Dodge didn't set out to make the '60s-era D-Series trucks to be show-stoppers, but Robert
Are Dodge's '61-'71 D-Series Mopars forgotten haulers--or haven't enough people discovered Dodge's big, boxy workhorse yet? It might be a numbers thing. Back then, Dodge was a distant third in the light-truck sales race, trailing behind Ford and Chevrolet, while staying close with GMC and ahead of International and Jeep.
Dodge brought out the all-new D-Series pickups and chassis cabs for 1961 (while keeping the previous C-Series' Town Wagon and Town Panel in production through 1966; the C-Series' cab was used on medium-duty trucks through 1974). Dodge's then-new trucks had plenty of innovation underneath their brickish styling. They had longer wheelbases, beefier frames with straight framerails, stronger front/rear axles, and an engine lineup that not only had alternators as standard equipment, but one that did away with the flathead six and Red Ram V-8s in favor of the Slant Six, 318 Poly, and big-block V-8s. Sweptline shortbed and longbed models got their own rear quarter-panels instead of using the two-door '57-'59 Dodge passenger car quarters, while Utiline versions kept their separate fenders/running boards as before.
Stock D-100 cab's interior features original bench upholstered in black vinyl, plus white
In the spring of 1962, Dodge announced they would add new features and improvements to the D-Series line as soon as they were ready for production and not wait for a new model year to bring them out. That meant improvements like a heavier-duty Slant Six and newly available 383s, a four-door Crew Cab made in-house, a full-width Sweptline tailgate, and an optional Perkins diesel engine joined the features and options lists during the '62-'64 model runs. So did the five-year, 50,000-mile powertrain warranty, which was bumped to 100,000 miles for some heavier-duty models.
A lot of those upgrades found their way onto Robert Gay's '63 D-100 Utiline as it made its way down the line at Warren Truck. He found it in 1996 at a Mopar salvage yard in fair-to-fair condition (4 on a scale of 10). Robert traded a '68 Coronet project car and some cash for it, and then set to work on his new project at his Union, Missouri, home. In went a steel-crank '71 440 and 727 that he'd salvaged from a '71 New Yorker and built up with mods like a Mopar purple shaft cam, Hedman Hedders, a Holley 800 double-pumper carburetor on an Edelbrock intake, and a 3000 stall B&M torque converter. The cab got a re-do with a black vinyl bench seat, white headliner and door panels, a Grant steering wheel, a set of Auto Meter gauges, and a Pioneer sound system. Underneath, the stock chassis kept its straight axles front and rear, while gaining a set of Lakewood traction bars and a set of Mickey Thompson tires on Center Line aluminum wheels.
"Utiline" was Dodge's name for their pickup built with round-fenders-and-running-boards pi
B/RB engines were factory options in the D-Series trucks, so Robert easily fitted a nicely
Note dual master cylinder on the firewall-mounted power brake booster, something that wasn
Robert Gay found his '63 D-100 Utiline at a Mopar salvage yard and turned it into more tha
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 more cab room than previous C-Series pickups offered. Boxy,
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 got its share of attention with new turquoise PPG Deltron basec
White oak bed flooring with chrome strips adds functional beauty to the bed of this D-100.
When Dodge had changes ready for the D-Series pickups in the early '60s, it didn't wait fo