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post #1 of 21 Old 04-10-2019, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Frame off D100 rebuild thread.

Not many web sites are around for the mid 70's D100s. Even though DT seems a bit sparse on activity, I figured I'd start a thread on my rebuild.

I grew up in a dodge family and the one I remember the most is our d100 with a slant 6. now that I'm of the age I can buy things to relive my childhood, I figured I'd restore a D100. Pretty much everyone has asked why I'd waste my money. I respond with, "they don't make any restoration parts for these trucks so I really can't waste my money".

anyway, I started by searching craigslist for a summer. a couple thousand bucks later, I ended up with 4 trucks, a 72, 73, 78 D100 and a 92 D150.

Then, I got sidetracked by building a 26 x 26 addition to my shop so the trucks sat for another year. then finally I started the tear down of all 4 trucks. That's when I realized I have 2 really good trucks. So I decided to build 2 trucks. a 73 stepside and 72 fleetside.
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I ended up prepping the 78 and 92 frames. they were in great shape and really minimal surface rust. surprising how 'flimsy' these old truck frames were.

I re-used the best sets of front control arms out of the 4 trucks. all new bushings, rotors, brakes and springs.

(EDIT) not sure why pics are loading rotated but, enjoy!
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I ended up using a 92 cab on the 92 frame with the 78 box. I grafted the 92 gas tank filler lid in place of the 78's exposed filler cap.
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The stepside bed got disassembled and painted a funny shade of grey. I don't have as many pics of the stepside in the state of disassembly but heres a few.
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I was lucky enough that the 72 and 73 both had 8 3/4 rear ends. I tore into both and rebuilt both. the stepside got a Truetac LSD with 3.73 gears and new axles with green bearings and disc brake set up. the yellow fleetside has the original mopar suregrip with 3.23 gears that surprisingly still works well with green bearings and a completely rebuild drum brake set up.
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both trucks are getting EFI. The fleetside is going to be "340 duster yellow/black" with probably a 5.9 magnum. the stepside is a weird grey with either a 5.7 or 392 hemi. I have a friend who happens to have a few 392s sitting around. not sure I want to know how that happened. My wife keeps reminding me I have to finish her Chevelle before any of that happens though. Her's is a 67 that's waiting for an LS motor. I guess I'll be picking up more overtime at work.

I know the pics aren't that great but once the weather finishes being rainy, I'll probably roll the trucks out of the shop for better pics.
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Nicely done Reek. I look forward to watching your progress. I'm still struggling with brake issues.

By the way, don't get discouraged about a lack of activity, or lack of comments to your build. Not many will leave comments, but if you check the number of 'views' to your build, you'll see there is interest. Good luck and thanks for keeping these trucks alive!


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Nicely done Reek. I look forward to watching your progress. I'm still struggling with brake issues.

By the way, don't get discouraged about a lack of activity, or lack of comments to your build. Not many will leave comments, but if you check the number of 'views' to your build, you'll see there is interest. Good luck and thanks for keeping these trucks alive!
thanks. I'm on another forum that's way more active. this seems like the foundation is there but there doesn't seem to be much interest/traffic. there HAS to be other people out there who like the unloved 72-80 trucks!
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What forum are you on that is more active? That would be nice.
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Yep, passive group here just enjoying your work efforts to keep the 72-92 alive & well. Have a 78 Shortbox Macho orgnial, not many people even know what they were. You keep up the work & I will enjoy from Nd. Dodgetalk helped me thru my rebuild
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My 78 Macho, keep that D100 build going. I will be watching for you
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What forum are you on that is more active? That would be nice.
The other forum is for more modern RAM trucks. I have a 2015 2500. However, the section for "1st gen Ram" is pretty slow there too.
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Yep, passive group here just enjoying your work efforts to keep the 72-92 alive & well. Have a 78 Shortbox Macho orgnial, not many people even know what they were. You keep up the work & I will enjoy from Nd. Dodgetalk helped me thru my rebuild
I'll agree, I've gotten a lot of good info off of this forum for my d100 projects. 1Asterisk build was very useful, if you haven't checked that one out, do so.

Nice Macho! One of my favorites when I was a kid. However, I would never want to own it. that's a truck I'd never drive and enjoy as I'd be too nervous about anything happening to it. I did the same thing with a 1992 VFR750 motorcycle. 3000 original miles, in perfect condition. sat in my garage for almost 8 years, going bad. Was too afraid of dropping it or wrecking it. so in 8 years, my all time favorite bike, barely put 1000 miles on it. I have issues.
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That's a hell of a start... I rebuilding my second mid 70's truck. I'm getting ready to tear into a 1975 W-100. I also have a 1976 D200 longbed... I can't begin to describe the amount of admiration I have gained for mid 70s Dodge pickup truck... Not to mention the fact that both trucks several years older then me, purrrr like big rusty kittens and get the attention of anyone that appreciate a classic. But the thing that sealed the deal, without a doubt, is the fact that despite my prior mechanical experience of absolutely NONE... I've managed to teach myself to successfully disassemble and rebuild several Dana 60s and 44s... I remember the first time I had to replace the drums on my d200... The spring kit intimidated the piss out of me... Probably more so then rebuilding the original Carter BBD... But a few hours later.. and a few lessons learned I emerged triumphant and enjoyed every second... I can't think of anything else that I can presently own and operate that gives me the total control and ability to know day after day... Year after year... 2 classics are still ready to rip - snort at the turn of a key. I apologize for the rant... Figured it was time I introduced myself.
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I really admire your enthusiasm bigguglyxii. I have lots of maintenance projects coming up for my 74 power wagon and not many people to learn from, so like you, I'll be on my own.
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thanks. I'm on another forum that's way more active. this seems like the foundation is there but there doesn't seem to be much interest/traffic. there HAS to be other people out there who like the unloved 72-80 trucks!
This site was pretty active (even the Vintage Truck section) until the reset a few years ago. Lost a lot of good folk with a lot of knowledge. Dead or dying sites are kind of self fulfilling. Nobody is here so when someone new shows up they don't stick around because nobody is here.

As for your project, looks good. Having 2 donor trucks will make life so much easier for those hard to find parts (which is almost all of them). Keep up the good work and keep sharing with us.

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yeah, I figured the return rate for new members was pretty low looking at some of the member post counts.

thanks for the encouragement on the project. been running into funding problems for the 2 trucks and wife's chevelle. they are all at the "need a motor" phase of the build. will probably go LS for the chevelle and a crate 408 stroker for the stepside. Will slowly build my 318 to a 390 stroker after I get those motors mounted.
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Totally understand the funding issue. Isn't it funny how the wife's 1 car gets more say-so than your 2 trucks? But as the old saying goes, "If Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."

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Totally understand the funding issue. Isn't it funny how the wife's 1 car gets more say-so than your 2 trucks? But as the old saying goes, "If Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."
ain't that the truth!

but to be fair, I have been working on her car for way longer. It's been her car since high school and has sat for years so it definitely had WAY more work to be done that the trucks. lots of plasma cutter/welder action! I started my trucks as a side project when I hit the "what motor do I put in the Chevelle" decision making phase. Of course, as I was mulling that question over, I got side tracked but it really only took me one summer to get the trucks ready as opposed to years on the chevelle.
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Reek - Keep up the good work! And having all those doners will help! Where did you find them? Here in the big city (Houston), I never find one - much less 4. BTW I sent you a PM. Grady

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