused by a long term brake master cylinder failure. There is a generous amount of surface rust in the floors, but there appear to be no holes as of yet. Also the steering wheel is wrapped, but each spoke of the wheel is cracked at the hub. The door panels are a little rough, but the bench seat looks to have been recovered at some point, as it shows nicely.  There is a box of spares in the passenger floor area, and spares are always welcomed with a new acquisition!

Heavily aged, don’t let this patina fool you as to this trucks condition. The body is very straight minus a dent on the passenger side of the cab into the passenger rear fender. It would appear that the exterior is rot free, but there is plenty of surface rust on this Dodge. The truck bed now has a plywood sheet that holds loads, but the bed, and bed slats, look nice. Being a west coast car, some of the window seals area aged and dried out, but they work well enough for now. Although this truck isn’t perfect, there is certainly room to improve this one as you drive it. Would you take on this Dodge D100?

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Comments

  1. RicK

    Lassie! (Lassie: Bark, bark!) What is it girl? (Lassie: Bark, bark,bark!) What? Timmy’s trapped in a well over at the old Johnson Place? That’s the third time this week!

    • Fred W.

      Run Lassie run! Pa and June will follow in the D100….

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      • Mark Dotts

        Looks like a 1958 Dodge. Very nice. Wouldn’t be ashamed to drive that either.

  2. DrinkinGasoline

    As much as this may be amiss, I would love to grasp this Dodge into the stable. She is a contender !

  3. Allan

    Seller’s website (plattmotors.com) has it listed at $8,450.
    47 pictures available, for anyone that wants to further inspect.

  4. Kevin Wernick

    Dodge made some neat looking pickups in the 50’s, for some reason they’ve never gained much in popularity. Somewhat rare today, as they didn’t sell well when new.

  5. Cerebra 67

    It’s a cool truck and would love to have it here in the UK ……would be a real headhunter.

  6. Howard A Member

    While I agree, this is a great find, this truck is a shambles. ( the shiny new dimmer switch seems a little out of place) Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great find, I’m not sure what the reason was for lack of Dodge sales. They certainly built a comparable product, and price, it seems, was competitive. Forgive me geomechs, but I’d plop this on a newer chassis ( maybe even a 4×4) and be done with it.

    • Jerry HW Brentnell

      heres the perfect truck to transplant on to a 97 and up dakota frame and running gear and enjoy!

  7. geomechs geomechs Member

    And compromise that new dimmer switch? Yes, of course they’re much more reliable and ride better on a modern chassis. But sometimes it’s a lot of fun to experience what we used to drive, crankcase fumes and all. On the other hand I knew a guy who put a ’60 cab and bed on a Dakota chassis and it turned out great. Having a hard time finding a photo but it looks factory.

  8. RichieC

    I recently sold this 1959 Dodge D100 for the 87 year old original owner. He had it fully restored about 10 years back. Unfortunately, he was hit by a car while crossing a street and was unable to push the clutch due to a back injury and decided to sell it. Beautiful truck.

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  9. charlie Member

    Maybe there were fewer, and are fewer, than same age Fords and Chevy/GMC’s is that they had a well deserved reputation for rusting out, and the Chrysler L head 6 although reliable, was gutless. If the 318 V8 was there, you had plenty of guts.

  10. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    Common sense is that these old trucks – Ford – Chev – Dodge and the others were just old trucks used on the farm for the most part – windows left open much of the time…hence why a inside door jam might be rusty along with the floor boards – windows were often not replaced.

    Gutless ?…..you could get the new poly or a little Red Ram V8 in 1954.

  11. Marshall

    I just checked eBay a few minutes ago. It was a no sell with no bids and the starting bid was $500. I find it hard to believe that no one in the whole world would not pay at least $500 for it. Am I missing something here?

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