New to forum w/new to me 73 Utiline SB - DodgeTalk : Dodge Car Forums, Dodge Truck Forums and Ram Forums
Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 202 Old 05-26-2013, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
1Asterisk
Vintage Stepsides
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Eugene, OR
Posts: 184
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
New to forum w/new to me 73 Utiline SB

I recently purchased a 73 D100 Utiline short box w/318 ci V8. In looking at several Dodge/Mopar forums, this looks like 'the' place to be for information and help with the questions I'm sure I will have.

The body has seen some rough use but is relatively rust free in the usual areas of the cab. The purchase included two extra undamaged R&L front fenders, two extra undamaged R&L doors, lower front valance, and a few other parts.

This will be a project truck. My plans are to take it down to the frame, clean it, paint it, replace whatever needs to be replaced, etc. to make it straight. The previous owner lowered it 2 in. I expect to return it to it's original height. The previous owner also added headers, exhaust, Edelbrock intake and 4 bbl, as well as an NP535 5 spd manual transmission out of a Dakota. Immediately after I purchased it I put close to 550 miles on it to get it home. It runs and drives pretty well.

Here's a photo:
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 73 Utiline 1.jpg (227.5 KB, 74 views)
1Asterisk is offline  
Quote Quick Reply
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 202 Old 05-27-2013, 07:51 AM
dodgensince74
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 1,986
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Welcome to the site, congrats on your new truck, looks like a good project. Post pic's as you go along to help many others that will also want to do the same to thier trucks

01 1500 5.9, Q/C, L/B, 4X4
Tanue cover
Super chips
Magnaflow S/i-D/o
K&N cai
Eagle alloy 102's
BFG LT285/75r16 A/T's
dodgensince74 is offline  
post #3 of 202 Old 05-27-2013, 02:29 PM
DodgeAddict
Lifetime MoparMan
 
DodgeAddict's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: The Shop
Posts: 702
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Welcome!
If you have any questions feel free to ask I have a 60+ year collection of Factory original service manuals for Chrysler,DeSoto,Dodge,Imperial & Plymouth Cars & Trucks Bob

I have the CC DD chromosome in my DNA!
DodgeAddict is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 202 Old 05-27-2013, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
1Asterisk
Vintage Stepsides
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Eugene, OR
Posts: 184
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Thanks 'dodgesince74' & 'DodgeAddict'. As I progress I will post some photos and will certainly have questions. Looking forward to getting started...
1Asterisk is offline  
post #5 of 202 Old 05-29-2013, 10:22 AM
DenverW100
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 70
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Welcome aboard the board! haha

I've found this forum to be very helpful, saved my butt on something more than once!

SnD

-----------------------------
Sean in Denver
74 W100 standard bed, Avocado Green
LA 360 SB
727, NP 205, D44 & Chrysler 8 3/4"
DenverW100 is offline  
post #6 of 202 Old 05-31-2013, 03:03 PM
dodge77
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Welcome to the site 1Asterisk. Nice truck to restore. Here is a picture of mine after a frame-off restoration. They look very similar. Lots of luck on your project. Take your time and do it right.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_0101.JPG (28.1 KB, 645 views)

If the rust doesn't get you, the road idiots will!
dodge77 is offline  
post #7 of 202 Old 05-31-2013, 03:09 PM
dizzyD
Registered MOPAR User
 
dizzyD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: 714
Posts: 9,350
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Garage
Welcome to DodgeTalk. I've found this site very useful and quite a few good members here as well!

2012 Challenger SXT+ 220ci 5 speed, blackberry pearl, FM xxMM, diablo in-tune I1000, Carbon fiber pedal covers, 11% tint

1999 Durango SLT+ leather, 360ci 4x4, hughes plenum rebuild, superchips 3865, tow pkg, 3.55 LSD, rear tail light guard, K&N CAI, FM 50MM TB, crystal clear headlights, Torsion/shackle lift, Rancho RSX's, Pacesetter headers, dual trans & oil temp a-pillar pod, chrome deep trans pan, drilled & slotted rotors, 10 disc cd changer.

