|GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CLASSIC AND VINTAGE VEHICLE ENTHUSIASTS. 1972 DODGE D100 PICKUP TRUCK. MODIFIED STREET MACHINE. CHRYSLER IMPACT COLOR, NICELY BUILT MOPAR SMALL BLOCK, FOUR SPEED TRANSMISSION, COMFORTABLE INTERIOR. THIS IS A CHANCE TO STAND OUT IN THE SEA OF CHEVELLES, MUSTANGS, AND CAMAROS THAT APPEAR AT EVERY CAR CRUISE AND CAR SHOW. MAY NOT BE EVERYONE'S CUP OF TEA, BUT FOR THE DEDICATED MOPAR FAN, OR ENTHUSIASTS THAT PREFER SOMETHING UNIQUE, HERE IS YOUR TRUCK. TRUCKS LIKE THESE ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN.
The Dodge D100 Pickup was the predecessor to the wildly popular Dodge Rams. These trucks were manufactured from 1961 until 1980. The first two generations of this model were a basic, no frills workmanlike vehicle, although Dodge is credited with first Crew Cab four door style for a pickup in 1963. The first generation of the D series trucks were actually manufactured in Argentina, by subsidiary Chrysler-Fevre Argentina S.A.
Even though Dodge built a new pickup each year, they seemed to always retain the same basic appearance, concentrating on interior refinements and other details. By 1970, this design began to appear outdated.
There was an attempt to spice up the line with the introduction of the specialty option, "Dodge Dude". This model was only offered in 1970 and 1971. Only 1,500-2,000 units were sold. The writing was on the wall, and for the 1972 model year the third generation D100 was introduced.
This model was a complete redesign of the D Series. This generation lasted from 1972 until 1980, and introduced a more rounded look, similar to the 1973–1987 GM trucks. This basic design for the third generation actually lasted until the 1993, rebadged as Dodge Ram, a continuous run of the same basic design for 21 years. However, there were several improvements over the years,, included new features such as an independent front suspension and pocketed tail lights(the distinctive reverse on top lights were recessed to .25 in (6.4 mm) to avoid damage in loading docks and confined spaces). Styling cues, such as the scalloped hood and rounded fenderwells, were similar to the rounded, smooth look of the 1971 Plymouth Satellite. These trucks were built with a considerable amount of galvanized steel to resist rust and corrosion making them very durable. Because of this, today these trucks make great restoration projects.
Dodge also pioneered the extended cab pickup with the introduction of the Club Cab with the 1972 models. This was a two-door cab with small rear windows which had more space behind the seats than the standard cab, but not as long as the four door Crew Cab. 1972 also saw the introduction of the 440 cu in engine as an option for the light trucks.
The 1972 D Series was made famous in the television show, "Emergency!" where it was the featured paramedic rescue squad vehicle for the entire seven seasons of the popular show.
Everyone knows the ending to the story. In 1994, Dodge introduced the most revolutionary and modern vehicle in the history of pickup truck design, the 1994 Dodge Ram. However, without the research and development of the D Series through the years, it is unlikely the modern Ram would have been as well designed and immensely popular as the truck is currently .
Very straight, all steel body. Refinished in Sublime. This is one of the Dodge impact colors from the muscle car era. In fact, Chrysler had resurrected the color for use in new Chargers and Challengers. Vehicle was painted approximately 10 years ago. Some typical minor driving flaws, chips and scratches that have been touched up. One minor area of bubbling on bottom of passenger door. Minor bubbling at the bottom of the bed panels. Overall paint quality is good/ very good. Blacked out hood. Daytona rear stripe. Dual sport mirrors. Chrome is in very good condition. The driver tail light bezel has some pitting, but the remaining bright work, bumpers, etc. are in very good shape. All glass is in very good condition. Grille is in good condition also. Weld Drag Star wheels, deep dish in the rear. New BF Goodrich radial tires all around.
Chrysler A-833 four speed transmission. Vintage Hurst shifter. Both the transmission and shifter were removed from a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner. The shifter was nicknamed "swizzle stick" or "wiggle stick" due to the wide throw of the shifter. Even when new, shifting with these could be a challenge. This shifter has been used, so there is considerable play in it. However, this is a very expensive shifter that sells on Ebay for $500 and up complete. Bushing kits are available to rebuild these units. Power steering. Power brakes. Coil over shocks in the front. Air shocks in the rear. Undercarriage is not detailed. However, it is clean and solid.
Leather bucket seat interior. Power driver seat. Inside of cab has also been refinished in Sublime. Seats, cushions, and covers are in good condition. Steering wheel, dash, and carpet are also in good condition. Original passenger door panel in good condition. Original driver door panel has a repair, but it is acceptable. Alternator, water temperature, fuel, and oil pressure gauges. Factory AM radio. Seat belts.
For those of you searching for a unique, stand alone vehicle, this is the truck for you. Don't hesitate.
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