Restore Or Restomod? 1964 Dodge Town Wagon

Looking like a very solid project panel truck, this 1964 Dodge D100 Town Wagon would be a nice and eye-catching alternative to a similar era Jeep Wagoneer, Chevrolet Suburban, or International Travelall. It’s listed here on eBay in Voorhees, New Jersey and they have a $7,995 buy-it-now price listed or you can make an offer. Thanks to Russell G. for sending in this tip!

Well, there will be some work to do as you already knew there would be. The driver’s door and left-front fender are dented and there is some rust-through on the bottom edges of both, along with various other little dings and more rust. But overall it looks great to me, at least given the age of this Town Wagon. Dodge also made a version without rear side windows as a Town Panel which would be really cool to own. But with the Town Wagon, your rear-seat passengers would have a view through side windows. They also made a W100, also a half-ton version, which would have had 4WD as opposed to this rear-wheel-drive truck.

The seller mentions that one of the rear doors doesn’t open and close properly but I’m assuming that the next owner will take it apart and add new door bushings and fix the fenders and doors and rust and everything anyway? Maybe not, maybe I’m just hoping that it gets a full restoration. There’s a lot of room in the back, perfect for hauling a few oddball little motorcycles (hmm…), or several passengers in relative comfort, taking into account comfort levels for a 1964 truck compared to a 2021 truck.

The seller has included two YouTube links, here and here, with many photos so check them out if you have any interest in seeing more than the photos in their eBay link shows. There are even underside photos and many detail shots so you should be able to see everything if you aren’t in the Voorhees, NJ area and can’t see it in person. You’ll notice the rust in the floors which is the most troublesome thing that I see, but maybe they aren’t that bad in person. I really like the two-door body style and this era of Dodge truck has the toughest and/or meanest-looking front end that I can think of off-hand. It’s tough without being a lame frowning headlights = faux tough as most vehicles are today.

The seller does mention that there are no keys and no title, which is unfortunate. Having gone through an eleven-month process to get a title for an oddball motorcycle a few years ago, at least I know that’s doable. Keys, of course, are also doable but it’s just another expense. The engine, sadly, isn’t currently running but it’s Dodge’s 318 cubic-inch V8 which had around 200 horsepower at the time. Backed with a 4-speed manual transmission and floor shifter, this would sure be a fun and unique vehicle to own. Some sources list 1965 as being when the 4-speed was available, but the seller mentions that it’s a 4-speed and the data tag confirms that. Would you restore it back to its original spec or do something a little different with this Town Wagon?

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Comments

  1. geomechs geomechs Member

    No-brainer for me. That 318 poly would have no trouble keeping up on the freeway. Of course, for me, I have no problem setting the pace. Out west we have a lot more who think like I do. Ok, so some of us have a bit of a red glow from our necks. This truck is just plain unique; there aren’t a lot of them around. Driver quality restoration and put it to work. Carry people, or take the back seats out and load up the sheet rock, or engine parts. Enjoy!!!!

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    • Howard A Member

      Boy howdy ( in my best cowboy drawl,,,I know, I’m not fooling anyone, once a dirt eatin’ farmboy from the midwest,,always a dirt eatin’ farmboy from the midwest. I can always count on you being the voice of reason and usually in the same gear on this as me, along with the author, who just plain has a knack for these things. I agree, it’s so unusual to see, if someone turns it into a clown wagon, I’ll simply plotz. While a viable alternative to Ford or Chevy, or even IH/Jeep, I can count on one finger how many Dodge wagons we saw. In a big city, these wagons were slow to catch on, as mostly for businesses or muncipal depts. had them to carry workers. It wasn’t until the suburbs came into being, suddenly, everybody needed a big wagon, which is why the ’60’s/’70’s Suburbans were such a success, and still a big seller today.
      You know, and you’d appreciate this, back then, Dodge and IH used full size clutch pedals. I like that and wondered why others never followed. Very cool find and fully capable for most anything,,,under 60 mph, that is.
      As a side note, I read ’66 was the last year for these in the US, and 1971 overseas for light duty trucks. Dodge used this style cab well into the ’70’s in their short lived heavy duty line.

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  2. Mike

    Looks like the front was modified to carry a motorcycle. Kinda cool.

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  3. Gary

    6″ lift, 33″ tires, 440/4spd Overlander

  4. Cycle Salvage Kevin

    I must be the very first to watch both videos, I ‘liked’ both. I watched while thinking of how I would put it to use. Swap meet vendor vehicle always comes to mind. Swap in the low mile 360/727 + rear end from my ’73 Dodge motorhome or just use that frame under it. Make it ugly with rear fender extensions for the duals. Fix all rust holes, replace the door, add some interior creature comforts and we’re off to upper central plains swaps. I’m pretty sure that ugly grille would grow on me eventually. And oh yeah, get rid of that damn ballast resistor BS! Ugh, just watch as soon as an HEI is installed the sun will blast out a monster sized solar flare and kill it forever.

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  5. JohnfromSC

    Looks like the yellow one in the background also has a video link:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D3zTIUgt4fg

  6. Sam Shive

    Make a offer on both and make one.

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