To most car crafters, the D100's original cast-crank 440 is ripe for picking and swapping. I'm also tempted, but I'll keep this rig intact and use it to pull a car trailer. A Camper Special, it has extra-duty cooling and upsized springs and brakes. A previous owner replaced the stock Carter Thermo-Quad with a 750-cfm Edelbrock Performer four-barrel. The mill runs great but has a leaky driver-side exhaust manifold, and the factory-issue pressure gauge is suspiciously sluggish. There haven't been any ugly noises so far, but I'll throw a high-volume Melling oil pump at it soon and see what happens. The 3.55 Sure Grip 9 1/4 rearend is perfect for burnouts.To most car crafters, the D100's original cast-crank 440 is ripe for picking and swapping. I'm not usually a fan of pickup trucks-other than as tow vehicles or parts haulers. I definitely prefer to get my kicks in a car. After all, this isn't Truck Craft. But when the truck in question is a 1/2-ton rig with a factory big-block, I'm listening. Unlike 3/4-tonners-which have hefty overkill underpinnings and weird six- or eight-lug wheels, 1/2-ton pickups are much more car-like. That's good. I don't often spout about my junk here, but I bet you'll be surprised to learn Dodge offered the big 440 in dainty 1/2-tonners as well as larger pickups. I was so impressed, I bought the thing. Well, actually I did a trade plus cash. Let's scope it out together. Groovy Factoids •Despite the sheer grunt and scarcity of 440-powered mid-'70s Dodge D100 pickups, modern collectors prefer the 360 small-block-powered '78 to '79 Dodge Little Red Express (LRE) truck. We say it's too bad the LRE wasn't 440 powered. •In 1964, Dodge offered the coolest 1/2-ton big-block pickup of them all, the legendary Custom Sports Special (CSS). Along with standard bucket seats and racing stripes (really!), the CSS was available with the 365hp 426 Street Wedge and factory traction bars. 1976 was a bad year for factory performance cars of all makes. Power was way down, multiple carburetion options were a distant memory, and small-blocks were the rule. But in the world of 1/2-ton trucks, emissions regulations were more relaxed and big-block power was still available. Nose-heavy machines like the 240hp Chevy C10 454 and 220hp Dodge D100 resulted in and ensured lots of tire smoke. Ford played it safer; the FE-based 360 big-block was the top F-100 option-but then only with the Super Cab. I found this clean '76 D100 parked in Ware, Massachusetts, with a "For Sale" sign. An Oregon refugee, it's clean and rust free.1976 was a bad year for factory performance cars of all makes. Power was way down, multipl Unfortunately, the detailed underhood vehicle specification sticker is gone, but the VIN on the door tag reads: D14BD6S327675. D1 = D100 1/2-ton, two-wheel-drive pickup, 4 = Sweptline conventional cab and bed, B = 6,001 to 10,000 GVW, D = 440ci V-8, S = Warren, Michigan, plant No. 1, 327675 = production sequence. What we really care about is that D in the fifth position. More common engine offerings were the 225 Slant Six one-barrel (B-code), 225 Slant Six two-barrel (C-code), 318 (E-code), 360 (F- code), and low-deck 400 big-block (H-code).Unfortunately, the detailed underhood vehicle specification sticker is gone, but the VIN o I traded the Blow Mobile '62 Valiant plus a grand for the truck. It's a solid California car I've driven cross-country three times, and the nickname stems from the fact that it was used as a background vehicle in the 2001 Johnny Depp narco-adventure flick Blow. Just say no and stay in school!I traded the Blow Mobile '62 Valiant plus a grand for the truck. It's a solid California c By Steve Magnante Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!