• Tom W.'s 1975 Dodge D100

I got my 1975 Dodge D100 about 3 years ago. It was an old Forestry Service vehicle, so it probably had all its scheduled maintenance. The engine is a strong running 318 with the original 2bbl. It has a 727 automatic transmission. It’s pretty much a stock truck. When I got it from a tow yard in the Bay Area of California, it had no keys and was hot-wired due to it being abandoned. They put together the lien sale paperwork on it and I was able to drive it home, though it had some wiring gremlins. The amp gauge let go and almost burned the truck when I hit a bump on the freeway. It sparked and smoked from behind the dash and killed the truck. We got it up and running again and continued home. I had to bypass the old amp gauge and I ran the alternator power directly to the starter relay post like a GM product, but it really needs a new wiring harness. Someday soon, I am getting a new dash bezel as the original is cracked and so is the radio hole.

For being a 40-year-old truck and being in the salt air of the Bay Area, it’s in great shape. It was repainted right before it was abandoned at the tow yard. It just has one rust hole on the roof at the windshield line on the passenger side, and last year I cracked the passenger side tail light. I’m in the process of fitting it with A/C and power steering. I just need to have some custom hoses made up as I have an aftermarket condenser and fan unit. It has a limited slip 8 3/4 rear end. My plan is to replace the step bumper with a street style bumper and finish updating the interior.

It’s a great, reliable, comfortable truck. I had a 1976, but that was 20 years ago, and it’s too far gone to make into a good truck. Right before I got the Dodge, I owned 1967 C10 converted to a 4×4 with Blazer running gear and a 1966 Ford F200. Thanks to your company’s parts availability, I was able to keep those trucks around and reliable for years. The guys that have them now will be able to do the same. I gave the new owners an LMC catalog when I handed them the keys.

On behalf of all of us who love classic trucks, I want to say thanks. Thanks for helping us to keep the dream of driving a classic truck alive. Keep up the good work, and thanks for featuring my old Dodge.