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.

Fast Facts
'63 Dodge D-100 Utiline pickup
Robert Gay
Union, MO

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.