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The Perfect D100 Pickup: Doing It Differently with a Big Block Dodge Restomod Truck

When it comes to the popularity vintage pickup trucks, particularly ones from the 1970s, Chevy is the clear king. Whether it’s the early ‘70s models or the red hot square bodies, the bowtie is big

Then, as you’d imagine, Ford is next — with its own ‘70s era F-series pickups emerging as a highly sought-after classic and restomod project vehicle in recent years.

Meet Marly

Dodge D100 Restomod Build

Finally there’s Dodge to round out the big three. Despite great styling, solid aftermarket support and lots of great powertrain options, Dodge trucks have never been as popular as its Detroit rivals. And we have to wonder why.

Dodge D100 Adventurer Badge

In our eyes, the Dodge D100 of the ‘70s one of the great underrated pickup platforms, which when done right can not only be just as cool, but a lot more unique than your typical Chevy or Ford.

Dodge D100 Front Grille

Case in point: this beautiful orange ’73 D100 built by Hot Rods & Custom Stuff out of Escondido, California.

Dubbed "Marly," this stepside Dodge is the result a painstaking restomod process, during which not one but two donor pickups were used to create a pretty special machine.

Dodge D100 Restomod Rear View

Here's a breakdown with some of the highlights of the build:

Big Block Power

Dodge D100 383 Big Block

Engine  Mopar 383 cubic-inch big block V8, Edelbrock heads, Edelbrock camshaft
Induction  Edelbrock aluminum intake, Edelbrock Carburetor
Transmission GM 700R4 overdrive automatic transmission
Rear Axle Factory

Dodge D100 Engine Bay

Under the Skin

Dodge D100 on Nitto NT555 G2

Chassis OEM frame re-welded and re-riveted
Suspension Eaton coil springs, Monroe shocks
Brakes Factory

Dodge D100 Rear View

Wheels & Rubber

Dodge D100 on Nitto NT555 G2

Wheels 17" staggered American Racing Salt Flats
Tires Nitto NT555 G2 Ultra High Performance Tires 255/50R17 (front) 275/50R17

Dodge D100 on Nitto NT555 G2

Inside the Cab

Dodge D100 Restomod Interior

Upholstery Custom upholstery by Old Town Upholstery
Steering Wheel Wood-trimmed three-spoke
Dash Just Dashes restored dashboard and instruments
Climate Control Vintage AC system

Dodge D100 Restored Cab


Dodge D100 Re-finished Bed

Body Custom wood-finished bed
Paint PPG "Go Mango" Orange

Dodge D100 Restomod

There you have it. Sometimes it pays to different — and we'd put this Dodge up against some of the fashionable Fords and Chevys any day of the week. 

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