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1976 Dodge D100 Pickup Truck - Junkyard Crawl

Triple D: D-Code D100 Discovery

By Steve Magnante, Photography by Steve Magnante

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.

By Steve Magnante
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