Robert Gay found his '63 D-100...
Robert Gay found his '63 D-100 Utiline at a Mopar salvage yard and turned it into more than your everyday work truck.
When it was time for paint, the D-100 was painted in turquoise PPG Deltron basecoat/clearcoat, after the cab, rear fenders, and bed surface were made ready for it. Speaking of the bed, it got a new white oak floor to replace the long-deteriorated stock one.
Since he finished it, Robert has found himself winning more than a few trophies, as well as being pleasantly surprised by people's reaction to his truck. In fact, at many events, his is the only pre-'72 Dodge truck there.
'63 Dodge D-100 Utiline pickup
D-Series Dodge trucks boasted...
D-Series Dodge trucks boasted more cab room than previous C-Series pickups offered. Boxy, squared-off lines were a Dodge truck styling hallmark until new D-Series trucks appeared for 1972.
Mopar Power Engine: A steel-crank '71 440, freed from a Chrysler New Yorker and updated with a Mopar purple shaft camshaft, Hedman Hedders, and a Holley 800 double-pumper carburetor on an Edelbrock intake. Transmission: The same New Yorker also yielded its 727 Torqueflite to this D-100, after a 3000-stall B&M torque converter was added. Rearend: Good for hauling . . . or hauling: a 3.91-geared, 8 3/4-inch rearend.
Sure Grip Suspension: Not the most high-tech stuff, but it works well: rebuilt stock '63 D-100 front and rear suspension, complete with original straight front axle and leaf springs, front and rear. Brakes: Rebuilt stock drum-and-shoe brakes all around, with an owner-added power brake booster. RIms: fenderwell-filling Mickey Thompson tires at all four corners. Rubber: Center Line riveted aluminum wheels.
High Impact Cab: '60s-vintage D-Series two-door standard cab, sometimes confused by nearsighted/misinformed Chevy owners for a cinderblock. Bed: Short (6 1/2-foot) Utiline bed with separate fenders and running boards, plus a new white oak bed floor. Paint: Turquoise PPG Deltron basecoat/clearcoat. Interior: Stock bench seat was re-upholstered in black vinyl, while doors and headliner were covered in white vinyl. Grant steering wheel, Auto Meter gauges, and a Pioneer sound system are notable additions.
The stock Utiline bed also...
The stock Utiline bed also got its share of attention with new turquoise PPG Deltron basecoat/clearcoat paint. Taillights are ones also used on the Sweptline models.
White oak bed flooring with...
White oak bed flooring with chrome strips adds functional beauty to the bed of this D-100.
When Dodge had changes ready...
When Dodge had changes ready for the D-Series pickups in the early '60s, it didn't wait for the next model year. This grille style first appeared in 1962 and carried over through 1964. Standard pickup models didn't have much front-end chrome, if any.