2004 Ram 1500 SLT 2WD QC LB 345ci, FM 84MM TB, slotted brake rotors, step bar, diamond plate pedals, locking gas door, tow package w/ 3.55 lsd, Hellwig LP-15, shell and carpet kit, 18% door window tint, Magnaflow 12641, Slammed1's 3" spindle lift and 2.5 coil spacer, rear lift shackles, Airraid MIT, superchips 3815, 6K front winch & custom Winch Plate, Autometer phantom trans gauge mounted in Mopar SRT A-Pillar single pod, lumber/roof rack, Rancho 9000X shocks, ATS fender flairs, 1" BL, gap guards, black grille, silver painted bezel

2005 Dodge Magnum RT- Midnight Blue -Vroom Lakewood front strut bar, K&N Filter

Gone but not forgotten 93 factory freak CC dakota lifted 4x4 318
dizzyD is offline  
post #8 of 202 Old 05-31-2013, 04:09 PM
DenverW100
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 70
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
dodge77 - where in Denver, CO are you and do you take the truck out much to shows and things?

Sean

-----------------------------
Sean in Denver
74 W100 standard bed, Avocado Green
LA 360 SB
727, NP 205, D44 & Chrysler 8 3/4"
DenverW100 is offline  
post #9 of 202 Old 05-31-2013, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
1Asterisk
Vintage Stepsides
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Eugene, OR
Posts: 184
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Thanks All.

Dodge77-very nice truck! My vision is very much similiar.
1Asterisk is offline  
post #10 of 202 Old 05-31-2013, 09:22 PM
dodge77
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
DenverW100.....I live about 25 miles Northwest of Denver in Coal Creek Canyon. I have had my truck in several local shows but it is mainly a daily driver.

If the rust doesn't get you, the road idiots will!
dodge77 is offline  
post #11 of 202 Old 06-02-2013, 10:21 AM
Speed Dragon
Aka Force Fed Mopar
 
Speed Dragon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Campobello, SC
Posts: 6,120
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via AIM to Speed Dragon
Pretty decent truck, and oddly enough has the same exact mods as I did on my '72 lol (4bbl, headers, and 535 5-spd). It will look nice fixed up.

Rob M.
'93 D150 RC SWB, 5.2 Magnum, NV4500 5-spd, 9.25" diff
'72 D100 RC LWB, PT project
Speed Dragon is offline  
post #12 of 202 Old 07-02-2013, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
1Asterisk
Vintage Stepsides
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Eugene, OR
Posts: 184
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
73 Utiline project - update

I had received two straight salvage fenders and two straight salvage doors with the purchase and I have fitted them to make sure they would work OK. I found a straight tailgate and an almost straight right rear fender in the local salvage yard.

Currently I have the bed disassembled and removed down to the frame. The interior carpet and seat have been removed. The original bench seat had been removed by the previous owner. He installed seats that were out of a Dakota and modified them to fit this truck. My intent is to sell the Dakota seats and find an original bench seat.

Intend to remove the front end body work next.

Would anyone know the original color from the picture in my original post? Not sure if it might have been (DT6398) Bronze or something else. Truck was originally a U.S. Govt Motor Pool vehicle according to the very faded decal on the door.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Dtalk_1.jpg (296.9 KB, 43 views)
File Type: jpg Dtalk_3.jpg (292.0 KB, 33 views)
File Type: jpg Dtalk_4.jpg (259.0 KB, 33 views)
File Type: jpg Dtalk_2.jpg (279.9 KB, 33 views)
1Asterisk is offline  
post #13 of 202 Old 07-03-2013, 12:40 AM
Challenger360
Registered User
 
Challenger360's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 101
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Man looks like mine when I started. I am doing a full restoration on mine too. Mine is also a step side but a 79. Just something about these trucks that i love. Cant wait to see more pictures of it in the future, Good luck and welcome to the board.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg My Truck.jpg (32.4 KB, 29 views)

1979 Power Wagon (Step side) 360 automatic 4x4 - In progress
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Challenger360 is offline  
post #14 of 202 Old 07-03-2013, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
1Asterisk
Vintage Stepsides
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Eugene, OR
Posts: 184
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Thanks Challenger360. I know what you mean. I've always been a fan of the stepsides. Probably because that is what I grew up around.
1Asterisk is offline  
post #15 of 202 Old 07-26-2013, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
1Asterisk
Vintage Stepsides
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Eugene, OR
Posts: 184
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Update

a photo update on my rebuild...Still in the process of taking it down to the frame.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Picture 249 small.jpg (305.0 KB, 34 views)
File Type: jpg Picture 250small.jpg (282.1 KB, 32 views)
File Type: jpg Picture 254small.jpg (287.6 KB, 30 views)
File Type: jpg Picture 255small.jpg (288.4 KB, 31 views)
File Type: jpg Picture 260small.jpg (292.6 KB, 27 views)
File Type: jpg Picture 263small.jpg (296.6 KB, 32 views)
1Asterisk is offline  
post #16 of 202 Old 08-01-2013, 08:21 AM
76 Powerwagon
Registered User
 
