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      09-17-2019 11:35 AM #1
      I'd been looking for a 2wd short bed truck project for a couple years. Not many 2wd trucks up here.
      Found this '79 D100 semi locally. Was originally a MT DOT truck. Seller had bought it from the state in 1995. Had been his summer daily driver since then.
      Original paint, not much rust, kind of beat up, tired 318 with 904 automatic. This was 2 years ago. Thought I had a tread going but I couldn't find it.

      On the way home. Make the 3 hour drive with no issue. Cruises down the road nice.




      Pulled the interior and windshield when I got home. Just a little surface rust.






      New carpet, repaired seat cover, added tach, new windshield.





      Exterior cleaned up. Grandpa special.






      In the mean time found this '79. Warlock package, 440, 727 trans, 8 3/4 rear end with LSD. Pretty nice. Was going to keep this one but it was a little rustier and just didn't feel like
      it was mine. Felt like somebody elses project.



      Sold on Ebay to a Mopar guy in Utah for what I paid for it.

      Last summer the trans started to leak heavily. Parked while I decided what to do. The negative of a Mopar vs. a Chevy is parts aren't as plentiful. I could get a crate Chevy 350 or 383 for $2k-$3k all day long. Mopar is double that. Plus I needed a trans. A beefed up 904 is $1k and it's still inferior to a 727.

      Watching CL I found this semi locally this week. 360ci with cam, headers, Edelbrock intake and carb with a 727. Plus all the needed parts for the trans swap and driveshaft.
      Pretty excited to get this back on the road with a mildish hop up. Plan is to swap it in this winter. It needs a suspension/brake refresh as well. I'm debating keeping it at the stock height or dropping with new LCA's and a rear axle flip. Whichever direction this thing will remain a very low buck project. There have been a couple threads recently re. building a muscle car for under $10k this should be around $5k.

      Vid of "new" powertrain from seller. Picking up next week.

      https://youtu.be/yGmce2xHEv8

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      09-17-2019 11:40 AM #2
      Looks like someone with Parkinson's shot the video. Other than that, enjoy the adventure~!
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      so basically the OP has no clue about anything and just posts out of his ass?

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      09-17-2019 11:48 AM #3
      I really love ex DOT and Forest Service trucks for some stupid reason. This is way cool!

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      09-17-2019 11:50 AM #4
      reminds me- time to troll craigslist for old small block Valiants. thanks.
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      09-17-2019 11:51 AM #5
      Really leaning toward lowering it. Would only cost an extra couple hundred bucks.

      Would run a set of these reman Mopar police steelies with caps. Get a chrome non step rear bumper and it would be done.


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      09-17-2019 11:54 AM #6
      I like older fleetside shortbeds. Seems like 90% of classic trucks are longbeds.

      Lower it.
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      09-17-2019 11:56 AM #7
      I love it. The purity of purpose that old trucks have is just so appealing. I'm excited to watch your project develop!

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      09-17-2019 12:59 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      I'd been looking for a 2wd short bed truck project for a couple years. Not many 2wd trucks up here.
      Found this '79 D100 semi locally. Was originally a MT DOT truck. Seller had bought it from the state in 1995. Had been his summer daily driver since then.
      Original paint, not much rust, kind of beat up, tired 318 with 904 automatic. This was 2 years ago. Thought I had a tread going but I couldn't find it.
      You did--I remember it. Sweet truck!

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      09-17-2019 01:07 PM #9
      I feel like I remember the thread too!

      Regardless, sweet truck! Can't wait to see what you do with it.

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      09-17-2019 01:18 PM #10
      Yep. You definitely had one. I've been looking at old trucks locally to me and whenever a Dodge hits my screen it pops into my head. I hope I can get as lucky as you and your orange truck. That thing is amazingly clean!


      Edit: Was your info in another thread started by someone else? Perhaps it was in one of the two about Chevy pickups. Harrison had one and Lb (Bob?) had another. Both were great projects and cool guys.
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      09-17-2019 01:49 PM #11
      Definitely in for this one Crazy how clean those floors were under the carpet.

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      09-17-2019 03:02 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by VAB5 View Post
      You did--I remember it. Sweet truck!
      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      I feel like I remember the thread too!

      Regardless, sweet truck! Can't wait to see what you do with it.

      Chris
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      Yep. You definitely had one. I've been looking at old trucks locally to me and whenever a Dodge hits my screen it pops into my head. I hope I can get as lucky as you and your orange truck. That thing is amazingly clean!


      Edit: Was your info in another thread started by someone else? Perhaps it was in one of the two about Chevy pickups. Harrison had one and Lb (Bob?) had another. Both were great projects and cool guys.

      That could be. I looked through a bunch and didn't see the pics.


      Quote Originally Posted by yeayeayea View Post
      Definitely in for this one Crazy how clean those floors were under the carpet.

      Yeah, that almost never happens. These rust really bad around the windshield and drip rails to and this one is clean there.

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      09-17-2019 03:23 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      I'd been looking for a 2wd short bed truck project for a couple years. Not many 2wd trucks up here.
      When I was traveling in your area a few years ago I was amazed at all the old 4x4s cruising around and tucked away in yards. That isn't common where I'm at, I'd say fewer than 10 percent of classic pickups here are 4x4.

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      09-17-2019 03:30 PM #14
      This is great! Thanks for sharing.
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      These have become cool, hellcat swap it


      liking the color

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      09-17-2019 09:01 PM #16
      Awesome looking truck, the patina is just perfect. It brings back many memories of working for a couple of Dodge dealers back in the day. Looking forward to seeing what you're going to do.
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      09-17-2019 09:46 PM #17
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      09-18-2019 09:18 AM #18
      I definitely feel like I remember the first thread, too. Either way, I'm in on this thread.

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