76 Powerwagon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1Asterisk View Post
a photo update on my rebuild...Still in the process of taking it down to the frame.
Wow, even your floor pans look good. Keep the pictures coming.
76 Powerwagon is offline  
post #17 of 202 Old 08-01-2013, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
1Asterisk
Vintage Stepsides
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Eugene, OR
Posts: 184
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
The driver's side has two small 'nickel' sized holes rotted through. The passenger side has two or three pin holes in the pan. Everwhere else looked really good and solid. The rockers have some dent damage that needs repair, but no indication of serious rust. Overall I think I made out not too bad.



Everything that can be removed from the cab, has been removed. Cab is ready to be lifted off the frame.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Picture 310_Small.jpg (292.6 KB, 28 views)
1Asterisk is offline  
post #18 of 202 Old 08-03-2013, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
1Asterisk
Vintage Stepsides
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Eugene, OR
Posts: 184
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Cab lift from frame

Lifting the cab off the frame. Even with everything removed from the cab there was still a tendency to be slightly nose heavy. Once free of the frame the cab balanced on the strongback in a nose down attitude.

By lifting each end of the stongback 3-4 inches at a time, this 60+ year old was able to fairly easily lift the cab to 37 plus inches off the ground (measured to bottom of rocker panel) and lower it back down after rolling the chassis out from under.

The lifting frame was constructed of KD 2x6 with as few knots as I could find. The top end of the uprights were C-Clamped to the 2x6 roof trusses just to keep them upright (no load on the trusses). Everything worked as I hoped it would!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Picture 346_640_480.jpg (256.7 KB, 37 views)
File Type: jpg Picture 345_640_480.jpg (253.5 KB, 32 views)
File Type: jpg Picture 342_480_640.jpg (280.5 KB, 31 views)
File Type: jpg Picture 343_480_640.jpg (278.8 KB, 29 views)
1Asterisk is offline  
post #19 of 202 Old 08-04-2013, 02:54 AM
dodge77
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
They say that "Necessity is the mother of Invention" and I believe that you have proven this. What an ingenious "Home Brew" way of lifting the cab off of the chassis. You are really progressing on your body off restoration and I am looking forward to seeing the finished product. It is a lot of work, but the bottom line is the fact that it is well worth it and you will have one heck of a truck when you are finished. Rock on

If the rust doesn't get you, the road idiots will!
dodge77 is offline  
post #20 of 202 Old 08-04-2013, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
1Asterisk
Vintage Stepsides
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Eugene, OR
Posts: 184
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Thanks Dodge77. I'm havin' a good time.
1Asterisk is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to use most of our features, you must first register.
Please enter your desired User Name, your Email Address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
The registration process requires you to activate your membership by following a link in an E-Mail that will be sent to you immediately upon completing this form. You must enter a valid email address or you will not receive this activation code and you will NOT be registered. Your E-Mail address is NOT publicly available to anyone as policy.

AOL E-MAIL USERS: Please click HERE for important info pertaining to your e-mail address.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1984 Ram Utiline sasomers 1972-1987 Dodge Ram Trucks (D, W-series) 0 01-14-2012 08:20 PM
67', utiline, 6cyl, 3 on the tree for sale 1972-D100 1961-1971 Dodge Sweptline Trucks 0 10-03-2011 10:41 AM
utiline bed roadram360 1972-1987 Dodge Ram Trucks (D, W-series) 4 03-27-2011 01:12 PM
Utiline bed mounting MoparSteve 1972-1987 Dodge Ram Trucks (D, W-series) 2 07-17-2008 09:23 AM
Utiline wood bed dimensions cribbs74 1961-1971 Dodge Sweptline Trucks 2 02-04-2007 02:53 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome